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Baraka's Story - Tanzania

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Baraka's StoryBaraka Yusta was a happy and confident young man with a religious background. But he didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, so when his brother invited him to experiment with drugs, he fell into a dark time that lasted 17 years. He led a life of crime and his only friends were also trapped just like him.

Deep down inside, Baraka was convinced he did not want to be the kind of person he had been portraying to others. He felt the Lord wanted him to do something in His Kingdom but he just couldn’t seem to shake free from the life he was living. “I was really comfortable being a criminal and using drugs. I did not make a decision to receive Christ in my life, so I just kept living my sinful life,” shares Baraka.

Using drugs and breaking the law caused Baraka to have several near-death experiences. He knows now only God could have saved him from it all. Those experiences eventually led Baraka to receive Christ into his life. Praise the Lord he changed completely after experiencing the transforming, saving power of Jesus! Soon after receiving Christ in his life, he felt God’s call to be a church planter. He was equipped through the training and materials provided to him from Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).

Today, after completing the MNM training, Baraka is a church planter. He is seeing the impact it is making in his ministry to others. “I saw a huge difference in my ministry after I received my training through MNM.” Baraka is contagious with excitement about the training and mentoring he received. He recommends the MNM training process be used to teach all the pastors he knows in the Tanzania Assemblies of God churches. “MNM’s training and materials have sharpened me like a knife for the ministry the Lord has given me,” he says.

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.

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