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Bushwick, Brooklyn SOJOURN — At the time, I didn’t like whites.

HINGE: Confronting racism & one’s own unhingement by the anger at racism are both issues that are embodied in the ministry of Bishop Lonnie Stocks at The Jesus Saves Ministry Deliverance Center on 529 Evergreen Avenue.

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Bishop Lonnie Stocks. Photo: Melissa Kimiadi/A Journey through NYC religions

 

 

 

 

 

I was in jail for the IRS -- they took a levy for bounced checks I had written. I was in jail for 88 days in Goldsboro, North Carolina. At the time, I didn't like whites. I grew up in the South, and whites threw eggs at me. Ironically, a White man saved me. Photo: Melissa Kimiadi/A Journey through NYC religions

 

 

There was a man who used to come every day and preach to the prisoners. At first, I had my back to him every time he came. After a week or two, I became interested, and he said he would bring a Bible for me. That evening, they transferred me to Jacksonville. On the third day, they transferred me back, and he had left a Bible for me. Then, they transferred me to Wilson. I got out after 12 months, with my Bible. I didn't know Christ, but by reading the Bible, I fell in love. Photo: Melissa Kimiadi/A Journey through NYC religions

 

 

Today, one-on-one ministry is needed. We need people that will go door-to-door, house-to-house in street evangelism, and put tents up for 24/7 street services. You cannot expect people to find it. You have to be patient and graceful. Illustration: Tony Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

 

Interview was done by Melissa Kimiadi. {20170217_0600]

 

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