My name is David Dunn, 61 years of age. About 5 years ago I got very sick with congestive heart disease, my heart was only 💔operating at 20%. I sat home for 3 months, couldn't work 💔, couldn't do anything at all. I prayed for months to be healed in the name of Jesus Christ. This went on for while and suddenly one day, an idea struck my mind. it was something like, make a promise to God, he will heal your heart in return. I didn't know how to react to that idea or voice inside of me but i just verbally stated this, "Father God i promise to do anything, go anywhere, be anything you want me to be if you can just heal my heart please"
honoring the promise
This seemed like a just statement but guess what, it was more than that, it was a covenant i made with God and i knew i had to fulfill my end of the bargain. I used to help people but i didn't know that it was actually a call from God as a way of service. i had to start a ministry for my service to God and that is when the Idea of an International ministry kicked in .I knew this was a big ting because i had to think about a lot of things like coming up with a name, getting the necessary paperwork ready and all that plus it had to be an international ministry which would be able to bring people together no matter their heritage, race and beliefs. Well I must say this was a huge request from the Lord our God simply because i had never imagined it in my life. From James 1:27, I knew that helping those in need was right at the core of God's heart; it states that "Pure religion and un defiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself un spotted from the world."
At this point, I knew I had to do something and my heart raced towards Africa.in 2016, Azusa Street Ministries was born to offer assistance to good Samaritans orphanages in Uganda East Africa. Things started to grow and take off. In just about 3 months I had 500 people on my page on Facebook and we got about 10 orphanages with Azusa at that time. To grow our community even more, two years later, we launched our first Facebook page for Azusa Street Ministries and another one last fall. the number at that time had increased to 12 orphanages with Azusa street Ministries. We started a website a year later still with our 12 orphanages and a group of volunteers working to build the great commission of Jesus Christ.
Work at Azusa Street Ministries
Our goals are to feed the poor, elderly, sick, widows and orphans that have no families.
I've learned more about the holy spirit in 5 years than in the first 55 years of my life i must say. First and foremost was the fact that you can't out give God. Thank you Lord for your loving grace.
The Gospel became alive and practical for us. From the bible is a great lesson we learned from Isaiah 1:17 which states that "Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow." this was exciting yet humbling.
Looking back right now, I see no way this service could have turned out the way it has. I am humbly reminded that many times when God asks us to do something, often he will not give us the blueprint of the journey; He expects us to have some faith (not putting our eyes on what's around us) and then step out to act. He then handles the rest. He uses people from different backgrounds to come together for a significant cause.
I learned that sometimes helping is easy, more often inconvenient (because it gets us out of our comfort zones), but always necessary. It has the power to change this world.