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Lucino's Story – South Sudan

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Lucino Lotogoi 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.

Lucino Lotogoi gave his life to Jesus in 2018 when Mark, a trainer with Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM), shared the Good News with him. Since then, God has been using Lucino in a mighty way. He received the training from MNM so he could become a church planter. He has opened two churches and raised leaders to assist with a church in his village.

One day, he was preaching in his church and asked all the sick in attendance to come forward. He prayed for them as the Holy Spirit had taught him to pray. By morning, many were healed through their faith in God. In the same gathering were witch doctors and they, too, saw what happened through prayer. They witnessed people who had once consulted them receive healing through God’s power! When they saw that, they also gave their lives to Jesus Christ.

Soon after, the former witch doctors visited a boy who had been very sick. They had tried their best to help through their own power in the past but nothing worked. After seeing God’s miraculous healing, they gathered together around the boy, this time to pray to the one true Healer. When Lucino and his friend arrived, they found them asking the Lord for help. Lucino prayed for the boy in faith with the team of former witch doctors. By God’s grace and faithfulness, that evening, the boy was able to get up. People were amazed to see what the Lord was doing. After a few days, the Lord healed the boy completely.

After seeing God’s power through Lucino, other villages have accepted him. He has been actively sharing Christ in different places in the Kauto Plateau up to Ethiopia among the Suri tribe. God has used Lucino to reach many places and his leaders are continually amazed at the courage he has to go to strange lands. Once he got so caught up in sharing the gospel that he could not find his way home!

Lucino shares that he was able to build up a rapport with the people. God is leading him to plant more churches and he will be going back to disciple more leaders. He feels blessed in his visits and lacks nothing as God has provided for him so far.

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. 

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