On the Road to Jeffrey Mondell.April 27, 2023
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Last summer an inmate in the NJ State Prison System wrote a letter to my “Ask Ray” column in Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine.
He closed the note by asking me not to think poorly of him being incarcerated. He said that no one was hurt during his crime, nor was it his intent for that to happen.
He hopes to one day be able to help others from throwing their life away with a poor decision.
We became friends (though we never met), yet I learned this man’s heart.
This episode was recorded over the telephone from Jeff’s prison cell.
Please listen to Jeff’s heartfelt story told in his own voice. His sincere desire is to stop someone that is on the wrong path from ending up in prison. The way he hopes to accomplish this is to represent all that he gave up by being incarcerated.
I really enjoyed listening to this podcast, Ray. You are truly a shining light for this man. Thank you for giving him the bread of life he needs while he is incarcerated. He sounds so humbled. I don’t know how long his sentence is, but I hope it’s not longer than his mother has left in this world. M.S.
One last thought I want to share – I just finished your On the Road podcast with Jeffrey Mondell. That was a powerful episode Ray and very, very moving. The fact Mr. Mondell had to call in using the prison system, and that was not edited at all gave the podcast a certain rawness that made it all the more stirring and authentic. I believe anyone could benefit from hearing Mr. Mondell’s message. So many of us (myself, included) will complain about the minor inconveniences of life. Listening to that podcast really made me reflect on just how silly this is. As he said, he would be smiling ear to ear just to be stuck in traffic! That really hit me. Thank you both for taking the time to share his message. I can’t imagine how difficult that was to do.
What a blessing you and Jeffrey are. I know this was God’s work putting you together, so it will yield bountifully!!
Thanks for sharing.
Beautifully done. As usual.
With much love