Part Eight Running The Christian Race And Its Heart Ache The Gangs Of New York

Nicky Cruise and Israel Narvaez

Both Nicky and Israel were members of the notorious Brooklyn street gang known as the Mau Maus named after a bloodthirsty African tribe. A Puerto Rican gang that operated from at the late 1954 to around 1962. Israel Narvaez was the president , while Nicky was warlord, vice president, and eventually became the president.
According to Nicky Cruise they were ruthless, and the average person would not dare walked into their territory at night. As Nicky stated, “Even Frankenstein and Dracula were afraid to walk in that neighborhood. According Nicky he murdered 10 ten people.
Nevertheless, a skinny preacher named David Wilkerson from Philipsburg Pennsylvania. Came from out of nowhere and declare the gospel . He had a vision from God to go slums in New York City. According to Nicky there’s no way that a type of guy like this can be so strong to stand [on] his own and to really take it.” David preached about Jesus love when Nicky slapped him in the face wanted to kill him and told him that he would cut up into thousand pieces David response was, “ but every piece would still say Jesus loves him. no one can kill love, and that God is love.”
Two weeks later, Wilkerson had an evangelistic meeting in the neighborhood. When Cruz heard about it, he decided to go and teach this preacher a “lesson” and, with some of the gang members of his gang, he headed toward the boxing arena where the rally was held. While at the rally David asked for Nicky take up a collection. Nicky sprang to his feet and led a group of the gang through the crowd insisting on people giving them money. Attending to leave via the exit door in the back stage According to Nicky David was praying. Nicky felt guilty that was struck by the fact that someone had actually trusted him. He gave the money to Wilkerson. Later, Wilkerson gave an altar call, and many of gang members responded. Wilkerson prayed with Cruz, and in July 1958, Cruz asked for God to forgive him. Nicky went to the police station and handed all weapons in. Later on, he forgave his parents, and he asked for them to forgive him.
Her mother was a witch and His father was a satanic priest where his parents brutally abused him as child. Nicky’s father used to throw him in a room with pigeons. The pigeons were afraid, they would scratch his naked body. According to Nicky he was high on hatred and violent and enjoyed hurting others.”
Only two people saw his desperate heart, One was a psychologist, and the other one was David Wilkerson. The psychologist utter these words, “‘There’s a dark side in your life that nobody can penetrate. Nicky, you are walking straight to jail, the electric chair, and hell. There’s no hope.” “Privately. When I was alone, loneliness became like a seductive woman that crawled inside my chest and eat me. I was there twisting and fighting; I felt so lost. The most you can live the way I lived is 20 years. I was 19 already. One year, I would be dead.”
While David uttered these words, “ God has the power to change your life.” When Nicky slapped him in the face, told him, “I don’t believe in what you say and you get out of here.” Wilkerson replied, “You could cut me up into a 1000 pieces and lay them in the street. Every piece will still love you.” His mind and heart was haunted by these words he could not sleep.At the rally he sought Jesus forgiveness and allow him to hug him. The love Nicky got in return radically changed his life. He left the gang and enrolled into Bible College According to Nicky “When I had opened my eyes, I got a new heart. I’d been born again. I’m a child of the Lord.”
http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/interviews/nicky_cruz112105.aspx

Israel Narvaez was equally as ruthless as Nicky Cruise. When David Wilkerson gave an alter call and Israel responded, and said yes to Jesus. Due to a miscommunication Israel became disillusioned with Christianity and joined back up with the Mau Maus in the fall of 1958.
On February 23, 1959 Israel and four fellow Mau Maus shot killed Sand Street Angel and Italian gang that were enemies of the Mau Maus. For dating a Mau Maus sister. The boy name was
Anthony Lavonchino,. On January 12, 1960, Israel and his fellow Mau Maus Carlos Reyes, Melvin Torres and Carl Cintron were convicted of murder and sent to Elmira Prison.
Israel eventually got out of jail after a few years and struggled to get back to a normal life. He married and provided for his family. Years later Israel met with Nicky Cruz, his old running mate from the gang days and rededicated his life to the Lord.
http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/israel-navarez/

Achievements
The founder of Nicky Cruz Outreach, which is a program that helps teenagers with troubled lives.
Founder of halfway houses which help in the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
He set up a charity to tell street gangs in America and other countries about Jesus.

Quotes from Nicky Cruz

“Why the Devil Is Worse Than You Think – But God Is Greater.”

“You can argue with someone’s opinion, but you can’t argue with their story.”

God has given power over darkness, power to overcome our sinful nature, power to move mountains in the of Jesus.”

The bible is not just a book; it is a living word activated by the Holy Spirit. And it is a weapon to use in spiritual warfare.

“You can get high on sex. You can get high on alcohol. You can get high on all kinds of drugs. I was high on hate and violent.”

Israel Narvaez was equally ruthless as Nicky Cruise. When David Wilkerson gave an altar call and Israel responded, and said yes to Jesus. Because of miscommunication Israel became disillusioned with Christianity and joined back up with the Mau Maus in the fall of 1958.
On February 23, 1959 Israel and four fellows Mau Maus shot killed Anthony Lavonchino a member of the Sand Street Angels an Italian gang. Anthony as known in the neighborhood as a tough, and swaggering. They were enemies of the Mau Maus. He had apparently beaten Tico, a Mau Maus, for walking with his sister. On January 12, 1960, Israel and his fellow Mau Maus Carlos Reyes, Melvin Torres, and Carl Cintron were convicted of murder and were sent to Elmira Prison.
Israel eventually got out of jail after a few years and struggled to get back to a normal life. He married and provided for his family. Years later Israel met with Nicky Cruz, his old running mate from the gang days and rededicated his life to the Lord.

http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/israel-navarez/
http://foro.univision.com/t5/Futbol-de-El-Salvador/New-Yorks-Gangs-50-yrs-Before-Christ/td-p/433531271Israel Narvaez

Wrote autobiography called second changed.
A minister of the gospel and the head of Association for Youth.
Nicky Cruise
Wrote two autobiographies, Run Baby Run, and Soul Obsession.
Written several books with a Christian theme, including The Corruptors , The Magnificent Three, and Destined to Win.
In 2013, Cruz authored The Devil Has No Mother.

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