Bloods, Crips, and Bocci

July 29, 2010 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Four years ago a young man came to Straight Ahead Academy. Rayan* (name changed) was transitioning from a lock-up facility and while on the street had been deeply entrenched in the Bloods. He was familiar with drive-by shootings and on several occasions the front door to his mother’s house was the Crips’ target. Providentially, neither he, nor his mother or sister were ever injured.  During his time at the Academy Rayan was afraid of one thing…that the Crips would find his location, send in one of their own, and take him out.

Over these last four years God has been working in Rayan’s life. He has a full-time job at a golf course, is in recovery, and is growing in his faith. God has even helped him conquer his fear of the Crips. Last month Straight Ahead had a staff retreat which Rayan attended, as a former resident of the program. I was concerned because some of our staff members are former Crips. I didn’t know how Rayan would react when he recognized their gang tattoos. On the street, in their former lives as gang members, the code would be to attack on sight. At our Straight Ahead picnic there was a new code…a code of brotherly love. The Bible says that as believers in Jesus Christ, “we regard no one from a worldly point of view…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17).

In Christ, Rayan was able to see his former Crip rivals as brothers in the Lord. Only in Christ can former Bloods and Crips come together in peace and brotherhood. In fact, my only concern for anyone getting out of hand all day was during a very competitive game of Bocci ball! (To read about more reconciliation between the Crips and Bloods, go online to this address http://www.worldmag.com/articles/16884 to view the story World Magazine did on Straight Ahead).

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