Excerpt from hellochristian.com. See links below for full story.
For Martinez, life started out hard not just socially, but spiritually. “My mom was into Santeria,” he added, “which is like a form of witchcraft, sacrificing animals all over me as a kid, and I started seeing demons. They haunted me my whole life.”
Before even entering high school, Martinez had already embarked on a life of crime, and by 1990, he’d been initiated into Florida’s gang scene.
“We had almost like 300 members and feds were investigating us,” he said of the gang he started in 1990, known as the Latin Syndicate. “Half of my homies are in prison. Half of them are dead.”
Still, God wasn’t done allowing Level to experience the depths of depravity gang life can offer, and his life was to be threatened, and miraculously spared, several more times.
“I just got on my knees. I started crying out to God. And when He spoke to me, I knew that if I didn’t surrender, I felt like I was going to die.”
Now, just over two years later, Level is back on the streets, but not as a thug spreading violence and fear. Now, he’s “giving them life…”