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Efrein's Story - Ecuador

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Efrein Chivia a CL Edit square smallMultiplication 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.

Efrein Chivia is a church planter trained by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) in the San José area of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since he was young, he has felt a calling and desire to serve God. Efrein wants to be able to share the Word of God with people in his village because many of them are lost in alcoholism, violence, and witchcraft.

“I thank God because all this time it has been Him who has guided me to be able to continue in His mission. This work has been growing and I realize that God has been working in my life and in my family,” he says gratefully.

For Efrein, church planting has been an opportunity for God to change this community. Before there were no churches here but that is changing and now the people have access to a local community of faith.

 “These trainings that we have had have helped us a lot in how we are able to enter into the village to plant the church.” Efrein adds, “We need to be able to keep training so we can continue in this work that God has given us.”

One of the vital points for Efrein has been the support of his local church that has motivated them to accept the challenge of establishing new communities of faith. The church has supported him with prayer and commissioned him and his team, continually training them in leadership so that they can keep growing.

“God has touched the people and we see those who have been changed. We have seen witches who now believe in Jesus Christ. This encourages us and we know God wants us to keep going to them. I feel God desires to do much more,” says Efrein.

His hope is to continue planting more churches in other communities where they still have not heard of God. Now that he is equipped with the tools and resources he needs to plant churches through MNM, Efrein can continue the spread of the gospel in Ecuador.

Isaias' Story - Paraguay

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Isaias Santa Cruz 3 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.

Isaias Santa Cruz is a church planter trained by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) in Paraguay. He was sent by his mother church to start a new community of faith in Asentamiento la Esperanza based on the recommendations of others who saw a need for a church in there.

The training Isaias received from MNM has been a huge help. The session that taught Isaias about researching about the area was especially beneficial to him. He learned there are more than 130 families and many are made up of several children but only one parent. Isaias saw there was a need to provide care and love for the children.

So Isaias first began by ministering to the children. While the parents are working, the children are left completely alone. Isaias and his team provided a safe place for the kids to come together to learn about Jesus.

Once they had established relationships through the families in this way, his ministry progressed to reaching out to the adults. They began discipling them.

“The people are pretty receptive. There is a thirst for the gospel. We have never had opposition in this place—the people are very open,” says Isaias.

Isaias first began working in this community two years ago and the children are now becoming teenagers who continue to come to the church and grow in the teaching of the Word.

Isaias’ vision is to continue strengthening the men and women of this community, that they may rise up and make disciples. Isaias is reminded of when Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). Through his ministry, Isaias is inspiring the next generation of “workers” to multiply and carry the gospel to new communities. 

Cristina's Story - Spain

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Cristina Conde 1 AVB editMultiplication 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.

Cristina Conde is a church planter in Vigo, Spain. She knows the Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) training course is a great blessing in her life, giving her great confidence and security through all of the teachings and exercises that are done together in class. She enjoys the teachings from the pastors and the time the participants spend sharing their experiences.

The session on the key elements of a leader really impacted Cristina. Since then, she has been intentional and passionate, especially when it comes to accountability and mentorship. She believes these aspects are necessary for growth, healthy development, strengthening the ministry, and exposing the areas of life where there are weaknesses.

Cristina has implemented this training by meeting one day a week with other leaders and those they mentor to share, be held accountable, and pray with each other.

The ministry Cristina is doing has produced many testimonies and stories of God’s provision since they began this adventure of the new work in her community. One such testimony of God’s faithfulness comes from a time in her ministry when she was thinking of dividing their small group Bible study. The group had become quite large and they lacked an adequate space to meet. In that moment, God brought a family to them. Nelson and Marcia and their two little ones had arrived from Brazil and joined the group. The family offered their house and their lives to help in all of the work that the group was doing. Cristina has been especially impressed by their great passion for the work of the Lord, especially in evangelism and discipleship.

“We are very grateful to the Lord for these servants He has sent us to help us in the ministry and to be able to continue multiplying ourselves. We praise the Lord of the harvest that He  sent those workers in the perfect moment. Also we are thankful for the way that God has surprised us with his miracles in this adventure,” shares Cristina.

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