Nicky Cruz is a former gang leader from New York City whose life story was told in the book and movie, The Cross and the Switchblade, which starred Pat Boone and Erik Estrada, and in his multi-million bestseller, Run, Baby, Run.
Since the early 90s, Nicky has been gripped by a passion to train others in evangelism. Out of this passion the TRUCE (To Reach Urban Communities Everywhere) training center was birthed, training inner-city youth in aggressive outreach using the tools of urban music and the performing arts. Instead of retreating in fear in face of the urban, hip hop culture, they prefer to communicate to that culture in a language that it will understand. The music of TRUCE is decidedly urban with an East Coast feel. Smooth RnB vocals mixed in with gritty rap lyrics make for a catchy and infectious collection of high-energy tracks.
While its easy to get caught up in the lyrical delivery and musicality of these emcees, the one element that is not lost on this project is ministry. TRUCE reaches the street with a real message that glorifies Christ as the solution while being candid about the issues that are real to the streets.
The individual members of TRUCE come from all 5 boroughs of New York City and represent 8 different churches, 5 different denominations and 2 Christian Colleges. This dedicated group of artists has seen and experienced things that were meant to destroy them drugs, alcohol, gang and domestic violence, parents committing suicide, sexual abuse. Yet, through the power of God, they have overcome and are now on a mission to reach others trapped in the same hopeless lifestyles.
TRUCE will be in London during July 2006 for a mission outreach with Nicky Cruz.
The Refuge CD was published by Nicky Cruz Outreach in July 2006 and is our 3026th best seller. The ISBN for The Refuge CD is 5034646994022.