TMCP 76: Why the Gospel is Greater than Gangs, Drugs, Mistresses, and Prison [Herman Mendoza]
Rev. Herman Mendoza currently serves as an Associate Pastor and the Director of PowerHouse Kids Ministry, at Promise Ministries International in New York City. He is also one of the speakers for The 4/14 Window Movement, a global initiative to raise a new generation of children, ages 4 to 14, to be the leaders of tomorrow through Christ. He speaks at conferences, schools, and churches around the world spreading the message of hope, faith, grace, and redemption. Pastor Mendoza is a community leader and collaborates with the New York Police Academy through his youth program to educate young people about the police culture.
Pastor Mendoza’s memoir, Shifting Shadows: How a New York Drug Lord Found Freedom in the Last Place He Expected, has been published with Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. It details the story of his life, as a lost young man who after experiencing the lowest point in his life—convicted for drug trafficking and sentenced to prison—found forgiveness and a new life in Jesus Christ. These are truly milestone markings of a life transformed by the relentless love of God.
Episode Talking Points
- Family Background- parents came to NYC from the Dominican Republic
- Gang and drug activity beginning at age 13- ended up in juvenile detention center
- Marriage at age 19- wife relatively unaware of drug dealing
- Blinded by the present age- money and a party lifestyle
- Arrested with 3.8 million dollars of cocaine
- Federal prison
- Ends up in same prison with his newly-converted brother. Herman goes to an inmate-run church and becomes a Christian.
- Begins co-pastoring a church in his cell block with his brother.
- Meets Christopher Yuan in prison
- Wife becomes a Christian, now assists him in ministry
- Shifting Shadows; How a New York Drug Lord Found Freedom in the Last Place He Expected
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