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Bold Prayers honor God, and God honors Bold prayers.

One of my first friends when my parents moved as missionaries to Paraguay was Donald Franz. He was a kid who grew up in a Christian family. His father wanted him to become a business man, but God had other plans. Let me share a little about him. I am seeing again how God can take a young kid, or any christian for that matter and answer crazy prayers.



At age 18th Donald felt called into ministry after reading Billy Graham autobiography. From that moment he said: I want to reach as many people as I possible can for Christ.  He went to bible seminary, graduated and soon after began a house church in his living room back in 2002.

FAST FORWARD 15 years from that moment

God has blessed him with a wonderful wife and 4 beautiful children who love the Lord.
He has been involved in five church plants, a christian TV station two christian schools




Today he is leading two churches each of  approximately 1000 + very active members.
On Saturday night he preaches in his church in Posadas Argentina, across the river.
On Sunday nights he preaches in Encarnacion, Paraguay, where he lives.

Last night 120 women just coming back from a weekend retreat, gave testimony of what happened in their lives thru this retreat. While they were sharing to 1000 people in person, some other 2000 people viewing the service on FB live, I said quietly to myself, this can only happen if God is involved. There is no way you can humanly press people to give up a sinful lifestyle and convert at this pace, unless an internal conviction propels them to change the course of their lives. Six of the women who gave public testimony are national television celebrities.


The church is growing and Paraguayans are finding peace in God. The kingdom of God is being established. Conversions and baptismal services have become normal events. God is at work in southern Paraguay.

The church is praying a new bold prayer, and that is to reach 10,0000 new souls. I think they are well on their way. A new facility overlooking into the Parana river is now under construction.

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. Keep up those bold prayers

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