By the time Big Al Aceves was 15, he was committing crimes like robbery and selling drugs, landing him in prison. Having grown up in an abusive home, Al turned to gangs to be his family. The prison gangs taught young Al the ways to survive.
Someone said, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear dumb than it is to open it and remove all doubt.” Or, as Forest Gump’s mother said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Sometimes, mental aptitude is demonstrated by the stupid things a person does.
Light Up the Dark Buckhead, a street evangelism ministry of First Baptist Church of Atlanta that serves Buckhead, Ga. on Friday nights, was formed in 2000 by executive director, Karen Norrell. It took a hiatus in 2003 for thirteen years and re-launched in 2016.
Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher. But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus.
When the Curbside Community Center van rolls into town, communities across the High Desert are served. Whether food, water, shoes, or clothing—Pastor Abel Razo and the more than 40 Curbside volunteers are fulfilling basic as well as spiritual needs.