Gang Banger to Usher

Melvin Barlow

Melvin Barlow smiles as he cleans a range donated to the Good Samaritan Training Center.

I was a professional car thief: I had the skill to steal a car right from under you. I was also a “gang banger” from the West Side, and had been in and out of the correctional system since the young age of thirteen. That is, until February 5, 2006, when I was released from prison.

However, I was not yet delivered from my gang banging and was in desperate need of deliverance. My deliverance came late one night when a few of my friends and I were driving home from clubbing. We were going about 100 miles per hour when my world literally turned upside down as our car began rolling and bouncing around like we were inside a pinball machine. While we were bouncing, I said, “Lord, if you let me live through this, I will do whatever you ask of me.”

And He answered my plea! I met a friend from The Good Samaritan Training Center. I began doing my community service there and eventually God helped me with steady, paying work. I felt good about myself, being involved with community work and making my own income.

Through prayers and faith, here I am: a brand new man and an active member in New Life Worship Center. I went from being a gang banger and prisoner to an usher. The Lord’s light is shinning all around me. My friends and family are now proud of me and what I am doing with my life.

If not for the Lord, I would be dead or doing life in prison right now. I have to give thanks to God for having the Good Samaritans reach out to me, showing me God’s love and giving me another chance at life.

I am truly thankful.

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