VIDEO: 'Pray 4 My Hood' event reaches street crowd

Friday , June 12, 2015 - 4:47 PM

OGDEN — The message that Jesus saves rang out loud and clear at a “Pray 4 My Hood” event last Saturday, June 6, sponsored by CLUBB Jesus at the Marshall White Center.

Rappers and other performers shared the message that Jesus had changed their lives from bad to good over loud speakers at a fair-like, free community outdoor event.  

“Who’s your doctor?” said Alosa Vaa enthusiastically over the loud speaker to those in attendance. “Who’s your daddy? Who’s your provider?”

Vaa, who is the youth leader at Hope Resurrected Church, pointed to Jesus Christ as the answer to all of those questions.

“We want to show the world that it’s not only just negative here in Ogden,” said Chris Gutierrez, pastor of CLUBB Jesus and organizer of the event.

“All of us are weak at different points in our lives. We all need a little bit of strength sometimes. With Jesus, He gives you the strength to get up and get going.”

Gutierrez said his calling is to get people into the Kingdom, not necessarily into a church. “There is hope in Jesus,” he said.

“I grew up in the streets. I used to sell drugs. I used to be involved in gangs. There are so many generational curses that are passed down from one generation to the next. The gang is really the family they look to.”

But Gutierrez said he hopes to show people another life and that the Bible says there is no one truly good but God.

“Each one of us has something to work on. The people I am trying to reach don’t know that there is a better way to live.”

Ogden resident Joshua Martinez said he and his family of seven children had unexpected fun at the event.

“We were at free swimming (at Marshall White Center) and people from the church came up to us and told us to check it out,” he said of his reason for attending.

Martinez said the event felt much like a fair, with the kids visiting a jump house, various booths and car show.

“It was a good time,” he said, while chasing a running 2-year-old Joshua, Jr. on the sidewalk.

Salt Lake City resident Rebecca Hasson, who is Mrs. Utah International, was there with her anti-bullying message.

Hasson shared her Stop Bullying Movement as presented by the Roy rap group Young Prod, who delivered their rhythmic message of fighting bullying to music.

Hasson and the group travel around the state telling about bullying statistics and talking about how to cope with bullies.

“Saving one child will be worth it for me,” Hasson said, noting how bullying leads to depression, self harming and suicide.

She said the statistics prove that bullying is linked with suicide in Utah.

Partnering with CLUBB Jesus for the event was The Genesis Project Church, which provided free donations of cereal, grapes and other foods to those who wanted the offerings.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Genesis Project Food Director Angela Beatty. “We are reaching out to a whole different type of people. This is a great turnout.”

An Ogden resident who attends church at Genesis Project, Geno Montalvo, volunteered to give free haircuts at the event.

He said doing the service gave him satisfaction and made him happy.

“Why not have everyone looking good, not just people who can afford it?” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair, only the people with the money look good.” 

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at JaNaeFrancisSE. Like her Facebook page at

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