25: Scars Tell Stories

Scars Tell StoriesHave you ever regretted your physical or even emotional scars? You wish they’d just disappear. You may have even tried removing them. Our guest today shares how he thought about this as well. And then he found his scars tell stories that help hurting people hear God’s story.

We introduced Kay G Wilson in episode #24 “Tragedy on Speed Dial.” Kay G is a peace activist who brings a positive, caring message to those without hope – and he’s been doing that for over 13 years. Today you’ll learn more about Kay G’s work in street ministry and how his tattoos make a difference.

It wasn’t enough to listen to Kay G’s stories from a safe distance. He challenged us to take part in a street ministry event. So, on a beautiful fall day we joined Kay G and a number of others on the corner of Franklin & Chicago. He told us this is one of the most notorious spots in Minneapolis for gang activity. It was eye-opening to witness people smoking crack at the bus stop.

We were there mainly to learn and pray. It was a privilege to pray with a half dozen or more people. Our hearts broke as several of them shared their stories. Through tears, one man spoke of being sober for over a year and had just recently slipped back into drug use again.

Right there, seemingly on the devil’s door step, we couldn’t help but see the contrast. On the one hand, this was a park known for drug deals, addiction and violence. But that day, it was filled with passionate prayers, gospel-inspired music and stories of God freeing people. There was even dancing! It felt like a spiritual battlefield, but we never felt afraid. There was hope on the street corner that afternoon. God transformed how we looked at that park. We pray in a different way for those neighborhoods. And we long for God to keep pouring out his power and freedom there.

Kay G’s past with drugs, gangs and violence gives him credibility on the street. But even more than that, his genuine love for people opens doors to share what God did to get him out of that life. He’s not afraid to put his arm around people on the street. At the same time, he’s not afraid to speak truth to them.

Learn more about Kay G Wilson, Peace Activist, United in Peace, Inc.

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