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Rubén's Story - Chile

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RubenPastor Rubén Guerrero is the National Coordinator for church planting for the Assemblies of God (AOG) in Chile and also the Chilean National Director of Church Planting for CEPI, the church planting department in Latin America.

Some years ago, a church planting initiative was started in Chile but the creation of a national structure dedicated to church planting is recent. Rubén believes that this is very important not only for Chile, but also for the capital, Santiago, where the majority of the population lives.

“Our city is one of the first cities in Chile founded in the Andes. Our prayer is that in 228 years our city can see something great from God that it has never seen before and church planting gives us this opportunity,” Rubén says. He has been involved in church planting himself and now promotes it at a national level.

For Rubén, church planting represents an active and moving church, which is influential in the city and eventually will produce results in the multiplication of other churches.

Rubén shares that Multiplication Network Ministries’ (MNM) methodology and process of church planting was instrumental to help the AOG to move forward with their vision.

“The rich thing about MNM’s process is to be able to be connected and to know at which stage each church planter is in,” Rubén shares. “The lesson on reporting has been vital to know how to identify what the obstacles are and to know what steps we can take to have results.”

Rubén and the AOG leadership continue to promote the vision of planting churches. He admits that one of the challenges for their planters will be leaving behind the old vision of producing a megachurch and shift the focus to the local church. The goal for planting these local churches is to have a church of influence in each community, in each city, and in each neighborhood.

Aloyce's Story - Tanzania

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Aloyce's StoryBefore Aloyce Lubambula became a Christian, his idol was alcohol. He spent all his money and his life was very difficult. But God had a purpose for his life.

One day, Aloyce met a man who told him about Jesus Christ and how He had come to die for our sins. The Holy Spirit touched his heart and Aloyce realized he was a sinner and needed forgiveness from the Lord.

“After giving my life to Jesus, I realized how hopeless my life was without Him,” says Aloyce.

Aloyce then had such zeal for the Lord and was determined to share with others about what God has done in his life. A few years later, Aloyce felt a call to plant churches but did not know where to get the necessary training that would help him become effective in his call. Aloyce was confident God would provide.

It is so true that the Lord always finishes what He has started. One day, he had a chance to be part of a Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) church planter training in Katoro, Tanzania conducted by East Africa Director Michael Sillah. He was very moved by what he learned through that training. “This is what I have been waiting for to get the job done,” says Aloyce.

Right after finishing his training, Aloyce went plant to his first church in one of the villages in Katoro, Tanzania. The church is healthy and has many church members. He has gone on to plant several more churches and even led training classes.

“The training I have received through MNM has helped me to think outside the box and understand exactly what God has called me to do,” says Aloyce.

Abraham's Story - Costa Rica

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AbrahamAbraham was born in a Christian home and always felt called to serve God in whatever way he could.

Some time ago he was invited to be part of the church planter training Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). “I feel it came from God because of this great desire in my heart,” he says.

Once he began the training process, he began to evangelize in the Río Frío community in Costa Rica.

“We started with evangelistic campaigns and spoke to the people of Christ but most were a little reluctant to our presence and complained about us,” he says. “But one of the people who came to Christ lent us a garage and we started to meet in that place believing God had a purpose for this area.”

After a time in the neighborhood La Victoria, where they were planting a church, he says the ministry became comprehensive – they started working with children, young people, and women.

“If the Lord calls you, He also has something ready for you,” says Abraham in the midst of his experience as a church planter. He says that by the grace of God this community is hearing the gospel and are being transformed.

Abraham asks for prayers as this church opens its doors. He also asks for prayers for the people involved in the ministry and that there may be more opportunities to continue sharing the gospel.

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