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Freddy's Story - Costa Rica

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Freddy's StoryFreddy Murillo is the Director of Church Planting for the Assemblies of God in Costa Rica and says that five years ago, his denomination decided to accept the challenge of planting new churches.

Together with the leadership of the denomination, they undertook the titanic task of promoting the vision of More Churches and Stronger Churches and implementing the processes provided by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) to train church planters.

Freddy says one of the main challenges they encountered was that many of the pastors had a hard time changing their thinking about the church. In fact, many of them were not very excited about the idea of planting churches.

However, Freddy and other leaders saw the opportunity to change this model in order to reach more people with the gospel through the planting of churches. “We started to raise up a new generation of church planters and we invited pastors with experience in ministerial work to be mentors to the church planters,” he says.

To his surprise, the results were immediate. They were able to register more than 70 church planters and these leaders are becoming mentors to other planters. And they are working in places that previously were impossible to have a church! “This is something that did not happen in the last 20 years,” Freddy says.

Pastor Freddy says he has seen a change in the Church. He sees how pastors are aware of the need for church planting and are being led to establish new communities of faith. “I’m excited about what’s going to happen in the next few years,” he says.

For him, the process they have gone through is necessary and many of the planters give testimony to what God is doing. “We want to continue raising new generations of church planters and people are very motivated by the results they have seen.”

Ranulfo's Story - Mexico

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Ranulfo's StoryRanulfo Hernández is a pastor in Panuco, Mexico and has been in ministry for 20 years. A few years ago he experienced a crisis—he felt he had achieved everything and that there was no more to do. His ministry had no purpose.

“I must admit I was doing things on a routine basis. I went to church to preach because of obligation and duty and felt no passion,” says Ranulfo.

Right when he was feeling he couldn’t do anything more, Ranulfo received an invitation from Arturo Robles, one of the national coordinators for Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) in Mexico. Arturo invited Ranulfo to participate in MNM’s church planter training and through that, God touched his heart and directed him to a vision.

“I learned many things that helped me and gave me a vision and a mission,” Ranulfo says. He began to understand the need to empower other leaders to multiply the work. So he became a multiplier to train others in leading MNM’s church planter modules.

Ranulfo trained seven men from his local church as church planters. “That revolutionized my church because it was not just me working alone. That gave life to our church in the area of evangelism and mission.” And those church planters began training more leaders!

Then Ranulfo took it a step further—he went to his denomination. He challenged the Baptist churches in his region to consider the vision for planting healthy churches and make a change. All but one decided to join the call.

"It's a blessing to work as a team because to begin with, you have to recognize the importance of not working alone. Working alone will always isolate and create a pride that will ultimately end up alienating others spiritually,” Ranulfo shares. “When we look at the Word of God, we find teamwork. Paul lived and ministered as a team and the great servants of the Lord have done great things through great teams. If there is no unity in the body or denomination, even if there are the best structures and projects, nothing will work. The key is unity and love in the Spirit of God.”

From feeling like he had no more purpose, Ranulfo has become energized once again in working for the Lord. He has encouraged more than a hundred people to consider the need for church planting and is excited to continue sharing the vision for More Churches and Stronger Churches.

Agboola's Story - Nigeria

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AgboolaAgboola Samson was a leader in his church in Ejioku, Nigeria but wasn’t living like Jesus. He had a bad attitude that caused others to be uncomfortable around him. Agboola’s wife complained constantly about how he treated her and the kids, which caused them to quarrel. He was unhappy, discontent, and often upset.

Despite the issues with his attitude, Agboola had a lot of influence with the other leaders and so his pastor Enoch Adelekan Olufemi invited him to attend a church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). After he went through the Church Planter Retreat to learn about the process of church planting, Agboola began to see what he had never noticed before. He had been unaware that his attitude was noticeable to the members of the church.

“It was a terrible moment in my life when I realized how bad it was,” Agboola says. “Immediately after we started the training, I began to notice that I was just an unhealthy leader trying to grow a healthy church.”

Agboola began the journey to become a church planter—a whole year of practical training. “It was a bit funny at the beginning because I was not a patient person who could tolerate people,” Agboola says. But he learned that evangelism involves tolerance. “I became friendly with many people who used to complain about my attitude and behavior. My impact increased greatly. I became a minister whose life preaches Christ by deeds. Praise God!”

Agboola and his wife have a stronger relationship and he is grateful for how the training opened his eyes to how he could live and serve more like Jesus. He is now a healthy leader planting a healthy church!

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