Monday, July 2, 2012

Roberto: One of the Evangelist's Unsung Heroes

By Tony Miano

The above photo was taken on July 19, 2008. The occasion was the annual City of Glendale, CA, Car Show. I had drawn a pretty good-size and exuberant crowd on the corner of Brand Boulevard and E. Broadway. While I stood on my box preaching the gospel, I noticed a man standing to my left, near the traffic light pole, who seemed to be studying me rather intently. If you look closely, you can see him in the picture.

After I finished preaching, the man introduced himself. His name was David Selvadurai. He was on Brand Boulevard handing out tracts He had designed. That day marked the beginning of one of my most cherished friendships.

Within a week or so, David was on the box, preaching the gospel for the first time. We would spend every Tuesday morning, for the better part of a year, preaching the gospel together outside the San Fernando Superior Courthouse. We've preached together in Glendale, Burbank, San Fernando, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Huntington Beach, and Santa Monica.

David went on to form and lead one of the best, church-sponsored street evangelism teams in Southern California.

It was a little more than three years ago when David and I discovered one of our favorite fishing ponds--the North Hollywood Metro Station. David leads his team at the NoHo Metro Station on various days and at various times during the week. My team and I have become a fixture there on Saturday mornings.

Saturday, I received the following text from David, along with the above photo:
This is Roberto. He remembered my name and yours. He also remembered [Michelle's] name. He said he has been praying for us every day for the past 3 years, which is about how long we have been preaching at NoHo. Every day!
How humbling it was to learn Roberto, a man neither David nor I know personally, has been praying for us and our evangelism efforts at the North Hollywood Metro Station, for three years.

Prayer warriors are, to the open-air preacher and street evangelist, the unsung heroes of the ministry. Those who, like Roberto, commit to pray daily for those of us heralding the gospel on the streets, are an invaluable and critically important member of the team.

I hope to see Roberto at NoHo, sometime soon. I look forward to giving him a hug and thanking him for his priceless service to me, to David, and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

And THANK YOU to those of you who pray for me regularly. I am blessed beyond words by your support and kindness.