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Enfris and Lili's Story - Guatemala

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2020 01 19 19.27.29 Enfris de Jesús Sanguera and Lili de Sanguera AVB edit squareMultiplication Network Ministries (MNM) Founder and President Dr. John Wagenveld says, "The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us globally as national leaders in newly planted churches are having to find different ways of ministering in their communities." Please note that all of MNM's leaders around the world have been cautioned to reduce exposure and be safe while following the regulations set by their countries' governments.

Pastors Enfris and Lili have led a church for the Church of God of Prophecy in Guatemala for some years. But recently, God awoke a desire within them to minister to communities that are not yet reached with the gospel. This passion for church planting has remained on their hearts and has become a part of their vision for growing the Church.

Enfris and Lili were introduced to the Take Your Church’s Pulse tool provided by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). When they used the tool to analyze their own church, Enfris and Lili realized that discipleship was a weak point. With this analysis in mind, Enfris and Lili began their church planter modular training determined to strengthen every area of their ministry.

In the course of their training, Enfris and Lili set out to plant a church in the community of Panaluya. “When we arrived in Panaluya,” says Lili, “we immediately saw there was no church in the community. The people looked at us as if we were aliens when we told them what we were going to do.”

In addition, the local people were deeply rooted in other religious traditions that made it difficult to get their ministry started but Enfris and Lili did not give up. “Many of the people told us how others had already tried to plant churches but were not successful.  We rejected all of that negativity. We knew that, if God brought us, He wouldn’t let us leave here until we saw the work through and planted the church,” says Lili.

Enfris and Lili persisted in the face of these challenges using the tools and resources they were provided through MNM’s training program. Today, the new church plant has around 35 people who meet under a mango tree. Many of them are kids and for Enfris, they are the church of the future: children who will grow up to become leaders and pastors in their own community.

Little by little, and through much prayer, they have seen the darkness recede in this area. “We do not stop confessing nor believing that one day we will see the members of this community before the presence of God,” Enfris says.

Enfris and Lili are sure their ministry in this community will continue to glorify God and bring others close to Him. “Now the local people have heard music that praises God and we know that God is always glorified. Our vision is to leave three leaders in this region and continue going to other small villages that still do not have a church to plant the seed for new communities of faith.”

Leaders like Enfris and Lili are eager to see God at work in all of Guatemala. Enfris and Lili are sure that church planting is not only a strategy of growth but also a tool of empowering and advancing the Kingdom in the lives of each person.

Mudumbi's Story – Congo DRC

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080420_Mudumbi ChanceMultiplication Network Ministries (MNM) Founder and President Dr. John Wagenveld says, "The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us globally as national leaders in newly planted churches are having to find different ways of ministering in their communities." Please note that all of MNM's leaders around the world have been cautioned to reduce exposure and be safe while following the regulations set by their countries' governments.

Mudumbi Chance will never forget where the Lord has brought her from. She grew up in a nominal religious family in Congo DRC but lived her life as she pleased. She didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus and never thought about how her life actually belonged to God and that she should live as He desired her to live.

When Mudumbi’s mother gave her life to Jesus, she wanted her daughter to come to know Christ, too. She was concerned about the kind of life Mudumbi was living. Mudumbi grew to hate her mother because she was inviting Mudumbi to have a relationship with Jesus, which she had no interest in. This led to a time of conflict and misunderstanding for both of them.

Eventually, Mudumbi became uncomfortable living with her mother. She would leave her home in the morning and spend the day with her friends who worked as prostitutes. The Bible warns God’s people not to surround themselves with bad company to avoid temptation. Mudumbi eventually could not resist her friends’ pressure. “I started doing what my friends were doing,” says Mudumbi.

“My mother did not give up on me. She would come to my friends’ place and force me to come back home. But more importantly, she consistently prayed for the Lord to change my life.” Just as Christ never turns His back on us, neither did Mudumbi’s mom.

Mudumbi Chance and her Pastor William 1 AVB editOne day, Mudumbi was reading her Bible and found a verse that says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own...” (1 Corinthians 6:19). The verse impacted her. Mudumbi realized her life did not belong to her but to God. Since that day, she decided to make her body the temple of the Holy Spirit by giving her life to Jesus. 

“My life changed dramatically,” says Mudumbi. As she witnessed how God transformed her own life, Mudumbi developed a passion to see others experience change, too. She hopes to share her story so that the rest of her family members and those who live a life of unrepentance will come to know Christ.

One day, she heard her pastor talking about Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). He invited those who have a heart for church planting to join the training. She immediately joined a church planter class and started the training. Her vision is to plant a healthy church through which her entire family and others will be saved.

Riziki's Story- Burundi

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Riziki Amani AVB edit squareMultiplication Network Ministries (MNM) Founder and President Dr. John Wagenveld says, "The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us globally as national leaders in newly planted churches are having to find different ways of ministering in their communities." Please note that all of MNM's leaders around the world have been cautioned to reduce exposure and be safe while following the regulations set by their countries' governments.

Riziki Amania was born in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She left Congo and recently settled in Burundi. Before she came to know Christ, she was a prostitute for a long time. She was very tormented by this kind of life. She had no peace at all.

Then one day, she met Zuwena Irankunda, a church planter trained through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Zuwena shared Christ with Rikziki and told her how Christ would change her life if she would accept Him as her Lord and Savior.

As Zuwena was telling her about Christ, Riziki was very moved by what she heard and decided to give her life to Jesus.

Zuwena invited Riziki to her church to continue learning about Jesus. Since that day, Riziki has cut herself off from her old way of living. Now she is experiencing a peace and joy from the Lord that the world cannot give.

Riziki is in awe of what Jesus Christ has done in her life. She is telling others about the grace God has given her.

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