David Maravilla has an easy smile. His face has always lit up, but beneath it, there was a troubled young man. He had heard of God and Jesus for years, but did not take the teachings to heart. Gang life was looming in rural Sanger, and David was an eager participant.
Drugs and guns quickly became his life. He did not care who he hurt or why. Rival gangs were a particular source of hate that propelled his descent into violence.
Once, when he was with several members of his gang, a man approached. It was Robert Rubio from Hope Now. There were guns and drugs in plain sight. Robert made it clear, he wanted to offer them a chance to change. David tore his card up and threw it away.