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Valeria's Story - Argentina

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Valeria Silverio Argentina Oct. 2020 Edit squareValeria Silvera is a church planter in the city of Posada, Argentina. She and her sister Angie are serving together to reach the area of Sol de Misiones with a variety of residents. Some families have stable jobs and others that have limited resources while others live in hazardous housing. Violence, child abandonment, and drug trafficking are common issues.

For Valeria and Angie, the social difficulties have made it a challenge for them to approach the people living in Sol de Misiones. “Many families have not wanted to hear about God,” Valeria says.

But God is blessing their perseverance. “Little by little, the Lord has opened doors to preach His Word,” shares Valeria.

In the last two years, the neighborhood has grown and there are a number of new families. Today Valeria has a church in a strategic place in the downtown part of the area. “This has helped us to be even closer to the families that have still not been reached for God.”

The church planter training Valeria received from Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) has been a great tool for her. “It helped us a lot in the subject of creating a strategic plan for our church plant, helping us know how to organize ourselves in the different areas of evangelism, fellowship, teaching, and how to begin the work with small groups,” she says.

Valeria shares the short testimony of a man who lives near the church. He was depressed, didn’t get out much, and wasn’t taking good care of himself. One of the members of the church worked intentionally to meet with him and tell him about God. “By the grace of the Lord, he is now a man who is following Jesus!” Valeria says. They saw God work a miracle in his mental and physical health. “Today he and his wife are part of our church, worshipping the Lord with us.”

As Valeria and her sister Angie continue in their work to share the gospel and transform their community for Jesus, she asks for your prayer: “I want to ask you all to pray that God will guide us in the training of leaders and collaborators of the Kingdom. God bless you!”

Néstor's Story - Bolivia

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Néstor Ríos Bolivia 1 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.

Néstor Ríos lives in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with his wife and kids. Last year, he was challenged by his denomination to join a team of church planter trainers for Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) in his city. Néstor accepted the challenge and formed two teams of trainers.

Néstor was quickly impressed with MNM’s process of planting new churches. “It has been impactful for our members. We have been able to better organize what I have been doing for 20 years,” he says. “I’m training church planters to develop practical skills from the beginning for their future ministry. It is a blessing and it better focuses the work in the field.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Néstor is thankful that the training and materials are available online. “However, it has been very difficult to help the participants understand that even in this time we must continue planting churches. Many of them see it as something that’s not going to work.”

But Néstor is leading by example—he is planting a new church during the pandemic. When he shows his results to the participants, they are encouraged. “A certain curiosity of how they can do the same begins to grow in them and that has reawakened their interest in continuing in the mission,”

Néstor shares.

At his own church, Néstor is training Pedro, who is the deacon of missions. Pedro and his wife have now started a new group in their home.

Every week, Néstor teaches a lesson and then his leaders replicate it in their homes. “They watch me do it first and they follow my lead.” One thing they are all doing is praying for their neighbors and for close relatives and visiting them as they can.

“I am pleased with the desire of the leaders to learn and put into practice what we learn together,” Néstor says.

Néstor continues to passionately share the gospel in Bolivia.

Michael's Story – Tanzania

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Michael Lufunulo 1 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.

Michael Lufungulo was taught from a young age to follow the pagan beliefs that his parents and family so strongly believed.

But then, his older sister made the decision to give up those traditions and to follow Jesus Christ.

“She was the first in our entire family to give her life to Jesus,” says Michael. Others in the family were not willing to leave their wrong beliefs. Michael’s sister faced a lot of challenges because of her faith but she stood firm and did not turn away.

Eventually, Michael began to question his family’s traditional belief system that he had always followed. He started to think that maybe these false gods were not so powerful after all. Michael’s sister told him about Jesus Christ and shared that He was the only one and true God. Michael was so moved by the story and he really wanted to experience Jesus in his life. He decided to give his life to Christ.

Michael experienced a joy and peace that he had never felt before after dedicating his life to Jesus. Some time later, Michael felt God calling him to share the joy of the gospel with others. He started to plant a church in his community in Tanzania but quickly realized that even though he had the passion for the work, he did not have the necessary training. The church was not growing.

Then Michael met Cretus Ishengoma, who told him about Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Cretus explained how MNM could help his church grow and eventually become a healthy church. Michael was excited to learn about the ministry and joined a church planter training class. Already while taking the training course, he started to see great changes in his church.

“When I first planted the church, I had few church members. After receiving the training from MNM, there has been tremendous growth,” says Michael.

The tools Michael received did not just help his church grow, it also helped equip him to follow God’s calling on his life. Michael was able to plant a second church in one of the villages as a result of the training he received from MNM. He’s planning on opening a third church in another community.

Through his work as a church planter, Michael is sharing the gift of the gospel. Michael has also found a way to multiply the training he received by organizing a church planter class for some of his church members. Because of ministry partners like you, Michael has received the training he needs to raise up strong, healthy churches.  

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