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Juan's Story

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"Do you have family back in Honduras?" the doctor asked Juan. With that question, Juan knew the news wasn't good. "You have a cancerous ulcer in your stomach that is not curable. I recommend you return to Honduras to say goodbye to your family."

Juan had been living and working in New York, but when he heard the doctor's prognosis, he returned to be with his family. Even though he didn't yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, he wanted to see a miracle because he wanted to see his son and daughter grow up.

In San Jerónimo where Juan lives, church planter Jorge Aguilar began going house to house to invite people to an evangelistic campaign they were hosting. When Jorge knocked on Juan's door and asked him to join, he accepted without hesitation.

"I really liked the sermon Jorge gave that night. When he asked me if I wanted to accept Christ into my heart, I felt the desire to do so. I made the Lord the only savior of my life," he says excitedly.

Since that day two years ago, Juan began to pray to his Savior and with Jorge, began to pray for healing in his life. He underwent treatment in addition to laying his life at the Lord's feet.

"I am healed! God has healed me and I share this testimony with people and then invite them to get to know God."

Juan's Story

For Juan and his whole family, the new church in their community has been a great blessing. He has been able to grow in the knowledge of the Word in an amazing way.

"We can only find salvation through Jesus Christ. I believe I have not made a mistake in taking this path. It is the correct one and I can entrust my life to Christ," Juan says confidently.

Because of his health issues, Juan could not get a job and provide for his family. As he developed his relationship with the Lord, he realized he could talk to Him as a father. "Father, if I am your son, what is happening? I know you haven't abandoned me. I would really like for you to bring me a good job, a dignified job. I want something that I can have to sustain my family." With a huge smile on his face, Juan says, "In less than a week, I had such a job. Praise God!"

Juan is an active member of the church and accompanies Jorge to share the gospel. This church is growing little by little, but the most important thing is that the light of Christ is shining and doing great things in the life of this community.

"Wherever I go now, I share the gospel. I say, 'God loves you and wants to change you like He has changed me.' 'Who are you talking about?' they ask me. 'His name is Jesus.'"

Juan is continually grateful for the Lord's blessings. He returned to Honduras to say goodbye to his family—his wife María Marlenes, Cynthia (now 16), and Isaías (now 14). And now he has a one-year-old daughter, an example of the Lord's faithfulness in his life. "I might not have a lot of money, but I am rich spiritually," says Juan. "This is the best thing I can give my family."

Witch Doctor to Church Planter

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My name is Leontina and I have been a witch doctor my whole life in Katoro, Tanzania. People came to me from many different areas to see if I could solve their problems. But even though I have a family and was successful in my work, I always felt a profound emptiness in my heart.

Leontina's Story

I did not know how to fill that emptiness. I had heard there is a God who saves but I was so dedicated to witchcraft that anything to do with Jesus was an obstacle to my mission.

One day, I received news that my 22-year-old son Charles had suddenly collapsed and was unconscious. I was not ready to lose my son and was extremely worried about him. After all my success with helping others, nothing I did to treat my son worked. I took him to other witch doctors but nothing they did helped either. I was desperate. There was no hope left in my already empty heart.

Neighbors suggested I go to the church and seek the Lord through prayer. But how could I face the God I had rejected for over 40 years? Would He even listen to me, an evil person full of sin?

My son's health kept deteriorating over time and so I decided to go to church and seek help. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and heal my son if He desired to do so. I was determined to forget my past and start a new journey with the God I had rejected and hated for years.

By His mercy and grace, Jesus saved me and also gave physical healing to my son. The emptiness I felt has been filled to overflowing with His love. I am a new creation in Jesus Christ!

I was discipled for several years and in 2014, I joined the church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). At the very first training session, it was confirmed that God had called me to be a church planter. In November of that year, I planted a church. I am very thankful for the training because it has taken me to a whole new level in my ministry. There are now 17 people who attend every Sunday. We are growing and I cannot wait to see Jesus win my village to Himself.

Ernesto's Story

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Pastor Ernesto's church was stuck. They were not growing in any sense of the word and he didn't know what to do. He searched for 12 years for a tool that would help them get out of the rut. He had a vision for the church and the ministries but something was missing.

A year ago, the Take Your Church's Pulse tool was presented to his church through the Stronger Churches program with Multiplication Network Ministries' (MNM). Ernesto, impressed with what he learned, decided to apply the tool to his church in Honduras.

ErnestoAfter the survey results came in from the church members, Ernesto got a clearer picture of his church. They had low scores in vision, mission and teaching. For the first time, he could understand what was happening within his church.

"After the evaluation, we were encouraged to make a work plan. As a result, we have created the Institute of Leadership to give special attention to the church. I have been surprised because I have 89 people who are getting training on two levels," Ernesto shares.

Ernesto confesses that it can be a little discouraging to see the results of the diagnostic tool at first but it is worth it—together with the Holy Spirit, the body of believers can make decisions that help and improve the church in its growth. "We are experiencing a very positive environment of work and expectations of work. The church has had a 180° change."

Improving the weak points of the local church has not been the only result they have seen as a church body. Pastor Ernesto testifies to how the leadership in the church is rising up to the point that they are beginning to make their leaders aware of the need to plant churches. They now have 17 church planters ready to be trained and begin their own churches.

Ernesto shares that as a denominational leader, he has around 330 churches under his leadership that are planning to apply the Take Your Church's Pulse tool this year to develop a work plan. He adds that to find these resources has been a blessing from God because if anyone applies it, they are going to see good results.

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