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‘Transformed’ gangster taking his testimony to the ‘Ghettos’

- Alleyne Gabriel aka 007 said he was ‘arrested’ by Jesus; survived a hail of bullets & lived to tell the story
Former gangster Alleyne Gabriel (seen here at the Cane Garden Bay Community Centre) survived a hail of bullets following an alleged execution attempt on his life in his home country of St Lucia some years ago. The incident saw him lose a leg and has left him with a major scar on his stomach due to the operation he had to undergo to remove bullets and repair internal damages. Today, he has committed his life to sharing his bitter-sweet testimony with the hope that he may turn lives around and discourage persons from turning to a life of crime. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- He survived a hail of bullets following an alleged execution attempt on his life in his home country of St Lucia some years ago. The incident saw him lose a leg and has left him with a major scar on his stomach due to the operation he had to undergo to remove bullets and repair internal damages.

However, the voice of ‘transformed’ gangster Alleyne Gabriel is strong as ever and he uses it to good effect to share his inspiring testimony especially to persons who are living a life of crime.

Hobbling across the stage of the Cane Garden Bay Community Centre on Sunday April 24, 2016, Gabriel, once known as ‘007’, testified how he used to attend church as a child but went wayward, choosing a life that included guns, drugs, and women. He said his life was one of no remorse and he wouldn’t even think twice to ‘take out’ anyone who got in his way. But he also paid a heavy price, losing relatives to gun crime.

The ‘transformation’

His life, however, took a remarkable turn when a “drive by attempt” was made on his life. According to Gabriel, the gunman used a machine gun to shoot at him and even fired on him at close range.

Ironically, it was a drug addict that found him bleeding on the ground and sought to render assistance.

Gabriel said he survived the shooting because he prayed to God for help, and in fact promised that if he survived he would turn his life around and win souls for Christ.

Once up on his feet, however, Gabriel went back to the old ways, but he would constantly get dreams reminding him of his promise. Unable with the torment anymore, Gabriel said he made the decision to get baptized and do the work he promised.

From since then he has been going into the “ghettos” in St Lucia sharing his testimony.

“That is the best experience you can ever find because without Christ you are a dead man walking but when you got Jesus you have life abundantly, you have life, you have eternal life. I have a joy today that the world cannot take away from me, because it is not the world that has given it to me.

“Today I am working for Christ, and walking in his light and what God has done for me he can do for somebody else,” Gabriel told Virgin Islands News Online.

The former gangster was brought to the Virgin Islands to share his incredible testimony and visited various crusades across the territory where he told his story.

He also made his way into some "questionable" areas in the VI speaking to youth and other persons.

“I have been into the ghettos, the same places where I used to be, but this time I am not going there with a gun in my waist but I am going there with the Holy Spirit. He is the one that is leading me because I am willing to go.”

Gabriel said persons have been responding and experiencing the transformation.

The Virgin Islands happens to be the first country Gabriel has visited to give his testimony.

“It has been good my brother. From the time I was here I have been to the ghettos talking to the ‘soldiers’ about Jesus and they were listening well,” Gabriel said.

35 Responses to “‘Transformed’ gangster taking his testimony to the ‘Ghettos’”

  • wize up (28/04/2016, 09:51) Like (5) Dislike (39) Reply
    Amen: how much money he looking now!!!!!
    • nonsense (01/05/2016, 12:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Since u know he looking money, y don't u put his name to ur bank account, to prevent him from looking..strupes ' yall never have nothing positive to say. So it might as well u change ur name from wize up to dumb a$$..
  • sally (28/04/2016, 09:57) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    god bless you young man
  • Immigration (28/04/2016, 10:06) Like (6) Dislike (52) Reply
    Who allowed this man in the country? Criminals past or present shouldn't be allowed in here to contaminate our youth minds.
    • wize up (28/04/2016, 12:45) Like (4) Dislike (25) Reply
      @ immigration: let them say what they want; I am agreeing with you 100%.....if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything(who vex vex)
    • Krazy (28/04/2016, 13:25) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ Immigration, your screen name is implying that you seems to have a say in who should be let into this country, just remember there is a greater judge than you who will also determine if you will be worthy to enter his Kingdom.
    • Hhhhhmmmmm (28/04/2016, 14:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Smh guess u wake urself up everyday this man life turned his life around he is alive cause God had a plan 4 him and he is doing what God intended for him to do so if u didn't want him here u should have turned him away nonetheless he will continue to travel and win souls 4 God I guess u will never want a second chance in life........ never
    • Typical people (28/04/2016, 17:48) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Y'all need to have some type a forgiveness you can't judge somebody on their pass...Yes he did somethings but GOD forgive him... Imagine if u was in that position he just wanted to share his testimony to the people to warn them and to tell them to be careful and watch what you are getting in to..GOD saved this young man and forgive him for all of his wrongs he jus wanted to share what GOD brought him from that's all
      • vex (28/04/2016, 22:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Sounds very promising...but the patience of the citizens at the bottom is nil so some early successes are essential to arouse the seed of HOPE that exists in every human being.
        One Love!
  • transformed (28/04/2016, 10:40) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Transformed by the power of God. This is good news keep pressing on young man
  • yellow (28/04/2016, 11:59) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope he does not fall back
  • Well Needed (28/04/2016, 12:40) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Glory to God
    These young men need to hear this and I pray God will work in them.
    If we deny that his story is a reality her in the BVI then we are not true to ourselves.
    Many have died. Many on trial for murder. Many of the young ones abusing and selling drugs.
    God bless you my brother. Keep doing what God has started in you for He will bring it onto completion.
  • ... (28/04/2016, 13:25) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    The comments here shows how low life and bad minded people here are. It shows that no one here can become BETTER. People here just want to see you fall.
    • @... (28/04/2016, 20:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No, the comments here show the geographic origin of many bloggers to this article. Like the two mothers in the story of Solomon once the thing is not someone's they don't give a hoot what become of it. They only want the satisfaction of seeing others share in their misery. Good to know that he is saved but even sinners have to be accountable and judged whether by immigration or by God for their past. This is the BVI and BVIslanders have the right to speak up for it like it or not!
  • RAVEN (28/04/2016, 14:25) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every man deserves a second chance,changing the world begins with you.God bless.
  • muslim (28/04/2016, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    So only christians could travel and enter this country with criminal records??
  • Sucks (28/04/2016, 15:07) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    tolians people sucks.....strupes
    • belonger (28/04/2016, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Since TORTOLIANS people sucks get your /// out from among us. What are your ///// /// doing here.
      • elegal (01/05/2016, 02:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        you dumb Tolians don't realise that not only Tolians read the news. people who live in other countries do read the news and comment.
    • wize up (28/04/2016, 18:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ sucks: so why are you here if tolians sucks( but that also depend on how you are using that word "sucks")
  • Ques.g (28/04/2016, 16:31) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Reform.I am glad this man is trying to reform. The question here is how did he get entry to the territory? Is he working? Is the immigration just allowing anyone entry regardless of their background? We have to do better than that.
  • son of the soil (28/04/2016, 16:34) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    All kinds of rejects and criminal minds coming in here from above the round rock. I wonder who is running this country buddy?
  • vincyman (28/04/2016, 17:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    when judge mattis came here few year ago,i never heard some many negative comments about him...judge mattis has a lil criminal history and he came and talk to the youths of the nation..but the man who is a man of God now and trying to share his story,yall talk about immigration and who let him..ppl do chance once u have God in ur life..maybe bvi islander need to change their ways and thinking cuz i am sorry for the next generation if they thinking so
    • Hmmmm (30/04/2016, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with u AMEN .....celebrity over God smh ain't got nothing against the judge love his shows very inspiring but imagine a man with the same criminal background came but because his name not on TV they don't know him he is a criminal and his purpose here is clear but no ...Pity the minds of these ppl
  • Yes I (28/04/2016, 17:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    We all make mistakes. Better is the ma. That seeth his mistake acknowledge it and turn his life around. Only those who experience transformation can testify to the love of God.
  • Scary Mary (28/04/2016, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    talking a lot of gibberish! not everything that glitters is gold.
  • farmer brown (28/04/2016, 23:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well. Inspirational?
  • christian (28/04/2016, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a radical muslim will be coming next, watch yo see
  • faultless (29/04/2016, 01:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let him without sin please cast the first stone. We all make mistakes in life, for in God's eyes there are no big or small sin. Sin is sin!
  • shark (30/04/2016, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    do the immigration department do screening for felons.murderers,that come to our shores of they just let everyone in.
  • nonsense (01/05/2016, 12:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let God be his judge, who is u to judge another human when u is not better than him.... At lease he ac knowledge where he went wrong, and now he wants u to know, so u can do the same..... u born here u lives here all of ur life which means yo dumb a$$ do have the priveledge to come and enlightened the youths as well.... but instead yall just sit back criticising everything people do.... that's y yall can't get nowhere. .... ( this WORLD is not our home we are just passing through ) Jeeze mon..


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