How a Chicago Pastor Helped Rival Gangs Make Peace

How a Chicago Pastor Helped Rival Gangs Make Peace

When a six-month-old baby was shot and killed in gang-related violence in the Chicago neighborhood of Woodlawn three years ago, Corey Brooks and his New Beginnings Church ministered to the grieving family. This June, however, when another child—this time, a toddler—was paralyzed in a similar shooting on Father’s Day, Brooks decided to go further, inviting more than 100 gang members together so he could broker a truce. Brooks says he emphasized the pain that everyone has experienced as a result of these shootings and the great need for us to have a community where our children are free to go out and play. He says a truce is now in place and, at this point, it is still going strong.

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