Fausto Meraz Rodríguez was born in Tijuana in 1946. After he got married he moved to San Diego with his wife and worked for many years building airplane parts. He became a pastor after being moved by the Holy Spirit.
My youngest son was given small chance to survive after he became really sick. So my wife and I made a promise to God that we would serve him unconditionally if he would heal our son. He did and right after I felt in me a hunger to help my people from their spiritual blindness.
My wife and I moved to Tijuana to be able to serve them better. I traveled through Mexico evangelizing for several years. The experience taught me to see how God made things happen. Over time people began seeking me at my home in Tijuana and that’s when we started Iglesia Fuente de Agua Viva.
That was 27 years ago. Pastor Fausto said that the hardest challenge of his mission is to have enough wisdom and compassion to help people all the people in need.
One day, a pastor invited him to take part of the Mission Planning Board of Amor.
That was a huge blessing for me as a pastor, not only in the physical, but particularly in the spiritual. I found encouragement to continue with my mission. Also I’ve witnessed what a blessing Amor has been for my people in my city.
Amor helped us build a second story to the church, which helped us reach more people and add study rooms for Bible classes.
Sometimes I feel tired because of my age, but when I remember how many people still need to hear about Christ I’m encouraged. Currently, I’m waiting for God to bring a successor to take the leadership of the church, Iglesia Fuente de Agua Viva. For a while I hoped that my son would want to follow in my steps, but instead he went to college, became an engineer and got married. He’s a godly man, but this was not his calling. I pray that God strengthens me to give 100% and continue growing in the love of God.
Pastor Fausto is married to María Meraz, a missionary, who currently is looking after her aging parents. Together they have three children, nine grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. After retirement he would like to continue taking the message of hope that’s found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.