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Jorge's Story - El Salvador

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El Salvador Jorge 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.

Jorge Mena lives in El Salvador and is now working in La Aguja, an area where there was no church.

Jorge shares that he has always felt a need to prepare himself to serve God and one of the needs was his theological training. He worried that he was not prepared enough to serve and fulfill his call. With this mentality, he decided to enroll in LAPIS, the seminary training provided by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) that his denomination was promoting.

“The content has been of great help for numerical and spiritual growth. Even though I do not have as much theological preparation, the content in this format has made it easy to understand and to be able to apply what I am learning,” Jorge says.

Jorge is motivated to see how he and his fellow church planters are being transformed and are growing but also to see how his denomination has been able to accompany them in the process and recognize their work as church planters.

This has been fundamental for Jorge. He also recognizes the church planter training has broadened his vision and enabled him to have clearer goals.

“The goal for this year is to organize a church plant so it can be multiplied as a daughter in this area - we are already seeing that it is being transformed by Christ,” Jorge adds.

For Bishop Luis Lazo, the National Director of Healthy Church Planting, MNM’s initiative has been their response to the concern of the quality of churches that are being planted. In addition, many pastors have also adopted this vision and are being motivated to see more churches planted in this country.

“One of the advantages that LAPIS students show is that the content is easy to learn and practice in the field. It is more focused and has the goal of planting a new work,” Luis says.

Lucinda's Story - Mozambique

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Lucinda Jonas 2 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.

Lucinda Jonas was born into a family that faced poverty and closely held on to pagan beliefs. She went to school in poor conditions. One day in 2014, Lucinda had a personal encounter with Jesus. She then started going to church but faced resistance from her family because of their false beliefs.

Lucinda persevered in her new faith and six years later, she joined a church planter training class through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) in Beira, Mozambique. She learned about evangelism and healthy church plants. Lucinda was attentive and continually asked the presenter thoughtful questions about faith and salvation.

When Lucinda was tasked with putting what she’d learned into practice, she went to her friend Noemia’s house to talk with her. She began telling Noemia about Jesus and how He died so she could give glory to God and have eternal life. Eventually, Noemia accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and asked Him into her life.

In the face of COVID-19, Lucinda has used this strategy of going to people’s houses to share the gospel. Even though the churches are closed and small groups cannot meet, Lucinda has made it her goal to visit her friends in their homes in order to share the Good News with them. By visiting within social distancing practices, Lucinda has had great opportunities to share the gospel in person. Lucinda recognizes there is a great need to find new ways to evangelize in the midst of the pandemic. She believes that now people need God more than ever and need to hear the hope of the gospel.

Members of her training class have adopted Lucinda’s method of using home visits to minister and share the Good News. As a result, many people are coming to Jesus! This class has reported reaching hundreds of people with the gospel in just two months. Among those reached, more than 100 have accepted Jesus and are growing in their faith. Even without meeting physically, the Church in Mozambique keeps multiplying!

Arnulfo's Story - Colombia

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Arnulfo Duran 2 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.

Arnulfo Duran Gómez is the Director of Ministries for his denomination and has been part of the challenge of planting churches the Baptist denomination accepted some time ago.

“As a denomination we suffered from the absence of a vision for new churches for several years. This led us to rethink many things in the mission and in the tasks,” shares Arnulfo.

In more than 30 years the denomination has been in the country, the growth has been scarce and not very intentional. Arnulfo says they decided to accept the challenge and implement the church planting strategy of Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) at a national level.

“We direct the whole process from awareness seminars to motivating the pastors and  training. We give thanks to God for the ministry of MNM who has come to support us in these years,” says Arnulfo.

Although the challenges have been great, Arnulfo says that many districts have united and raised more than 100 leaders in the last several years and they have established more than 40 new churches.

“It has taken great effort but the results have been very satisfying. As a denomination we have managed to achieve the planting of new churches with results that we have not had for 30-40 years,” Arnulfo adds.

For Arnulfo and his denomination, this is just the beginning of an awakening for the need to plant more churches to share the gospel with so many who need to hear it in Colombia.

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