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.
Jorge García is a church planter in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with the Church of God Latin America. Jorge was always involved in serving the local church in different ministries but deep down, he was looking for an opportunity to be able to serve full-time.
He was invited to a church planting workshop in Cochabamba. This training was a unique experience for Jorge. The training, provided by you through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), equipped the participants with different tools such as conducting a field study of the area where the church plant would be located to familiarize themselves with the needs and characteristics of the community. “We learned methods of evangelism, small groups, and afterwards, we had time to identify where we were going to plant the new work,” Jorge says.
Jorge looked to the Lord for guidance and prayed a lot about where God might be sending him. He was soon offered an opportunity to pick up the work in a place where several had tried to plant a church before but were not successful.
“I had the opportunity to take on this work and I began to put into practice the steps I had learned through MNM’s training. We began with evangelism activities of high impact and social influence and that helped us strengthen the work,” he shares.
After several months of intentional work and through the goodness and grace of God, they were able begin hosting services in the church that today is known as the House of Life and Light Church, located in the residential area of Recreo.
When Jorge started in Recreo, there were only three children attending. After months of constantly evangelizing and preaching, they had more than 20 members and more than 10 new converts. “We have a body of leaders working in the seven areas where we focus as a church. And we are thankful to God because these tools have been a great blessing to the worker and we are thankful to have been part of the training and to be part of this team of church planters.”