This week The Madera Tribune published an article written by me dealing with opposition to Rick Farinelli’s public stance against gangs in Madera. In that article, I stated the Madera Victory Outreach was involved in the “fight” against gangs.
Mike Reyes of Victory Outreach has contacted me to correct this mischaracterization of his organization. According to Reyes, Victory Outreach does not fight with or against gangs. To quote Reyes, “Victory Outreach is an international, church-oriented Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing and to disciple the hurting people of the world, with the message of hope and plan of Jesus Christ.”
Reyes goes on to say, “We are not here to alienate ourselves from the gang member, drug addict, or prostitute. We are here to bring the message of hope to the lost and hurting people of inner cities and reach out to all walks of life, knowing that the effective path of change takes place through the love of Jesus Christ.”
I want to publicly apologize to Mr. Reyes and his church for my inaccurate choice of words in describing Victory Outreach.