Connect Global Co Founders
My wife, Danielle Mendoza, and I have been involved in mission trips to Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, Columbia, Thailand, Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, South Dakota, and Texas. With Connect Global I have the privilege of working alongside my family and close friends while focusing on the global effort of feeding the hungry, and serving communities around the world with the message of Jesus Christ.
After graduating from Christ For The Nations Institute in 1994 I spent 17 years in the corporate workplace. There I became the youngest District Manager for a major national retailer, overseeing 16 retail locations and over 30 employees.
While in the workplace, I became the Missions Director for MorningStar Church in Tampa, FL. In this role I led several missions trips to Honduras and Southern Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2008 my family and I relocated to Dallas, TX where I became the Associate Director of Worldwide Voice In The Wilderness. During this time I brought my knowledge of organizational leadership and cross-cultural ministry into the prison environment.
I first fell in love with missions on my first trip to Mexico with my (Christian) school. We slept on a concrete floor, ate new foods, and most importantly served in the elementary school. It was evident that decent meals and full bellies were scarce, but joy and happiness were not.
This was the beginning of several other instances in my life that I realized how abundantly blessed I was and knew I wanted to share my blessings with others.
Since that first mission trip I have been back to Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, Thailand and what I consider my favorite mission trip; Slidell, Louisiana to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My husband Javier and I were only distant friends at the time but by the end of the trip we both knew we were meant to be together. Now we have been married over 9 years and have a beautiful little girl, Madison Saige.
I have been actively pursuing missions for 15 years and Co-Founded Connect Global in 2011. It has been our passion to not just partake in the experience of serving and leading teams week by week to cities and villages in need, but to always leave something tangible behind. Something as simple as laying a concrete floor, rehabbing bathrooms, building fish farms, or painting a local school is all it takes to let people on the other side of the globe know THEY MATTER. They are not only important to us but to God, and he has equipped & commissioned US to be the salt in all the earth. We count it an honor to share what we have been given with the world.