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Crip to Christ Ministry

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The story has been heard before. A man taking a journey from the streets to the pulpit. Charles Banks' story has been shared on the HBO documentary "Gang Wars- Bangin' in Little Rock." during his time as a Crip. Since then, Banks' life changed dramatically and shares his new story with his current followers.

Towards the end of January , Banks formed his own ministry, the Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministries. A far cry from his previous 12 year long criminal run.

"I came from the streets, a professional drug dealer, leader of the Crips. I was shot at by my homeboys, been to prison two times and have been on the most wanted list," Banks explained. For five years, he said he's been clean, sober and preaching the transformation from Crip to Christ.

His ministry takes places every Thursday night and Sunday morning at the Days Inn Hotel, located at 1610 North University Avenue in Truman. Banks's long-time friend Marlice Dugas said the location couldn't be better, because it allows people in the community to have a first-hand look at the idea that anything is possible.

"When you see someone who has been through the system, and their lives have been transformed back to a community that probably needs the same help that he just come out of, it just speaks volumes," said Dugas.

While the meeting room of a hotel might be an unconventional place to meet, Banks said everyone has to start somewhere and he already has plans to expand and move forward.

"Well, I'll never go back. God said there is no reward in going back.. I had a rough life, but you know what it was a testimony to share with somebody, to let them know you are able to come out. If He can save me, imagine what He can do for you."

For more information, contact Reverend Charles Banks at 337-344-9345.

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