Pastors, former gang members unite to bring faith to the streets

"OG's" on the streets for peace in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A group of Shreveport pastors and former gang members have united to take their faith to the streets with hopes of reducing violence.

Lone Star Missionary Baptist church recently launched an outreach ministry called, the Real O.G. (only God). The Real O.G. ministry meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport.

Henry Pouncy III, a minister at Lone Star, said he felt a divine calling to begin this program.

"God gave me a vision not just for the members to come to church, but the church to come to the people," Pouncy said. "By us going out into the communities and giving them the opportunities to get to know who God is, we give them an opportunity to change their life."

The Real O.G.'s mission is simple: take the church to people living in some of Shreveport's crime dense neighborhoods.

"If we give these people an opportunity to make a change in their life, I think it'll work," Pouncy said.

In an effort to reduce violence and bring folks to God on the spot, Pouncy said the Real O.G. is working on acquiring a mobile baptism unit.

"We're going to go out with a trailer truck and a pool and baptize people on the spot," Pouncy said.

KLSA met with Jesse Jordan, a former gang member who's since become a Christian. He wholeheartedly believes in the power of the Real O.G.

"To be for the community, you have to go out into the community and find out what the problems are," Jordan said. "You go out and get your sheep, you don't let them roam because then they get lost."

Jordan said he grew up in Shreveport's Allendale neighborhood surrounded by criminal activity.

"A lot of people don't care...a lot of people lost hope," said Jordan. "You don't have to save the world, save one," Jordan said.

As someone who's witnessed violence first-hand and has spent time in prison, Jones firmly believes he has the tools and life experience necessary to change lives and inspire home throughout Shreveport.

"The only way we're going to combat gun violence, drug violence is very simple: turn away from that and to God," said Jordan. "Accept God."

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