I found the story of David Wilkinson when I was a teenager reading a missionary biography about a couple who ended up working with street kids in Brazil. The husband had been awkwardly given the book “The Cross and the Switchblade” by a friend when he was in college and after reading it he decided that he had to know more about God. I read the book soon after and was similarly impressed by how awesomely God worked in David Wilkinson’s life. The book was pretty intense and some of the details he gave about gangs in New York and their activities were scary and difficult to read, so I wouldn’t recommend the book for a kid without some filtering. I have a very different background in my relationship with God than David does and I think we have some pretty solid theological differences, but I appreciate that God isn’t confined to working in just the ways that make sense to me. I struggled a bit with whether to write about his story, because what if y’all read some random quotes from him online and think “She’s crazy!!.” I don’t know a lot about him beyond reading “The Cross and the Switchblade” and some testimonies from people who have been helped by his ministry. I want to share his story because I think that it points to the power and grace of God and it inspired me to want to know Him and be used by Him in other people’s lives.
Discussion questions about the story:
- What state is New York City in?
- Is there anything you are scared that God won’t do in your life?
- What is one really important thing we can ask God to do?
- Is there anyone you know that it is hard to believe that God can change?
Here are a couple of New-York-City-themed coloring pages 🙂
P.S. Information for this blog post came from “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkinson.