Street Evangelist Tom Alexander hoisting the large cross upright and praying at Compton’s City Hall.

Since 1973 (when I became a believer) I have always wanted to go to Compton and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, after a successful and awesome cross walk in East Los Angeles and downtown Los Angeles, here I was!

Walking the large 10-foot, 60-pound cross on the sidewalk running parallel with Compton Avenue, I immediately was taken back by the friendliness of all the people passing by in vehicles, as well as the large number of believers coming up just to say hi and talk.

So where was the rampant crime and the dirty streets and the jailhouse mentality of all the people who live here that I had heard about so often when this city’s name came up in a discussion? ¬†For all I could tell, Compton was a great city to live in. One that seemed to have had a major transformation of sorts.

Heading toward the city’s government hub, I was pleasantly surprised by all the people who came up and greeted this cross walker and who also asked for prayer for a loved one or themselves. I was also taken back by the number of individuals who thanked me for bringing the large cross to their city. I was even more surprised at what I saw at City Hall.

As I walked down Compton Avenue with a smile on my faith, little did I know what God had in store for this day.

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