Memories of Minneapolis are still vibrant for me even though it was 26 years ago that I lived there while attending Bible College. It was there that I worked part-time as a janitor for Billy Graham’s World Headquarters. It was there that I met Billy Graham, and that I prayed for him and his crusades as I cleaned his office area.
It was also there that I met Bill Bright the founder of Campus Crusade a college ministry. The night I met him was the night Jesus impressed upon me to join my current home church where the Lord has led me to the ministry I have now.
I still remember the Megastorm snow of October 1991 when it snowed for four days a total of 28 inches of snow and shoveling several times. It was only three weeks later that a 14 inch snow came.
Even though Minneapolis represents hardship in my memories, because it was while a student there that I first began to experience severe effects of chronic illness, those years I lived there impacted me in many ways. My experiences there led me to the ministry I have today.
I left Minneapolis in April 1994 to return to my home city because I was too sick to continue my studies. At the time I thought I was perhaps returning to my home city to die.
Now as I watch the news coming out of Minneapolis I am so saddened. I am saddened and enraged by the callous officers killing an unarmed innocent man. I am also saddened by the riots, looting, and destruction happening there in response.
All I can do is pray from afar for peace in Minneapolis, write posts in my blog, and share posts in social media. My voice is a small one, but I hope to add it to the chorus of people outraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.
Praying for Minneapolis while also realizing the truth of what Dr, Martin Luther King Jr said-“A Riot is the language of the unheard” which he followed by asking the rhetorical question- “What is it that America has not heard?”
What we have not heard, really heard, is that racism still exists and our African American neighbors, friends, co-workers face it in subtle ways and overt ways all of the time.
Praying for Minneapolis. Please join me. Thank you for reading. God Bless