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.
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,”
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.