Mary Magdalene Ministries

 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?””No one, sir,” she said.
      “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8:11
A home beloging to a young woman we met downtown. Police believed the house may have been used for Prostitution and or drug handling.

A home beloging to a young woman we met downtown. Police believed the house may have been used for Prostitution and or drug handling.

After making 50 sandwiches and cooling water bottles we headed out to the slums of downtown Phoenix. Our Plan: To minister to prostitutes, bless the homeless with food and where ever else the unpredictable city might lead us to.

We made 50+ sandwitches to distribute downtown:)

We made 50+ sandwiches to distribute downtown:)

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Testing the sandwiches before giving them out:)

We arrived at our destination and attempted to make a quick stop at a gas station. As we pulled up, a  local noticed us, decided we “looked nice,”and struck up conversation with us.  He immediately began showing us his gun wounds, stab marks, etc., as he described how tough he was. As we began discussing the gospel with the man who called himself , Uncle Dwain, his “tough guy guard,” quickly broke. He shared his need  for God, and even began tearing up as he described losses in his life, due  to his poor choices. We were able to give him a water bottle and some food for the night; until he was able to go back to his own house.

Our new friend Uncle Dwain whose life had been spared 10+ times( there were gun & knife wounds to prove it!)

Jonathan with our new friend Uncle Dwain whose life had been spared 10+ times( there were gun & knife wounds to prove it!)

As we spoke with Uncle Dwain some of the other women with out group spoke to a soft spoken young lady, outside of the car. It was never completely clear but odds are she took part in some level of prostitution, based on their conversation. The women were able to bless her with food and water as well as encourage and gently convict  the woman spiritually. Mia and Esther hugged her tightly as two cops pulled up. Uh, oh…. we found out there was a warrant out on the woman we had been speaking with. She still had to appear for a court date, and the police  had been looking for her, for the past few days.  Tears rolled down the woman’s face,  not for her own pity but because of her cats who would be left in her house alone, with no food. We agreed to follow the police to her home to check on her cats, she loved so dearly. As we approached the house(see first image on top of page), the police officers warned not to enter the household; as he wanted to first search it. Several drug needles laid over a dirt area in the yard along side, 2 foot tall  grass. The entire house and fence area was tagged with graffiti. Her windows were broken and door left wide open. The woman was taken to jail for a few nights, however, Esther promised the woman, she would go back to the house to check on the cats. We were able to pray for the young woman before she was taken away.

Hundreds of homeless people on the streets of Caz/The Zone in Phoenix

Hundreds of homeless people on the streets of Caz/The Zone in Phoenix

After that we headed down to “The Zone.” The Zone is one of the most heavily populated areas of  homeless, in all of Arizona. There is actually a free facility for homeless in this area. The Facility  provides homeless of all ages with shelter, food, health clinics, etc., During the day hundreds of homeless people sit out on near by streets. We were able to speak with two different couples for several hours. We distributed, food, water and bibles to our new friends. After doing so we sat, ministered to the individuals and prayed with them. It humbled me to hear the  request of one man when we asked him for a prayer request. “I think we take a lot for granted. I am so thankful for my arms, legs and senses. I want to pray for people on the streets that have disabilities,” He said, as he teared us. The man certainly had a call on his life. He and his friend Barbara (who was blind due to a fatal infection), possessed such a quiet, yet strong and compassionate  character. They thanked us for the encouragement and wisdom, and said they would  keep us in their prayers, as well.

Team ministers to two very sweet homeless people. Barbara(sun glasses) lost her eye sight 5 years ago.

Team ministers to two very sweet homeless people. Barbara(sun glasses) lost her eye sight 5 years ago.

We had a wonderful time, and we feel fortunate to have met the people we did. Though we went there to minister and encourage them; they occurrences of the day and the people we met  ended up ministering to us as well. Please keep our homeless friends and wishfully our “former,” prostitute friends, in your prayers.

Team prays for two homeless believers

Team prays for two homeless believers


Posted on by Urban Evangie Posted in One-2-One, outreach, servant evangelism

2 Responses to Mary Magdalene Ministries

  1. Claudia Aguirre

    How do we start our own street ministry?

  2. Emily

    Start by gathering a team…even if its just one other like minded person who is passionate about Jesus:) It’s truly as simple as that and then just GO! Go share Jesus :) We would love to help with advice or assist with whatever you need, let me know:)

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