Tired of trying in vain to break his addiction to marijuana, Ralph resolved to take his own life. But as he stood atop a building, about to end his life, the sound of singing from a nearby church interrupts him - and eventually, he steps down from his perch and walks into the church where his life changes forever.
Ralph had been on marijuana for two years and on heroin for three years. He was deep into the habit. He had tried a hundred times to break the addiction. He tried to leave his gang, where his buddies were mainlining with him. Each time he failed. There was only one out, Ralph thought: he had to take his own life before he took the life of someone else on a dark night when he was desperate for a fix. One night two years ago, Ralph climbed on a roof. He stood at the ledge, ready to dive head first into the street. He was waiting only until the sidewalk below him was clear.
And at that moment, he heard the sound of singing.
It came from one of our Gang Churches, meeting in a building directly across the street from the tenement where Ralph stood. He lifted his head and listened. “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross . . .”
Ralph stepped down from his perch. He listened to the rest of the song, and then he walked down the stairs of the building and crossed the street. A sign outside invited him to come in and hear the story of how God was working in Brooklyn streets to help boys addicted to drugs and tied to the gangs.
He went in. And Ralph has never been the same since. He turned his life over to Christ, and later he received the baptism of the Spirit.