“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Dynamic Churches International is all about training Trainers who train Trainers!
Middleton Family News: We haven’t reported on our family for a while, so let me bring you up to date: Mary and I have just returned from a wonderful and restful time on Grand Cayman Island with our son Mark and his family! Lynn and Joan and their families also contributed to the cost as a gift to us for our 55th Wedding Anniversary which was last November 17.
Lynn and Bob: They are doing well and Bob continues to have plenty of work even in a challenging economy. Jess and Kent are in Nashville and have their Green Cards so are both able to work there now. Their 4 children have done well in school and are planning to spend 5 weeks with Lynn and Bob and us this summer. Matt and Ashley just returned from a trip to New York city and Josh enjoys getting away fishing. Bob, Matt and Josh all work with the same company.
Mark and Linda: are happy that Julia who graduated 2 years ago has a great job and Steven just graduated with a near 4.0 average. He has been asked by his professor to work with him on a research project and will also complete his Masters Degree over the next 2 years. Mark, Julia and Steven are all Mechanical Engineers.
Joan and Earl: Are camping and fishing this week. Robert has just graduated as a Geomatics Engineering Technologist and is working in Whitecourt, Alberta. Reggie has completed his 3rd year of Apprenticeship as an Electrician. Raymond is working for a home builder as a framer.
We are encouraged by their lives and love to spend time with them whenever we can.
Global DCI Family: So many of you have shared that you pray for us and the DCI Ministry every day, and thanks to you God is growing the ministry through our Representatives (trainers) and the great opportunities they have to serve God and equip His people. Please continue to pray!
Simeon Oyugi Nairobi, Kenya: Simeon and his team of 47 DCI leaders continue to equip hundreds of Pastors in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Simeon has developed his team and did not have to conduct any of the recent workshops. He did coach and observed them, as needed, to maintain the quality of teaching. The following chart shows what God has done through his team in April and May in Kenya. April, 2017
Simeon says; “Everyone who received Christ, welcomed them to start a Discovery Group in their home! The average number of people who attend a Discovery Group varies from region to region, for example; in towns the average is 3 people while in the countryside the average is 5.” Are Discovery Groups starting New Groups? Simeon says, “‘This is a Big Yes!’ For example, in our April report, Marani Church in Kisii, (first training above) Robert and Jecton started 15 Discovery Groups and now in May these groups have started 5 more. This is one key area we teach before leaving a training area to ensure progressive growth by winning more souls. This is happening as the new Christians discover Jesus Christ by welcoming Him into their lives and they begin to change”. The Pastors are also meeting each month in Pastors Life Groups led by the local DCI Trainers who encourage them and continue with more training. They encourage each other as they learn and grow their churches together.
Hans and Elly Timmermans: Mary and I met with them in Ontario on our way home from Grand Cayman. They just returned from meeting with their 3 National Leaders in Malawi and are very encouraged. There are over 500 Groups now and in just one area alone the groups have reproduced from one group to over 200 groups. There could be more but they lack Bibles and DCI materials. Pray for the success of a fundraiser on June 10th in Stratford, ON to raise thousands of dollars for Bibles. If you would like to attend contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Clair Ziolkowski – Canadian working in Zambia: Clair and Al Stovall arrived home from their 30 day mission trip to Zambia. It was a very busy, but productive time. They provided much needed help for the poor and the orphans. The last 2 weeks of their mission was setting up 12 new churches & doing DCI discipleship training, in communities that currently do not have any Evangelical Church and very little exposure to the Gospel. This church planting endeavour has been in the works for almost 2 years. Bible school students have been trained and are ready to pastor these new churches. They where able to plant the 12 Churches as a result of evangelistic crusades, where over 12,000 people attended and 6,800 indicated that they had received Jesus Christ! The following day after each crusade they conducted DCI Dynamic Basics training and a total of 1,671 people attended. They need ($200) for cement to build each church building and ($200 per pastor) for bicycles to enable them to travel to minister to their community. God provided $2,000. through a generous donor. Sadly, just after Clair and Al Stovall returned home Clair got word that one of the Church Planters was killed in a motorcycle accident. Please pray for this young man’s family in their time of loss.
Bangladesh – Dilip Singha: Our DCI Rep. shares, “By the grace of God and the help of LTC (our DCI partner) we started the DCI training program in Bangladesh. Pastor Probir and I are now reaching out to the tea garden workers at Khamasora village. Most people in this community have never heard about Jesus! We consider it a blessing for us to share the good news of Jesus with them. Most of the children in this tea garden village do not go to school therefore with prayer and the permission of the parents we are planning to teach them. We need White Boards and Note Books.”
Dramatic Conversion: “I am Mastafa Kamal from Bangladesh. Born and raised in a devout Muslim family. I got a good education and became a lecturer in a government college. I formed an anti-Christian Society and went to register in the government office. God sent to me a Christian preacher who gave me a Holy Bible and some Christian literature. I took them and read them secretly at night. My wife came to know what I was reading. I was scared! However, she too was reading them every day after I left for college. God revealed Himself to both of us and transformed us to a new Mr. and Mrs. Mastafa. Soon we were excommunicated by both our families and became homeless. Even my government job was cancelled. My wife died the following year. For 3 days there was no one to help me bury her. Since then God has blessed me with a Christian wife who loves me and my 3 children. God brought me to Peter and Moala Kashung (our LTC/DCI partners in India). They arranged for me to go through the DCI training with Harish Chandra our DCI Training coordinator. I am now going back to Bangladesh as a brave soldier of Jesus Christ. Please pray for me.”
India North Central: Peter Kashung writes: “Most of the evangelists in Siliguri region are our graduates, who have been working faithfully as Church Planters since they graduated. These humble servants of God work hard under hot sun and heavy rains and have planted 3 to 5 churches each. They deserve our appreciation and respect for their commitment and hard work in spite of their meagre salary and the challenges they face each day.”
South India and Sri Lanka: Our DCI Rep. John M. Raj is doing a tremendous work among the Tamil speaking people in Tamilnadu. He says; “I am making a constant effort to reach out to the youth and children. We now have 8 Sunday Schools going on and as the Lord provides we are able to help the poor and needy.”
We (DCI) were able to provide funds for John to print materials and travel to Sri Lanka to train pastors there. The Pastors shared that the Discipling books will be great tools to equip new believers to share the gospel with others!
Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Through you God is expanding His Kingdom. Together with you, we are a team and we very much need each other to accomplish the great work God has given us to do!
Donations can be sent to the address below or through: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada or www.networkforgood.org in the U.S. (both online).
May God bless you all!
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
Read this letter with graphics in the PDF edition here: June 2017 Middleton Report