After our meeting, I had the honor to go for a "ride-along" with an officer who has attended our Church. It was exciting afternoon, riding around our city in a black and white patrol car. One of my childhood dreams was to be John Baker from the TV Show CHIPS.
On the other hand, the ride-along was incredibly sobering as we patrolled the streets of Santa Ana and I saw firsthand how sin has a such a strong grip on our city. From public drunkeness, to family disputes, to kids in gangs, I once again was reminded of how badly our city needs Jesus!
I can understand how Jesus felt in Matthew 9, where it says,
"36 When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."