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Antonio's Story

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Within the vast country of Brazil is a state called Bahía. This area is about the same size as France and is one of the most-populated regions of the country. In this region, in the town of Sertaro Baiano, lives Pastor Antonio, his wife Veridiana, and their children.

Antonio's Story

When Antonio was invited to a seminar for Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and their program on More Churches and Stronger Churches, he jumped at the opportunity. As a leader in the Church of God, he invited a couple pastors to accompany him.

They were amazed at what they learned because, for some time, their denomination had tried to make progress in planting more churches. The result was only a few new churches and many closed soon after opening.

Church planting has not been easy in this area. In the religious realm, the Church faces a great challenge—even though people are open to the gospel, the traditional religious practices are deeply rooted into the culture and the people. Witchcraft is viewed as just another approved tradition and is an active part of the people's faith. This has made it difficult to work here and oftentimes very tiring as well, Antonio admits.

However, Antonio and other church planters in the area are aware of the spiritual resistance and it has helped them to see the need for the light of God in the darkness.

"The people need to know Christ and we need to push ourselves to reach them. We believe God will provide the resources to do this—we only need to begin the work and believe," Antonio says.

This is why Antonio is so excited to receive the training from MNM—they are given tools and a clearly marked path on how to plant healthy churches that will multiply themselves.

"We do not have money but we have faith and this will help us to grow quicker," says Antonio with complete conviction.

Pray for Nepal

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Nepal earthquake BBCNepal is one of the world's poorest countries and was not prepared for the earthquake that struck on Saturday, April 25. The 7.8 earthquake hit the area between the capital city of Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara.

The people of Kathmandu are living outside in tents because they do not trust their homes to stay standing in any aftershocks. We have heard there are many casualties, buildings destroyed, etc.

The other area that was hard hit is the Sindhupochok district east of Kathmandu. We have heard of tremendous damage and high casualties. We are receiving reports of many casualties in churches because they gather on Saturday mornings for worship since Sunday is a workday.

Please pray for the following:

-For the families of the 4,000+ people who have died.

-For the more than 7,000 people injured. The hospitals do not have the space to accommodate everyone and many are on the floor or outside the hospital.

- For wisdom and strength as church planters figure out how to care for their families and communities.

-For the rescue missions as time is running out to find survivors.

-For those who are living outside of their homes in tents for fear of the aftershocks.

-For food and water.

-For protection against the bad weather that is hampering rescue efforts.

-For Christians to turn to the Lord for strength in the midst of such devastation.

MNM's First Global Agreement

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In fifteen years of ministry, over 70 agreements of different types have been signed: regional, continental, provincial, and of city-wide impact. But for the first time in the history Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), a global agreement has been reached.

On Friday, April 17, 2015, Dr. John Wagenveld, founder and president of MNM, signed a global agreement with the Church of God of Prophecy. This will promote church planting in more than 130 countries where the COGOP is already working.

"This agreement that we just signed today is a historic agreement since it's the first one that's global in nature," Wagenveld said. "We've had over 70 agreements around the world, but this is the first global agreement. I think this symbolizes the beginning of a new harvest in over 130 countries and for that we are grateful to God."

Wagenveld signed the agreement along with COGOP General Overseer Sam N. Clements and Bishop David Bryan, executive director of Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries for the COGOP. The Church's general presbyters were in attendance as well, including Bishops David Browder, Tim Coalter, Clayton Endecott, Ben Feliz, Clayton Martin, Stephen Masilela, and Gabriel Vidal.

MNM First Global Agreement

"We're looking forward to our new churches being planted all over the world," said Bishop Clements. "Multiplication Network Ministries has proven to be a wonderful network to work with and it's also been very productive in our Latin American countries. I feel like it's going to spread rapidly all over the world."

Bishop Bryan sees the agreement as "a significant move for both the Church and for MNM." He went on to say, "It gives us an opportunity to partner at the highest level of the Church to provide training in strengthening churches and planting new churches. It extends the impact of the Multiplication Network which had signed individual agreements with a number of areas."

"Little by little we add our bit and God multiplies," says Wagenveld. "Thank you for your part in it all!"


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