The Ramey Encourager by Mike Ramey



      Welcome to the latest from Barnstorm Communications: “The Ramey Encourager.”  A monthly column dedicated to putting forward items and information designed to uplift those in need of refreshment in a dry and angry land.  There will be times that this column may seem to be out of place.  Rest assured, my friend, this is for the backpack; there WILL come a time when you may need this for yourself, or for someone whom you have not met yet.

      A few years back, famed author, civil rights activist and commentator Tony Brown came to my home city of Indianapolis, Indiana to give a speech to some local leaders associated with the YMCA.  I was one of the fortunate few that had to cover the event.  I was a reporter for WTLC-FM at a time when few urban radio stations had more going for them other than wall-to-wall music.  My station had one of the top news departments in the state—and I was proud to be a part of that team.

      I still have the original tape of the speech, which lasted about an hour.  It was an hour well spent, as Brown laid out a clear path for student achievement, African American history economics, and—above all things—the importance for each of us to have “that one person” in our lives; a teacher, a pastor, a historic figure, a parent or someone else who not only illustrated how to learn about the gifts that we had, but modeled their OWN gifts to help us understand our future importance to society.

      “Take that one person out of your lives,” noted Brown, “and you would not be here, nor would you have this speaker before you.”

      In our short time together this month, I just wanted to put forth that one question: Are YOU that one person?  Take your time, for the answer is not only critical for you, but for those around you.  If you aren’t, then take the steps to BECOME that one person!

     It is easy for many of us to cry about what we don’t have.  We don’t have the opportunity.  We don’t have the money.  We don’t have anyone in our corner cheering us onward through the battlefield of life.  These are, in some instances, important and soul-searching questions.  However, we often overlook one critical part of life’s equation: Are we willing to be THE one person who is known to pour themselves into the lives of others—without thinking about what we will ‘get back’ for our efforts?  If you are willing to BE that one person, you will be amazed at the blessings you will reap!  Thank you, Mr. Brown for being on the battlefield as that one person for myself and others over the years!

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Ramey Encourager” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2024 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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