Archive for March, 2011

A great story about using soccer to fight gang violence in South Africa. Go to:

Also go the following ABC Nightline link:

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/soccer-bars-south-african-prison-soccer-team-turns/story?id=11064441

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 Each year the Lake County Jail releases approximately 1,000 women back into our community.  Ninety percent are single moms; 59% do not have high school diplomas, 47% are homeless (or have no positive, crime free place to return to) and only 20% had minimum wage jobs prior to incarceration.   Without positive intervention many of these ladies will return to the street economy drugs and prostitution to survive.  

The House That Grace Built provides intervention for these women at the critical time of being released from jail and provides them with options that include a safe place to live, job and office skills training, personal and spiritual growth and development, parenting skills, financial management and coping skills that will allow them to become self-sufficient and independent of the welfare system. See the website at:
  

http://www.thehousethatgracebuilt.com/

Wassup Gurlz?

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Awareness, Gangs, Girl Gangs, Violence, Women

Thoughts about women in the ganglife from strictly female types. Get the facts from gurlz that know at:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/gangs_girl_style.php

I dedicate this song to all you gurlz out there who are wondering who you are and if you can ever know real love. Remember gurlz, God’s love will show you that you are more than you ever could have imagined. Check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtcwQwgdsA&feature=related

A list of Illinois resources from the Billy Graham Center for incarcerated and recently released individuals trying to straighten out their lives. Find more at:

http://www.bgcprisonministries.com/index.php?id=108&state=IL

Here is a list of resources for men and women who are in jail, facing release, trying to find a job, and/or looking for vocational training.

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Billy Graham Center Institute for Prison Ministries: http://www.bgcprisonministries.com

Jewish Vocational Serviceshttp://www.jvschicago.org/ 

Prison Fellowship: http://prisonfellowship.org/pf_resources

Wayside Cross Ministries (transitional housing): http://www.waysidecross.org

Administer Justice (legal,tax, and reconciliation services): http://www.administerjustice.org/

Adonai House (housing): timlindquistwwjd@yahoo.com or phone 630.479.1612

Safer Foundation (employment): http://www.saferfoundation.org

Streetlights is an urban audio Bible that seeks to combine the breathing words of God with authentic and quality music production influenced by the cultures of the inner city. It is a tool that can be used to hear, memorize and assist youth and young adults in studying the Scriptures. Eclectic Hip-hop beats will be composed as an urban score to the Bible. Chapter by chapter, multiple voices with many different accents will be heard reading Scripture as the beats create a canvas for the text. Imagine God’s Word shining its light through mp3 players, social networking sites and speakers throughout the cities worldwide. Get a sample on the following link:

http://humblebeast.com/streetlights/

As many of you know, the first week in march is traditionally known among the Latin Kings as King Week. Its a time of celebrating the power, history, and lore of the ALKQN.  As I was thinking about this and talking to people I know in the Kings, I was reminded that the real author of power,  as well as  of freedom and basic human rights, is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. It’s to him that ALL power is given, that ALL respect is due. That’s because he took “the great violation” for all gangbangers when he was nailed to the Cross. When gangbangers talk about power, that talk contains only a small hint of what real power is all about. Let me give you a description of what real power looks like. In two passages of the Bible we get a description of God handing over power to his Son Jesus Christ, the one who will return to collect his own and to judge the rest of the world.

In the Old Testament we find the Prophet Daniel giving us this description of power being handed to Christ (Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14):
9″As I looked, thrones were set in place,  and the Ancient of Days took his seat.  His clothing was as white as snow;  the hair of his head was white like wool.  His throne was flaming with fire,  and its wheels were all ablaze.  A river of fire was flowing,  coming out from before him.  Thousands upon thousands attended him;  ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.  The court was seated,  and the books were opened.

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

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A similar portrayal of Christ is found in the New Testament (I Thessalonians 4: 16-17):

 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.

In both cases, we see Jesus as a coming king, the ruler of all things and the judge of all men. This is all made possible because Jesus was “violated,” not for what he did, but for what you did. Because he was blameless and took that “violation” for you, God has made him the sovereign king of all creation and the final judge of all men.  It doesn’t matter if you are ALKQN, NAACP, WASP, all of us must answer to Christ for the life we lived and ultimately answer the question, “How did you respond to my Son’s invitation to open your heart to My eternal plan of forgiveness?” For those who can respond that they accepted the grace of God, repented of their sins, and followed Christ, there is eternal life with the one who saved us from our sins. If our trust is in the nacion, the country, the President, or some organization, then we will have failed to put our trust in the right place and the cost is eternal separation from God. So, my brothers and sisters in the nacion, please spend some time this week reflection on what the Word of God, the Bible, has to say about God, love, truth, and forgiveness. Kingism is one of many philosophies that try to address the issue of man’s relationship to God, but only the Bible has the full truth of God’s love and of the King of Kings, the one who gave himself to not only set us free from sin and its results, but to give us the abundant life that God always planned for us to enjoy. This is all summed up in four short words, TRUST IN THE CROSS.

Crossfire is in the process of beginning some Gangs Anonymous groups. if you’re trrying to deal with gang-related issues and could use some help in sorting through things, Gangs Anonymous may be able to help. The actual places that we will meet is dependent on the numbers of guys wanting to attend in various neighborhoods and the presence of someone to lead the groups. Groups will be available for men or women. If you are interested in being part of Gangs Anonymous in either of those capacities, please let us know by calling me at 773.294.8849 or e-mailing me at:

 rlg2@uchicago.edu

Hey guys-

You may remember me from the Gangs to Grace basketball league two years ago. I came with Anthony enjoyed getting to know guys like Nacho, Joey, and David there. I’d like to catch up with you guys some time in the near future. Holler at me when you get a chance (773.294.8849). If you have questions about Crossfire or the website, let me know.