Fred Jordan often said, “Can anything good come out of Skid Row,” echoing Nathanael’s question: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Referring to a criticism about Jesus’ humble origins.)
Fred went on to explain that the ministry he began in 1944 as an evangelism training school, and an outreach to the poor quickly expanded worldwide - - from Skid Row to the world.
Missionaries in Fred’s first school of evangelism were trained to share their faith, and they also learned to serve the poor through hands-on ministries of compassion at the Mission on Skid Row.
Hundreds of missionaries were sent to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Ghana, Hong Kong, Argentina, Liberia and Mexico. Fred’s goal was to establish indigenous churches that would become self-governing and self-supporting. So the missionaries focused on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing the lost to Him, discipling the new believers, and training them to become the leaders of the ministries when the missionaries moved on to new areas.
Fred and Willie built churches, orphanages, schools, hospitals and missions, helping to transform the physical and spiritual lives of some of the world’s most impoverished