“All I Want To Do is Change A City…”—Part 1

In 1960, Rudy Johnson, his wife and 3 young children headed to Peru to plant a church.  The work was hard, and they were not joined by any co laborers for nearly 7 years.

But the church grew through persistence and faithfulness.  In fact, the church planted more than 40 more churches.  It’s been estimated that this church has now influenced 128 million people.

By 1976, Rudy and his wife were ready to retire so they returned home to Miami, FL.  There, he bought a house next to his son and his grandchildren.  As a favor to his son, he agreed to lead a missions team to another part of Peru—Cusco, Peru.

Despite his objections, Rudy sensed God’s calling to Cusco.  He sold his house and returned to the field.  I met Rudy in the Fall of 2000, where he indicated he was looking for the first $750,000 to acquire the property and start a church and school in Cusco.  To this day I remember Rudy’s plea:  “All I want to do is to change a city…”

Read about the outcome of Rudy’s plea in my next blog.  But for now, focus upon his words and their challenge.  How many of us would pray for a city, and ask that God use us to change that city?  Perhaps, we should start today.  Such is the generous life.



William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation (www.servantchristian.com).  Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity.  He may be reached at whigh@servantchristian.com.


3 Responses to ““All I Want To Do is Change A City…”—Part 1”

  1. ccaldwell1@farmersagent.com Says:

    This is a beautiful objective and vision. I have noticed that along with every genuine vision and mission God gives us the passion and anointing to get the job done.

    Rev. Colin L. Caldwell

  2. william high Says:

    thanks Colin — a good word!

  3. shamae Says:

    When our LORD gave us the vision and passion to start inspiring other peoples lives, HE gave us this youth ministry – for the street kids, marginalized, IP’s and out of school youths.. and became a steward and a change maker.
    Its also a great challenge for we are living with them 24/7, though we are physically, emotionally and financially drained but great to our LORD GOD for HE is our SOURCE of everything…. Praises and Honor to HIM.

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