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Yesid's Story

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As a pastor for 14 years in Bogotá, Colombia, Yesid had received training about leadership, theology and other courses on the function of a church. But when he decided to retire from his work as a policeman and dedicate himself to full-time ministry work, Yesid realized he had never been taught the specifics of planting a church.

When Yesid was told of the opportunity to receive training on the topic from Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), Yesid felt God was confirming his decision to work full-time in ministry.

Yesid's StoryYesid has always been a motivator and he likes to push people to be and to do better than what they are already doing. He did the same with himself when he attended the first training of the More Churches program. In that session, he was so excited to hear he could be capable to plant a church!

"The MNM material showed me how to plant a church. That impacted me immensely," Yesid shared. He continues to supplement his passion to preach the gospel with the tools he acquires in the training.

Yesid is currently working in the neighborhood of Estancia in Bogotá with four families. God has also given him the opportunity to go to the valley of Cauca, an indigenous area on the coast of Colombia. They are now in the process of determining a place to plant the church.

When Yesid recalls his life in the church while still working as a policeman, he realizes he was closed off and comfortable. He did not believe it was necessary to plant more churches, but changing his vision has helped him out of his shell. "I have been motivated to leave the big, beautiful and structured church for the church that shares the gospel and is serious about its responsibility to preach the gospel to this generation."

Carmen's Story

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The difference in the children's behavior was evident not just to their mothers but to the entire community of Nuevo Jerusalén in Alto Trujillo, Peru. "I have seen how God has blessed these children in every way and how He has been faithful in my life. He has surprised us since we began working here in Nueva Jerusalén," Carmen says excitedly.

Carmen works with 25 children whose parents are so thankful for her willingness to work with their children and tell them about God's love. "God has given me so much love for them," Carmen says.

Carmen's StoryAt 54 years old, Carmen feels full of energy. She knows it is the passion and love God gave her for this area that has been the motivation to overcome her fears and bring the Good News to the precious children of the community.

Carmen attended a church planter training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) where she learned how Jesus planted the truth of God's Word on the earth. "I am doing the same," she says.

Through the children, Carmen planted a church in the community called Manatial de Agua Viva (Fountain of Living Water). She is looking for someone to train and mentor to take over the leadership of the church—she desires to plant more communities of faith in other areas.

Carmen began working with just 25 children. Knowing about God's love for them has changed these children so much that the community has taken notice. Someone donated a plot of land to Carmen to build a church so they can move out of the house they are borrowing and into their own worship space. Carmen predicts the change will continue to sweep through the community and that 5,000 members of the community will be impacted by the families of the children God has given Carmen.

Hassan's Story

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Hassan was greatly respected among his tribe. His grandmother was the Tatoga tribe's "prophet" and he was next in line. Even though he is only in his early twenties, he was being prepared to take on the responsibilities of a tribal leader.

Hassan's StoryYusuph Emmanuel, Multiplication Network Ministries' Africa Database Administrator, visited Tanzania in early January 2015 and met Hassan. Yusuph shared the gospel with him and Hassan was astonished by what he heard. "I have been serving Satan my whole life!" he exclaimed. "I do not like it but I also don't know how I can set myself free. I need Jesus!"

Two weeks later, as a young Christian, Hassan is being persecuted for his new faith in Jesus. His family is threatening to disown him. A group of radicals in his tribe are trying to persuade him to renounce his faith.

When Yusuph asked him about it, Hassan said, "I am already seeing the Lord's goodness in all this. No matter what happens to me, I know where my hope and future lie."

Please join us in prayer for Hassan as his life radically changes as he grows to know Jesus more. Pray for a continued closeness to the Lord, freedom from sin and pray for wisdom as he shares this journey with those around him.

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