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María's Story - Nicaragua

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María's StoryMaría Córdoba is planting a new church in Santino, on the outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua. She is working as a result of the vision of her mother church, Ministerio Restauración (Restoration Ministry), to plant 500 new churches in 5 years.

For María, it is important to make the Kingdom of God known to distant communities and she believes planting healthy churches is the way to do it.

María completed the church planter training provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and was challenged to determine where God was calling her to plant a church. At first María wasn’t sure where to go but she went out to observe the needs in her context. She prayed and asked God to guide her to the right place. That is how she arrived in Santino.

“When I first visited with my friend, we did not know anyone. We started asking questions and getting to know more about the community. We also started to evangelize and follow-up,” María says.

One of the challenges María faced was many people from other churches seeing her church planting work as competition. But she assures them more churches just mean more people who can be reached by the gospel and discipleship.

God has been supporting María’s work in the community and one of the first people to accept Christ was Elsa. She was going through a health problem and María prayed with her. They also prayed for Elsa’s son who was in jail. They rejoiced together when God healed Elsa and her son returned home. Now Elsa’s son is also part of this new community of believers.

María continues to disciple the members of this new church plant, sharing the love of Jesus with everyone who comes to visit.

Enoch's Story - Nigeria

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Enoch's StoryRev. Enoch Adelekan Olufemi was introduced to Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) through a friend who saw that the leaders in his church could be better trained for effectiveness in ministry.

“We have a proverb in the southwestern part of Nigeria: ‘If you have not visited another person’s farm, you would boast around that your father’s farm is the best,’” Enoch shares. “As a denominational leader, I always assumed that the way we have been doing evangelism leading to church planting was the best.”

After he went through the orientation for how the church planting process worked, Enoch saw they had been missing many things that should have been included in their previous process. “This training is unique and focused on raising healthy churches, which is the essence of church planting anyway!”

To take advantage of this new tool, Enoch sent one of his leaders, Agboola Samson, to attend the training. Enoch had been struggling with working with Agboola but he saw that he had influence with the other leaders. “To the glory of God, the training has changed his life and his relationship with me,” Enoch shares. “Imagine a situation where you have a leader who cannot submit to the leadership in the church. This brought great distress to me! It was a headache in the ministry.” But now Enoch has a leader he can work with to plant healthy churches.

Enoch is so grateful for this comprehensive church planter training. “I know that real church planting has just started for us. The light brought through MNM is bringing a new dynamic into the work of church planting. Sincerely, the work has been a great awakening for the work of church planting in Nigeria.”

Willy's Story - Spain

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Willy's StoryGuillermo Contreras, or Willy as he is commonly known, is a pastor in the south of Madrid, Spain. One of his greatest desires has been to share the gospel. Because of this, he has tried many models for reaching others.

“While it’s true that we have been blessed with growth, it is also true that we are far from satisfied,” Willy says. He even shares that he had become frustrated.

When Willy heard about Multiplication Network Ministries’ (MNM) program, he decided to throw himself into it and see where it took him.

And to his surprise, he found that by encouraging new leaders to get involved, he saw people regaining their enthusiasm. “The secret is in the simplicity with which the program was designed. It is extraordinarily easy to understand and apply,” Willy says. They now have several new Bible study groups and are preparing for two new areas of mission.

Willy believes the materials came at the perfect moment. He had been discussing with his team how to plant more churches in the south of Madrid. That is when God sent MNM’s Spain Director Xoán Castro to share the program with them.

“We can only thank God for giving us men like Xoán who are willing to give up so much so that Jesus can receive a great harvest.”

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