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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!

Wilmer's Story - Honduras

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WilmerPastor Wilmer Martinez is the National Deputy Coordinator of Church Planting for the Assemblies of God in Honduras. He says his denomination has always been involved in planting churches and they know it is an important part of fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission.

But lately it has been a challenge for them as a denomination to intentionally take up the vision of planting new churches that have the same DNA and can multiply themselves.

After reviewing the processes and resources for church planting provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), Wilmer says, “Now we have a clear strategy that has come to wake us up so that we can plant more congregations.”

Wilmer shares although in previous years his denomination had many church plants in progress, something happened and many of the local churches stopped planting and the growth slowed in Honduras.

“Now something special is happening. The Holy Spirit is touching many of our ministers to do this work again. Many of them who were not involved for several years now have this vision of planting new churches,” he says.

“We want to plant 1,500 churches in 10 years. And now that we have a clear vision, a defined strategy, a work team, and many people working for the glory of God, we believe that is really achievable,” Wilmer says confidently.

They have the challenge of changing the paradigm of leaders who for years have had another vision of the church. But these are the leaders who are now excited about the new strategy.

“We have the challenge of reaching every corner of our country with the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to take this message of peace to our country, which is considered one of the most violent in Central America,” shares Wilmer. “We believe the Church can achieve it. We trust God will raise up servants for the glory of the Lord.”

Silvana's Story - Paraguay

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Silvana's StorySilvana Maldonado has been a Christian for several years and felt in her heart the need to share with others about God. She had the opportunity to do this when she learned about the church planter training provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).

Silvana says what impressed her most when she began the MNM training was how they were encouraged to get to know the area. She made a huge map of the area and went neighborhood to neighborhood learning where there was another church or another religion present.

“After doing this initial survey work, I arrived in this area. I started visiting several areas since I didn’t know the city well, but we could see there were no churches and I knew there was a great need to plant one,” Silvana says.

She found someone with an urgent need for healing and she visited the family to pray with them. Since then the family opened its doors and accepted Silvana to hear her preach the Word of God every week.

One of the transformed lives within this family was Marisel Dávalos. She shares how she had thought she knew about Christ, but when Silvana shared about Him, she realized she did not really know anything.

“Before, I felt empty and when I had problems, I felt I would not be able to overcome them. I felt the world was falling apart, but I learned to pray and to trust in God during the trials,” Marisel says.

Now Marisel and her family not only have saving faith in Jesus but also have hope during difficult times. They want other people to be able to hear about Jesus as well. For this reason, their home is where people meet together to hear about God and where various activities take place with the children of the area.

“I believe the Lord guided me to this place," shares Silvana. She says this family was the answer to several months of evangelism and visiting house to house.

For Silvana, it is very important to get to know the area and the reality of the people in order to carry the gospel there. She’s realized that caring about the spiritual as well as physical needs of a community opens doors and people are more receptive to the Word of God.

“We have seen the transformation of the family, as the seed planted yields its fruit. We saw that through the activities, the community told us they wanted to get involved after seeing our concern for them. We show the love of Christ towards them,” says Silvana.

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