Around the World in 16 Days!
We All Need Encouragement – Acts 14:23 to 27
“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.”
See PDF edition of this letter with photos here: November 2018 DCI Global Report
Encouraging Reports: This summary report is from Clair Ziolkowski with Beautiful feet Ministries, a partner ministry with DCI. Clair travelled to Zambia for 3 weeks to share the good news of Jesus Christ through the showing of the Jesus Film and preaching in 39 villages. 43,000 people heard the gospel, 38,000 indicated that they received Jesus Christ as Savior, 112 were baptized, 3,000 people attended the follow-up sessions using the DCI Dynamic Basics, 39 New Churches were planted (land was given by the village chiefs and bricks are already being made for 20 buildings). 650 Bibles and 600 hymnbooks in Chichewa will be distributed to the 77 Churches that they have planted so far in Zambia by this ministry.
Simeon, our African Director, has been invited by Clair and the local pastors to go to Zambia to train 400 pastors and Church leaders in the Spontaneous Disciple Making strategy. They hope to expand the new church plants out into the community through establishing Discovery Groups.
Asia Pacific Trip October 24 to November 8, 2018: I am calling this trip, “Around the World in 16 Days”. This is the first time we have gone all the way around the world on one trip. Mary, myself and David Benjamin are home from our trip to Bangkok, Thailand and several places in India. We met with our long-time DCI Staff – Jing Estrella, our Philippine Director, Paul and Priskila Paksoal, our Indonesian Directors and Simeon Oyugi our African Director. It was great to see these faithful ministry partners after so many years. We were all encouraged by what God has been doing through our ministries and challenged by the plans we have made for the future. We also trained 2 Pastors and a couple who lead a large ministry in India plus 8 young professionals who came to Bangkok from India and Bhutan. They are now ready to disciple other young professionals in their countries.
Thailand to India: From Bangkok we flew to Kolkata, India then on to Siliguri in North Central India – drove 2 . hours to Darjeeling (Picture to left) at 7,000 feet above sea level to visit the tea gardens on the sides of these hills. It was like being on a rollercoaster for 2 . hours – many switch-backs with no guardrails and drops off the edge of hundreds of feet straight down!! The next day we went back down to Siliguri. In Siliguri we participated in the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebration of the Leadership Training Center (LTC). We have partnered with this valuable ministry for over 20 years. They have used our DCI resources to plant over 5,000 new churches in various parts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. It was great to see and encourage the 17 staff couples who do DCI ministry through LTC. Some we met for the first time.
From Siliguri we flew to Delhi then on to Allahabad where we met with the Vise Chancellor of an “A” rated university. They have 13,000 students in many faculties such as engineering, nursing, agriculture and media production. They also have a Bible School and train church planters who have planted churches in many parts of India. They showed us their Church building (a huge open metal structure) that seats 10,000 people and they fill it up each weekend. They also have conferences where people come from great distances and fill it up 5 time for a total of 50,000 people. We were very impressed with what God is doing there even under difficulty and great persecution. Pray for this amazing work! They have invited us back to train their pastors and church planters in our Spontaneous Disciple Making Strategy.
We flew back to Delhi then drove to Agra the next day, to see the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world). Unfortunately, when we arrived the roads were blocked, and the Taj Mahal was closed because the wife of the President of South Korea was in town to have a private tour. We did get to see the Taj Mahal from a great distance (See picture right), then drove 2 . hours back to Delhi. We went to the airport for a midnight flight (14 . hours) to New York, then a 11-hour layover there, before going (6 hours) on to Calgary. Mary and I picked-up colds the last few days of our trip and were very tired when we arrived home after a total of 11 flights and a very busy schedule.
So much was accomplished in 2 weeks:
• We trained 8 young professional leaders and 4 ministry leaders to be making disciples with other professionals
• We encouraged our staff and made plans for the expansion of the DCI Ministry in the Philippines, Indonesia and Africa
• We encouraged our DCI Staff and Trainers in India (and area) and are making plans for future growth there • We met key ministry leaders who can connect us with quality leaders who could be DCI Staff and Trainers in India
• We made valuable contacts for future training of Bible School graduates and Church Planters.
Africa Training Plans – Simeon Oyugi: Simeon reports that many DCI Training Workshops are planned before the end of 2018.
Ssolai in Kenya, already done in October 22nd – 28th
Also completed is Mombasa November 5th – 11th
Kayole November 22nd – 25th
Muranga November 26th to December 2nd
Dandora November 28th to December 2nd
Lucky Summer December 6th – 9th
Lake Victoria, Otacho December 20th – 24th
Out these scheduled Trainings, Simeon is only doing three,
the rest will be conducted by DCI Team members.
They have just completed one which was Nov. 15th to 17th
The next ones are as follows;
November 22nd – 24th
November 29th – December 2nd
December 6th – 9th
December 13th – 15th
This is really setting the stage to see DCI Multiply leaders and ensure Church growth in Cameroon. They will be conducted East, South, North and West of Duala, Cameroon
In Liberia: There is also an up-coming Training in Liberia under the Leadership of Rev. Melton, DCI Regional Director and Pastor Chris, DCI National Director. They are bringing in Leaders from Ivory Coast, Conakry, Guinea and Liberia.
They need our prayers and support to enhance the Training to help these Countries and Churches raise more Leaders. Keep them in your prayers! The need for Training materials is massive with these large Training Workshops.
Simeon is asking for $5,000.00 CDN to print DCI Training and Discipleship books to equip these many leaders to disciple their church people to reach their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ!
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!
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May God bless you all!
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
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