Ex-Latin Kings gang member finds new calling as Christian minister: ‘Glory to God’

After serving a long prison sentence and surviving a near-fatal drug overdose, former Latin Kings gang member Andy “Reverse” Pererano found salvation and turned to Christianity. became.

“It was just going out under the wrong influences, hearing the wrong voices, attracted to the wrong things,” the Latin Kings gang member turned Christian pastor said Wednesday. He spoke on the show “Jesse Watters Prime Time.”

In addition to his ministry, Perelano is also a Christian hip-hop artist who has been nominated for two Nola Gospel Awards and won the title of Nola Gospel Rap Artist of the Year in 2018.

“I was about 14 or 15 years old and five grown men jumped me because I could be their friend, as I like to call it,” Pelleno explained. “So what do I have to do to keep that friendship? And that led to attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and one count of aggravated criminal damage. It’s gang-related. I was 16 years old and turned 17.” I was charged as an adult. ”

Pererano revealed that his gang name was “Paco the Pope of the Streets.”

“They called me Paco. When I basically got out of the gang, when I went to prison, we started the outlaw King Blood Nation, where we formed the Latin Kings. – I joined With the Bloods and I was holding a flag in that prison. I was the president and they called me Paco, which was ironically ‘Paco the Street Pope.’ ”

Pererano described a pivotal moment in his transformation when his daughter came to visit him while he was in prison after breaking out of the gang underworld.

“I can see my children growing up in pictures. You see they can’t come see me because I have maximum security. But just this time, it’s on my mind. It’s engraved,” Pelleno said.

“I am fully restrained, belted and handcuffed and shackled. And my little girl…she was almost two years old when I was first incarcerated. By this time, She was about 6 years old. She was about 5 years old.” 6 years old… So I visit and I’m holding a beautiful little girl, and she starts asking me all these questions. ” he said.

“She grabbed my handcuffs and said, ‘Daddy, daddy, what are these?'” And it was brand new handcuffs…and I said, “Oh, that’s my bracelet, Don’t you see your father shining here?” And she looked at me and said, “So what is this?” And she grabbed my shackles and I took them. I started making it jump like a jump rope, and I said, “Oh, this is my jump rope.” She looks at me again and says, “You seem stuck.” And she asked me again, “Dad, what are these?” I said handcuffs and she said, “Dad, what are these?” I said shackles. ”

Pererano continued, “She said, ‘Why did they make you this daddy?'” I said, “Daddy was bad, so this is Daddy’s punishment.” And she looked at me and said, “Daddy, I want you to come home with me, promise me it’s not going to be bad anymore, Daddy, I want you to come home with me.” That’s it, Daddy.” And I died. But as I was looking at her, she started asking me questions. “Well, Daddy,” she said. “Dad, what color are you?” Mom, what color am I? I was killed because her daughter didn’t know her own identity because she didn’t have her father in her life. That’s what I see happening in society today. People do not know her identity because her father is not there. ”

Pererano said addiction and a near-fatal overdose ultimately led him to church and the beginning of his journey of transformation. He explained that he had overdosed on heroin multiple times, putting his life in danger.

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“When I woke up in a hospital bed for the third time, there was a police officer in front of me. I was trying to pretend I was asleep, like playing possum. I thought there was more to come. I’m looking for you.” He’s drugged and not handcuffed to the bed, but he has an IV drip hanging from his arm.

“So the moment the police officer left to help the nurses with another guy who came in drunk and very belligerent, as soon as I saw him move, I jumped up and pulled the IV out of his arm. Ripped it off, it exploded.” Run, you got through one door, but the other door has to buzz you out. Then I remembered the Bible saying that God closes doors that no one can open and opens doors that no one can shut. I thank God. I needed to be locked up, that closed door. ”

He expressed his desire for America to focus on Jesus, quoting the Bible verse John 1:1.

“The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This is my life, my story, and I will tell it. And if God can do this in my life, what can he do in yours?”