“I never did ask God for the easy way.”
– Rev. David B. Bulkley
David Bulkley saw the broken men of Kansas City as “God’s human sparrows.” A Kansas City Star article in 1934, described them as “men staggering to their feet from all sorts of knockout blows, men who had lost heart in the battle of life … beaten men”.
Mrs. Bulkley became acquainted with Annie Chambers, former owner of what was once the finest and most elegant brothel in Kansas City. For decades, she ran it protected by police and businessmen, until prohibition and a crackdown on prostitution closed her down. By 1934, Annie was 92 and had been supporting herself by giving tours of her decaying brothel.
The friendship between the Bulkleys and the lonely former Madame grew. She shared her life story with them; they shared the Gospel with her. Soon after giving her heart to the Lord, she deeded her home to City Union Mission. “I have been thinking lately that there are many women who need just such love and sympathy to save them,” she told the Bulkleys. “I want to give you this big house of mine for that purpose.” With the acquisition of this property and finally, the Eva Prince mansion, the Bulkeys began ministries to men, women and children that reach “God’s human sparrows” even today with the same vital, life-changing information of God’s love and sacrifice for them.