Name: Angelie Mercedes
RIP Title: Marketing Director
ID#: SLCJ #244253
Time Served: 8 Months
Released: July 22, 2020
Wages Due: Death
Debt Payer: Jesus
Authority: John 3:16
(Resurrected And Proud)
Angelie Mercedes was in prison years before she served time behind bars. She’d been living a sinful life and the wages of those sins were death. She was born and raised in the South Bronx before moving to NJ at the age of 12, and despite being introduced to Jesus as a child, she chose to do things her way. The wrong way.
Angelie was a good Dominican girl who went to Catholic school, made the honor roll, and was full of life and love. She had a typical Hispanic upbringing with a big close family. There were lots of birthday parties and get togethers with loud music and tons of food. Women cooked and men played dominos or cards while all the cousins played together. But that changed when Angelie moved to NJ because her new neighborhood and school didn’t have any Hispanics. Even though she was very responsible and continued to excel, she turned into the fun party girl and began living a secret life which was full of drinking and drugs.
Living a secret life was something Angelie was good at. When her 2 oldest children’s father physically, verbally, and metally abused her, Angelie kept it a secret just as she kept their drug addiction a secret. She appeared to be living the “perfect-mom” life. Angelie was living a secret life when she was with her 2 youngest children’s father as she coached her daughter’s cheer team and took her sons to football games. She appeared to be living the “perfect-mom” life but her man and her were addicted to drugs, and even started selling to support their habit. After the police raided their house, Angelie returned to her parents’ home.
God knows all secrets, and nothing escapes his sight. Angelie got out of her enabler relationships and got off drugs but that didn’t stop her past from catching up with her. While attending her daughter’s cheer competiton in Florida for the national championship, she was arrested and served 8 months in jail. During this time, she drew close to God, took a drug rehab program, and became empowered for success. Upon release, she went from handling Keith’s accounting/secretarial affairs to being involved in his other Godly endeavors. If Angelie’s story interests you, click below to hear more.
CONTINUED R.A.P. SHEET
As a child, the “Dominicana” Angelie attended Catholic school, made the honor roll, and strived to be her best. At 12, after moving to NJ, Angelie cared for her lil brother, cooked, cleaned, and done her homework daily. Her mother enrolled her in dance, and Angelie excelled. But she missed her big, close-knit Bronx family and friends.
Being the only Hispanic family in her new neighborhood and school made her transition even harder. Angelie compensated for the pain by becoming the fun party girl. Her natural beauty and larger than life personality were able to light up a room, and Angelie’s home quickly became the hangout spot. Because her parents’ busy work/college schedule kept them away from 6:30am to 8pm each day, Angelie was able to live a secret life filled with drinking and drugs.
Angelie graduated from Lodi High School and later went to Ultrasound Tech School where she discovered her love for helping others. Unfortunately, she hung out with the wrong crowd and partied way too much. Her drinking and drug usage increased. She then met a man who later fathered her two oldest children. The relationship was verbally and mentally abusive. It didn’t help that they both battled a drug addiction.
Despite secretly battling an addiction and abusive relationship, Angelie appeared to be living the “perfect-mom” life. She knew she needed to cut ties but she couldn’t. Angelie was locked on auto-pilot; she took care of her children, went to work, and even completed nursing school. But then, after realizing her relationship was hurting the kids more than helping, she said good-bye to the worst 10 years of her life. If only she could’ve said good-bye to her addiction. It grew.
Two years forward, Angelie met another man who would later father her two youngest children. She coached her daughter’s cheer team, attended football games with her boys, and even launched fundraisers. To everyone else, Angelie appeared to be the “perfect-mom” but truth was both her and her man were addicted to drugs, and no matter how many times they tried to help each other, they were enablers. A bad mix.
Eventually they began selling drugs to support their habits. They even moved to Florida thinking a change of environment would help, but they took their addictions with them. Shortly after the move, their home became a drug hot spot and was raided by the police. He was arrested and took all responsibility so she could go free without CPS involvement. Her addiction grew worse, and Angelie and her 3 children returned to her parents home in NJ. She was pregnant with her 4th child.
Angelie’s addiction was worse than ever and she began lying and stealing. She was 7 months pregnant, and hadn’t done anything wrong, when she was severely beaten in her yard. Not only was she in fear for the safety of her unborn baby, but also for her 3 children who were inside only feet away from her male and female attackers. Thank God, her only permanent injuries were a few scars. Being clean was no longer an option. Her life depended on it.
Angelie had been drug-free, but that didn’t stop Florida from putting her in jail for 8 months after they discovered she attended her oldest daughter’s cheerleading competiton at Walt Disney World. In jail, she worried about her children, felt alone, and totally powerless. But then God showed her he’d always been there for her, and he seen to it her wonderful 4 children were loved and nurtured in her absence.
Angelie attended church regularly until Covid prevented jail visitors. Then she and the other ladies had their own bible studies. She even completed a drug rehab program and learned valuable skills. She met so many ladies whose lives had been destroyed by drugs. Her heart went out to them, and she realized that had she of been involved with heavier drugs, like crack or heroin, she could’ve been any one of those women.
Prior to her incarceration, Angelie and Keith had business arrangements as it related to accounting/secretarial services. But after her release, she was open to the many other Godly projects Keith was called to do. This is what led to her becoming the Marketing Director for R.I.P. Books. Angelie is both mentally and spiritually qualified, and it is her prayer that her assistance and testimony is used to make a difference in this world, and to give women hope in seeing there is a rainbow at the end of their tears. Besides, if Angelie done it, they can do it too.
Today Angelie is clean and sober. She has a wonderful relationship with God, her family, and children. She is not ashamed of her journey, nor does she regret her past, or the way things happened. Those things have molded her into the woman and mother she is today. Life has hope, opportunity, and potential to be everything she dreamed it to be. Angelie is Resurrected And Proud, and this is her R.A.P. Sheet.