Truth Teller: A Tribute to Tony Vega

I first met Tony Vega, owner of Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, about 15 years ago, when I first started my Christian magazine. He shared with me how he first came to Christ, but not only that, what God delivered him from once he did.

Tony was not ashamed to tell anyone who would ask that before that decision, he was a wreck. Someone he was not proud of. But to whom much is given, much will be required’ (Luke 12:48)

From that day forward, Tony exemplified what it means to be a Christian. He bought an ad from me that day (much more than I was asking for), but his ad had nothing to do with his restaurant; it brought glory and honor to whom he loved most, his Lord.

You could not go to either of Tony’s locations at 2222 Ella Blvd or 17790 Katy Freeway without seeing a Christian scripture or picture every few feet. He was never ashamed by that; he wore it as a badge of honor.

I always looked at Tony as a friend, a mentor, and more importantly, a brother in Christ. Any time I asked how he was doing, no matter his circumstances, his answer was always the same: “Blessed by the Best.

”My friend and brother in Christ went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 2. This world lost a great treasure with his passing, but Heaven gained a true saint. He is survived by his wife, Liz; his nine children: Janet, Mark, Eddy, Abraham, Alejandra, Amanda, Antonio, Leonardo, and Jacob; and three grandchildren.

I cannot help but remember that about this time last year, I was having lunch with two dear friends, Tony, and Kirk Rightmire, at his Katy location. Now both have passed on. Life is short. People act as though they will live forever, but believe me, we do not. When your time comes, will you be prepared as Kirk and Tony were?

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.