Felon but Never Fell Off, A True Story; Episode 2:

Hello and God Bless You, My name is Alex and I would like to share my story with you. I was born and raised in Miami, FL. My parents were immigrants that came to the USA in the mid 80’s from Nicaragua. I was raised in a good home and I always had good examples of positive men and women around me.

Elementary and Middle School were good years for me up until the 8th grade when I began to get in fights at school, that translated to high school and led me to drop out of school at the age of 15.

This is where my life of crime and breaking the law began, very shortly after I was in and out of juvenile jails and programs and once again this bad pattern translated to my adult life. Once I was 18 I was already in gangs and doing horrible things on the streets. I was shot at the age of 19 but that did not deter me from pursuing a life of crime. I continued on this path for many years until I had an encounter with Jesus Christ in 2011 and from there on I was never the same.

After Christ saved my life I left everything behind for good, from smoking weed, drinking alcohol to carrying guns, it was all left behind. Unfortunately my past still followed me and in 2014 I was indicted by the FBI for everything I did in the past.

I was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison. My incarceration process was different from what most people have experienced because I had the full support of my family every single second I was in there although I had been giving my family hell for most of my life they were still stuck by my side. I can’t remember a single moment that I didn’t have money in my account, visits, letters, books, phone calls and just overall love and support from my family. God and my family definitely anchored me through what were the hardest times in my life.

My time in prison was not a walk in the park. I got sent to the highest level prisons and worked my way down. The mother of my son did not allow me to speak to my son for 4 years while I was in prison and I lost my mother to Covid in 2020.

I have to say that I’ve faced many moments especially during lockdowns, that I contemplated ending my life specifically when I was told that my mother had died from Covid. The mental and emotional stress that I went through was not easy BUT I found my refuge in God and in my family. I developed a loving relationship with my pastors and every time I got on the phone they prayed for me, spoke life into me and believed in me even when I felt all hope was lost.

The love and support of family and friends can help an inmate walk a million miles! Today I’m thankful that I’m home free, I have an amazing career, amazing church, amazing family and friends that continue to love and believe in me at all times!

This is my story 😊 God Bless You!

4 Responses

  1. Alex, since the day I met you over a decade ago, you were always someone admirable and worthy to follow. Although that was not the case before your encounter with Jesus, you literally became an impact to the world around you the moment as you said, “it was all left behind”. I have seen you faithfully serve God, both the years before you were incarcerated, and all the years incarcerated. I remember the many years believing together with you, that God would do a miracle, and that you wouldn’t have to do time for the crimes of your past. And although we’ve seen God do it with others, that wasn’t the case with you. We now know, that your miracle was and is different. To read about all the trials you went through while incarcerated, and see you now having endured each of those things throughout the years… it is evident that you are a byproduct of your faith in God, a loving and supporting family, and divine relationships. And now 13 years later, you testify once again that your life still, never has been the same! Only now without a doubt, are you at a much more founded place in both your faith and your character. Your Mother would be proud. Alex, this is confident saying that you will have a far greater impact now then when you first encountered Jesus! May you lead your this world to encounter Jesus and find their refuge also in Him. Love you my brother and friend.

  2. God is King and you are a soldier. Thank you for sharing your story and being transparent. Your testimony will save lives. I am so proud of you and you are covered in prayer.

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