Baldwin Park pastor whose son was killed by gang violence challenges Teleios Men to love “the city”; be “peacemakers” and “forgive”

By Michael Hernandez

Pastor David Diaz challenged the 500 men in attendance at the Teleios Men’s Summit (sponsored by Pastor Larry Titus of the Texas based Kingdom Global Ministries) at New Life Community Church, 1251 N. Rice Avenue to “love”; be “peacemakers” and “forgive” and “claim their city” for the Lord.”

Pastor Diaz, shared how his son, Daniel, was killed in Pomona on Nov. 11, 2013 by gang violence and racial hatred while in a church vehicle taking youth home from a church outing.  He had just turned 33 and been ordained to co-pastor with his Dad, David, and Mom, Donna.  Daniel had planned to establish a “strong” Youth Home for struggling boys.  He became the 28th murder in the city of Pomona and not one of the previous 27 murders had been solved.

“My son was co-pastoring with me,” said Pastor David Diaz.  “We were devastated.   Two days later there was a prayer vigil and the Los Angeles media came.  They asked, ‘Do you want justice?  Do you want revenge?’  They knew about our ministry.

“There was a war going on in the city of Pomona between Hispanic and African American gangs.  It had been going on for years.

“Our response to the media was ‘We forgive him.   I said if my son knew you, he would have loved you.   The guy who pulled the trigger heard what I said.”

Two months later after going to spend time with Pastor Larry Titus who called us,  we knew we had to go back to Pomona said Pastor Diaz.   “We began to organize the Pomona pastors in prayer.   We had four targets:  1) pastors  2) gangs   3) community leaders and 4) Pomona citizens.”  After three months, Pastor Diaz had organized a Pomona Peace Walk that was to end at city hall and be a march of reconciliation.

“We wanted the peace of God in this war-torn community ravaged by the enemy.   We became peacemakers at a place that was at war.    Racial divides began to be erased and walls that had been there, began to fall.”

Pastor Diaz, whose New Beginning Community Ministries Church is in Baldwin Park, 13020 Francisquito Avenue, #10, now is claiming 1 million individuals for the Lord in the 10 cities around Baldwin Park.

Eighteen months after the shooting Pastor Diaz got a phone call from the Pomona police letting them know that his son’s shooter, an African American gang member,  had been caught.

Just six months ago, at the sentencing (the shooter received 34 years of prison) the Lord moved Pastor Diaz to share the life of his son, Daniel and his love of God.   The outcome:  Pastor Diaz is  supporting the family of the shooter (his wife and young children) and bringing spiritual resources to prison—his answer to the media’s questions two days after the shooting.

“I know that my son’s life was a seed for a harvest to come.  There is going to be a harvest in the prison house.  There is going to be a harvest in the land.  God’s peace will crush the head of the enemy.”

Pastor Diaz challenged the Teleios Men:  “God wants to do the same through you.  You can go through something that challenges your faith and shakes your faith to the core.  You must at this moment, forgive.

“You must be a peacemaker.  Take this to a city.  Do this for the glory of the Lord.   I want to pray for you:  ‘I pray for every man in this place.  I pray for peace that passes all understanding.  I know that peace; and I walk in everything that has opposed us.   I pray for the peace of God for you.”

Pastor Diaz is establishing the Daniel Diaz Foundation to “connect and provide youth” with the necessary resources to succeed in life and draw closer to God.  Educational grants will be awarded to young men and women demonstrating a sincere desire to overcome negative influences in their lives.  A youth ranch for boys, Daniel’s House, will also be developed to allow young men the opportunity to escape their unstable living environments as they build life skills within a health Christian environment.  To donate to the Daniel Diaz Foundation, send your donation to New Beginning Community Ministries at 260 S. Glendora Ave., Suite 200, West Covina, CA 91790. Pastor Diaz can be contacted at (626) 331-3322 or by email at [email protected].

Youth Pastor Daniel Diaz

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

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