God can completely transform your life. His limitless love will change you into a person you could have never imagined on your own. He can do for your what He did for the inmates of San Francisco Gotera jail in El Salvador. Their life confined to a cell in prison became a glimpse of Heaven.
Most of the time you see gangs that are very violent inside prison walls, but not in San Francisco Gotera jail. Instead of engaging in various fights and altercations, the inmates live in a peaceful prison, worshiping and glorifying the living God.
The worship service is led by former inmate Wilfredo Gomez who was deported from the USA. He became a powerful testimony in the eyes of the inmates because, like many other prisoners, Wilfredo was also a hardcore gang member in Los Angeles, but God was able to change Him. From a life full of violence, he is now living in a life that honors God.
When the Channel 4 News reporter asked him if being a Christian is the only way out of a gang, Wilfredo boldly answered, “ Yeah! It’s either Christianity or a black bag.”
Some of the inmates are former members of MS13 and 18th street gangs. Some of the 18th street gang members were deported from the USA and brought to El Salvador.
This is the same jail where Wilfredo was brought when he too was deported from Los Angeles. He was arrested because of armed robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
“Being a gang member was like the thing to do. You had popularity, acceptance, you know.” Wilfredo said in an interview with Channel 4 news.
Still, he admits that being a gang member is not easy especially if you are marked with a tattoo. That tattoo tells others which gang you are affiliated with and makes it hard to avoid the gang members.
Even though Wilfredo is physically marked by his past, he continues to live a renewed life.
The favor from God is with him, the gangs respected the Church, and that’s why his life isn’t targeted.
Wilfredo leads the former notorious gang members into a life full of kindness and mercy. His life serves as a beautiful testimony especially to those who are living in pain and violence. If you think that there’s no hope for you then always remember what God did for Wilfredo and the other gang members in San Francisco Gotera jail. If He was able to transform their lives, then He can also transform you.
Credits: Channel 4 News
This article is written by Kriza Jo L. Tanduyan.