Pastor Raising $300,000 to Transform Neighborhood's Last Strip Club Into a Church

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Pastor Raising $300,000 to Transform Neighborhood’s Last Strip Club Into a Church Says ‘Revival Is Coming to NYC

By  Nicola Menzie | Christian Post Reporter

    Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church in the Bronx borough of New York City took this photo of himself inside the shuttered Platinum Pleasures strip club. He hopes to purchase the building and convert it into a church and community outreach center     (Photo: Facebook/Reggie Stutzman)     Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church in the Bronx borough of New York City took this photo of himself inside the shuttered Platinum Pleasures strip club. He hopes to purchase the building and convert it into a church and community outreach center.

Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church in the Bronx borough of New York City took this photo of himself inside the shuttered Platinum Pleasures strip club. He hopes to purchase the building and convert it into a church and community outreach center
(Photo: Facebook/Reggie Stutzman) 

NEW YORK — A New York City pastor who leads a congregation in a notoriously seedy neighborhood is determined to transform a shuttered strip club into their new church, and believes a recent witnessing opportunity outside the facility was a sign that God would be bringing “revival” to the city.

“I had an extraordinary conversation with this man who used to be a patron there. He said his life is just a wreck,” Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church told The Christian Post, relating a chance encounter he had recently with a driver outside of the Platinum Pleasures strip club in Hunts Point, located in NYC’s Bronx borough.

The pastor and his congregation, which numbers 50-70 people, have been meeting for prayer every Tuesday evening on the club’s sidewalk ever since Stutzman laid eyes on the “For Sale” banner strung across the building last month.

Just this past Tuesday, God sent a sign, Stutzman believes, that He has heard their prayer and that it was only a matter of time before Platinum Pleasures becomes a sacred space.

The sign came in the form of a man named Michael who was behind the wheel of a BMW and took notice of the prayer meeting.

“I saw him make a U-turn in the street and honk his horn and roll his window down. He asked if the club was still open, and I said, ‘No, I’m putting my church in here.'”

When invited to sit in Michael’s car, Pastor Stutzman, who worked previously as director of chapel and compassionate care at NYC’s Bowery Mission for 10 years, complied.

“I got in the car with a stranger and just began to just talk to him about the Lord, and all of a sudden he just begins to weep,” shared Stutzman, adding that the man accepted Jesus into his life right then and there.

Stutzman added that “he was coming to go to the club but when he saw me there, God just opened his heart. It was an incredible night, you [could] just feel the presence of God in his car.”

Not only was it “an incredible moment” for the Assemblies of God pastor, but, as far as he is concerned, it was “a confirmation” that God, too has His sights set on Platinum Pleasures.

Read more: http://www.christianpost.com/news/pastor-raising-300000-to-transform-neighborhoods-last-strip-club-into-a-church-says-revival-is-coming-to-nyc-116508/

9 Comments on “Pastor Raising $300,000 to Transform Neighborhood's Last Strip Club Into a Church”

  1. DEISON

    The Lord works in marvelous ways. This man initially came to fulfil the desires of his flesh and the works on the enemy although God intervened. Through this divine intervention, delivering the Gospel message through this pastor saved this lost soul from the depths of hell. His BMW could have crashed that same day prior to reaching the club formerly known as platinum pleasures and His death would had had a miserable and eternal outcome. Thank the Lord, Jesus for triggering this mans repentance through this pastor. May the Lord be with him and hopefully allow him to attend this innovated house of God. May Jesus Bless you all and may you take notes on this story.

  2. YHWH is King

    Hallelujah! I honestly had lost hope in America. But i believe GOD can make a difference with men and women l8r thus pastor who are determined to take a stand

  3. Darla

    Hmmm……I guess I’m a little dumbfounded. Why would God want that pastor to turn that strip club into a church? Couldn’t you build your own with 300k?

  4. 1servant

    The Father loves us sooooooooooooo much and He’s not willing for any of us to perish. Thank you ABBA for loving us thru your Son. Amazing love and Amazing grace, it’s all in Jesus!

  5. watchman

    Let us not be so quick to say this is the move of God. Where is the discernment???
    God does work in so many ways, beyond our understanding, but that doesn’t mean because the man accepted Christ, that the strip club must be turned into a church. If God didn’t speak to this Pastor outright, then he is moving in his own fleshly desires for a church.

  6. Christina

    I think this is a great thing. I do believe that God can move miraculously in this new church. It really does not matter what the location once was, what matters is what it will be! Many will come to participate in lusts of the flesh but stumble upon a service of salvation, healing and deliverance, let us be positive about such a move. Amen and Amen!!

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