After Gonzalo Quimbiulco participated in the church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), he realized there was a problem with his local church—it had become stagnant and stopped growing. Even worse, there hadn’t been a tool to help the church have a strong vision and multiply itself.
But with the resources provided by you through MNM, Gonzalo strongly believed his denomination could combat this lack of growth. Motivated by his desire to see more churches planted, he went looking for a new place that hadn’t heard the gospel before.
God led Gonzalo into the Ecuadorian jungle in Lumbaqui. There he found a community where he could plant a church and raise up new leaders.
“We don’t want the people to stay inside the walls of these new churches. We want leaders who will be discipled, who learn from the Word of God, and who change their lives and can reach others so that growth and multiplication continues happening,” Gonzalo shares.
Gonzalo feels that now the local church and his denomination have been able to grow through evangelism. They have also understood the importance of discipling new believers.
“Before we didn’t know and we conformed. But thanks to God’s mercy, we have this church planting tool,” he says. Gonzalo has taken the vision of multiplication to heart—he has not only planted a church but continues to encourage new leaders to receive training themselves, to reach others, and to continue planting other churches where none can be found.
When Hadija and her family moved to Kiwangwa, Tanzania, people told her that to continue living there, she had to practice witchcraft. Butshe told them she was a Muslim and only believed in Allah.
A couple years later, Hadija became infected with a disease. She went to many hospitals looking for a cure but couldn’t find any solutions. She kept believing in Allah but that didn’t heal her. That’s when she started visiting witch doctors. Over time, she and her husband ended up selling or giving everything they owned to the witch doctors to try and get relief. That didn’t work either.
While watching TV one day, Hadija saw a pastor on TV from Dar es Salaam, and she thought, “If I go to see that pastor and ask him to pray for me, I’ll be healed.” But then she realized she didn’t need to go to Dar es Salaam, she could go to Pastor Alfred Majunga right there in Kiwangwa. He had received church planter training through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and had started a church.
One night, her pain got very bad, so much that she wanted to die. Around 2 am, in intense pain and with nothing else to lose, she and her husband walked over to Pastor Alfred's house and asked him to pray for her. Alfred told her if she would just trust in Jesus, all the pain would pass away and she would be healed.
But because she was a Muslim, she thought, How am I going to convert to another faith? My family would never accept this! Nevertheless, Pastor Alfred prayed for her and she was healed!
That was what began her life in Christ. But there were other troubles ahead. She was so excited that she was healed, she told her parents the story of her healing and coming to faith in Christ. Hadija thought her parents would be happy seeing and knowing she was healed.
She was wrong.
Her parents refused to hear that she was a believer in Christ. They began attacking and abusing her both verbally and physically. From 2016 up to this moment, they are still fighting with her.
Last year, her father came to her with an option. Hadija could either recant her faith in Christ or be disowned by the family.
Hadija chose Jesus.
Her father said to her, “You are disturbing me so much. If it were allowed, I would kill you. I would slaughter you. I would cut your throat. But I am only afraid of Allah and the government. Otherwise I would kill you.”
When Hadija first became a believer, she felt everyone was against her, especially living in an area predominantly Islamic and steeped in witchcraft. But through her steadfast faith, Hadija’s husband, kids, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law have all become believers, all of whom were Muslim.
There are a lot of Muslims in the area. However, as this church is growing, the mosques are slowly losing their members as people become believers in Christ.
Please pray for Hadija’s mother and father. Please pray for peace and salvation to come to Hadija’s parents, along with healing for their relationship.
Even though Shabani Ndalo was born into a religious family in Tanzania, she did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. She was drunk a lot and was quarrelsome and combative. Shabani didn’t get along with her husband and they fought almost every single day. In her eyes, everything she did was okay and she didn’t know to ask for forgiveness even after she had done something wrong.
Shabani had no peace in her life and especially not with her husband. They also struggled with having children, which drove another wedge between them.
She was completely downcast without Jesus in her life. Shabani searched for solutions to her problems but could not find any. One day, she decided to go to a church near her home that had been planted by Alfred Joseph. He had taken the training provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and established a church in the Kotoro District.
Upon arriving at the church, Shabani heard about Jesus and gave her life to Him. She explained to Alfred what she’d been going through in her life. He prayed for her and she immediately received the peace of God in her heart.
That was a new beginning for Shabani. Everything changed in her life and the peace of God is now reigning in her life and marriage as a result of giving her life to Jesus. Shabani and her husband grew closer together and they were able to have a child.
“The Lord has heard my prayer like He heard Hannah’s prayer and gave her Samuel. He has done so much for me. I am more than thankful to Him. I will serve the Lord with all my heart,” cries Shabani.
Peace has been restored in Shabani’s life and marriage. A woman who was known to be a drunk is now filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and ready to bring the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ to others.
Shabani is pleased to be part of a church. “Honestly, being part of this newly planted church is a privilege and a great blessing to me. They have turned out to be my family and my pastor has become like a father to me since my father passed away a couple of years back,” declares Shabani.
She believes God wants her to preach the gospel to the unreached people in her community and outside of it. She has a strong zeal for serving Jesus.