When the young men put down the basketball at halftime and came into the BWAP Dining Room, Tom shook every hand and began the relationship building process. That's the true mark of a Pastor, Chaplain, Mentor and a Father.
An Ocean away in Africa and India is now where Tom has accepted a new set of Pastoral duties. He's the Director of a Global Missions Organization called With Open Eyes. Tom is an Author of two books about grace and that's the message he takes around the world and that's the message he brought to Buffalo.
Paul's Letter to Philemon regarding "his son" Onesimus is an excellent example of grace. Tom is an excellent Bible Teacher who told the story in a way that young people could understand. Onesimus was not Paul's biological son but rather his adopted son spiritually. That message reflects Tom's life; he became like a father to guys in prison. He's now like a father to Pastors and people on several continents and his fatherhood is growing! Tom still has a letter from an inmate who had put Tom on his hit-list. Tom struggled through to grace and embraced the inmate in a bold act of love. Most un-graced guys would have made sure the inmate suffered in retaliation. Tom's story was a real life application of a Bible truth.
If Tom would have had longer than nine minutes, his testimony would have included the guiding heart of his wife Sharon. He is who he is because of God and his wife. Thanks Tom and Sharon Burger for being an inspiration to young people in Buffalo. Jesus loves you and so do we.
Every week something extraordinary happens at BWAP. Tom gave out many copies of his books (you can buy them at the links below.) One young man told a story about his life as Tom gave him his books. He lost a basketball scholarship because of gang involvement and spent five years in jail. He now wants to mentor young guys and help them avoid life's destructive roads. Our goal at BWAP is to help young men become mentors and role models for the young boys and teenagers. God is bringing the guys to us. Thanks God, we appreciate You!
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Tom's Books - Simple Grace Simple Faith
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