Anthony!!! Our Gladiator!

Dear Antonio Juan Mendez! This day I mustered up the words that were so difficult to articulate! I will never say goodbye! I will say I love you my brother all the time! Such a GIANT in everything!!! Because of you I’m going to live a little more; because of you I’m going to laugh a little more because of you; I’m going to love a little more.
I’ve always seen those three together “live, love and laugh” and I can realize and understand this day that you did that! In your 35 years… you truly lived it 100 fold. Every day you had — you seized it! For none was wasted! It’s like you said even in your “bad” days you made sure you were the baddest! And I love that about you.
You accomplished in 1/3 of a life span what others could never accomplish over triple that time. Often myself, stood in awe like HOW, WHY…. what is so different? But this week has brought me a TOTAL understanding of that. Because GOD IS GOD and He numbers our days. So now we know in completion that God accelerated you above the rest because He wanted to TAKE YOU TO BE WITH HIM just like Enoch! Because you walked so closely with God and were his loving worshiper!!!
He prophesied over you and your legacy. It came to pass!!! You planted! You went international! You have a beautiful family, home and church!!! You preached like crazy! Taught! Equipped your family, your friends and your church! You helped to save the lives God showed you to and then God knew!!!
He knew He needed to take you.
He knew it was gonna be like that.
So He put you in a deep sleep! It’s so unexplainable that we know He took you PRIOR TO THE CRASH! And only your body remained and was damaged… not you!
Not you!!!!
You excelled daily! Your passion blazed across the nations! It is stamped on our hearts! We will never be the same again… not out of sorrow but out of APPRECIATION to the man God made you to be.
Every day you loved your family like crazy!
In your busyness, you made SUBSTANTIAL time for them including them in your authentic, authoritative and audacious world! It was so orchestrated by the Love of God because it was uncommon! Your love for Nelida your beautiful mommy!!!! Your love for Cristina your brave, beautiful and fierce wife! Your love for your amazing children Ezekiel, Isaiah and Ezrabella was evident!!! Your love for Juan was exemplary!!!!! Honorable!!!! He was like your dad and bestest friend in this planet!!! You told him EVERYTHING!!!! Even in a moments call you filled him in!!!!! Cassy and Sammy you loved them more than life too!!! They were your kids!!! They have your humorous, humble and hunting DNA to ACT without thinking!
And us— wow! What can I say! Except that I loved every word that came out of your mouth, the sound of your coughing laughter!!!! We were the greatest siblings on the planet!
I looked up to you! But you looked up to me… WHY!!! I will never know that …. So much so, you selected a wife with the same name!!! It was PERFECT! Just like God wanted!
You lived to the fullest ANT!
You laughed the LOUDEST!!!
You loved more than anyone else in this family and that teaches us! You are the true PIONEER of the Mendez and Montalvo legacy!!!! A huge Kingdom General! Our Gladiator!!!! You even carried others when you needed to be carried yourself!  I wanna do more because of you. And I want to do it right.
Now I know…. your anointing is here, laughter here and so many more tasks that you will see come to fruition!

So God sat you down, called you in the midst of this fast paced world and took you to your new glorious home!

I love you ANTHONY!!!! So much! I know you knew that and cherished that too. I promise to pick up where you left and love the ones you loved so dearly! You will be so proud of me. In His Name.

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

9 responses to “Anthony!!! Our Gladiator!

  • Yaritza Perez

    what a beautiful post… love this

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  • Angie

    Amen… !!! Descansa en paz, Guerrero, hombre de Dios, exelente Pastor, esposo, padre, amigo. 😔😔😔😔… hermosas palabras

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  • Stella wariso

    You have said so much sis, He was indeed a man of a huge heart, loved dearly and passionately. God bless you and the rest of the family and strengthen you all. He will forever live in our hearts. Apostle Tony lives on!!!

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  • Arlene

    God did create us to be an impact in someone else live and The Gldiator did fulfill God assignment with Pastor Tony, an assignment he want us All to fulfill. God plan are never our, and this impact has hit many on how we should live our life for others not our own. These words were powerful and beautiful. May the lord bless everyone from family, friends, co workers, and church members to carry on as God will want us but more as Pastor Tony taught everyone. Love ❤️ one another. For Glory God. Antonio Mendez we love you and now I have angel next to God to speak on my behalf…. my first Angel in heaven . It hard to believe it but I been blessed to still have my family around but feeling special to have a Angel next to God to speak on my behalf. God bless..

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  • Maria Jameson

    Amazing words pastora Cris!!! All of us feel somehow like that (can’t say the same because closed family ONLY can say that) (CLOSED FAMILY SAW THE WHILE PICTURE OF HIM)
    We will live more with the passion of worship because he taught us that… and many other things.

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  • RootedInChrist12

    “”””””He wanted to TAKE YOU TO BE WITH HIM just like Enoch! Because you walked so closely with God”””” JUSTCHRIST4

    “”””He put you in a deep sleep! It’s so unexplainable that we know He took you PRIOR TO THE CRASH! And only your body remained and was damaged… not you!”””” JUSCHRIST4

    Tony I always had questioned God on those scriptures about Enoch. Never did I know the answer lied in you. Through this experience God had answered so many questions about the truth within His scripture about Enoch and how he vanished walking with God. You are truly missed by myself and my wife. As your sisters blog states. Your smile, your laughter, your love, your determination to do the will of God, a man that should be in God’s Generals Book a class within seminary school. We will truly live by your example. Thank You
    I want to walk the way YOU & Enoch walked with God. Brother I Love you and to juschrist4 thank you for this blog and the TRUTH it holds.

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  • Beauty For Ashes

    So, so powerful! I have no words! This was beautiful!

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