Our Awesome God!

In 2014 we published the book Our Awesome God! Our Amazing Adventure!  This full length book by Al Middleton tells the story of his spiritual journey and of DCI’s birth, mission and international development. The book is now is available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon.com.

The subtitle of the book is Living Out His Eternal Life Within! This volume is not only a testimony and “chapter” of missions history, it is a practical discipleship resource that can encourage and equip you to be more involved in the Great Commission.

From the Preface:

Over the forty years that I have been in ministry, I have talked with many people, who are discouraged, disappointed even disillusioned with their lives. I have also met others who seem to live in an endless stream of vibrant and fulfilling adventures. Although many claim to be Christians, it is obvious that not all of them have discovered how to live in the fullness of what God has provided for each of us through the resurrection life of Jesus Christ.

Truth or Lies?
Satan is a great liar and deceiver. He will do all he can to convince you that you are useless and that you could never accomplish anything great or bring glory to God. The difference between Truth and Lies is that truth has substance. Truth has power! It can be substantiated by facts. Lies have no substance. Lies have no power.  They say that if you hear a lie often enough you will begin to believe it as truth. When we accept a lie as truth, we attribute power to it. Lies can be very powerful, but only if we choose to believe them. Many Christians believe Satan’s lies about them and are living frustrated and fruitless lives.

I acknowledge that I have not always lived in the fullness of the abundant, supernatural life God has called me to live, but I am learning and I have seen God work in me and through me. As I share what God has done and continues to do in my life, often people express their amazement. Perhaps it is because they know me personally and know how very ordinary I am. I too am amazed that God would choose me for such an adventure. I am learning that God can use the least likely person (and often does) if he or she will be an empty vessel through which He can do His mighty work.

I have developed a personal philosophy for my life.

“I don’t want to attempt anything that I know I can do, I want to be involved in what only God can do so that when He does do something great, He alone will get all the glory.”

I understand myself well enough to know that if I thought I could get away with taking any of the credit, I would. But if I try to brag that I have done that which God has obviously accomplished, then you would mock me. No one enjoys being mocked!

God Looks at the Heart
Success in God’s eyes is when we humbly and faithfully do what He has given us to do.
Jesus Himself – being God – became fully man and humbly did only what the Father showed Him to do. In John 5:19, 20 Jesus said,

“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.”…


The paperback edition is available by contacting DCI and the ebook can be purchased at Amazon.com

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Malawi Trip Report

Elly and I returned from Malawi the second week of February, 2019. A mountain of work was waiting and we were suffering from jet lag, more than at other times.

We had a wonderful time at the conference and also during our team meetings with John and George. John taught a session on fasting during those team meetings. I videoed the first part of it and hope to publish it on our website in the future.

I videotaped almost all of the sessions of our conference, 250GB of HDMI to sort through…and subtitle…

During the team meetings we talked about the future of the DCI work in Malawi. The work is growing so quickly it is hard for the Team to keep up. They are sending New Testaments and Discipleship materials in large quantities to the various coaches. For example, there were 21 coaches at the conference. Those 21 had 32 coaches under them and 913 Life Groups. Eight other coaches did not attend the conference, but they also have trained coaches to help with the large numbers of Life Groups. These 21 coaches took 3000 ShareWord New Testaments and an equal amount of discipling materials back to their areas to begin discipling people who have been waiting for these materials.

During 2019 the DCI Team will complete the trainings they have committed to already. After that they will begin doing follow up to make certain that the various lessons taught to the initial leaders are being passed on correctly. They also will encourage Life Groups and leaders the Team has never met before. This will make sure the Gospel will go deep and the discipling will carry on in the future, becoming part of the fabric of these believers.

We heard amazing stories. One pastor in Rhumpi told us he had planted 14 churches using the DCI training. Others have reached a village 40 Km from their home. Still others are travelling across the border into Zambia to train leaders and start Life Groups there.

We were blessed to meet these brothers and sisters again, some go back to 2011 and 2012 when we began the DCI work in a more focused way. God is saving a people in Malawi. We estimate somewhere from 25,000 – 40,000 people are involved in the DCI discipleship, looking intentionally for others to disciple. Churches are being planted by the leaders the DCI Team has trained. The work is growing in ways and directions that the DCI Team could never have envisioned, but the Holy Spirit is guiding His people to where the Good News can take root and flourish.

Charles Ambaka, the Grace Fellowship International Africa director from Kenya, came and taught the exchanged life for three mornings and the teaching was received with joy and even tears.

We praise God for what He is accomplishing through the Good News of Jesus in Northern Malawi. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and in practical ways supporting the work. Watch for new videos and new stories on www.dcimalawi.com.

Yours in His service,

Hans and Elly Timmermans

 

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DCI Global Report – February, 2019

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

Psalm 6 Says; “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us 2 so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. 3 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. 5 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. 6 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. 7 May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.”

Mary and I praise God, and we also thank you because through our partnership with you in Dynamic Churches International we have seen God change so many lives, families, churches and communities. 2019 is off to a great start and it could be another record year!

The recent Mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand and India has provided new opportunities for ministry. Plans are being made to expand the DCI work in Thailand, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti and 18 countries in Africa plus begin in 6 new countries there.

Dr. Simeon Oyugi our African Director – established 11 new countries in West Africa in 2018. He now has Regional Directors, National Directors, Area Directors and Community Trainers in place in a total of 18 countries (plus) in Africa. Each week they are conducting Spontaneous Disciple Making workshops in Churches to equip their people to reach out into their community, and they are sharing the gospel and discipling their families and friends through Discovery Groups.

God continues to grow His Church! Invitations and requests continue to come in for our ministry. This month Simeon is planning a similar trip to the one he did in West Africa, this time for pastors in Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea and Somali in North East Africa. In March he is invited to return to Uganda, Cameroon and Tanzania for one week. In April he will be going to Zambia for three weeks to train 200 Pastors plus church leaders in our Spontaneous Disciple Making Ministry.

Simeon emailed me to say; “With these 3 trips, our ministry should be established in about half of the 54 countries in Africa and from what I see happening already in 2019 the number of DCI Training Workshops would more than triple what we were able to do last year. God helping us, we should be able to establish all regions in Africa with a DCI Network of Trainers and Workshops, and what would remain would be a few small countries and the Islands. Let us keep this in prayer so that God will use DCI to make it happen for His glory.”

Simeon also said; “Pastor Peter in Cameroon and Pastor Robert in Kenya are each organizing people for 21 days and Pastor Moses for 40 days of Fasting and Prayer for the DCI ministry. This is amazing and shows that they see the need for training and are very committed to what we provide.”

Changed Lives!

We are a very small ministry compared to many others, but God is accomplishing amazing results! Why? Many people have told us that they pray for us every day! I also believe that the structure that God gave us to use is a big factor. We are working primarily though volunteers. Pastors and Church Leaders, even Denominational Leaders have caught the vision (they own it) and they are working together as ONE CHURCH, training each other even across denominations because they are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission in their communities. They are also seeing the results of our ministry and lives are being transformed as they learn to let Jesus live through them!

Please Pray!

I am writing to you today to encourage you to pray for Simeon as he goes into these countries in North Africa. There is very strong religious opposition there and he could be in very serious danger!

Need for Finances!

As the ministry continues to grow and expand into new areas, it also requires an increase in finances. Simeon will need $13,200 for Travel, Accommodations and Printing of Materials for the above 3 trips.

You may want to invest in reaching Africa by equipping disciples in the Churches there. (Any amount toward meeting this $13,200 need would be greatly appreciated).

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 mailed to the addresses below or via bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or online using a credit card at: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada or http://www.networkforgood.org/donate/ in the U.S.

May God bless you all!
Your brother and sister in Christ,

Al and Mary Middleton
Executive Directors

PDF copy of this newsletter: February 2019 DCI Global Report

Dynamic Churches International 164 Stonegate Close Airdrie, AB T4B 2V2 Canada Phone/Fax (403) 912-4438

USA: PO Box 3431, Vista, CA 92085-3431

E-mail: dcimiddleton@shaw.ca
Web site http://www.dynamicchurches.org

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Christmas Update – The Middletons

Christmas Letter Dec. 2018
Unto us a Child is born!
Celebrating God’s Gift!

John 3:16 says it best!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in
him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

2018 has seen growth and changes in our family.

Lynn and Bob have gone through some changes. Bob, Matt and Josh were all working for the same company in Calgary but in August, all 3 lost their jobs. Thankfully, God placed them all in new jobs.

They had their 4 grandchildren (our greatgrandchildren) Emma, Orrin, James and Sam from Nashville here and in Idaho for 5 weeks in the summer. We got to share in a week with them at the lake in Idaho.

Their oldest son Matthew and Ashley had their first child, Everett Matthew in September so we are all enjoying having a new little one in our lives. Josh is working in Ft. McMurray area and is developing his Web Design company on the side.

Mark and Linda: Mark continues his work for Partitions Systems as their engineer. Linda has her hair business and keeps busy with her crafts and Christmas Shoe Boxes (this year she did 36!) Julia, also a mechanical engineer, bought a home in Sherwood Park last October and Mark and Linda have spent countless hours helping her renovate it into a beautiful home! Steven also a mechanical engineer working on his Master’s degree. Steven got engaged to Kaybrie in July and they will be married next week, December 22!
That will be our Middleton Christmas get together.

Joan and Earl were about to leave on a cruise last January when Joan had another heart incident and was unable to go. She is fine now and they are both busy with their jobs, church and friends. Reggie completed his 4th year Electrician degree and got engaged this November. Reggie and Johanna have set June 22nd as their wedding date. Robert is a surveyor and is working in Ft. St. John until April. Raymond is in NAIT taking his first year in Carpentry. Raymond is also engaged to Kendra and they plan to be married July 6th.

Our lives keep busy still helping Zizina and her family. We are still quite involved taking the kids to appointments, helping fill out forms and taking the kids to church and youth. December 4th it was 4 years since they arrived here. We helped them apply for Citizenship and Zizina writes her test for that on December 20th. Pray that she does well. Her oldest Enoch graduated in June and is working now.

We also attended the grad of Amanda and Moses’ daughter Mosetta (our other adopted African family). She is now in college in N. Dakota on an athletic scholarship.

In August we bought an older truck and 5th wheel camper and got to test it out one snowy weekend in mid-September. Looking forward to camping with family in summer 2019!

Mission trip

October 24 to November 8 Mary and I did a mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand and several places in India. It was great to see several of our DCI staff – some we have not seen for a long time. We made some very potential contacts that should help expand our ministry in the coming years.

Wishing you and yours, joy and peace this Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2019!

Love

Al and Mary

This letter with photos and graphics is here in PDF: Middleton_Christmas_2018

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DCI Global Report: November, 2018

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.
In Kenya:
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.

In Cameroon:
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!

Donations can be mailed to the addresses below, via bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or online through: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada or http://www.networkforgood.org/donate/ in the U.S.

May God bless you all!
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
E-mail dcimiddleton@shaw.ca
Web site http://www.dynamicchurches.org

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DCI Global Report: October, 2018

Update on What God Is Doing!

We All Need Encouragement
“…Then they (Paul and Barnabas) returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,
22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith…” (Acts 14:21, 22).

Family: Mary and I are very encouraged to see our grandchildren maturing in their lives. Our grandson Robert returned from a fruitful mission trip to Fiji with SEEDS International in August. Our oldest grandson Matthew and his wife Ashley welcomed a beautiful and healthy son Everett

Matthew Garbe on Sept. 24 (7 lbs. 6oz.). It is great to have little-ones around again!
Our grandson Steven Middleton is engaged to Kybrie Haaf. They plan to be married on December 22, 2018.

Encouraging Reports: Hans and Elly Timmermans who serve in Malawi, East Africa share the following: “Pastor Hyson Nkhata, who is the DCI coach for Enukweni, after being trained by the DCI Team, passed on the teachings to Harrison Lupunga. Harrison comes from Phyolani Village. He is married to Merrina Gumbo and the Lord has blessed them with 4 children.

Before Harrison was saved, he used to smoke and drink and was womanizing. He said that he is so thankful to God for saving him. He is now free and living a changed life. He was touched by the Dynamic Basic Booklet lessons, particularly by the 3 circles which explains 3 types of people: a person without Christ, a person with Christ, but not allowing Christ to lead him/her, and a person with Christ who is allowing Christ to lead him/her. He said that the Dynamic Basis Booklet has helped him a lot to understand who he is in Christ and how to live his new life in Christ.” He is now discipling other people!

Asia Pacific Trip: October 24 to November 7, 2018
Mary and I along with David Benjamin are planning a trip to Bangkok, Thailand and India to encourage our DCI leaders in that area of the world.


Pray for us!  This trip is intended to encourage the faithful leaders who have served our Lord through DCI for many years. We want to bless them and help them plan for a very fruitful future! We will also seek to initiate partnerships with new ministries. When we return I will report on the progress of our DCI Staff and tell how God has worked through them.

Please pray for us:

  • Pray for safety as we travel, in the air and on the ground!
  • That God will use us to encourage our precious team of Godly men and women.
  • That God will use us to cast a vision for the future that will expand His Kingdom in the way He wants!
  • That we will experience good health and strength physically and spiritually!
  • That God will carry on the vision He put on our hearts many years ago through faithful leaders.
  • That God will provide the $6,500.00 still needed to complete the $34,000.00 being raised for various projects.

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 mailed to the addresses below, via bank e-transfer or through: www.canadahelps.org in Canada or http://www.networkforgood.org/donate/ in the U.S. (both online options).

May God bless you all! Your brother and sister in Christ,

Al and Mary Middleton

PDF edition: October 2018 DCI Global Report

Dynamic Churches International
164 Stonegate Close Airdrie, AB T4B 2V2 Canada
Phone/Fax (403) 912-4438
USA: PO Box 3431, Vista, CA 92085-3431
E-mail dcimiddleton@shaw.ca
Web site http://www.dynamicchurches.org

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Giving Opportunities!

Want to Change Our World?

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Thank you for your commitment to the ministry of Dynamic Churches International. We appreciate you so much and are grateful to have you as our partners.

As the ministry grows, Pastors are trained, Churches are growing, many people are coming to faith in Jesus Christ and lives are being changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. These changed lives are changing Churches and communities.

The word is spreading, and requests are coming to our DCI Staff more and more. All this is very exciting, but such growth also requires additional funding, especially as we go into new areas. So, here I am asking you to consider investing in our ministry again. There will always be a need, but below are opportunities that need funds in the next month.
I have listed the projects that I need to raise funds for as follows:

 

Note 1: Asia Pacific Trip ($8,182):
Conference in Bangkok, Thailand
1. Travel and Accommodations etc. for Mary and Al plus David Benjamin (Canada), Jing Estrella (Philippines), Paul and Priskila Paksoal (Indonesia), Simeon Oyugi (Kenya, Africa) and 2 DCI Leaders from India and 12 Business leaders from India and Bhutan.

Conference and DCI Training in India
2. Meet with DCI/LTC National Leaders and 17 DCI Trainer Couples in Siliguri, North India
3. Train Business Leaders and Students at a Discipleship Training Center in Delhi, India

Note 2: Simeon’s Trip to Ethiopia:
He has been invited to Ethiopia by a group that has 4 million people in their churches, who want to have him train their Pastors and leaders in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and South Sudan.

If you can invest financially in these great opportunities, God will be glorified, and we would be very grateful!

If you are not able to give at this time, I thank you for considering these needs and would ask you to pray that God would lead us to those who can give. God bless you!

Donations can be sent to the address below, via bank e-transfer or through: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada
or http://www.networkforgood.org/donate/ in the U.S. (both online options).

May God bless you all!
Your brother and sister in Christ,

Al and Mary Middleton

Dynamic Churches International
164 Stonegate Close Airdrie, AB T4B 2V2 Phone/Fax (403) 912-4438
E-mail dcimiddleton@shaw.ca
Web site http://www.dynamicchurches.org

Open/download this letter in PDF: DCI Fall Fund Raising letter 2018

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