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Grace's Story

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Grace's StoryGrace Oyeyemi was once a Muslim. “I saw Islam as the way to light and peace but then God began to open my eyes to the hopelessness of our religion.” Grace lived with her uncle before she got married and she saw how little peace there was.

“In Islam, the husband has the religious right to marry as many women as he wants. As imam of one of the Quran schools, my uncle had several wives. There was always so much quarreling among the wives—there was no peace!”

Grace realized that even though Islam is called the Religion of Peace, she had never experienced any peace in her heart or mind. Soon after leaving the religion, she met the Lord and she accepted Him as her Lord and Savior.

Recently Grace felt called to serve the Lord through reaching Muslims with the gospel in Ibadan, Nigeria. She joined the church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). In the training, the participants are taught to share the gospel every day. “I struggled with this because I did not have the boldness to talk to other people,” Grace says. “The reason was due to what I said earlier—my background had been Quran, Quran, and nothing else.”

But God gave Grace the confidence she needed. She was encouraged by the words of Jeremiah 1:8-9—“’Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.

 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘I have put my words in your mouth.’”

Grace is experiencing peace like never before. Her life and her family have been changed forever. “I thank God for the privilege to receive this training. I know I am in the Light indeed!”

Jorge's Story - Nicaragua

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Jorge's StoryJorge Alberto Collado Vargas knows what it’s like to fight against addiction and to not have a stable home. At a very early age, he experimented with drug use and became chained with the bondage of addiction. His home life was terrible and in need of healing. But then he heard about Jesus and was saved. Jorge’s life was transformed completely! Since then, he has wanted to serve God with the same love and grace that he received.

The opportunity to participate in the church planting program with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) came through Jorge’s local church in Managua, Nicaragua. The leadership invited him to join in the training. Even though Jorge was taking theological classes at a seminary, he realized there was a great opportunity to do something practical like planting a new church.

During the MNM training Jorge learned to ask the Lord to reveal where He wanted a new community of faith to be established. After a time of prayer, Jorge felt called to Monte de Sión in Matiares. When he visited, he saw a sad reality—young people involved in drug use hanging out in the streets, broken families, and an overall discouraging panorama of the area.

“I got to know this context and the obvious needs,” Jorge says. “I knew God could do great things in this community. My life is an example that He can do miracles and transform this area.”

Jorge began to share the gospel with many young people who were involved in drugs. Some of them accepted Christ and their lives have been completely changed. Others have fallen into it again but Jorge doesn’t stop praying for them. He continues to plant the Word of God in their lives.

For Jorge, all of the effort of traveling from Managua to this community is worth it to have a vision to see a newly planted church in this community. “Young people who once spent time on the corner getting high are now part of the new church. Families are restored and it is all for the glory of God!” Jorge exclaims.

“Now we have helped around 60 people who began a small group and their lifestyles have improved and their environment as well. They now have a church that gives them a helping hand and motivates them to continue forward,” Jorge shares.

Moisés and Maricela's Story

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CisnerosMoisés Cisneros and Maricela Carrillo are pastors in the church Centro Cristiano Mesías, of the Assemblies of God, in Colima, Mexico. Their district was invited to participate in the church planter training offered by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).

Pastor Moisés says it has been a blessing to learn about church planting, especially to understand that as a leader in his community, inviting others to participate in the work has a high impact.

For Maricela, the training has meant looking more closely at the spiritual need that exists in different social classes. She recognizes she needs to work diligently and with joy to bring the message of salvation to others.

Once people give their lives to God, the training has motivated these two pastors to place new believers into small groups. In these units, the people can receive discipleship and encouragement to continue growing in their faith and living their lives for God.

Moisés and Maricela can see the transformation in the people of the neighborhood. “People who had family problems, health problems, and emotional damage since childhood have experienced changes, freedom, and health. They are not only happy but they are sharing with other people,” says Maricela.

“We believe that church planting is for all of us to experience physical miracles and to hear the testimonies that when everything seems closed, God opens doors and people come to the gospel. That is what we have seen in church planting.”

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