Ex Jamaican Gangster Finds God In Homeless Shelter


Via interamerica.org– Andrew Carter first fired an automatic weapon at the age of 14 when he joined a street gang in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.

He spent the next 15 years talking tough and shooting people as he rose through the ranks to become a leader of a gang engaging in the illegal sales of gasoline and marijuana.

Then one evening, several friends were chatting on the porch of Andrew’s house, and one of them accidentally fired an automatic weapon into the roof. Nobody was injured, but the incident scared Andrew’s girlfriend, Annette, who fell out of the bed in fright. She pleaded with Andrew to move to her uncle’s house in another town.

Around that time, Andrew’s brother, who was in the same gang, was arrested for murder and received a 20-year sentence. He later died in prison.

Andrew decided to start a new life.

“I gave it all up when my brother went to prison,” Andrew said in an interview.

Andrew and his girlfriend moved to the uncle’s house, and Andrew began to work as a security guard. Several years passed, and Annette left Andrew to marry a man in the United States. Andrew could no longer stay in the uncle’s house, so he moved across the island to another town where several relatives lived. He found a new job as a security guard.

Consequences From the Past

His quiet life was shattered in December 2015 when a cousin, speaking in a conversation with friends, inadvertently blurted out his history with gangsters.

“Andrew isn’t who he seems to be,” the cousin said. “He used to be a gangster and shoot people.”

The news quickly spread through the town. Thirteen armed men marched over to Andrew’s house, scared and determined to kill him. Andrew disdainfully looked out the window at them.

“They were simple country people, and I had grown up in a tough, concrete ghetto,” he said.

He went to get his guns to shoot them.

But Andrew’s sister heard about the standoff, and she rushed over to her brother’s house. She saw the guns and begged him not to shoot anyone.

“If you shoot them, then I and your other relatives won’t be able to live here,” she said. “It would be best if you left instead.”

Andrew wanted to protect his family, so he threw some clothes into a backpack and boldly walked out the front door. He wasn’t afraid of the armed men in the street.

“From when I was 14, I was taught to hold and shoot weapons,” he said. “So, I wasn’t afraid.”

The armed men watched silently as Andrew walked past. Andrew didn’t say a word to them, either.

Homeless in Kingston

He had nowhere to go, so he returned to his birthplace, Kingston. Unable to find work, he slept at a bus station for 2 ½ months.

Then one day, another homeless man told him about a place called the Good Samaritan Inn. The man said the community center was run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offered free hot meals, a place to bathe and do laundry, and beds to sleep.

Andrew couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a crowd of 300 people lined up to eat at the Good Samaritan Inn.

“This is the first time that I had seen people fed like that,” he said.

He received a bed at the Good Samaritan Inn, and soon he began working there as a security guard. Later, he took Bible studies, and he was baptized in 2016.

Andrew loves working at the Good Samaritan Inn.

“I want to help as much as I can,” he said. “I’m very happy that I’m alive and happier than I ever dreamed possible. It gives me a lot of joy to be able to give to others.”

Andrew has reconnected with his relatives, including a sister and brother who are Adventist. He learned that his mother was baptized into the Adventist Church before dying in 2011. He is now 51 and preparing to get married for the first time.

“I am trying to be very faithful and put my trust and faith in God,” he said.

 

 

 

Part of the 2015 Thirteenth Sabbath Offering went to refurbish the Good Samaritan Inn in Kingston, Jamaica, and to expand its work to include a free medical and dental center for the homeless. Thank you for helping the Good Samaritan Inn reach out to people like Andrew.

 

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Dope Tweetz: [Hilarious] Mom & Daughter Ride Rollercoaster

This is me, all pumped up to get to Six Flags. I love roller coasters but once you’re on one it’s a different story. I’m screaming bloody murder!  This lil girl is priceless.

Illinois Repo Man Tows Couple’s Car Then Pays It Off

An Illinois repo man ended up helping a couple pay off their car after he was sent to their home to repossess the vehicle, KTLA sister station KTVI in St. Louis reported this week.

Repo man Jim Ford, co-ower of Illini Asset Recover, wears his company name on his back, and his heart on his sleeve. His job is to “take cars … from people who don’t pay.”

“’I’ve been shot at, ran over, just about everything you can imagine,” he said.  “I haven’t been stabbed yet.”

There’s not a place on the map Ford hasn’t traveled to repossess somebody’s car for a bank.   But he wasn’t prepared for what he saw when he arrived at the Illinois home of Stan and Pat Kipping.

“You know, it was just one of those repos,” Ford told KTVI.  “My grandparents are gone, but you know – I could see them in the Kippings.  I knew what was going on.  The cost of their medications have doubled or tripled, and I know that’s happening to everybody.  I knew why they were behind.”

“We had to go to the doctor, drug store, and grocery,” said Pat Kipping.  “That’s about all we ever got to do.”

And now their transportation was gone.  Ford did repossess their car, but then he immediately got on the phone with the bank.

“I pulled over about a block away from their house and called the bank and said… we got to do something,” Ford said.  “How about I just pay it current right now?”

Ford promptly set up a GoFundMe account.

He said, “We raised most of it in the first eight hours.  I think might just reactivate it, because they are a lot of people who keep asking to donate.”

On Monday, the Kippings got their four-wheel freedom back.

“It’s just like hitting the lottery,” said Stan.  “I’m just so happy, I can’t believe it.”

In addition to paying the vehicle off, Ford and his fellow benefactors got the oil changed and had the car detailed.

“We owe a drugstore $500,” said Pat.  “We owe IGA, our grocery store, money.  And then this happened.  It’s made me think that there are very good people out there, and it’s not all bad.”

Good Cop: Ohio Police Officer Drives Man He Pulled Over To Sister’s Funeral Over 100 Miles Away 

This Ohio police officer went above and beyond his job description when he offered to drive a man that he pulled over more than 100 miles to his sister’s funeral.

When Mark Ross heard the news that his 15-year-old sister was killed in a car accident, he wanted to find a way to be with his family as fast as he could.

Ross did not have a vehicle, so he asked a friend to drive him from Indiana to Detroit, Michigan, WJW reported.

Ross wrote in a Facebook post that police pulled them over as they were speeding through Ohio to get to Detroit.

Ross wrote in the post:

“I knew I was going to jail due to a petty warrant.” 

Ross was in the passenger seat when Trooper J. Davis pulled them over and arrested the driver for driving with a suspended license and on an outstanding warrant, Inside Edition reported.

The officer took the driver into custody and towed the vehicle, leaving Ross stranded in Ohio.

When Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant David Robison arrived, he offered to drive Ross more than 100 miles to his destination in Detroit.

“I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY,” Ross wrote. “He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle. Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful for this Guy. He gave me hope.”

Robison kept his word and drove Ross to a coffee shop in Detroit where he could meet his cousin.

“It was just so overwhelming,” Ross told Inside Edition. “They were trying to help us.”

Ross and his family were grateful for Robison’s generosity and invited him to the funeral.

“He’s actually going to attend the funeral,” Ross said.

Ross’s Facebook post has gone viral; it has been shared more than 100,000 times since Sunday.

Why can’t all “the coppers” be like this guy. This guy is an angel and definitely raises the bar. Salute SGT Robinson! 

Meet The Cowboys Of L.A.’s Compton


Despite being more associated with gangster rap music and a high-murder rate in the past, mainly caused by feuding gangs, Compton was and still remains a cowboy town.

Indeed, the turf war prompted the founding of the Compton Jr. Posse (CJP) that provides equestrian training, among other activities for young children, to keep them from joining one of the local crime syndicates.

The town’s horse riding credentials are more apparent on the weekends when on major thoroughfares across the Californian town you’re likely to find someone like Ivory McCloud decked out in his cowboy boots and hat, proudly riding his horse.

‘I’ve got 40 years in this, man,’ the 56-year-old horseman says exuberantly. ‘My dad was a cowboy. I’m a cowboy. I grew up in Compton. I live in Compton, and I’ve been training horses since I was a kid.’

Who knew Compton was a cowboy town?!
See more pics of the “Compton Cowboys” and read the entire article on The Daily Mail.