‘I Do It to Please God’: Missouri Christian Cleans Up Ferguson Following Riots

WilliamsFERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri man is making headlines after he was seen cleaning up the streets of Ferguson, and is telling reporters that he believes that he was led by God to do something positive in the community.

Terrance Williams, 23, is from St. Louis and aspires to become a police officer. Williams says as he watched the rioting on television, his heart broke. He prayed and asked God what he should do.

“My heart just began to cry out to God, and I just asked Him, ‘What can I do? What can Terrance do to go out there and make a difference?'” he recalled in telling his story this week to the Daily Signal. “Later that night, the Lord just put it on my heart, ‘Son, I want you to go out there and I want you to clean up.'”

Williams said that he became excited about the idea, and couldn’t wait to get out on the streets.

“[O]riginally, I was going to start at 9 o’clock and it hit 6:30, and my heart just began to [seem to say], ‘Get up! Get up! Get up!'” he explained. “And I got up at 6:30, and I went to the store. I bought some bags and a pair of gloves, and I just put my green boots to the ground and just began to walk and do what God put on my heart to do.”

Williams said that some of his friends from college chipped in to help as well. The group had been praying and reaching out the community since the incident first happened in Ferguson in August. He said that others who saw him cleaning up the streets after the riots soon wanted to join him.

“A lot people that saw me cleaning up were like, ‘Hey, excuse me, sir. Do you mind if I lend a helping hand?'” Williams recalled. “[And I said,] ‘Absolutely, sir, you can help.”

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And so, the former Marine Corps ROTC leader and his friends went out each day with a roll of garbage bags and simply cleaned up the streets. A photograph taken by a bystander soon went viral online.

He said that he does not see the issue as a racial matter because the world is so much wider.

“It’s not just about white or black,” Williams stated. “It’s about all walks of life. I met people who wanted to shake my hand just to say thank you for cleaning up. I’ve met business owners that expressed to me how they felt… It’s just been an awesome experience and it’s just been amazing.”

He outlined, however, that although he has received much applause for his service to the community, he only seeks to please an audience of one.

“Everything that I do, I try to do it to please God,” Williams said. “Everything I do, I try to do it to make Him happy.”

“Since I was a little kid, I always knew that my life had a calling,” he stated. “I want to be able to go out there and spread positive information and help those that may be in danger. So, from the age of seven, I set my mind on that I want to be a police officer, and I’ve never given up that hope.”

Williams is in the final phase of his studies to become a police officer, as has been approved to proceed to the physical fitness test.


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  • Vito Zabala Halasan

    touch by God…

  • Neiman

    Zechariah 4: …9″The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his
    hands will finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 10″For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel– these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth.”

    The journey starts with but a small step. No matter the outcome, when a man trying to serve God tries with but a small act to rebuild something destroyed, God will will bless that man and all who join him. This act ONLY has value in that it is done to please God, otherwise it would be in vain.

  • BROOKLYN BOB

    HE DOES IT FOR GOD AND HIS COMMUNITY ! MANY OTHERS ARE TOUCHED BY THIS AND ARE JOINING HIM. GODS WORK IS NEVER DONE , ALWAYS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING PLEASING TO GOD !

    • wandakate

      The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. The haven’t in this case is Ferguson, and the workers are the community. You are right GOD’s work is “never” done completely. We need to get alone. We are all here together so we might as well make the best of it and stop this “RACIAL” crap. What difference does it make what color they are. This is almost 2015. That should have been done away with when they laid Martin Luther King to rest. He had a dream, and that dream should be that we are all created equal and treated equal. Step up to the place and enforce the dream. We are able to get along IF we try and IF we want to do it in our hearts. It’s a change of heart condition here. Share some kindness with each other, it works…

  • Lyle Goldbaum

    a picture of a man who instead of cries of racial injustice goes forth and applies himself to become more .he is a role model that other men under the same skin colour should look up to and see that he worked for his place in society instead of just expecting it to be given to him , well done sir , god be with you

  • Anita Johnston

    What a fragrant, refreshing breeze! We need MORE good news of this type. Here is a young man who is bright, humble and showing himself to be a model of positive Christianity. Wish I could shake his hand AND give him a big “grandma” hug!

    • Neiman

      Someone should contact the Police and church leaders, the good people of Ferguson and get them all to join him in cleaning up, they could turn the whole ugly incident into an incredibly positive message for the whole country that would do more to heal race relations and get this town back on a better course than almost anything else. Just think about police officers in uniform, city employees, church leaders, business people and average Ferguson citizens working together in a visible way on this project – wow!

      • Anita Johnston

        Great idea, Neiman, and YOU could be the one to make those contacts and start that chain reaction! 🙂

    • wandakate

      We are not to work for man but for GOD, and only GOD. GOD is the one who sees the condition of our hearts, and He alone knows our motivation. We may be saved by our faith, but we will be judged by our works according to the Bible.
      I am impressed with this young man and his willingness to listen to what GOD seemed to be calling him to do. The LORD will bless this young man. IF we had more people like him trying to do good and less people out in the streets screaming and causing chaos on every street corner it would be a better place. They riot and break store windows and demolish the businesses of people that didn’t do anything wrong and didn’t deserve that from the community, they hang their pants to their knees and have to show everybody their underwear which is so stupid, and make total idiots of themselves.
      Faith and trust and obedience is what is apparently needed and this young man has certainly set an example to be followed.

  • Wayne Ogilvy

    Now there’s a young man children can look up to ! And I believe he will make a great police officer !

  • Damien is Dull

    Thank you — God bless you, sir! 🙂

  • John A Warren

    God bless you, Terrance. Great job!