Christian rappers Andy Mineo and Lecrae are speaking out about how they were recently in the right place at the right time and ended up saving the life of a transgender woman who was about to jump off of a New York City bridge.
The harrowing moment unfolded on September 4 when the two were walking across a Manhattan bridge and noticed a half-naked individual who was trying to climb over one of the bridge’s guardrails.
Mineo and Lecrae immediately jumped into action, CBN News reported.
We just wrestled someone from jumping off a bridge. Yo I'm tripping!!
— Lecrae (@lecrae) August 31, 2017
“She starts to climb over the guardrail to jump,” Mineo said in a Sept. 5 Facebook video. “Lecrae reaches his long seven-foot arms and grabs her and says, ‘No,’ and pulls her back and I start grabbing her.”
And as the rappers attempted to restrain the transgender woman, the individual said something that deeply struck them.
“As we start wrestling this woman off of the bridge, we start hearing her scream out, ‘I just want to go home. I just want to be with Jesus. I don’t want to live anymore,” Mineo recounted, noting that both he and Lecrae started responding with comments like, “No, you matter,” “You’re meant to be here” and “You’re already home — Jesus loves you.”
Someone else watching the scene unfold called 911 and the police came to address the situation. In the end, the cops commended Mineo and Lecrae for saving the person’s life.
Watch Mineo explain what unfolded below:
My plug for the book "Single Gay Christian" from by Gregory Coles & InterVarsity Press "a personal journey of faith & sexual identity."I also shared my own story of an encounter Lecrae & I had w a suicidal transgender person that happened this week.Faith should compel us to listen & love the marginalized.Book link: Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity https://www.amazon.com/dp/0830845127/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ksTRzb5QE9B27Check out other resources from ppl who are doing work in these areas The Ken Fong Project or Jackie Hill-Perry or Sam Allberry.
Posted by Andy Mineo on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Mineo, who said the person “seemed to be deeply distraught but also had a love for Jesus,” encouraged Christians to love those struggling with issues of sexuality and identity.
“If you can be critical and judgmental of hurting people, I have to truly wonder if you’re even a Christian,” he said, encouraging all broken people to come to Jesus.