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Laura's Story - Panama

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LauraLaura Quiñonez has served for many years in different ministries at her church in Agua Dulce, Panama and has been involved in several ministerial roles within her denomination.

Laura says she always felt a call to serve others and fulfill the Great Commission. One of the opportunities she has had to carry out this call has been the invitation to be a Church Planting Coordinator for the central provinces of Panama.

In this role, Laura has had the opportunity to use the church planter training provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) to instruct church planters and multipliers of her denomination in these provinces.

Laura enjoys this work. “It is one of the Lord’s commands to seek souls to be saved and through healthy churches we can carry out this mandate,” she says.

For her it has been a unique experience to receive the tools and resources from MNM and to be able to equip workers who go out into the field. “The local worker is trained so he can use and look for his own tools to expand the Kingdom of heaven," she says.

Laura knows there is much still to be done but she assures that this is a beginning and they are have been strengthened and are encouraging the planting of healthy churches among the pastors of the local churches so they get involved and send more workers to the harvest.

Carlos' Story - Panama

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CarlosPanamaCarlos Belgrave started as a church planter in the area of Antón, Panama a year ago. After he received training from Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), he visited the people in the community and began to share the gospel with them.

“At the beginning it was a great challenge to reach the area. We only met 3 people and it seemed that planting a church was impossible,” Carlos says.

Carlos persevered in his work and the people began to get to know him. Now he has a good-sized group and a place where the families can meet together to praise God.

The vision of planting new churches has been a great motivation for Carlos’ denomination. Carlos is now a church planting coordinator for the Church of God in Panama.

“We have been able to instruct and train many church planters,” he says.

Because of his personal experience in planting a church, Carlos can now teach others and share his own knowledge.

“Personally, the process of planting churches has been wonderful, and I thank God for making me part of this process.”

Olga's Story - Venezuela

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OlgaWhen Olga Sánchez began praying about planting a church in Ubedal, Venezuela, she knew it was a dangerous place. There were often robberies there and even other local churches were hesitant to begin any ministry because of the extreme danger, she says.

But Olga saw past the danger to see the 400 families living in Ubedal! She saw many children and young adults becoming involved in prostitution, drug addiction, and many other evils. “There is a lot of violence in the place. Many of these young people are murdered from mistaken identity or because they kill each other,” says Olga sadly.

During the church planter training provided through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), Olga learned how to reach people with the gospel. The needs in Ubedal touched Olga’s heart and so she and her family began to minister in the community.

“We started to meet the needs of the children, which gave us the opportunity to also be involved with their parents. They saw the changes in the children’s behavior, and in their hearts as well. This is what God is doing,” Olga says.

God led Olga to Miguel Ángel, a teenager who used to hang out on street corners with his friends. Olga invited them to an activity at the church. This was the first time someone had invited Miguel to church.

“We didn’t know anything about Jesus,” Miguel says. “Now we are changing those street corners because of Jesus.” Miguel’s brothers and mother have also joined the fellowship of believers Olga is leading.

Olga believes strongly that the seeds of faith being sown will continue to take root and bear fruit in the lives of the people of Ubedal. “God is working in them and we are doing everything possible so that the glory of God is reflected in them,” Olga says.

As Olga is bearing witness of the Kingdom of God, she prays for the love of Jesus to continue bringing hope to the families in Ubedal, Venezuela.


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