He’s an essential worker, for heaven’s sake!
From gang-banger to gospel singer, COVID-19 health care provider Enrique Rodriguez is going viral for saving lives one hymn at a time.
“I know that God wanted me to care for people just as he cared for me,” Rodriguez, 28, told Newsflare.
“And the hospital was the perfect place to do that,” added the phlebotomist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
With more than 80,000 TikTok followers, the former member of the Bloods shares trending videos of himself serenading critically ill intensive care unit patients with faith-based songs of comfort.
“[God] has given me the opportunity to start a new life,” Rodriguez chimed. “And music is a huge part of that.”
The sinner-turned-saint traded in his streetwear for hospital scrubs after two gang-related attempts were made on his mother’s life.
“I found God at an extremely troubling period in my life and he showed himself to me when I needed him most,” said Rodriguez, who joined the Bloods in 2009 after his oldest brother was sentenced to prison.
“The gang lifestyle is pure manipulation,” he continued.
“They make you feel like they care about you, that they’ve got your back, that you’re family,” he said. “But all they do is use you so they don’t have to get their hands dirty.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Asia Grace