FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT by Jose Vasquez
The incident that changed my entire life, that opened a dark hole was when my brother Juan was dating this girl and he sometimes spent the night at her trailer, not knowing that she was writing to a guy that was in prison and soon to be released. Once the inmate was released my brother's girlfriend broke up with Juan. She calls Juan to tell him to come pick up his clothes, warning my brother that her boyfriend was on his way. So Manuel, Juan and I spoke about the situation that may occur. We planned that I would drop them off at Juan's now ex-girlfriend ‘s trailer. While Juan gathered his clothes and Manuel would wait outside. Later I received a call from Manuel to get my bat and hurry up to pick them up. I drove as fast as I could to pick them up. When I got there, they both jumped in the van and told me to drive to this house, which was the inmate that was released. Manuel and I got out of the van and Juan got on the driver's side. I stood at one side of the former inmates door with the bat on my hand and Manuel knocked. The former inmate opens the door with a bloody shirt adding pressure to his stomach. Manuel tells the former inmate "I know you just got out, you are on parole as well, and therefore, do not call the cops and whenever you heal, come to our house to finish what has started". Then Manuel describes to the former inmate where we lived. Returning to the house my brothers explained to me that Manuel stabbed the former inmate with a beer bottle that he was drinking while he waited on the front porch.
Few months later, when Manuel and I came home from partying during the day, my brother Juan stated that the former inmate had visited with other members of his gang “wanting to go to war”. Juan stated to the former inmate to come back later and that we will be ready, he gave us the same respect that we gave him when he was injured. Therefore, my brother Manuel asked me if I could get some people, so I called my friends that I knew were violent and not scared. Most of them were working and the others sold drugs so they showed up in a matter of minutes with guns and cocaine, then we waited. At this time my parents had left for the city and planned to return the next day. As we waited, my brother and a friend lifted weights while we drank some beers. My brother and my friend ended-up breaking my parents' new cherry oak table legs by adding too much weight playing arm wrestling. All of a sudden, we heard a noise at the drive way, I looked out the window and it was my parents. I panicked and told my brother Manuel. He ran to the room and got a small cabinet to place underneath the cherry oak table in order to balance out the table. I told my friends to sit around the table and with one hand to hold the table up. My mother walks in and the first thing she sees is the guns in the kitchen then sees all of us around the table, my mother looks at me and tells me “your dad is not going to like this Jose'', then my dad walks in and looks at the guns then looks at the living room; empty beer cans, the cocaine in the living room, then looks at my friends, then yells at me "GET ALL YOUR CLOTHES AND GET OUT!"
I ended up in the streets, started to break into cars, met some guys, planned out how to make money fast, and so began with robberies, made money, and started to hit the nightclub. People began to hangout with us, and hurt a lot of people. Ended up going to jail multiple times. I got shot at, I ended up getting locked up for having cocaine in my car ( I took the blame for the drug), went to jail, did three months in County jail and signed for 3 years of probation. I ended up violating my probation and was sentenced to 10 months in the state after serving 2 more months in the county. I was placed in a holding tank to get transferred to state jail, you could hear everybody talking loud. But somehow I heard somebody calling my name so clearly, it got my attention and when I looked towards where the voice was coming from, I saw an older man sitting on a bench. Without thinking, I went to sit by his side. He started to tell me a story about a man named Jonah who was eaten by a whale. While he was telling me this story, I was able to see it with my own eyes, it was a vision. I could see it like it was on TV. I was awed and surprised, at the same time I could feel peace inside of me, it was a weird feeling. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I told the man I was able to see the story he was telling me. He looked at me with a smile, looked back down at the ground and kept telling the story.I ended up going to church in state jail, started to read the bible, I began to get revelation about my own life, how I was living was wrong.
When I got out of state jail, three months later, I went back to drinking and partying. I lived like that for 9-10 years. In 2014 I gave my life to God and began to go out to preach in the streets telling people that there is hope.Helping the homeless, blessing people, teaching at a local church, making rap music sharing what God did in my life.