When the Curbside Community Center van rolls into town, communities across the High Desert are served. Whether food, water, shoes, or clothing—Pastor Abel Razo and the more than 40 Curbside volunteers are fulfilling basic as well as spiritual needs.
“When you give to the poor, it’s like lending to the Lord. We are a church without walls. A church on wheels. We have the ability to ‘roll up’ to the highways, by-ways, alleys, and parks in neighborhoods to feed the children and share the good news of Jesus Christ,” said Pastor Abel.
The ministry got its start back in 2012 by partnering with The Adelanto West ministry team from Abundant Living Family Church in Hesperia serving “breakfast in a bag” to an apartment complex in Adelanto. Pastor Abel knew God was up to something bigger.
“In 2010, God brought a word: Curbside. We waited on God for about two years. We just started feeding the children of the community in Adelanto. In June 2013, it exploded. God brought many other partners, resources, and volunteers.”
Pastor Abel is on a mission to reach the lost and the hurting. Himself, a man of the streets at one time, he understands pain and loss. Abel was into drugs, violence, and gangs while living in Norwalk. At the age of 17, Abel recalls lying in a gutter, helpless and lost. He continued on that path for many more years. Then on January 7, 1983, Abel found himself in that same ‘curbside’ gutter. But this time, he cried out to God and was saved.
After joining a men’s home in Oxnard, Abel got clean and sober and dedicated his life to serving Christ. When asked what caused the miraculous change, Abel gives credit to God and his grandmother who prayed regularly for him.
“You can ask anyone who knew me. One day I was an angry jealous man on drugs and in gangs. The next day, I was changed. I was a new creation.”
Abel and his wife of nearly 41 years, Heidi became ordained ministers in 2016. They serve together in the Curbside Community Center ministry. Their three adult children, Darlene, Eileen, and Abel Jun