Russell Yee is a member of New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland, worshipping a block away from a Volunteers of America Parole Service Center. He teaches as an Affiliate Associate professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.
AROUND 2:40 A.M. on September 4, 1977, 17-year old Melvin Yu and two other members of the Joe Boys gang, all heavily armed, stormed the Golden Dragon Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. They’d been tipped off about the whereabouts of the leaders of two gangs allied against them, the Wah Ching and the Hop Sing Boys.
There I was at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in the underground room traditionally considered the very place where Jesus was born.