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Story Publication logo July 19, 2018

'The Only Way Out Is Through Jesus’: The El Salvador Pastors Saving MS-13 Gang Members

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A born-again member of the 18th Street gang now living in the Eben Ezer evangelical church. Image by Neil Brandvold. El Salvador, 2018.
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For the young men caught up in the vicious cycle of violence perpetrated by gangs like MS-13 and...

In El Salvador, where brutal gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street have given the country the world’s highest murder rate, the only way out for members is to become born-again Christians. In this intimate look at the lives of former gang members, we follow two pastors from the rival gangs as they convert gang members to stop them from falling back into violent ways.

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