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The Life of Charlies Criniere Video Series (Ep. 1) Surviving the Gang Culture

Updated: Aug 1, 2023



Sometimes God does amazing things that need to be remembered by the next generation. Charlie's story of going from a graffiti artist named "Orphan" on the streets of Chicago to an incredible man of God who "fathered" the next generation needs to be told.


In the Bible, God told the Israelites to pile stones high as a memorial so no one would forget how God delivered them from bondage and so the story could be told to the next generation. So now, with the help of family and friends, we are piling our own stones in remembrance of the work that God has done in and through Charlie's life.


We are going to do a video series on the Life of Charles Criniere. These videos will help us document everything we need to ultimately write his book and, by God's grace, keep his legacy going.


When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ - Joshua 4:1-6

The first episode outlines how Charlie survived the Albany Park Chicago Gang Culture of the 1990s. To access the video, subscribe below.

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