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Edwin's Story - Tanzania

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EdwinEdwin Nyerere is a pastor working with the Baptists in Tanzania. After completing his theological studies, he went to plant his first church in Butiama, Tanzania. However, he spent so many years without seeing his church grow. “The church was stagnant. It was not growing spiritually or numerically,” says Edwin.

Edwin’s desire was to see his church grow but he did not know how to make that happen. The Lord answered Edwin’s prayer through connecting him to Ezekiel Shihelembe, a database administrator for Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Ezekiel told Edwin about MNM and the vision for a healthy church in every community. Edwin made the decision to be part of the next church planter class he could participate in.

Soon after completing the MNM church planter program you help provide, Edwin has experienced tremendous growth in his church. “Through the training I received from MNM, the church has grown rapidly in a very short period of time. We grew from 30 to 150 church members, something I have never experienced before in my entire ministry!” says Edwin.

Edwin remains grateful to the Lord for what He has done with his ministry. The training not only helped his church to grow but it also helped him grow in his relationship with God and to have greater understanding of church planting. “I think I was the reason why the church was not growing because I lacked the proper knowledge that would have helped the church grow,” says Edwin.

He shared his knowledge with his church members and they stepped up to serve. “They are now doing work I thought they were not able to do. I was completely wrong to think that I was the only one who had the power to do everything in the church,” shares Edwin. “But after teaching them what I have learned from the MNM church planter training, the work has become much easier and the church is growing.”

Edwin is currently planning on leading new church planter classes in Butiama, Tanzania where more people will come and be equipped for ministry.

“I think Multiplication Network Ministries is a gift that God has given to this generation to help strengthen His Church and plant more churches. It is my prayer that the Church will have a presence where it currently does not,” says Edwin.

Noemi's Story - Mexico

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NoemiPastors Miguel and Alicia have a church by the airport in Mexico City, Mexico. They are very mission-focused and have three missions out of that church. One they are leading out of their niece and nephew’s home in Cerro del Judío. Mexico City is overpopulated and it is difficult to find the space to meet so this home is a huge blessing for them. 

Miguel and Alicia would drive three hours from their home to lead the Bible study but wanted to find someone who could take over the work. Miguel met Noemi Medina and they encouraged Noemi to receive the church planter training through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). 

Noemi has been working as a federal district police officer in Mexico City for more than 25 years. Noemi has seen a lot of violence and difficulties so she sees the need for the gospel daily. She uses her position to share the gospel with the people she encounters. The greatest intro she can give people is John 3:16. “When people hear this, they know there’s salvation,” Noemi says. She saw the training was a way for her to be more effective in telling others about Jesus.

After Noemi learned about evangelism, discipleship, and leadership in MNM’s Church Planter Retreat, she was able to take over leading the small group for Miguel and Alicia. A year ago they were able to start hosting worship services. 

Miguel’s niece Diana is so happy to see her home used for the Kingdom. Her own faith has grown more for having the church there. She knows God will fill that place. The road is long but she has faith. She is raising her two daughters by herself but her brother Antonio is a huge help. 

Antonio has also received some of MNM’s training. He is a taxi driver and says, "I was given the passion to share the gospel but I didn’t know how to do it. Through MNM’s training, I learned to facilitate conversations with others and share the gospel.” 

Antonio uses his job as a way to share the gospel. “When you begin to know God,” Antonio said, “you’ll realize God’s love is so great and there are no words to describe it.” 

Erica is another member of the church. She received Christ nine years ago but didn’t attend a church because she couldn’t find one. She has found a home in this church plant and was baptized on April 6. It has been a huge blessing that has touched her heart. 

“When we share the gospel, we talk about love and forgiveness. No matter what you’ve done in your life, He loves and forgives you.” Erica has shared this with others and they haven’t yet come to church but she has faith they will one day. 

The light of Christ has pushed back the darkness that was once rooted in that home and now it is a place where Noemi can disciple the believers in their faith. They continue they strive to be a light in their community. 

Mauricio's Story - El Salvador

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Mauricio's StoryMauricio Rodríguez has been a pastor of the Church of God in El Salvador for some years. He was invited along with several other pastors to participate in church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).

“I learned a lot about how to motivate others to plant churches and, above all, it helped me to see there are always people in our churches who are willing to start work in other places where they have not yet heard of Christ,” says Mauricio.

With this motivation, he led the training for the people of his church and found there were three volunteers who wanted to plant churches in other areas. Since then Mauricio has been motivating them to be trained to do the work and reach more people with the gospel.

One obstacle encountered has been hardness of hearts and inconsistency in the lives of some Christians who have not lived out a good example of the gospel in their lives. Others, after being exposed to the Good News and being confronted about their way of life, have decided to stop participating in Bible studies rather than change. “This discourages the church planters because the work in the field is much more difficult than in the church,” says Mauricio.

But this has not stopped Mauricio from continuing to learn about church planting and mentoring. Now, he is able to guide new leaders who are planting new churches in other places.

Mauricio has been able to see that in some areas people are losing their fear of the gospel. Many of them had erroneous beliefs and others believed lies they had been told to keep them from engaging with Christians. For example, they were told the people of the church were going to take the children away and so they wouldn’t let them talk to the kids about Christ. After much prayer and perseverance, the people of the area have come to realize the Church is not like what they had been told.

The joy of seeing people change their attitude toward the body of Christ motivates Mauricio to continue serving in the Great Commission with the leaders he is training. They have sometimes been the object of insults and curses for preaching the Word of God. "This can discourage us, but that's when we pray and say that this is the work of God and we try to move forward," he says.

Mauricio’s longing as pastor and mentor for other church planters is to see the growth of these new plants in the different areas where they are being projected and that more people can know Christ as their Savior and live for Him.

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