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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.

Ouro's Story - Niger

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Ouro's StoryOuro Akpo met the Lord during a time of crisis in his life. He left his job in Togo and came to Niamey, Niger. He became a science teacher and later worked as an administrative assistant. 

The pastor of his church recommended that Ouro take the church planter training provided through you by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). He and four other members from the church started attending the training. 

“I count it a privilege to be part of this training because I have come to see that the training MNM gives is a good avenue for us to be equipped and increase our capacity to serve God,” Ouro says. 

“This training is giving me the opportunity to perfect my knowledge as a minister of the gospel and to be better equipped for church planting.” Ouro shares that he has learned a lot so far, including the characteristics of a healthy church planter, what is a healthy church, and the basic knowledge for planting a church. 

“I glanced at the remaining modules and I have found them to be very pertinent,” Ouro says. “I have great expectations that the remaining modules will make me more effective for the Kingdom of God.”

Jahaziel's Story - Peru

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JahazielJahaziel Alvino is the Bishop of the Church of God of Prophecy in Peru. “Church planting is in our DNA,” Jahaziel says. “We have been planting churches since our inception.” 

Despite having a vision for church planting from the beginning, Jahaziel shares that Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) has been a great help in allowing them to perfect their church planting style and be more effective. 

Because of their history, they have had to overcome the fear of change with many of the pastors. “It is not easy to come from a style of church planting and to be able to implement a change to improve,” Jahaziel says. “We do it with patience and with the help of the Holy Spirit because we know this work comes from Him.”

Jahaziel is positive church planting is necessary work for his denomination. “We believe the most timely and effective measure of life transformation for the Great Commission is planting new churches since we develop leadership and can reach more people.”

Through church planting, they can share the gospel with anyone – a child who brings the whole family to the church, young people who are searching for purpose, or a married couple they can mentor and disciple. 

“The testimonies we have received from the moment people have recognized the Lord as their Savior and to see them changed and responding to the call of the Great Commission is one of the greatest treasures to us,” Jahaziel says. 

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