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Musa's Story - Tanzania

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MusaMwavi is a small village in Bagamoyo, Tanzania where 95% of the population is Muslim. Musa Joseph felt God’s call to go serve Him in that community. Upon arriving in Mwavi, he successfully planted his first church in 2017. “I have to admit the church I planted was unhealthy because it was not growing spiritually or numerically,” says Musa.

This was one of the hardest times for Musa. He wasn’t sure what to do to grow his church. One day, Musa met Hery Ndimanga, church planter and trainer with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Hery introduced him to the ministry and the training that was available. Musa was excited about the prospect of receiving the church planter training so he could learn how to make his church healthy. 

Musa started taking the church planter training and after applying what he learned, he saw exciting growth in both his ministry and church. In a very short period of time, his church more than doubled in membership. 

“The training has been a great help,” Musa says. “The church’s presence is now being felt in the community. So many lives have been transformed as a result of this church. All in all, we have a lot to be grateful for to the Lord.”

Musa cannot explain how impactful this training has been to his ministry. “In all the tools I have received, the one I was most excited about is leadership. I have learned a leader should walk in humility before the Lord as he’s an open letter to those who follow him. This has also reminded me that the church will be stable if the leadership is good,” says Musa. 

With this in mind, Musa has launched programs to train more leaders in his church. “Our key objective this year is to produce more leaders in the church—not just leaders but competent ones by using the tools and resources I have received from MNM. We have already started doing this and we even had a leadership seminar at the beginning of the year,” says Musa. 

Musa has already started seeing positive outcomes of sharing the training with his church members and he’s determined to continue doing so. He highly recommends the tools and resources MNM provides. “I can’t express how this training has brought such a tremendous help to my ministry. I love the materials—they’re excellent,” says Musa. 

Alcides' Story - Guatemala

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AlcidesAlcides Lorenzana is the National Supervisor of the Church of God in Guatemala. He is thankful for Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and the training that is available. “MNM’s ministry has become a great tool and a complement for so many churches and denominations,” he says.

Alcides shares that they are going to implement the church planter training within the denomination. “It makes sense and it is functional, even better than the systems we were using.”

His denomination has the goal of organizing 90 churches in 2019 to 2020. Alcides shares that the pastors are feeling an awakening and motivation in their hearts to be part of this project.

“MNM has a good program, such as the 12 modules to prepare the church planters and most of all, the work is of God and we know that hearts are touched by God,” Alcides says. 

He sees God moving in Guatemala. “There is an awakening, a joy, and God is raising up young people with passion. The leadership is perceiving all the movement and the [MNM] model is being implemented. Many are accepting the call to go and plant a church,” he says. 

Alcides gives thanks to God for allowing them to be involved in His work. “Our request to MNM is that they pray for us to be able to carry out the work of the Lord and that the Kingdom of God be magnified.”

Omar's Story - Costa Rica

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Omar's StoryOmar Carmona works in Costa Rica as the secretary of church planting for his denomination. Since they began working with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) three years ago, they have been dedicated to cultivating the field of ministry in which they work. This year, they are challenging themselves to plant 30-40 churches. They are seeing progress towards this goal even though they have not yet received reports from it. They hope this is the year they can consider it a success.

Omar and other Costa Rican church planters face challenges every day. One of the biggest trials is communication with the church planters. Not every planter has internet access and some do not even have phones. Thankfully, the national bishop has taken initiative by arranging to fund transportation and fuel costs for visiting leaders. This is an important aspect of MNM’s model – sharing costs with our partners to reach more people. MNM is able to strengthen our partners’ ability to track progress in church planting by providing them with complimentary funds to establish or reinforce their field work. They are confident in our processes and encouragement and it trickles down to their own church planters.

Costa Rica has a great need for churches. There are many villages that have no churches, both within the city and in rural areas. Another challenge Omar and other church planters regularly encounter is violence.

“Personally, I am planting a church in a village that they call ‘El Infiernillo,’ or ‘Little Hell.’ It is very violent. It is a community where you see children of 12-14 years using drugs, drinking alcohol. Children of alcoholic or drug-addicted parents often don’t live in a house. The violence is growing and they see the need to rob or beg. Praise God we are planting a church there,” Omar says.

The area is filled with darkness and violence. Through the church plant, work is being done in the community to bring light to that darkness. With the vision of the church plant is a vision of social change. Supplies like food, clothes, notebooks, and more are being brought in to aid the people.

One strategy Omar and the leadership have incorporated is bringing in professionals and teachers to educate the community. Through this work they encourage parents that “if they can succeed, there is hope.” These programs allow Omar and other church planters to minister to the people and develop positive relationships with the community. This opens the door for the church to share the gospel message with them.

Omar recognizes that none of the work they have accomplished would be possible without God’s blessing and the prayers and support of all of you. He asks for continued prayers for more church planters to rise up and accept the call. While they currently have 40 church planters, they have plans to train many more. Omar also requests prayers for the current planters, for perseverance, and for the pastors of the mother churches that they may stand firm in the face of challenges and take charge of the ministry in their communities.

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