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Elvio's Story - Paraguay

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Elvio Roman 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.

Elvio and Olga are church planters with the Assemblies of God in Villa la Victoria, Capiata, Paraguay. They felt a passion to serve God as a family. Their pastors motivated them to participate in the church planter training through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and fulfill the vision of planting a new church in the area.

Olga remembers that when they came to Villa la Victoria, there was a great need in the people, spiritually, emotionally, and economically.

“Most children do not live with their parents. They live with their stepparents or grandparents and this makes their lives difficult,” says Elvio. Moved by this great need, Olga and Elvio at first wanted to give everything and even what they did not have in order to help these families out of their difficult situations. Their understanding of how to impact this community changed after acquiring tools from MNM that helped them focus their efforts.

“I can say that the topic of church planting has helped us a lot because at the beginning we thought we would do as we wanted but in the class we have learned to depend totally on the Lord and do things low cost and high impact. That helped us to see differently,” says Olga.

The transformation in Villa la Victoria is palpable. It went from being a place where the sale and consumption of drugs made it very dangerous to live in to a community where people can enter peacefully without being too worried about safety.

For Olga, the hard work of planting a new church has been a sign of what God can do but affirms that this is just the beginning.

“This whole area can come to repentance at the feet of the Lord and be totally transformed,” Olga says. “Until now we have seen a transformation of 90% but we want the whole place to be transformed. We want families to be restored because there are children who need to know the Word of God and can be healed. That is our mission in this place.”

Samuel's Story - Congo DRC

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Samuel Machumi 1 AVB 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.

Samuel Machumi grew up in Congo DRC in a family that was religious in name but was not practicing what they claimed to believe. Despite going to church every Sunday, Samuel did not have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. His grandmother was even a witch doctor! “The truth is we were not saved. The things we were doing were contrary to what we had been confessing,” says Samuel.

Deep in his heart, Samuel longed for a close, personal relationship with Jesus but he did not know what to do to have that.

One day, his brother’s wife was possessed by demons and nothing they tried could free her. Samuel remembered his aunt was a born-again Christian. They brought this aunt to pray for his sister-in-law. “The demon left her body and she was completely free. This gave me reason to give my life to the Lord Jesus,” says Samuel.

That day, Samuel decided to live his life for Jesus. Samuel was the first person in his immediate family to give his life to the Lord. Instead of being happy for him, Samuel encountered a lot of opposition from his parents because of the decision he had made. They wanted him to continue in the family’s religious practices. Thankfully, Samuel did not abandon his new faith or go back to the way he used to be.

I did not deny my faith regardless of what I faced. I remained faithful. The Lord saw my faithfulness to Him and started to draw some of my family members to Him. And today a good number of them are saved!” says Samuel. 

Some time later, the Lord called Samuel into ministry. He planted his first church in Goma before he knew of Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). He pastored that church for a couple of years but did not see any growth spiritually or numerically. Then, the Lord brought Justin Munyaga, a church planter and trainer coached through MNM, who told Samuel about the ministry.

Samuel was excited to see that his vision aligned with MNM’s. He joined a church planter class in Goma and completed all 12 modules. He has been very impressed by the positive outcomes the training has brought to his church and ministry.

“I realized there was a huge difference between the church I planted before training and the one I have now. Before taking the church planter training, I was the only one in the entire church who was bringing people to Christ. I thought that as a pastor this work belonged only to me and not to anyone else. But after training, I realized this work belonged to everyone who has given their life to Jesus. And now that everyone is involved in bringing people to Christ, the church has grown,” says Samuel.

Thanks to ministry partners like you, Samuel has used the training he received to help raise up another group of leaders in his church and now the gospel is being further multiplied in Congo DRC and around the world.

Magaly's Story - Ecuador

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Magaly Tunqui 2 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.

Magaly Tunqui lives in Sucúa, Ecuador. Her church encouraged her to receive the church planter training provided through you by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). She is currently working in the Shuar community of Ceipa, located half an hour from the city of Sucúa in eastern Ecuador.

Magaly began to work in this community because of the need for her people to know the truth of Christ.

“This is a community that has visitors from various religions such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Jesus Only Movement and that makes people very confused,” Magaly says.

Despite this challenge, Magaly says she has found courage in God to share the gospel with both children and adults. She has been able to tell them about the love of God and how God gave His Son so they can be saved.

Magaly began by sharing the Word of God with anyone who opened their door. Later her husband came to help. Since then she has not stopped sharing the gospel and has been able to see transformation in Ceipa. One change she witnessed was the gratitude of the community leader. The leader has expressed his gratitude and appreciation for all of the work they do with their mother church to reach this area.

Magaly believes this task has barely started because she knows the community is thirsty for the truth of Jesus Christ in the midst of many religious movements.

“I see they want more consistency and more spiritual support,” she says. Magaly believes it is a great opportunity to continue sharing and affirming in the ways of the Lord the community of Ceipa.

“God has told me that it is the perseverance and constancy of the true Word that will win the community. We want to form disciples full of the Holy Spirit, to train workers filled with the Holy Spirit, so they can have the certainty of salvation.”

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