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Jorge's Story - Nicaragua

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Jorge's StoryJorge Alberto Collado Vargas knows what it’s like to fight against addiction and to not have a stable home. At a very early age, he experimented with drug use and became chained with the bondage of addiction. His home life was terrible and in need of healing. But then he heard about Jesus and was saved. Jorge’s life was transformed completely! Since then, he has wanted to serve God with the same love and grace that he received.

The opportunity to participate in the church planting program with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) came through Jorge’s local church in Managua, Nicaragua. The leadership invited him to join in the training. Even though Jorge was taking theological classes at a seminary, he realized there was a great opportunity to do something practical like planting a new church.

During the MNM training Jorge learned to ask the Lord to reveal where He wanted a new community of faith to be established. After a time of prayer, Jorge felt called to Monte de Sión in Matiares. When he visited, he saw a sad reality—young people involved in drug use hanging out in the streets, broken families, and an overall discouraging panorama of the area.

“I got to know this context and the obvious needs,” Jorge says. “I knew God could do great things in this community. My life is an example that He can do miracles and transform this area.”

Jorge began to share the gospel with many young people who were involved in drugs. Some of them accepted Christ and their lives have been completely changed. Others have fallen into it again but Jorge doesn’t stop praying for them. He continues to plant the Word of God in their lives.

For Jorge, all of the effort of traveling from Managua to this community is worth it to have a vision to see a newly planted church in this community. “Young people who once spent time on the corner getting high are now part of the new church. Families are restored and it is all for the glory of God!” Jorge exclaims.

“Now we have helped around 60 people who began a small group and their lifestyles have improved and their environment as well. They now have a church that gives them a helping hand and motivates them to continue forward,” Jorge shares.

Moisés and Maricela's Story

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CisnerosMoisés Cisneros and Maricela Carrillo are pastors in the church Centro Cristiano Mesías, of the Assemblies of God, in Colima, Mexico. Their district was invited to participate in the church planter training offered by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).

Pastor Moisés says it has been a blessing to learn about church planting, especially to understand that as a leader in his community, inviting others to participate in the work has a high impact.

For Maricela, the training has meant looking more closely at the spiritual need that exists in different social classes. She recognizes she needs to work diligently and with joy to bring the message of salvation to others.

Once people give their lives to God, the training has motivated these two pastors to place new believers into small groups. In these units, the people can receive discipleship and encouragement to continue growing in their faith and living their lives for God.

Moisés and Maricela can see the transformation in the people of the neighborhood. “People who had family problems, health problems, and emotional damage since childhood have experienced changes, freedom, and health. They are not only happy but they are sharing with other people,” says Maricela.

“We believe that church planting is for all of us to experience physical miracles and to hear the testimonies that when everything seems closed, God opens doors and people come to the gospel. That is what we have seen in church planting.”

Pendo's Story

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Pendo's StoryPendo Migozi is a woman full of love for the Lord. She is on fire to share the gospel. Her husband, Cletus learned how to be a church planter during his training with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Together they have been pastoring a church in Sengerema, Tanzania.

Pendo is happy to support Cletus’ ministry. They worked hand in hand serving the people of Sengerema.

But then Pendo began to feel uneasy in her heart. God was nudging her to do more. “Even though I had been helping Cletus in the ministry, it was obvious the Lord wanted me to do more in His Kingdom.” Pendo prayed a lot for the Lord to guide her. “I asked Him what He wanted me to do and how He wanted me to do it,” shares Pendo.

Pendo decided to participate in the MNM church planter training. After a year of training, she again sought the Lord ‘s will and felt Him telling her to go to Buriangere to plant a church.

“It was not simple for me to make a decision right away,” Pendo says. Buriangere is 7.5 miles from her home. After questioning what the Spirit had told her to do, Pendo decided to obey the voice of God. She started to plan how to reach the people of Buriangere with the gospel. But it was not easy for her to start a church there because it is a place where alcoholism and witchcraft were prevalent. Having no transportation of her own, Pendo was determined to walk there and reach the people of Buriangere with the good news of Jesus.

“At first, I was not sure I could make it. But I had confidence because I knew the Lord was present with me and that I was doing what He wanted me to do.”

During her MNM training, Pendo learned that she had to be part of the lives of the people in Buriangere. She showed them love and respect and this helped make the gospel real. “I thank God for the training I received from the MNM modules. The training and the tools I received have helped me to meet the people of Buriangere and to win their trust.”

Pendo boldly preached the gospel to them and God began to work in the lives of the people. There had never been an evangelical fellowship of believers in this village. People who were trapped in witchcraft and alcoholism have finally found their freedom because of the community of faith in this area.

“The people in Buriangere were under the power of darkness because there was no fellowship of believers in this area to be a light. But now I am very excited to see what God has done here,” Pendo shares.

Pendo does not see the work as complete—she wants to begin planning to plant more churches. “We are just vessels that God uses to accomplish His purpose,” she says.

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