Scott Mendes

Scott MendesA BULL-RIDING ACCIDENT CHANGED MY LIFE

   My name is Scott Mendes, and I would like to tell you my story. I was born in Visalia, California and raised in Reno, Nevada. I began riding calves at the age of five. I won numerous championships from high school through pro rodeo. In 1992, I with nineteen other pro cowboys organized the Professional Bull Riders. The summit of my career was winning the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Championship in 1997. I realized there was more to life than riding bulls.

   My spiritual foundation began when I learned about Jesus from my grandmother. As a small boy, I sat at the foot of her bed as she read exciting stories from the Bible that I could understand. The most amazing of all of her stories were the ones about the life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and all of the miraculous things He did for the whole world; and more specifically for me.   Being a Professional Bull Rider, success is usually determined by what belt buckle holds up your Wranglers. Well, somehow I always knew there was more to life than that.  When I learned how Jesus lived His life when He was here on Earth, and of His gruesome crucifixion on the cross, it intrigued me how one man could take all of the world's sin upon Himself, and die a physical death for people who continuously betrayed Him, when at any moment, He could have asked His Heavenly Father to handle the entire situation. That, to me, was the ultimate act of love.

   My grandmother then told me that Jesus would come into my heart and help me through all of life's problems while, at the same time, protect me from all evil! All I had to do was ask! She led me in a prayer of salvation as I asked Jesus into my heart. But life wasn’t going to be easy. 

   Without knowing that Jesus lived in my heart, I'm not sure where I would be today. As I look back over my life, there have been many obstacles I've had to overcome. I do know that I wouldn't have ever had the strength to do it without Jesus in my life.

 

  As a young boy, my parents divorced and moved to different parts of the country. There were many times in my childhood that I used to think my life would have been a whole lot easier if one had not loved me. I thought if that was the case, it might have killed off some of the confusion and insecurity that I always felt inside. With them living so far apart and each loving me as they did; I always felt like I was in the middle. So, over the years, I traveled a lot between the two of them and did quite a bit of soul searching along the way. In all of my travels, I built a relationship with the Lord. I think it was because I longed to know the answers to all of my problems and I knew that He, along, would surely be the one to answer them for me. No matter what they taught me in school about the process of evolution and how we may have come from monkeys; I believed that my God created me. Regardless of all the many problems I faced daily, I was very confident He had a purpose in my life. God knew that what I was going through in my life would only make me wiser and stronger so that I could someday fulfill His plan for me.

   I thank the Lord each day that I have two parents who loved me, and I can honor them like the Lord has commanded me to do. There were certain things I learned from each of them that made me the person I am today. My mother taught me the importance of God and His Word, and by letting Jesus be the Lord of my life, I could accomplish anything in life I wanted. My father instilled in me the importance of responsibility and the discipline of hard work. These things, along with the inner hope that I had in Jesus, would prove all I needed to be an over comer. Until I had the knowledge that God had a plan for my life; I realized my parents did the best they could with the situation that we were faced with. I always knew that without Jesus in control of my life, I would never amount to much. Not to mention ever fulfilling my childhood dream of being a World Champion Bull Rider.

   In striving to accomplish that dream, I traveled down the road, with the love of God in my heart and doing everything I knew how to do a good person. There were many things I did that got me in trouble and the Lord would have to help get me out. His word says that people perish for the lack of knowledge of His word. By my own lack of knowledge, I just wasn't strong enough to defend myself from the shameful temptations and the deceitful ways of the devil. You see, although I loved God with all of my heart and believed and trusted in Him, that wasn't enough. We must also keep His commands and read, study and meditate on His Word so that the devil can't come in and steal from us what is rightfully ours, that being Eternal Life in Heaven.

    By this time I had met an angel from heaven and the woman of my dreams.  Soon afterwards we were married and our oldest son Kaden was born.  My focus was shifting to raising and providing for my family.  Soon after the death of my fellow bull rider and good friend, Brent Thurman who passed away from injuries suffered at the 1994 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). This bull-riding accident changed my life.  I thought, “That could have been me. Would I be ready to meet my Maker? The answer was, ‘No.’” I needed a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and to do His Will.

   I used to always ask God to show me what it was that He wanted me to be doing for Him in my life. Since I was a cowboy and not very well educated, I asked if He could please make it clear enough for even me to understand. My wife Angel and I made a decision to totally serve the Lord with all of our hearts. In doing so, we knew that we would have to turn away from our old way of life; and allow the Lord to cleanse us with His forgiveness for all of our many sins. We also heard a pastor friend ours, Casey Treat of The Christian Faith Center in Seattle teach a sermon on Romans 12:2. This scripture gave us both the inspiration to change our lives, and with my beautiful wife being so new to the Word of God, this passage also gave her the guidance she needed to start her own faithful relationship with the Lord. It instantly convicted my heart, and I knew that the Lord had divinely revealed to me what I needed to do.

   All along the answers to all of my problems were in the Bible. I read it a lot trying to find the stories my grandmother told, but I had a hard time understanding the Bible. I realized later that the problems with understanding the Bible wasn't in my heart; they were in my head. As soon as I focused my thoughts on the Word of God, I became an applicant for the prosperity that God promises us all. When I reviewed all the things that had taken place in my life, as well as my performance in the arena, it was very humbling to realize that it was only by my own strength, and a lot of God's grace that I was able to accomplish and overcome all of the things that I did.

   While hearing a Full Gospel message from Pastor Casey Treat, I was filled with the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands in 1995, and I answered the call. I worked for two years on staff with the Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and then was blessed by my grandfather, The Reverend James Edwin Hart in 1998. We received an inheritance as he laid hands on me and my wife Angel and transferred his ministry mantle and anointing (The Texas Billy Graham) over my life. This power of the Holy Spirit has placed me on the road of destiny as a Kingdom Cowboy in these end times.

Scott Mendes Hearing His Voice Testimony