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The Board of Directors of ESA/Love INC is pleased to announce a new tool to help us reach our communities for Jesus.


Following the Lord to Change Lives & Communities.

Written by Alan Doswald

This is a story of God’s faithfulness…

PRAY and DO the NEXT THING weaves together the story of Alan Doswald’s life; his 47 years of full-time Christian ministry, including 37 years as the Founder and Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action and Love INC, in Fresno, California, and the history and development of the ESA/Love INC ministry.

This book shares many of the Biblical principles Alan has learned over the years. One of those is, “pray and do the next thing”. As we seek God in prayer, He is able to lead us, step-by-step, as we follow Him.

This book will encourage you to pray, step out in faith, and follow the Lord in the ways He is leading you. When you do, God will be glorified and He will use your life in ways you never imagined!

Also available for purchase at Majesty Bible & Gifts in Fresno: 7020 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

“This is a beautiful and wonderful story. You will be challenged deeply as you read it and reflect on it.”

– From the Foreword by Paul Cedar, Chairman of Mission America Coalition

Reader Reviews

A book that the Body of Christ desperately needs. I met the author, Alan Doswald, around 1969. He’s the real deal. God has taught me a lot through this man and I am delighted that others will learn and relearn because of this book. It’s an easy read on one level because it is written in simple language, but it is very “meaty” as the author deals with the “big ideas” of the New Testament on the level of his own Holy Spirit-Led experiences. So it’s DEEP!
Ron Bock Christian Businessman
This is an engaging and personal story of ministry and a practical guide to ministering in your community. It is absolutely biblical and Christ centered. The author has been in ministry for 45 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on how Christians and their churches can transform themselves and their city through praying for others, caring for them, and sharing the Gospel.
C.D. Rooks D. Min., World Wide Ministries
Alan Doswald is a friend, a colleague, and a pioneer. His story unfolds a life of faithful dedication to Jesus and to our Lord’s clear instruction to love; not just those we love but those who are lost and those with less. His story is more than inspiring. It is instructive on how to heed the call to “love your neighbor” on your street and, with the Church, to love your city. Should you buy this book? Pray. Then do the next thing. How can you impact your neighborhood? Pray. Then…
Phil Miglioratti Facilitator, Prayer and City Transformation
Alan Doswald walks the talk. Pray and Do the Next Thing is the fascinating story of what happens when faith shows itself in love, loving God and others as ourselves. It is a story of “show and tell”. It is an account of “Evangelicals for Social Action”, of churches working together to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of their community. It is the journey of faith when a follower of Jesus prays and does the next thing.
Dr. John L. Amstutz Pastor, Missionary, Professor Kings Seminary and LIFE Pacific College
I have known Alan for almost 40 years and he is the genuine article. More significantly, the work he is involved with in Fresno is the only example I know of churches working together across racial and denominational boundaries to affect a whole city. Alan’s life and his work are extremely inspiring.All over America young Christians are discovering the city. They are discovering its great needs and also its great potential and excitement.
Tim Stafford Author, Editor at Large for Christianity Today Magazine
I have known Alan since the 1970's when he invited me to Fresno to speak to his inner-city Youth for Christ club. Alan has connected me to pastors and other Christian leaders working to transform their city. Over the years, I have done extensive ministry in Fresno. Alan was part of a small group of leaders I called together several years ago, in Chicago, who founded Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). He is my friend, a colleague in ministry and I highly recommend his story.
John Perkins Co-Founder, CCDA, President Emeritus, John Perkins Foundation

Featured excerpts from PRAY and DO the NEXT THING

Excerpt p. 44

Notice Jesus said, “You are” salt and light. It is not a command or a suggestion. He assumes His followers will follow Him, that they will be different and make a difference… Perhaps we need to check up on ourselves and see if we look more like the World, or more like the Lord.

Excerpt p. 143

What if Christians were actively loving their neighbors where they live, work and attend school… What if we were hearing testimonies in our churches of changed lives and we were praying together, asking God to lead us as we love our neighbors?

Excerpt p. 111

Go out and love others. It’s not just about you and me, it is also about Him and them. Where do you start? You can pray and do the next thing God shows you to do… Remember, the shortest route to the mission field is right out your front door.

Excerpt p. 49

How can the church more closely follow Christ? One way is to realize that the key to health is both food and exercise. People go to church to be fed, but then we need to go out and exercise our faith. Without exercise, we become spiritually fat Christians. Just believing the right stuff without obedience is not what Jesus had in mind.

Excerpt p. 96

As we pray and worship together, the walls between pastors of large churches and small churches, as well as racial and denominational barriers, are broken down. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We love and care for each other.

Excerpt p. 31

I discovered that the relentless, unconditional love of God, shown through His people is a very powerful force. It can break down the most resistant walls between people. I saw it happen again and again. God used the experiences I had at Edison High School to continue to develop my heart for people in need.