June 23, 2010
'The Gang Became My Family'
Mini-documentary shows Central American gang members discussing hunger for belonging
For almost a year, Christianity Today has partnered with The Lausanne Movement for The Global Conversation, a series of stories meant to spark, well, global conversation as a run-up to the Third Congress on World Evangelization to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, October 16-25. The goal of the conference is to promote unity, humbleness in service, and a call to action for global evangelization.
Part of The Global Conversation includes a series of videos meant to add another layer to the discussion. One recent mini-documentary profiles Central American gang members who have been incarcerated for their crimes. The men all spoke of how they were abandoned or neglected by their families, and rejected by the church, and they turned to gangs to find friendship and love. "The gang became my family," said one. A pastor who ministers to the inmates talked about how only the love of God can reach these men.