Thursday, February 12, 2009
Dallas International Street Church
Last Saturday, I had the privilege of eating lunch with Pastor Karen Dudley, founder and head pastor of the Dallas International Street Church on Second Avenue in Dallas and some other friends of people who are homeless in Dallas. The church had just been shut down by the Dallas Fire Department for the second time in two months.
Previously, in early December, 2008, the Street Church had a number of fire code violations which were corrected. The church got its ‘green tag’ and reopened at the end of December, which meant by the fire department’s standards, it was up to code at that time. I visited the church for the first time during that closure, and wrote about the experience on this blog:
Rumors abound as to the reasons for this closing, so I’ll not add further fuel to that fire here, but rather will stick to what I know, which is this: no one in town is doing what Pastor Karen is doing. She is taking in and giving refuge and care to people who literally have no other options. The population she serves and the neighborhood where she serves them are both extremely vulnerable. And… she does what she does with unconditional love the equal of which it would be hard to find anywhere in this city.
Last Saturday night I also had the pleasure of attending the taping of Pastor Karen’s worship service at Access 34 Television. It was the second time I’d heard the Dallas International Street Church gospel choir — they are terrific! I hope they produce a CD soon — I’ll be the first in line to buy it. I suggested this to the choir director, and he said, “First, we have to get the church reopened. Then we need a keyboard that doesn’t short out when we’re playing it!”
Anyone have an extra keyboard lying around in the garage you’d like to donate??? If so, I promise you’ll be proud of the choir it backs up!
Here’s a message from Pastor Karen’s website: http://www.kdministries.org/
“The time is now. If you can help in any way, please contact me, Pastor Karen Dudley, Dallas International Street Church, 2706 2nd Ave., Dallas, Texas 75210 Phone: 214-928-9595”