Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Before my first visit, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t prepared for the “conveyor belt” of humanity when I first stepped out onto the corner of Bourbon and St. Peters.
In 2007, I connected with RAVEN Ministries to do street evangelism on the most chaotic dark street, possibly in all of America. Week after week, we take the light and love of the Gospel to Bourbon Street, which brings in an average of 50,000 people on a non-event weekend. We literally have the opportunity to “go unto all the world,” without having to board a plane. People from every nation flock in droves to see the infamous “Big Easy.” I have had a lot of great conversations with people, and have seen demoniacs being set free as well as men and women come to salvation.
But the ministry we do on Bourbon Street is not for the faint of heart. There have been many times we’ve been cursed at and mocked. I’ve also been physically assaulted by a self-professing witch, so we experience both extremes. Preaching truth to sinners is always an offensive thing, yet the Lord has turned my heart toward these very people.
I have come to realize that rather than being a part of the crowd, every single person out there is looking for answers and desires to know the truth about the world they live in; they just need to humble themselves and look to the creator of the heavens and the earth: Jesus Christ.
Ministry like this can at times be challenging, but I will press on because life is meaningless if I am not fulfilling my Father’s will and desire by seeking and saving the lost through Jesus Christ.