Fernando pastors a church in Tijuana, Mexico.
Fernando Rocha Del Valle grew up in Central California and was a gang member starting at the age of 10. The next 15 years of drugs, crime and violence placed him in many areas of the California penal system: Juvenile Hall, California Youth Authority, and finally, California Department of Corrections.
He was a double slave – on one hand to sin and on the other to the State of California. Because of his lifestyle, he was looking at being in prison for life because of California’s Three Strikes Law. Instead, he chose deportation, since he was an undocumented immigrant.
Fernando thought he had everything under control, but it was God’s providence that he would be deported. After having lived in the United States for 25 years, his sudden move to Mexico was quite a shock, and he became depressed and felt lost.
God had now placed him in a situation where he had no other option but to look to and to trust in Him.
God brought him to Ebenezer Bible Church and Eagle’s Nest, a colony east of Tijuana. Though Fernando had heard and ignored the gospel throughout his life, God appointed this time for him to understand it.
“When I heard the precious message of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, all I could do was recognize my disobedience and ask God for forgiveness now that I knew that the gospel was real and was for me.”
Since that time, he has been growing in Christ and serving at Ebenezer, alongside his wife, Silvia. He now pastors Ebenezer Bible Church, teaching on Friday nights and preaching on Sunday mornings.
During the week he leads prayer meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He counsels people and oversees the AWANA program. Fernando also meets once a month with the men of Ebenezer for a time of devotions and prayer. Silvia leads a monthly women’s meeting.