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Joseph's Story – Nigeria

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Multiplication 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.

Joseph Poroye is a church planter in Ogbomosho, Nigeria, where many people are Muslim. When Joseph first came to this village, he saw an opportunity to bring the gospel message of hope to the people there. His efforts were to build up a community of believers through the church planter training provided by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).

By the grace of God, Joseph was successful. MNM’s training taught him how to create relationships with the people to share the gospel. Through his ministry, Joseph led three Muslims to give their lives to Christ. These three witnessed the love of God in Joseph and they were moved to accept this love and salvation.

One of these Muslim converts was Mrs. Adaji. She met Jesus and her life was forever changed. This encounter created many challenges in her life. Her husband was a practicing Muslim and he began to persecute her. Eventually, he threw her out of the house. Every Muslim believes there is a punishment for any Muslim who leaves Islam for another religion. Such a person is an apostate and is renounced by the Muslim community, even by family members.

Mrs. Adaji left her home with four of her children who insisted on going with her. Joseph and other members of the church came together and found her and her children a place to stay.

Joseph’s ministry through the church plant continues to steadily work in this community and he continues to strive towards bringing more Muslims to Christ.

Javier and Yanina's Story - Argentina

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JAVIER Y YANINA RIFFA 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.

Before beginning the work of church planting in Villa Luro, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Javier and Yanina Riffa share that it was a journey of constant prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit. “For a long time we had been feeling that God was calling us to serve Him but we still had many doubts and fears about how to do it. It was a challenge,” Javier says.

During the church planting process with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), Javier and Yanina were mentored by their pastor, Carlos Sokoluk, who is also a director of the Church Planting Ministry for Assemblies of God Argentina. Carlos walked alongside them as they followed God’s call to plant a church.

Javier and Yanina felt led to start serving in the district where they were living. They knew of the great need for the gospel in this area. “We decided to rent a space, a banquet room,” Javier shares. “When we talked to the owners, we explained to them what it was for and we talked with them for five hours about the gospel. They accepted Christ and were the first converts of this new church!”

With the support of the Holy Spirit, Javier and Yanina watched as people who needed redemption kept arriving at their church. The owners’ daughter, who was suffering from panic attacks, came to a meeting and was freed from her fear. Later, one of the family’s employees attended a meeting and also accepted Christ.

“It’s tremendous what God is doing. The people used to only come on Sundays but now we also get together on Wednesdays. We have moved on from the banquet room to another that is a little bit bigger due to how God continues bringing people,” says Javier.

Transformation through Christ is happening in this area in Argentina. Not only is the church plant growing in number but many are being freed from the weight of darkness. Some families in the community were once wrapped up in the spiritual mysticism of Umbanda. Because of Javier and Yanina’s church plant, these families have met Jesus Christ and have been set free. Now these families have opened their homes to begin a study group where the gospel can be shared.

“The people are being healed and liberated and God is restoring their hearts. That is what we are experiencing, by the grace of God. The Lord is moving and we are being challenged,” shares Javier. “We have many goals to keep growing in all areas. It is a joy to be a part of this plan—God’s plan—that each church would grow and multiply, opening new churches in every corner of the earth.”

Elijah's Story – Ghana

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Elijah Kwame Agbemavor 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.

Elijah Kwame Agbemavor grew up in a family of idol worshipers and fell into a bad crowd as a teenager. His gang used drugs and tried to use occult powers to attack their rivals.

One day early in the morning, Elijah heard a preacher sharing the gospel. “It touched my heart,” Elijah says. He prayed with the pastor and gave his life to Jesus Christ. With a new peace flooding his soul, Elijah became passionate to tell others about Jesus.

Elijah heard about the training provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) through his pastor. He quickly signed up. “Every time we started a new module, there was always new excitement to witness the results based on seeing people’s lives changing and communities being transformed,” Elijah says.

With his passion fueled by the training, Elijah planted a church in a village called Klikor-Lotakor. He enlisted more leaders to help with growing the church. Five are receiving the MNM training in Alfao.

One woman who had been sick for many years in Klikor was healed miraculously when she was brought to the church for prayers. This brought the attention of the chief and elders of Klikor and they visited the church. They saw people give their lives to Christ and the church is growing. Because of what God is doing with Elijah’s church, the chief donated land for the church.

“My greatest thanks goes to God for making it possible for someone like me to be trained at no cost,” Elijah shares. “There was no way I would have been able to afford the cost of training for almost a year so close to home. All this was made possible through the donor’s financial contribution.”

Elijah is thankful for such a strong system of guidance and help from the MNM team in Ghana and other leaders in the ministry. Without MNM’s assistance in the church planting work, he feels he would not have been part of these stories. In gratitude, Elijah is giving back by facilitating training in Aflao and across the border in Togo. “With the knowledge and skills given to me by MNM, I am more than willing to avail myself to train others who will need my skills. Freely did I receive, freely will I give.”

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