What To Do When Drunk Homeless People Want To Fight You? [Guest Video Blog]

So every Tuesday, I lead a team of our DTS students down to Waikiki to partner up with RK who pastors a church made up of mostly homeless people.  We pass out pizza and talk, listen and pray for them.

Last week, a drunk guy came up to me and got in my face and told me he was going to kick my “butt.”  I was sitting with my back against a picnic table so I had no where to go if he threw a punch.  RK intentionally backed away.  I felt the need to stand up to defend myself if I needed to but I thought if I stood up it would just escalate the situation.  So there I sat… luckily, nothing happened… he got bored with me and then decided to go hit on my female students…

Here’s RK’s thoughts.  What do you think?

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K WalkersFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Just happened to me.

I walked away.

When followed across the street quite a distance I finally turned to him, pointed right at him and loudly commanded him to “Go away in Jesus’ name!”

It worked.

I’d do THAT again.

The turn the other check admonition is for open handed slaps, in my understanding.

I would respond with pepper spray or limited violence if needed to get away (in an area where I minister).

Jim BakerFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:26 pm

thanks for sharing. interesting interpretation of Matt 5:39, i’d never thought about that…

JenniferFebruary 20, 2014 - 8:56 am

I would ask him if I could pray for him, and be praying to Jesus the whole time in my head for protection. As Christians we always want (and need)to represent ourselves in the way our Father calls us to (although sometimes hard). It seems that the enemy was using this guys to provoke and create a rise that could have “potentially” disrupted the ministry. You guys are doing a wonderful job that is very rewarding but not always easy, I know. My husband and I will be praying for protection over you guys every Tuesday night.

Jim BakerFebruary 20, 2014 - 9:25 am

thanks Jenni! We had a crazy experience this past week, I’ll blog about it soon. We greatly welcome your prayers.

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