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Juan Antonio's Story - El Salvador

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Juan AntonioJuan Antonio Marté lives in El Salvador and has been a pastor for more than six years. He knows what it means to be rescued from darkness. In his youth, he was involved in gangs and he knows about the world of violence and addiction from personal experience.

But Juan Antonio was saved through faith in Christ and experienced God’s power in his hopelessness. For this reason, he is very passionate when he talks about sharing the gospel and telling others how Jesus can transform lives.

In the city of Olocuilta, Juan Antonio is committed to preaching the Word of God. He was known as a preaching pastor but wasn’t able to teach others how to share the gospel. He recognized the lack of training materials and resources was holding him back.

Juan Antonio was invited to participate in church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). “Believe me, it has been an amazing experience and a new facet to my work as a pastor,” he says. “It is necessary to prepare yourself in the area of teaching and now there is this enormous blessing in the area of church planting.”

One of Juan Antonio’s greatest concerns was the gang violence that divides the community. The people can’t go from one place to another, especially to visit established churches. Since they were not able to be in regular fellowship with other believers, they became discouraged.

Being told that MNM wants to see “a healthy church in every community” was exactly what Juan Antonio needed to hear. For this reason he believes in training others so they can be prepared and plant churches in every area where the traditional church has been forced to withdraw.

“This is going to make a great impact because each neighborhood needs to have their own church. If the people cannot come [to an established church], I can go there and plant a new church. This is going to help the growth and reach of the Church. Bringing a church to the community will change future generations,” Juan Antonio says.

As a multiplier for MNM, Juan Antonio trains others in the church planting processes. He helps them learn the steps they should follow to plant a healthy church. This is important because many of them wanted to serve but didn’t know how or what to do to get involved in planting a new fellowship of believers.

Juan Antonio also sees the great importance of mentoring the emerging leaders. “The church planters have needs. They have doubts and even though they have an idea of how to do things, they feel the support when we come alongside them as mentors.”

Juan Antonio is committed to his role as a multiplier to train more church planters in his denomination. “My prayer is that in every neighborhood of our city, we will have a church planted. There are 23 sections and we are currently in four. We continue on in the name of Jesus.”

Rhoda's Story - Tanzania

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RhodaIn the remote village of Nyasamba, in the district of Misungwi, Tanzania, many of the villagers are living below the poverty line with no access to clean water or adequate medical care. In the past, the people of this village were completely hopeless and firmly rooted in witchcraft. When Rhoda Maki came to plant a church here, a transformation took place.

Planting churches has always been Rhoda’s passion and desire. Before joining the Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) church planting program, Rhoda planted a church in Ilula village, but she saw no growth. “I had no adults in my church, I only had children. I discovered that the church was not growing - either spiritually or numerically. Maybe I lacked the appropriate training.”

A few years later, Rhoda heard about the ministry of MNM and the church planting materials and training that it helps to provide. She connected with a church planting class in Misungwi and Bishop Kadaraja became her mentor. Immediately after connecting with the MNM program, Rhoda’s zeal grew greater within her. She felt God’s call to go plant a church in the village of Nyasamba, a place ruled by witchcraft and many evil works. She wasn’t sure how a church would be planted in the village, but it was clear to her God was at work in her decision to go there.

Rhoda obeyed the call of God and went to plant a church in Nyasamba. “I could not believe my eyes to see what God was performing in that village when I got there. People were giving their lives to Jesus every single day. The captives were set free from the oppression of the evil one,” remembers Rhoda.

To a community that was once overwhelmed by the power of darkness, the church plant has brought a great light. People who were once hopeless, giving everything they had to witch doctors to receive help, have finally found true hope in Jesus Christ and walk in the light of salvation.

“The MNM materials and training have helped me in a great way. I can now see the difference between the church I planted before I received church planter training and after. The current church is growing both spiritually and numerically on a daily basis and the church members have discovered who they are in Christ Jesus. This is what excites me the most!” Rhoda says.

When God’s joy fills the hearts of people, worship takes place wherever they are, whether there is a building or not! Rhoda and her church members currently gather under a tree each Sunday to worship the King. They do so believing and trusting that God will provide a permanent place to worship in the future. Rhoda’s passion and vision is to see the whole village turn to the one true God and she is determined to do so by any means possible.

Juan Carlos' Story - Ecuador

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Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos Sornozo began working as a church planter in the area of Monte Sinaí, Ecuador, a place he had prayed to work. The training provided through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) helped him identify the needs of the area when he began the process for the new church.

“It's a place overpopulated with people who fled the devastation of an earthquake in 2016 and who now have very low self-esteem. People who do not have dreams. They do not care if their children fall into drug use. I learned about the problems of the community and vulnerability of these families,” Juan Carlos says.

For Juan Carlos, the great need for God to intervene motivates him to continue sharing the Word. Above all, he strives to bring hope and show them their lives can be transformed like his was—he was also rescued from drugs by the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

“We came to a group with few resources and began to work with these people who did not know Christ,” says Juan Carlos. “We started in tents and there we met with the people to disciple them.”

After hard work and several months of discipleship, Juan Carlos has seen God at work in the success of the church plant. Sowing the seed of strong, Christ-centered families and the community’s dedication to this mission is bearing fruit. "They are sharing this vision of seeing healthy families."

For Juan Carlos, it has been essential to present the complete gospel, one that shares the joy of salvation to the individual and brings restoration to the community. This has been part of his vision. He says to accomplish this, the vital characteristics of a healthy church have been very helpful in establishing a vision with a broad horizon and be transforming factors in this community.

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