With more than 200 different gangs currently in the Central Valley, it is clear to see why God has called us to Fresno to do gang ministry. The need is great and the workers are few. God has filled us with a passion and a desire to see the gang members learn the value they each have in Christ.
With compassion and empathy, Jeff is able to listen and provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where he is able to build trust with these hardened hearts. Once trust is there, then we have the opportunity to speak truth to these men. In most cases, gang members join the gangs in order to belong, in order to feel what they think is love. We have seen gang members cry when they realize what unconditional love really is. Our goal is for each of these gang members to come to know Christ and live as part of His family.
Couples in Crisis
We have also been called to minister to couples that are in crisis, primarily to couples that are on the verge of divorce. Our ministry style, as with the gangs, is all about building relationships and trust. We both have a desire to help through listening and sharing what we’ve learned over the years.
We have had experience dealing with individuals struggling with:
- drug/alcohol abuse
- mental abuse
- physical abuse
- being unequally yoked
Along with our own experiences, we have also received training from Dr. Les & Leslie Parrott’s Marriage Mentoring Academy and have been working with couples since 2005.