DCI Global Report – January 2020
2020 Vision – Looking into the Future!
Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,
The Bible declares in Daniel 11:33, “The people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” That is a great promise and is one of the most courageous verses in the Bible. The Lord is looking for ordinary Christians through whom He can display His extraordinary nature. He wants to do mighty deeds that bear witness to the reality of who He is in us. God is raising up people who will know Him intimately, who will be transformed into His image by walking in His truth, and who will demonstrate mighty acts to manifest His power for the glory of His Name – because He alone is worthy!
Are you willing to be used by God in these troubled times to reveal His Glory and Power to the world around you that desperately needs to know Him?
God is Faithful! A friend of mine said recently it will be good to see 2019 in the rear-view mirror! In all the years of ministry I can’t recall a year that was more challenging financially. We are not alone, as I have heard from several ministries that their donations are down 30% to 50%. In May, June and July it was as though the donation tap was turned off. We adjusted by limiting ministry to the essentials, not able to pay the salaries of many DCI Trainers and Staff. They were so gracious, and several told us not to be anxious, because God was meeting their needs in unusual ways. By October we were still 4 to 5 months behind! In November donations began to increase, and then in December we sent out a letter encouraging people to make a year-end donation.
We are Grateful! We were greatly encouraged by the response as several large gifts came in and by the end of December, we had caught up completely! Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord! Many people around the world were praying for us and God came through once again! What encouraged me most was that all the DCI Staff and Trainers continued to do their work and the ministry continued to grow significantly!
Hans and Elly Timmermans (Malawi): Report: “The work continues to grow. The number of coaches that we have trained keeps going up and each one is fervently reaching out to neighbours and friends with One-to-One Discipleship and churches are growing and planting new churches. We are happy to welcome Caleb and Mary Chilambo as a new staff couple to the team in Malawi.”
Clair Zoilkowski Director of Beautiful Feet Min. (Partners of DCI in Zambia) Report about his trip to Zambia. “The brick churches with the tin roofs would get unbearably hot, daytime highs went from 35–47 Celsius (as I (Al) write this it is -31 in Alberta) and you could not get enough water to quench your thirst. Another thing that we found unquenchable, was the desire and eagerness of the people to hear the message of hope. Every conference, even after 17 hours of teaching sessions in the intense heat, over 2½ days, the people wanted to hear and learn more! At the crusades, after standing and watching the Jesus film for 2 hours and responding to the invitation to accept Christ as Saviour – they wanted to watch the film all over again that same night! When we announced that there would be a Bible study the next morning for them to attend, the people would clap and cheer!
Mission highlights: We conducted 4 conferences (total of 800 people) using the Dynamic Churches International discipleship training manual. Our trainer, Pastor Mike Opiyo, came from Kenya to assist with the training. The goal was to certify Pastor Luke, Pastor Wilson, Shawn and other Zambian leaders to be trainers and coordinate the equipping in Zambia.
Simeon Oyugi (Africa Director) says: “This is our 10th day of the 21-day prayer and fasting and we continue to thank God for all prayers answered. The African Continent is beaming with praise reports for the Work of DCI and the growth and Planting of many Churches as a result of the dedicated team members and the effect of Discovery Groups. I am now dealing with an overwhelming need for more materials for Training and resources to match the requests, calls, emails and WhatsApp messages. Here are their reports:
1. Northern Africa: Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Our Regional Coordinator is Sister Mervat Safwat based in Egypt. In Tunisia is Pastor Ahmed, Algeria is Pastor Kamal and Morocco is Pastor Paul Mohamed. The Greatest need here in these Muslim and Arabic Speaking Countries, is the Translation of DCI Materials into Arabic to help enhance the Growth of the Churches in these areas and multiply leaders to plant more Churches.
2. The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea. DCI Regional Director is Mr. Dawit Mirany & Monaliza Assefa in Ethiopia. National Director, Mr. Mekibib Atilabachew & Alem Zelek and Trainer Pastor Gezu Mossissa. The need here, is translations into Oromo and Tigrinya Languages to reach Ethiopia with over 100 million population.
3. Central Africa: The Regional Director Pastor Wilson Esambe in Cameroon will be sending his report tomorrow. There is a lot of unrest in the country of Cameroon. However, at the close of last year, he also introduced DCI in Chad.
4. West Africa. The Regional Director, Pastor Melton Seleweyan of Liberia also works in both Ivory Coast and Conakry Guinea. As a result of the DCI Training, exponential growth is being experienced in these three countries.
In Liberia, our National Director is Pastor Chris Moore and in Sierra Leone, we have new Pastor/Trainers, Pastor Kadeigo Saidu Dumbuya & Mrs. Mabinty Dumbuya. They need more Training with resources. In Ghana, our DCI National Director, Apostle Samuel & Rebecca Asante Carr, are very active Trainers and through the Discovery Group, they could be the leading trainers in West Africa with planting more Churches in Ghana because of One-to-One Training and the impact of DCI. Another Trainer in Ghana is Pastor Abraham Ayiekwo in the northern part of Ghana. We have other Trainers like Bishop James Obeng who requested Training Resources in Ghana.
5. Southern Africa: Pastor Luke Buyiya is our Regional Director there. We had Pastor Michael go to Zambia to train him and Wilson. Pastor Luke has adopted DCI. Another representative is Pastor John Sondlana from South Africa, in Johannesburg.
6. East Africa: Pastor Michael Odhiambo is our Regional Director there. These countries include Kenya whose report I had sent earlier, other countries are, Uganda with the leader being Pastor Joseph Mabirizi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan.
Note from Simeon: I will need to do more Travelling this year to establish what we have already begun with DCI. And, Translations and printing are priority in certain areas they are really needed. Lastly, I need a car for Transport.”
Harish C. Binayak DCI Coordinator, LTC, Siliguri, W. B. India Reports:
SILIGURI: Medical Camp Evangelism: For the poor ADIVASIS working in the Tea Gardens of North Bengal. 337 people received medicine, shared gospel with more than 100 people, and 31 of them accepted Jesus Christ.
Youth Camp: 200 youth participated, and many received Jesus as their personal Saviour.
Free Tuition Center: Informal education center where we have about 30-35 kids coming once a week. We teach them English and Bible stories and moral lessons.
ARUNACHAL PRADESH & MYANNMAR: (Pastor Yongkong Tsupa)
Evangelism: Shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with 546 people and 80 accepted Him as their Saviour. 19 took water baptism.
New Church: Started a new fellowship in Jugli village. Four new believers were baptized.
BTCP Training: Bible Training for the Church Planters. We are using DCI books as one of the resources.
NEPAL: (Pastor Bhim Deuba)
Evangelism: We usually do evangelism 2-3 times a week. We reach both young and old, in the villages. In the past three months we shared the gospel with about 1000 people. 18 people accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour, and the new believers were baptized.
Special Programs: There were gospel and healing prayer programs in three of our five churches; In Kailali, (75), Itahari, (45) and BBC Beldanghi (150). We witnessed several healings.
BANGLADESH: (Brother Dilip Singha)
Pastor Probir and I have three churches plus the main church. I also have an apprentice I am personally discipling. We, along with the evangelists, focus on teaching the Word of God. We use the DCI books as the Bible study tools to help every believer in the church to grow in their faith in God.
Opposition: This month we had a hard time during evangelism at Madhopur. Two young men came to us and opposed us. They nearly beat us, but we escaped somehow. They warned us not to come back to their village. Kindly uphold us in your prayers that God would help and protect us.
“The People who Know their God… How do you really get to know God? The people above would say that it is not by just reading or hearing about Him, but by stepping out of your comfort zone and trusting Him to work through you in ways you could never do without Him.
…Shall be strong and do Exploits!” Now based on this knowledge we can move into the coming year 2020 with boldness to do great exploits. Join us with your investments of prayer and giving to what God is doing!
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May God bless you all!
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
PDF letter with photos: January 2020 DCI Global Report