Meet Rudy Martinez, Director of Discipleship Ranch

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Growing Up. Rudy Martinez was abandoned by his parents as a young child. He was raised by his grandmother in Northern California. Rudy grew up very poor and began getting involved in violence at a young age. He stabbed his first person on a basketball court when he was 12 years old. Rudy was incarcerated in various juvenile detention centers in Northern California.

Gangs, Prison, Violence. When he was released, Rudy continued getting into trouble, and was involved in narcotics, gang activity, and violence. He continued to be incarcerated throughout Northern California. He spent years at San Quentin, Folsom, Corcoran, and Pelican Bay Prison. He moved up in the prison gang, and was given authority over other gang members. He was involved in numerous violent assaults on other inmates of rival gangs. This eventually landed him in the “SHOE” for three years. He was locked up in a cell for 23 hours of every day. The only time he left the cell was to do some exercise by himself in a cage.

A Miracle.
One day Rudy had received an order to stab another inmate. Rudy jumped the other inmate, and began stabbing him in the prison yard. The correctional officer who stopped Rudy before he killed the inmate mentioned God to him. Rudy ignored the comment, but he later began thinking about it. He says that after that incident he received a bible and began reading it alone in his cell. While in his cell alone, he remembers kneeling down and praying. He said that right there he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. Shortly after that, Rudy was released from prison, and began living in a home set up by City Team Ministries in San Jose, Ca. After eight months there, his life turned around, and Rudy says his life was completely changed by the power of Jesus Christ. He is now married with 2 beautiful children and works in TJ, Mexico with La Roca ministries helping others just like him.

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