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Pablo's Story - Chile

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Pablo Mundaca AVB edit squarePablo Mundaca and his family live in Coquimbo, Chile. They are serving as church planters in the Porvenir Bajo area of the city.

They continually ask God for His blessing and help as they work in the area that struggles with drugs, crime, and traditional religious practices. “The people won’t accept another religion,” Pablo shares. “They are very rooted in religiosity but we are doing the work that God has commanded us.”

Pablo received the church planter training from Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) and it has affirmed his call from God. “I’m grateful because the training program has helped me to persevere and to have the wisdom to be able to be part of the community so I am able to reach people and have a significant relationship with them.”

Through their work in the area, Pablo and his wife have seen a change in the people. “They have opened their hearts to us for help and family counseling,” Pablo says. “We have been able to enter into their lives to talk to them about Jesus Christ.”

One of the experiences they had occurred as they met a couple that was on the verge of separation. They asked Pablo and his wife for help. Through their counseling, they accepted Jesus Christ as their only Savior and redeemer of their family. “After 9 months, they have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and today their home is restored,” Pablo shares. They even decided to get married to provide a stable home for their two daughters.

Pablo asks for your prayers that God will continue blessing this community and the people who live in the area so they can have an encounter with the Lord.

Miguel's Story - Colombia

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Colombia Miguel Ochoa AVB edit squareMiguel Ochoa is a church planter and pastor for with the Assemblies of God in Bogota, Colombia.

Miguel became passionate about planting churches when he realized that it was the most effective way to do what Jesus commands us to do—make disciples.

These convictions brought Miguel to take that next step of faith. Not only did he prepare himself for ministry by studying theology in his denomination’s seminary but also, he took practical classes about church planting through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Miguel felt strongly that he could not wait to serve in another, perhaps more desirable place, but go to where there was need.

Miguel analyzed his community through the survey provided in the MNM training. Looking at the results, he realized there were no churches with a healthy doctrine. Miguel also learned there was an especially great need for providing the young kids a space to be socially accepted and cared for spiritually.

Although the risks and challenges were great, Miguel took up this mission. With the help of his denomination, he was able to move forward. He started programs to evangelize through music and art to reach the kids and Miguel also began reaching out to and discipling the people of the community. Through his ministry, Miguel addressed their deepest need: to be transformed by Christ.

“We began to pray for this community, to evangelize with activities and God was bringing the people. We threw ourselves into this ministry and we let ourselves be guided as a congregation that was being born. We began to take joy in the people who were receiving Christ and now we have more than 40 people baptized and a membership of 70 people in just two years,” says Miguel.

He is excited to see what will happen when this new generation of church planters is empowered and can go out to where there is need.

Miguel’s goals for the future are to continue planting churches in the neighborhoods surrounding his first church. His prayer now is that the church can be self-sustaining to continue to grow and to meet more needs of this new community.

Rita's Story - Lithuania

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Rita Kuzmenskine AVB edit squareRita Kuzmenskine is married and blessed with three children but her life was not easy. Her husband was an alcoholic for 18 years. They struggled to live with his addiction and she tried to seek help but she couldn’t find anything in her village in Lithuania.

Then one day, Rita learned about a church that was helping families impacted by addiction. Rita visited the church and met Pastor Vladimir and Vanda Ivanov, who were part of the church planter training program provided by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Rita invited her husband to go to this church and he agreed. There, after hearing the prayer of Pastor Vladimir, Rita’s husband experienced God’s presence and received freedom from his addiction.

After God brought Rita’s family out of the darkness that addiction brings, she and her husband have started a Bible study group that meets in their house. This group has continued to grow and developed a community of believers.

Rita has witnessed how powerful prayer and a family of other believers can be in her own life. Not long ago, Rita was diagnosed with Stage III thyroid cancer. The cancer had spread to affect her joints and even metastasized in her brain. Rita received medical treatment through surgery and radiation. She was also covered in prayer by Pastor Vladimir and the rest of her church and family. God heard those prayers and worked a miracle in her life. In her follow-up scan, they found that all the cancer had gone!

Rita gives praise to Jesus for how He has brought her from a time of hopelessness to now being able to share the Good News of the gospel with her community.

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