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.
Yusuph 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.
When Walter's father first attended a Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) training, he returned to Neuquén, Argentina and enthusiastically shared what he had learned with Walter.
That was in early 2011 and a few months later, Walter's father invited him and his wife Romina to go through the MNM church planter training as well. They accepted without hesitation—they had been receiving a call to begin a new church in their city of Catriel.
As they went through the modules, Walter and Romina gained a better understanding of how to plant a healthy church in their community. They were asked to create a vision statement for the church they wanted to plant. Walter says that God used this as a challenge to really understand their location and what they wanted their church to be.
Walter and Romina realized Catriel was going through a population boom and worked hard to begin a church as soon as possible. "It was a clear call from God to begin," Walter says.
They presented the idea of a church to the director of a middle school because they needed a place to host the meetings. "He told us it would be a pleasure if we would use the building. He trusted us with a set of keys to have access to the school without having to rely on any school personnel. With a confirmed location for our meetings, we went through all the neighborhoods around the school inviting everyone to the opening of the new church."
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, the church had its inaugural service in the school. Every weekend since then, they have preached God's Word. From that moment of planting the church, Walter says the Lord has surprised them—they now have a consistent group that is committed to the vision of the church.
Every Thursday, they have a prayer group and a praise and worship meeting on Sundays. This two-year-old church plant is focused on the good of the family and sharing messages on marriage. They have recently developed games to engage the children and adolescents. The growth of the church has been strengthened because of the small groups that meet during the week.
Walter, Romina and their children Felipe, Nicanor and Loida, are thankful for the opportunity to become involved in this work with God's help.
"To have MNM's material means the road to planting a church is marked. Starting the new church has cost us, but since the beginning, God has been with us and we have clearly seen we are in His will," Walter shares.
As Elder approached the door, he mentally reviewed how he would greet each of those who would join him to hear the gospel for the first time. Someone in the community asked him to come to his home and share the gospel. This was it, the moment his training would be used.
Elder began by leading the group through some icebreakers. He learned in his training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) to help the group relax, become comfortable and interact with each other.
Suddenly, the door opened and a man hurried in. His eyes searched the room until they met Elder's and he went to him. He explained how someone had invited him to attend the meeting and it was his first visit. He could not hold back his tears as Elder listened to his story. The man's son tried to commit suicide several times. "I am a desperate father," he told Elder. "My only solution is God."
Moved by the man's story, Elder said he felt his heart tremble and the only thing he could say was that it was God who had arranged for them to meet. Elder shared words from the Bible to give the man comfort and find hope for his family.
"This encounter encouraged me to keep preaching the Word of God and continue to start Bible study groups," Elder says. "It is a great experience to be able to see people thirsty for hope and salvation."
As a bi-vocational pastor, Elder works in house construction in Trujillo, Peru. But, he also works to build into the lives of others with the Word of God. When he was invited to receive the church planter training with MNM, he accepted with excitement.
"I am learning a lot, and I am using what I learn as I learn it," he says with a smile. Elder adds his desire is to not just begin more Bible study groups, but to use them as a catalyst to plant a church in the area.