With regret, my family was unable to attend the homecoming celebration of our dear friend, David Wilkerson. Due to my own personal sickness, Jeri and I and our family could not be present to pay tribute to this man who so radically changed our lives.

The story of Teen Challenge is the story of Steve and Jeri Hill. Christ was brought to us and nurtured in us through this ministry. It’s with tears in my eyes that I say, thank you brother Dave, for being there for us.

The Wilkerson family has ministered in ways that many people are aware of, but also in thousands of ways that have gone unheard. Only the Holy Spirit knows the far-reaching depth of this man of God.

My last conversation with him was just a few months ago, while passing through one of the most difficult times of my life. He said, “Steve, you’re one of mine and I want you to know that the same Jesus who saved you and filled you with His Holy Spirit, is the same Jesus who can heal your body. Just trust Him. I’m praying for you.” 

We want the Wilkerson family to know that the blazing torch that this man has held high will never go out. May the blessing of the Lord rest upon them and World Challenge Ministries.

Steve Hill and his wife, Jeri, are the founders and senior pastors of Heartland World Ministries Church, a thriving group of believers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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