How One Local Church Purchased “Gang Property” and Helped a Chicago Neighborhood’s Crime Rate Drop 42%

De Jesus prays over members of New Life Covenant Church. (Facebook/New Life Covenant Church)

Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesus grew up in Humboldt Park, one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. He lost his own brother to gang violence and saw firsthand what broken, desperate people are willing to do to get by.

But now, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Pastor De Jesus and his New Life Covenant Church are radically transforming the very neighborhood he grew up in.

“I have passion and compassion toward people who are suffering, who are broken,” De Jesus says on the “Charisma News” podcast. “I believe the Lord allowed me to see things like this and live it … in the early 1970s and ’80s in Humboldt Park.”

But De Jesus doesn’t just have compassion. He has faith. In fact, when the 2008 recession hit, De Jesus and his church decided they simply weren’t going to participate in it. After all, De Jesus says, “the Kingdom of Heaven operates in a different economy, which is the economy of faith.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Jenny Rose Spaudo