Mission Statement

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Randomness

The purpose of One-Path Ministries is to serve the gang community emotionally, spiritually, and practically by providing community programs , mentoring, and teaching life skills & job-training skills.

Our Key Verse

Mark 10; 45 (The Message)

He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.

The Bulldog Nation Prison Gang

Gangs in the Fresno, California, area have long gathered under the collective banner of the “Bulldogs”. Fresno is in California’s central valley area and is the home of California State University, Fresno (CSUF). Fresno is also located approximately in the middle of the state from a north/south perspective. The mascot of California State, Fresno, is, what else, a bulldog. The school colors of CSUF are conveniently enough, red.

This collection of gangs has maintained a lack of affiliation with  Hispanic gangs claiming Sureños or Norteños. The Bulldogs claim “14” like Norteños gangs but instead of writing it “NXIV” or “N14″ they use “F-14″. The F naturally being for Fresno.

During the prison wars of 1984 and 85 the Nuestra Familia, and later, the Northern Structure, tried to recruit inmates claiming F-14. The F-14 inmates resisted these efforts and physical confrontations resulted. This led to an all out war between the prison gangs. The F-14 inmates also continued their “natural” enmity with those Hispanics claiming affiliation with Southern California gangs. They believe that they are a “nation” apart from the Norteños and Sureño gangs.

By 1986 F-14 began adopting the Fresno State Bulldog as its logo and using the initials “BDS”. In 1989 Fresno County authorities started noticing that local juvenile gangs were identifying with, and adopting, the Bulldog symbol. These gangs, both juvenile and adult, have been noted for the violent nature of the crimes they commit.

As with most groups that participate in violent activities, the Bulldogs put an emphasis on recruiting in quantity, not quality, of members. A primary means bulldogs use for recruiting is intimidation. As with other gangs they also use family associations, money, drugs and women to recruit members.

As previously stated the Bulldogs have adopted the Bulldog as its logo. It is often seen in tattoos with a spiked collar in a wide variety of poses. Some of the most common poses are with the dog seeming to break through the skin, running, body-building dogs and the bulldog head with dog tags that read “F-14″, “BDS” (Bulldogs)or FBD”(Fresno Bulldogs).

Bulldogs, perhaps more so than any gang, have unified their links from the neighborhood street gang, to city affiliations, county affiliations and into state institutions.

Source: Juvenile Street Gang: Intelligence and Consultation 

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Posted: December 15, 2011 in Randomness

Yes, we are still here.  It has been a while since I last posted.  We are in the deputation process.  We are close to reaching 60% of being fully funded.  We need to reach 80% in order to go onto the field.  We are hoping to reach that by June.  Please pray that God will provide and prepare the path for us.

THE NAME CHANGE

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Randomness

AMF (American Missionary Fellowship) changes its name as of September 1, 2011. This is a change in name only. Nothing else is changing.

• The new name is “InFaith.”
• We walk in faith and are united in our faith in Jesus.
• Our core theology, ministry methods, organizational structure, and focus on the U.S. have not changed.
• We have changed the way we present ourselves publicly because we want to improve our communication and be more inviting to the current generation.
• We invite you to join us as a missionary or supporter.

See press release below:

Mission Announces New Name

American Missionary Fellowship, a nondenominational mission that enables called and committed followers of Christ to serve with purpose and passion within our nation’s borders, has changed its name to “InFaith,” effective September 1, 2011. Known as the American Sunday School Union from 1824 until 1974, InFaith has been bringing the unchanging truth of God’s Word to the changing culture of the United States since 1790.

InFaith’s field staff members follow God’s call on their lives and use whatever methods are appropriate and effective to serve the people on their fields. They live out their faith in Christ and influence thousands of people through children’s ministries, youth and young adult ministries, pastorates, church planting, prison ministries, nursing home ministries, urban ministries, intercultural ministries, Christian camping, chaplaincies, Bible studies and discipleship ministries, and specialized ministries in thirty-eight states.

To honor its rich history, the mission uses “An American Mission” as a tagline for its new name, echoing its previous name. This tagline is especially suitable for InFaith not only because of its focus on serving in the United States but also because its eclectic ministry methods reflect the character of America itself. The United States is a nation of individuals from many different backgrounds and cultures, and InFaith is a mission called to serve these people with many different approaches to ministry.

To learn more about the mission’s name change or to discuss a feature story on one of InFaith’s field staff members, contact Andrea Graver, director of communication, at (610) 527-4439, ext. 115, or agraver@infaith.org.

Well, we are so disappointed but we had to withdraw from the festival.  You see, AMF is going thru a process of changing their name.  The new name will be “In Faith” and will be made official on September 1, 2011.  We can no longer pass out material with the AMF logo on it and the new material probably won’t be ready and available in time for the festival.  We figured it would be best to withdraw then to have a booth which we may not have any material to advertise with.  Unfortunately, the timing is not good for us.  Anyway, we know that God is sovereign and that He has other plans for us.  We press on…..

Crossing The Jordan Festival

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Randomness

YAY……everyone, we will be having a booth at The Crossing The Jordan Festival on September 17th.  We are super excited.  It will be a fun filled day with 8 bands, outdoor paintball, waterslides, food and merchandise vendors and more.  It runs from 11am to 7pm.  You can pre-order your tickets at iTickets.com.  We will have an amazing opportunity to share what God is doing and what we will be doing in our Ministry.  Stop by our booth to show your support.

Interview with Broken FM

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Update

Wow….What an amazing experience.  Jeff & I were invited to be the guests on Broken FM, a local Christian Rock Station.  We were interviewed and had so much fun sharing our Ministry.  We will post the interview as soon as we receive the link.

When we arrived at the station I have to be honest and tell you that it was smaller than I had expected.  That’s the beauty of modern technology….a couple of desks, a few computers and some microphones are all you need.  (Of course I’m not aware of all that it takes but this is my simple-minded impression)  It still amazes me that this local station is actually heard all over the world, thanks to the internet.  We were met at the door by Greg, the gentleman who invited us to share on the station.  He then led us in and introduced us to Chris, “the voice” inside the radio.  Chris was sitting behind the desk wearing headphones, speaking into a rather large microphone, and gazing at the computer screen.  When he first spoke I was taken back at how booming his voice was.  Yes, he had the perfect voice for radio.  After I had commented on it he laughed and told us that his Mother used to tell him that he had a face for radio.  Hahahaha.  As we sat he proceeded to tell us the protocol of how things were going to happen.  I began to feel nervous and I wasn’t even the one that was going to talk.  “)  Pretty soon he instructed Jeff to put on his headphones and speak into the microphone.  Then the count down began…..20 seconds, 10 seconds, on the air.

The whole experience was so fun.  I was in the back ground making sure Jeff was talking into the microphone and scribbling down things he may want to say.  Yes, I had the easy job.  But, Jeff did an amazing job.  I had never before noticed how much he talks with his hands.

Be sure to check out our Gallery as I hope to get some photos from our day at the station.

Annual Missions Luncheon

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Update
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Yay……God is so good!

We were invited to be the guest speakers at the Missions Luncheon at Hessel Church.  It was a great time of sharing what God was doing in our Ministry.

Jeff speaking at Luncheon

A Day of Networking

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Update

Jeff & I were allowed the privilege of being guests at the “No-Name Fellowship” luncheon yesterday. We were so honored to be among such Godly people who hold such high positions in Fresno. Fresno is considered to be the “belt-buckle” of the Bible-belt. It is sooo true. It’s not uncommon to see folks praying over their meal in a restaurant or hearing people talk about their Bible study in the check-out line. With 500 Christian Churches in the area it’s no wonder. Very refreshing.
After our luncheon, we met with the president of “HopeNow”, an amazing ministry that helps gang members with job-placement. In the past 8 years they have placed 1700 men in jobs. Praise God. We had a great meeting and are looking forward to working alongside this incredible ministry.

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

Posted: March 13, 2011 in Cool Quotes

I am part of the ‘Fellowship of the Unashamed.’  The die has been cast.  I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made.  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.  I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.

I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.  I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.  My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.  I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.  I must go until Heaven returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.  And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me.  My colors will be clear.

by Dr. Robert Morehead

Weeks end

Posted: March 12, 2011 in Update

Had a great week of making new contacts.  We are headed to Fresno next week to attend a Christian Business Men’s Meeting.  Looking forward to that.  Also, we are meeting with a gentleman who runs another non-profit that specializes in placing gang members in jobs…..:)  YAY!  God is moving….please pray for our week that we can be productive and meet the people God has lined up to join us in this new ministry.