Fourteen years ago, Erick walked through the doors of ICI’s very first club in Cicero. This fall he stepped up in front of his church family to share what God did in his life before his baptism:
“Being in the darkest places and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel was always my biggest fear. Knowing that I have a loving God that sacrificed His life for me and everyone else in this world gave me hope. Knowing that God Himself gives us second chances by letting us repent – that gave me peace to understand the acceptance of forgiveness and brought me comfort as I take a step further in my faith. I would love to take the power and knowledge God has given me to bring hope to others…”
Erick also reflected on the role mentors played in his journey. Over 14 years, no less than 10 ICI leaders invested months and years in his life. He thanked them by name. “I want to give a big shout-out to Inner City Impact and all the mentors for guiding me into my spiritual journey. Without you I don’t know where I would be standing – Emelissa, Joseph, Oscar, Brian, Chris, Jordan, Dino and BJ.”
Erick’s story is an example of what we pray for with each child at ICI. Erick participated in many activities at ICI and came to Christ during summer camp. From that first day, through clubs, sports leagues, outings, and camping trips, Erick has been taking steps toward a new future. A future where he is motivated to share the love he received with the community around him.
October 5, 2022
It was cool to come to ICI, not only to be part of the ministry but to stay overnight because we are plugged into ICI, and our whole week is ICI. It was cool to see your mission and vision, and I fell in love with it. . .
October 10, 2017
ICI became a place where Brian could be a kid. Then it became so much more.
May 9, 2023
Along my journey, God put humble leaders in my life. Being around those people made me want to imitate them and I realized leadership isn’t about outward strength but about setting an example for others to follow.