Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r when we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy!
Mary and I wish you a Christmas filled with this Comfort and Joy! We often think of Christmas as a time of Joy, and it is! As we gathered our family to celebrate Christmas we had so much to be thankful for, and seeing each one and especialy the little children enjoying each other brings joy to our hearts.
But it is also because of the coming of Jesus Christ that we can experience great Comfort. Christmas reminds us of loved ones who are no longer wih us, and while we are saddened by their passing we are also joyful because we know they are now at home with their Lord!
“Well Done My Good and Faithful Servants”
Clair Zoilkowsi along with his wife Verle have led the Beautiful Feet Ministry (a partner with DCI). Clair has travelled to several countries in Africa to distribute shipping container loads of needed goods to the very poor, orphans and elderly people. He also took Bibles and study books for pastors. Clair and the Beautiful Feet Ministry team have been able to share the Gospel message using the Jesus Film projectors in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, DR Congo and now Uganda. They have trained and provided Jesus Film equipment and motorbikes for many evangelists and they have used the DCI strategy to equip Pastors who plant Churches to care for and disciple the many thousands of people who have received Jesus Christ.
Clair returned on November 14th from a two week trip to Uganda, so excited about the team assembled there and all that had been accomplished. 21 men and women were trained in the DCI training program and another team was trained in how to use the Jesus Film projectors to share the love of God with their own people. Here is a link to a video of Clair preaching during this trip:
Only a week after Clair got back, he became quite ill and was admitted to hospital on Nov 22 with pneumonia and bacterial endocarditis. Other complications developed in spite of the best care available. It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Clair’s heavenly graduation took place Friday, Dec 9th. “Well done my good and Faithful servant…” were the words that I know he heard as he was greeted by Jesus in Heaven.
Verle (Clair’s wife) communicated the following about Clair:
Psalm 39:5 says, “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.” (NIV)
Clair lived his life in a way to make every day and moment count. His greatest desire was to live each day serving his Lord and Saviour, in whatever form that took. His calling was to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, coming to earth as a Babe, dying on a cruel cross for our sins, so that we could one day stand before God, pure and blameless, and share eternity with Him.
The above is the Good News that Beautiful Feet Ministry (BFM) wants to share with everyone, especially those in Africa. Clair’s heart for the people of Africa had taken him down roads that no vehicle has travelled on; into remote villages only accessible by walking paths; looking into the eyes of people that have never seen a white person; sharing the message of God’s unconditional love with people that have never known such love.
Clair’s Legacy will carry on in these countries and on into eternity! We Praise God for his life! Please pray for Clair’s wife Verle and the family and for God’s leading into what the future holds for BFM. A celebration of Clair’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec 17th at 2pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Saskatoon. http://www.ebenezerbaptist.ca. There will also be a YouTube Link later.
It is good that Jesus brought us Comfort as well as Joy!
In our last Global Report, we told you the amazing story of Rev Dismus Onjula. He had a church of 150 people meeting in a Tent. After the DCI Training, they outgrew the Tent. They are now building a facility what will accommodate over 1000 people in a single service. Besides this their Church has planted 8 new churches and were in the process of planting more. Simeon said, “Rev. Dismus Onjula is a real DCI champion!”
Kenya has been experiencing severe drought and now there is an outbreak of meningitis which is killing people rapidly. Sadly, Simeon wrote, “Rev. Dismus died December 1 because of meningitis. This is a big loss for my DCI Africa team here in Kenya.”
Please pray for Dismus’ wife Dolphin, their daughters Grace and Praise and son Israel. Also keep Simeon in prayer because he has to play numerous rolls at every stage of the funeral that will be a six hour drive away from Nairobi.
As Mary and I were doing our Bible reading a couple of days ago, the following verse and prayer were shared. They seemed so relevant to the needs at this time. Please pray this for the families of these dear men, Dismus and Clair, and also pray for Simeon and his family as they serve Dismus’ family and comfort this growing church.
Psalm 126: 5 says: “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”
“Father, you are a good and gracious God. Only you would think to offer the blessing of joy in exchange for the pain of our tears. Thank you for not shaming us for our tears, but instead considering them so valuable that you would keep them in your bottle. What the enemy intends for evil, in your loving kindness, you use for our good and for your glory. Help us to keep our eyes on you, for therein is the fullness of joy. In Jesus’s name, Amen.”
The Life of Christ living through both Clair Ziolkowski and Rev. Dismus Onjula has touched so many people, transforming them, for a life of Comfort and Joy here on earth and for eternity!
Praise and Urgent Prayer Requests:
▪ Pray for the bereaved families of Clair and Dismus
▪ Pray for God to provide $13,000. for November and December monthly allowance for DCI Staff in India and Africa,
▪ Pray for funds for funeral expenses and travel for Simeon.
▪ Ask God if He wants you to help with these needs. Any amount toward this would be a great blessing!
Your tax-deductible donations can be made:
• By mail to the addresses below
• By signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account (ask us for the form)
• By setting up DCI as an e-transfer recipient to firstname.lastname@example.org
• By donating online via credit card in Canada through Canada Helps:
• By donating online via credit card in the US through Network for Good:
Thank you and may you be blessed by God’s comfort and joy now and throughout 2023!
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
Dynamic Churches International
164 Stonegate Close Airdrie, AB T4B 2V2
Canada : Phone/Fax (403) 912-4438
USA: PO Box 3431, Vista, CA 92085-3431
Web site: http://www.dynamicchurches.org
Download the PDF edition of this letter: December 2022 Global Report: