Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fight disillusionment among young people with prayers for Truth

With chaos erupting throughout our country, young people can feel like they’re wandering in a country that offers little hope, rare justice, and no escape. They may hunger for someone to follow and see few leaders they respect, and they may ache to lead themselves but don’t know how.


It’s understandable. Their disillusionment may ferment into rage after being disappointed by parents, teachers, political leaders and other older adults. In their street protests and in the cynicism that floods social media, their frustration boils over about joblessness and economic inequities, along with the violence occurring in their neighborhoods and during confrontations with police.

Young people are wrestling with a lot. There’s no better time than now to pray fervently for younger generations to hear the Voice of Jesus Christ, the One who cherishes their lives beyond human understanding. It’s a time to deeply intercede for young people, to pray that the Lord gives them wisdom and raises them up as the young Samuels and Davids of our day.

At Dallas Leadership Foundation, we’re prayerfully trying to position our teams as a reliable source of encouragement for young people. Especially young people in under-served communities. We’re hosting Power Lunch sessions in schools and serving as leaders who depend on God to equip youth when they come to us with their questions and problems.

Keep young people in prayer. Keep us in prayer. Future leaders are emerging, and may they be Spirit-led change agents for His kingdom.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," from Jesus in John 14:6
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” from Jesus in John 8:32 

To learn more about how you can link arms with us as we reach out to young leaders, visit dlftx.org.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From the wilderness of prison to the Promised Land of freedom

Why does Corey Clark go back to prison after being jailed three times?

“God said, 'go back and show your gratefulness to Me,'" Clark said. "He told me to go back and be an example. He told me to go back and be a light so that they can see and turn from their wicked ways and turn to Him. He told me to go back and be a voice for Him."

Clark, 41, was imprisoned at Hutchins State Jail. He first went to jail for burglary, then went back for theft and for the third time, he went to jail for robbery. Clark said he "was on drugs and that’s the reason why I was stealing —  using drugs and in that cycle over and over — running around in the wilderness."

Life changed when he applied to live at Dallas Leadership Foundation’s Faith-Based Dorm during his third time at Hutchins. He was discipled to be a spiritual leader by James Reed, director of DLF’s Reentry program that operates the dorm. “He was a great example in my life,” Clark said of Reed. “He preached the Word to me."

Corey Clark ministering the Gospel that radically changed his life.
Learning what the Word says about Jesus Christ transformed Clark. "He allowed me to come into the Promised Land. He exposed me and gave me knowledge of His promises, and now I'm in my sabbath rest in Christ. There's milk and honey in Christ."

The New Orleans native has been active in ministry and has married since his release. His wife Austerlitz shares his passion for Christ, and they serve together by feeding the poor and visiting the Salvation Army.  They've been married more than a year. "She's a lover of Jesus, she evangelizes, and she has a passion for Christ and a love for Christ, and she expresses it every day."

Clark was certified to work in prison more than two years ago. At one time, he was visiting the jail twice a month, but now he visits every Tuesday. "Just like Peter was called to go to the circumcision, and Paul was called to go to the Gentiles, I was called to go to the prison,” he said.

When he sees men he knew in prison, and other men strung out on drugs and struggling, he sees his former life and his heart fills with compassion. Clark said he tries to be an example to them and encourages them with his testimony. "God took ahold of my heart, came in, and gave me a new one. And now he's leading me to do different things with my body.

"You can, with the Lord, do good," he said. "You don't have to keep on doing evil. "

God calls Christians to remember the prisoner, Clark said, and He uses the weak things to confound the wise. "So, it's very important to invest your time and your efforts into ministering to men and women who are broken in prison," he said.

To learn more how you can help DLF reach men like Corey Clark and disciple them, visit dlftx.org.


Thursday, September 15, 2016