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Y B SURPRISED? DIS IZ JUZ SIGNZ OF DA END OF TIMEZ, CHECK DA NEWSPAPER N LOOK OUTSIDE, LOOK AT DA TEMPERATURE N LOOK DA CRIME, ITZ ALL ON DA RISE, SAME 4 DA PRICE OF JUZ DA BEANZ N RICE, ITZ JUZ LIKE DA BIBLE PROPHESIED…ITZ NEVER LIED OR NOT BEEN RITE, NOT EVEN ONCE, N NEVER TWICE…DATZ DA REASON U SHUD PUT YA FAITH IN CHRIST N CHANGE YA LIFE, AT LEAST IF U EXPECT 2 SURVIVE N STAY ALIVE…

LISTEN 2 MY ADVICE, DONT WORRY BOUT DA NIGGAZ WHO HATIN N LOOKIN SHIFE, PRAY 4 EM N 4GIVE EM CUZ DEY DUNNO WUT DEY DOIN AINT RITE, WITHOUT GOD U ALWAYZ GONE B LOST N BLIND…

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I was in heading down Buffalo Avenue at 83rd street this afternoon when I received a bit of a jolt. I was taking some kids home from church and as I was driving down the street I noticed a child lying on the sidewalk. I wondered if something was wrong so I slowed down to see if I could help. Then I noticed that there was a second child kneeling next to the first one. In his hands was a piece of chalk and he was drawing the outlined profile of the first child, an outline that depicted the alignment of a body at a death scene. This is gang territory, Latin Kings to be precise. And while I know the neighborhood has faced its challenges, I was shocked and saddened to see the casualness with which death was viewed by these two young children. It’s a shame that death can be taken so lightly, when it’s made to be child’s play. Please pray for this neighborhood, for the people, the children, and the gang members. God never intended child’s play to be displayed in the chalked outline of a death scene. God has better things planned for Buffalo Avenue.

You a banger? This is a story about another banger that made it. This is about Victor Rios, but it could be you. God has a plan for you too. Just let him have his way in your life. Read more about Victor at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReQar2BTlKY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvQzDzBIGR4    (in Spanish)

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/american-graduate/jan-june12/victor_rios.html

Several informative books on Chicago gangs can be found at:

http://www.ngcrc.com/ngcrc/page4.htm

Gangs are active on many fronts, each of which has different levels of gang involvement and needs different approaches for successful crime and violence reduction. Gangs are active on the streets, in the prisons, and in schools. They have infiltrated politics and criminal justice fields. This report discusses all of these areas. It’s the latest book on Chicago’s gangs.  Loaded with information. Find it at:

https://www.chicagocrimecommission.org/ItemParent.aspx?id=14

This is a little off the beaten track for a gang website but I found this video about Tim Tebow and thought I would add it to the site to show what can happen when somebody truely commits their life to the LORD. Tebow’s football skills have given him the chance to play in front of a lot of people but his commitment to Christ has made him the talk of the nation and given him a platform to proclaim the grace of Christ. This is just a fun video that gives an indication of the heights Tebow has reached around the country. Hope you enjoy it for what it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMK9FKMG3Nc

STRYVE: Striving to reduce youth violence everywhere. Interesting site aimed at reducing youth violence and offering an online training program to do just that. Find the site at:

http://www.safeyouth.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

Very cool group.  Ex gang members reaching out to the community and creating leaders to go back into gang neighborhoods using dance, rap, drama and technology.  Find their site at:

http://www.godsxgangsters.org/

For this brief and elementary primer on the organization of gangs go to:

http://lincolnnet.net/users/lrttrapp/http/block/gangs101.htm#structure

(Please note that this is not the same Gangs 101 referred to in the previous post).

This is a great website for those who want to know more about the gang lifestyle and how to resist it as an individual and as a community. The site is based in the Washington DC/Virginia area but has links that are valuable to those confronted by the gang culture nationwide. For more information go to :

http://hidtagangs.org/

This site will also allow you to get a free download of Henry Pachero’s book  Gangs 101: Understanding the Culture of Youth Violence. Here is the link:

http://hidtagangs.org/Downloads/Prevention/Gangs%20101%20-%20Understanding%20the%20Culture%20of%20Youth%20Violence.pdf

An inspiring article about one family and the intersection of gangs and sports in Compton’s Dominguez HS, Los Angeles. See more at:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1192636/1/index.htm.

Hi everyone-

I know that there are a lot of people reading this blog that believe in prayer. I’d ask you to pray for Cristian Garza. Cristian is a friend of mine who was just sentenced to consecutive jail terms of 6 and 15 years. So, even if he serves 50% of those sentences, it will be 10+ years before he is a free man again. Cristian has committed his life to Christ and I’d like to ask you to pray he is able to continue serving Christ in prison. While this certainly seems like a long time, those few years of imprisonment, when placed against eternity, amount to nothing. Please pray that God will strengthen Cristian and that Cristian will sense a mission and God’s call on his life while he remains incarcerated. May Cristian remember that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.

Lost Cell Phone

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone.

 This is a short note to let you know that I have lost my cell phone. For the time-being, anyone who wants to contact me should do so on my house phone ay 773.445.7537. Also, for those of you in the area. Our monthly Men’s Breakfast is tomorrow morning from 8 am to 10 am at Daystar School. Its located at 1550 South State Street. Come join us for a great breakfast and better discussion.

Ron

This is a film you may want to see.  It’s not a Christian film  but it does show something of what it’s like to be out on the streets interrupting violence.  The film shows one year in the life of several Ceasefire violence interrupters, including the challenges, frustrations, and joys of the work. Information on the film can be found at:

http://interrupters.kartemquin.com/

Here’s a blog that those interested in the gang life might be interested in viewing. The blog is not for the faint of heart or those easily offended, but if you can cope, the site can be found at:

http://chicagogangs2011.blogspot.com/

Video: 18St Barrio Fiesiocho XV3St.

http://chicagogangs2011.blogspot.com/2011/03/18st-barrio-diesiocho-xv3st.html