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Member of the Bloods Washed by the Blood

by Office of Marketing | March 28, 2014
Isiah Hasker
Isiah Hasker
Once again, Isiah Hasker walked alone in the rough neighborhood of his hometown of Trenton, N.J. As he had for the past few months, Hasker traveled with caution, being wary of any potential danger. Suddenly, without any warning, he was suffering blows from a stranger. In a matter of seconds, he found himself beaten, robbed and left alone in the streets.
 
This was a typical day in Hasker’s life, a former ranking member of the Bloods gang, who is now a junior studying social work at Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC). After committing to follow Jesus, he knew he had to leave the gang; unfortunately, no one easily walks away from the Bloods.
 
Hasker joined the Bloods at the age of 13. After his mom had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, one of his closest friends (who was the highest ranking Blood in Trenton) was able to offer him what appeared to be brotherhood and protection. By the age of 17, Hasker had earned the respect of his peers, becoming the youngest Five Star General Blood in Trenton.
 
In New Jersey’s capital, which is home to a large Blood population, the gang is involved in two enterprises: drugs and violence. These two outlets consumed Hasker’s adolescent years; in fact, he drove around selling drugs for 10 hours every day. Hasker now admits that if his life had continued on that path, “I would be dead or in jail.”
 
The police raided his mother’s house, where they found a massive amount of illegal drugs that Hasker had been storing to sell on his daily runs. When he came to the realization that 5-10 years of incarceration awaited, he knew his life needed to change dramatically. Months later, he found himself at the altar of a men’s conference in Atlanta where he offered his life to the Lord.
 
Hasker realized that following Jesus meant leaving the Bloods. As a senior officer in the gang with access to most of its information, no one would allow him to quit. As soon as other members noticed his increasing absence, they put a hit on him, which gave all Bloods permission to jump him. After weeks of being mugged regularly (and cleaning his wounds at the local church), Hasker received a letter from an incarcerated Bloods leader, notifying him that he was free to leave the gang.
 
Nevertheless, Hasker chose to stay in Trenton as a witness to his neighborhood. “A lot of people in the urban community,” says Hasker, “don’t know about this blessed hope. They don’t know that there is another way out. I feel like it’s my job to better my life and let them know.” Now, Hasker is doing just that — telling people that there is hope in Jesus.
 
The man who jumped him, robbed him and left him on the street turned out to be one of the first people who Hasker reached with The Gospel. After the mugging, the man was jailed and looking at a future with 10 years in prison. Brazenly, he asked Hasker for help. After Hasker’s initial incredulity, the Lord prompted him to extend grace, just as grace had been given to him. Hasker decided to sign an affidavit that gave his attacker a way out of the sentence. Upon his release, the man became a committed Christian, rapping The Gospel as a means of evangelization.
 
According to Hasker, getting an education at VFCC is another step toward that end. “Being at this college has redirected my path and reformed my worldview. Faculty members have allowed me to mess up and then showed me how to do it correctly. … There are not many places that will create opportunities for you to fulfill what God has called you to do. ... VFCC makes it their business to get personal with the students so that each student has a chance.”