Michael's Story – Tanzania

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.

Michael Lufungulo was taught from a young age to follow the pagan beliefs that his parents and family so strongly believed.

But then, his older sister made the decision to give up those traditions and to follow Jesus Christ.

“She was the first in our entire family to give her life to Jesus,” says Michael. Others in the family were not willing to leave their wrong beliefs. Michael’s sister faced a lot of challenges because of her faith but she stood firm and did not turn away.

Eventually, Michael began to question his family’s traditional belief system that he had always followed. He started to think that maybe these false gods were not so powerful after all. Michael’s sister told him about Jesus Christ and shared that He was the only one and true God. Michael was so moved by the story and he really wanted to experience Jesus in his life. He decided to give his life to Christ.

Michael experienced a joy and peace that he had never felt before after dedicating his life to Jesus. Some time later, Michael felt God calling him to share the joy of the gospel with others. He started to plant a church in his community in Tanzania but quickly realized that even though he had the passion for the work, he did not have the necessary training. The church was not growing.

Then Michael met Cretus Ishengoma, who told him about Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). Cretus explained how MNM could help his church grow and eventually become a healthy church. Michael was excited to learn about the ministry and joined a church planter training class. Already while taking the training course, he started to see great changes in his church.

“When I first planted the church, I had few church members. After receiving the training from MNM, there has been tremendous growth,” says Michael.

The tools Michael received did not just help his church grow, it also helped equip him to follow God’s calling on his life. Michael was able to plant a second church in one of the villages as a result of the training he received from MNM. He’s planning on opening a third church in another community.

Through his work as a church planter, Michael is sharing the gift of the gospel. Michael has also found a way to multiply the training he received by organizing a church planter class for some of his church members. Because of ministry partners like you, Michael has received the training he needs to raise up strong, healthy churches.  

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