Christmas Letter from Al and Mary

Dear Family and Friends,

There are still a few days until Christmas so I thought I would share an overview of this past year.

Some of the regular things we keep involved in; Al visits with and mentors 7 men on analmost weekly basis. He also is busy keeping in touch with our International staff and fund raising for their needs. Mary and our daughter Lynn attend Bible Study Fellowship weekly. Of course, with Covid coming that has switched to meeting via Zoom. Mary keeps busy doing the bookwork for DCI and helping out Zizina and her family where needed…

Download and read the Middleton’s family letter with photos here: Christmas 2020

 

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Global Report – November, 2020

PDF edition with photos: Nov 2020 Global Report

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

Mary and I want to say thank you for your love for us and your many prayers. We will be celebrating 59 years of marriage on November 17. Our children Lynn, Mark and Joan are all married, and we have 8 grandchildren, 5 are married and we have 6 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way. We are so blessed to see our family walking with the Lord. They are all staying healthy. We are in Good health now for our age. Mary is feeling much stronger and I have basically recovered after my stroke in March. We are so grateful to have so many people all over the world praying for us.

We will continue to be involved as we mentor new leaders, but it is time to turn the ministry leadership over to younger people. God is raising-up several very qualified leaders. I would ask you to pray that we will experience God’s wisdom as DCI moves forward into the future. We have great confidence that God will continue to guide us and DCI in the years ahead! He has always been so faithful!

Romans 5:5 (NIV) says; “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”.
The gracious gift of hope is secured on the unchangeable and unconditional love of God, which He poured into our hearts by His Spirit, when we first trusted Christ’s finished work on Calvary. The love of God was poured out in great measure when we first believed, and it grows into an ever-deepening awareness of God’s great love for us, which remains the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/romans-5-5

In these desperate and confusing times people are searching for hope and many are finding Jesus!

Africa: All over Africa the hunger for God is growing rapidly, and DCI Trainers are trying to develop more and more Pastors and leaders in each country who can equip their people to share the gospel with those who are so open to receive God’s love!

Dr. Simeon Oyugi reports: “It is good to note that after I did the Training in Liberia with Bishop Melton and his group, that later on they invited Bishop Ekien to their country and he was trained there and caught the vision of DCI and moved with passion and began training others. Bishop Ekien is reaching out to French speaking countries in Africa. So far, he has trained the following leaders:

  • 2 leaders in Burkina Faso.
  • 73 leaders in Togo.
  • 275 leaders in Benin Republic
  • 238 in Ivory Coast.

They will each be training other leaders. This is a great breakthrough! DCI is spreading its wings in West Africa. Especially in the French speaking countries. God has just added to DCI many more leaders who are responsible, reliable and can be trusted with Discipleship and the training of Trainers. I rejoice to have on my team such a man as Bishop Ekien with such a deep commitment towards Discipleship.”

Hans and Elly Timmerman’s team in Malawi: “The reports we get from our 3 DCI National Staff continues to tell us of the multiplication of Life Groups, of people being saved, and the work spreading into other villages and towns. The growth is exponential! The map that we kept for a while has quickly shown us that we cannot keep up with the growth. But we have a Father who can! He knows where every Life Group is, He knows every Life Group Leader and every Coach all over Malawi and beyond. He knows every individual who has surrendered his/her heart to Him; they are, after all, His children!”

This is a great problem to have and I praise God for their wonderful work and the many lives that God has changed there in Malawi.

In Zambia, East Africa, Wilson a new DCI trainer working with Clair Zoilkowski of Beautiful Feet Ministries (DCI partners), is finding an overwhelming response to the Spontaneous Disciple Making Workshop.
He Reports on the DCI mission trip: “This training is one of out of ten I cannot forget, we had at least 270 people from different denominations and this included the Roman Catholics. This gave me a picture of what heaven will be like. I started teaching on the 21st October, and I was helped by Pastor Kelvin Mwanza one of the pastors I have trained to teach the DCI Spontaneous Discipleship Making. He did an exceptional work. Unfortunately, I had a tire bust on my way back upon running onto a small stump, I immediately changed it and as soon as I reached the town, I bought another one to replace it.

We conducted a total of 6 DCI training sessions between October 21 and November 8, 2020.

Nov.6 to 8 we had a miraculous turn out, in Wankhala Village of Petauke, with people from as far as Mozambique and some local churches. I was expecting 250 to 300 people, but it turned out that we had over 900 hundred people, and the church became too small for us, so we had to take advantage of the shade outside. I could not believe what my eyes were seeing.”

Both Pastor Martin and Pastor Kelvin went back to their respective places, but I remained in Petauke to do another training. During this time, I was busy showing the Jesus film to some surrounding areas every night, and thousands of people gave their lives to Jesus Christ.”

Now the work begins as these trained pastors work together to implement the DCI strategy in their church and community by beginning Discovery Groups and reproducing those groups to many groups.

The people are so excited to learn how to reach out to their family and friends that it is difficult to limit the large numbers!

India and surrounding Countries: Harishchandra Binayak, Field Supervisor LTC/DCI Reports: What a privilege it is to partake in the Lord’s mission in bringing the message of hope and life to this lost world. Due to Covid 19 the mission works have been more challenging, yet by the grace of the Lord Jesus, our team never stopped working and He rewarded us with a good harvest of people accepting Jesus as their personal Savior, and many being baptized.

Thank you for your prayers and generous giving to the needs presented in the September Global Report. Because of your donations we were able to:

  1. Support 2 full time Evangelists to work with Pastor Yongkon Tsupa in Myanmar.
  2. Support for several full-time Church Planters in India.
  3. Provide funds for Printing DCI Materials for Rev. Richard Khum in Myanmar.
  4. Provide a Motor Bike for Dilip Singh in Bangladesh to share the gospel with people in the villages.
  5. Provide funds for printing DCI books for Nepal to disciple the many new Christians there.

Without your partnership these faithful staff would not be having the great ministries that they are having!

Year-end Donation: Could you consider a special gift at this time?
Your tax deductible donations can be mailed to the addresses below, or by signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account, or by bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or by donating online via credit card
in Canada through: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/dynamic-churches-international/ or in the US through: https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=680428994

The DCI Ministry continues to need your support for our many very fruitful workers in these challenging times.

May God bless you all!
Your brother and sister,
Al and Mary

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

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Global Report – September, 2020

DCI Global Report – September, 2020

The Harvest is Plentiful!

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

In Luke 10:2 Jesus says; “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” It is Harvest Time!

I have been told that dry times (at the right time) can be good for a crop because it causes the plants to send their roots down deeper to find moisture. The result of this strong root system benefits the plant throughout the season producing a great harvest. Here in Western Canada the beautiful grain fields are ripening for harvest, and the farmers are working day and night to gather them in, but because of Covid-19 for many Christians in the Church, this is a dry season spiritually. Has this challenging time caused us to go deeper with God? Harvest time comes whether we are ready or not. Have we been growing strong in the Lord (with strong roots) so that we will produce a great harvest?

The pandemic has made it difficult for everyone including the Church, but God is busy growing His church and He is also raising up workers and preparing them for this season of Harvest!

I have just attended GACX MOMENTUM an online forum involving 4,000 leaders from 91 ministries in 127 countries. It was great to hear the testimonies of how the pandemic has accelerated the growth of the Church. For example: Sixty thousand new Churches have been planted recently in the Philippines, exceeding their goal, for a total of 120,000 churches by the end of 2020, and of how God is raising up a new generation of young people who are passionate about God and are reaching their peers with the good news of the gospel. Let us never forget that God is in control! He is mobilizing His Church!!

The following reports share a few examples of what God is doing through our DCI team:

Harish Binayak Coordinates DCI as part of the Leadership Training Centre (LTC) in India and surrounding countries. He reports on the following DCI Trainers:

Arunachal Pradesh, India/Myanmar:

The harvest is in full swing in South East Asia! Pastor Yongkon has been doing a great work in reaching out to the unreached people, even in this tough situation. He trained 7 young men for about a year and they will be graduating soon. DCI books were used in the training. In the past three months Pastor Yongkon with his team reached out to 453 people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Last week 44 people received Jesus Christ plus 5 more this week and all were baptized. Several new house fellowships were birthed. He needs 2 new trained Evangelists to help keep up with the response! The total cost would be $325 per month.

Yongkon, with the help of LTC, did relief work among the poorest people and gave them dried food. They also had a one-day children’s ministry and distributed clothes to the poor children. Continue to pray that they will reach many more communities with the Gospel.

Dilip Singha is also seeing a great harvest among the Muslim people in Bangladesh. He has an urgent need for a used motor bike to travel to their villages. The cost would be $1,300. Could you help reach these villages?

Experiences of Richard Khum, Myanmar;

From my ministry experience of about 30 years, my priority is to give proper training for teaching the Bible to those who will teach the word of God. Most pastors have only a 3-month course to be a preacher. They especially need training on how to make disciples and then to equip their disciples to reproduce to others what they have learned.

Experiences of Aung Kyi;

Persecution is heavy here! After becoming a Christian, brother Aung Kyi was cast out by his family and village.

But God is doing a mighty thing among them!

Aung Kyi has been preaching the Gospel among the Shan tribal group and tells the following:

First, he met the administrator of the village and after getting agreement from him he started to visit people house to house telling them about Jesus Christ. He met and prayed for some demon-possessed people and cast out evil spirits from them. The evil spirits know that Jesus in Aung Kyi is mightier than the spirits are and whenever he enters a house of possessed people they shout and cry loudly that he should not cast them out of them. Also, by the power of God many sick people were healed by his prayers so there is great interest in the Gospel and many people have received Christ through his preaching. Now he is reaching several other villages with this good news of the Gospel.

Richard says that the administrator of Pone Htun told him that you and brother Aung Kyi are the best ones to teach our young people how to live right, so please train us how to keep them from drugs and life-destroying habits. Thus, brother Aung Kyi was called Pastor by all the villagers and they gave him freedom from paying all taxes to the government and the armies.

The administrator asked me to celebrate Christmas at his village this year.

Experiences of Peter;

Christianity among the Palaung tribal group in Myanmar is very rarely seen. Because they are under the control of the Palaung army and they are not free to share the gospel, so the people never hear. Peter told us that the people are eagerly willing to read material in their own dialect. He also shared the need for more Palaung dialect speaking evangelists and missionaries. There are many thousands of Palaung people who have never heard the Gospel, not even once.

Africa:

Simeon Oyugi, our DCI African Director reports that there is great interest coming in from several more countries for DCI training. The people all over Africa are so hungry for God! The Pastors need training to equip their people to reach out to their community with the gospel and disciple those who receive Christ. Many people are coming to Christ and our Discipleship books get distributed to this growing number of new Christians.

Several countries are asking for more books. Cost for printing $6,500.

There are travel restrictions, but Simeon is doing what he can to train pastors and national leaders online. The Ethiopian DCI Director is asking for $325 for initial Wi-Fi set-up plus $40/month to maintain the connection so he can train Pastors in his country online. This would be a great investment in God’s Kingdom! Could you invest?

We are praying that God (the Lord of the Harvest) will raise-up workers for the Harvest. One way you can be a worker is to finance national leaders. They are trained and qualified and eager to serve God. They are also affordable. They know the language and culture and they are there now and ready to serve. You could help send them! They need your help to provide them with resources such as a modest income, travel expenses and materials.

The DCI Ministry continues to need your support for our many very fruitful workers in these challenging times.

Donations can be mailed to the addresses below, by signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account, by bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or by donating online via credit card through:

in Canada: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/dynamic-churches-international/ in the US: https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=680428994

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

Al and Mary Middleton
Executive Director

PDF copy of this letter with images: Sept 2020 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

Email: dcimiddleton@shaw.ca

Web site: http://www.dynamicchurches.org

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DCI Global Report – July 2020

“For such a time as this”

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,
In the book of Esther 4:14 CEV – Mordechai said to Ester when the Jewish people were about to be annihilated. “If you don’t speak up now, we will somehow get help, but you and your family will be killed. It could be that you were made queen for a time like this!” These are difficult times, but I believe God has brought DCI ministry into existence “for such a time as this”!

The following is what we train Pastors and Church leaders in so they can equip their people to reach out to their community. This can be effective in any Church (large or small), any country or culture. The comments in RED below are examples from reports from National leaders to illustrate that aspect of the process.

Spontaneous Disciple Making Process
Discovery Group to Celebration

1. Vision and Desire come from God.

2. Prayer to know God’s direction

3. Engage with People in the Community.

 

 

 

Our partners in India report: “During this lock down period, we reached out to more than 1,000 families with food (rice, pulse, cooking oil, sugar, flour, and vegetables plus each person is offered a Bible).” In Zambia, our partners provided food and supplies for orphans, and study Bibles for Pastors etc.

4. Find a Person who is Interested and Open to the Gospel. Share the gospel or
invite him/her to begin a Discovery Group.

5. Begin a Discovery Group.

“New Discovery Groups are expanding and growing so fast!”

6. Baptize all who receive Jesus Christ. (See example in Zambia )

7. Establish each new Christian in their faith using Dynamic Basics One-to-One.

“In many countries in Africa One to One is like a new bread which is selling like hot cakes even in this Covid-19. As a result, One – to – One Discipleship and leadership Training has become the new way of doing Church. With the shutdowns and lockouts, door to door ministry has become more practical as places of worship are still locked up.”

8. Begin other Discovery Groups with the family and friends of those who attend the first group and each new group. “New Discovery Groups consistently multiply”

9. Recruit and develop a leader for every new Discovery

Group using Dynamic Discipling One-to-One and Coach Training and Resources. In
Coach of 5 to 7 Discovery Groups

Africa: “Every Church leader appreciates the leadership growth and Church expansion. In June and July, 3 Volunteer Pastors trained 482 Pastors and leaders in 13 different communities, 223 people received Jesus Christ, 163 Discovery Groups began, and 13 New Churches were started.”

“In Asia: Our qualified Trainers also equip Young Professionals for Business as Ministry for Marketplace outreach.”

10. Expand the present Church Ministry and/or Plant New Churches. The Original Leader continues to Coach each person in his/her Discovery Group, for at least 2 years as they begin and lead their own group.

11. Form Community/Life Groups

When a sufficient number of people are attending your network of Discovery Groups you should form Community/Life Groups of 6 to 7 people that should reproduce to form 2 groups when they grow to 12 to 14 people. The purpose of these groups is to experience Christian fellowship, worship God and minister to each other using your Spiritual Gifts.
Still to Come!

12. Equipping Workshops and Seminars should be provided as
needed to prepare each person to live an effective Christian life, to minister
to each other and expand the movement of discipleship – reaching out and
serving the community around them.

13. Regional Congregation could be formed.

When a sufficient number of Community Groups have formed in a region or community they could gather together to establish a Regional Congregation. The Church Planter could serve as the Regional Congregation Pastor.
Fulfilling the Great Commission requires that you have a Balance between Movement and Momentum.

14. Regional Congregations come together to Celebrate

As a Movement of discipleship builds and you continue to expand into other regions of your city (community) by starting more Discovery Groups that establish more Community/Life Groups that become Regional Congregations, Momentum will also build as they come together for a very Special Celebration, Praise and Worship Services.

15. Citywide Celebration Service

A Citywide Celebration Service could be held in an appropriately large rented facility to bring all the Congregations together to Worship God and Celebrate the amazing work He is doing in your community. This gathering would provide an excellent opportunity to invite family and friends to attend. Citywide Celebration Services could be held several times each year and would create excitement and Momentum that would expand the whole process to fulfil the Great Commission in your community. Momentum will expand even more rapidly as many Churches work together as One Church to reach your community!

The DCI Ministry continues to need your support for our many very fruitful workers in these challenging times.

Donations can be mailed to the addresses below, by signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account, by bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or by donating online via credit card through our Donate page here.

May God bless you all!

Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton

graphics-enriched PDF copy: July 2020 Global Report

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

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Global Report – June 2020

2020 Vision – Hope for the Future!

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

The apostle Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV; “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”

We have trained national leaders (Planted the seed) in many countries to equip Pastors and Church leaders to train their people (they Watered) to reach out and share the gospel and make disciples. Now, (God is making His Kingdom Grow) and bringing in the Harvest.
Having Trainers in place becomes especially important in times like this when many countries like India and in Africa are in total lockdown. God continues to grow His Church!

Below are a few reports that show how God is working.

India: Harish Binayak (our DCI Director) shares; “This worldwide pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to our indeveavor in the mission field. Local churches are not able to meet together for fellowship, however through the generosity of some people we are able to do relief work among the poor in the community who are in desarate need. Besides food, they were also offered Bibles and we praise God that many gladly accepted them! Pray that they will read them and find Jesus.”

Africa: Simeon Oyugi reports on Whats App; Al and Mary, Praise God, it was wonderful hearing your voices and seeing your faces and talking with you. It always encourages us as a family.
Engaging the lost and people whose hearts are open to the Gospel has spiked upwards.
“Before Covid-19, people who were open to the Gospel was 25% or less, but with covid-19, the percentage has changed from 25% to 60%. One example: The 17 new Discovery Groups (that one Pastor started as a result of sharing the gospel in May) have grown to 46 Discovery Groups by 8th of June.”
Also, the reports I am getting from across Africa is that, there is a huge hunger, thirst and search for Jesus Christ even in the Muslim dominated areas. They are opening their hearts to Jesus Christ and looking for the Bible whereever they can find it. Bookshops are running short on Bibles especially the study Bibles. DCI is spiking higher and higher across Africa and to God be all the Glory!
As a result of these happenings, we need to empower more of our Leaders with the following:
1. Wifi installations at a rate of $350 for 20 Trainers in Africa so they can do online Training. We can start
with 3-4 persons.
2. Motor bikes for navigation for Training and to help to plant more Churches. Cost for each is $2000.

THESE ARE THE PREVAILING CHALLENGES IN AFRICA AS OF NOW. Changes in climate between drought and heavy rains, massive locust invasions which destroy crops, hyper inflation and food shortages and 3 months of imprisonment due to the coronavirus pandemic with no electricity.
NB: Our President just extended the shutdown and lockout (from Nairobi) for another 30 days, so we shall be in the village for those extended days without electricity and internet.
As a result of these factors, we are short on food and living in danger of our health.
We (Simeon and Anna and their 4 children) need food for the next 30 days = $2200.
Mosquitoes are now thriving and increasing heavily, we need malaria medicine for six people = $1600.

The DCI Ministry continues to need your support for our many very fruitful workers.
Donations can be mailed to the addresses below, by signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account, by bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or by donating online via credit card through our donate page here.

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

PDF edition of this letter: June_2020_Global_Report_DCI

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

 

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Global Report – April, 2020

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

We have just finished Resurrection Weekend where we remembered the most profound 3 days in all of history! After Jesus rose from the dead, His disciples were puzzled and asked, “Now What?”

We are experiencing very troubling times just as they were, and we are also asking “Now What?” What will our future hold?

The Bible declares in Acts 1:3-5,8-9, and 11; “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’… ‘you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.’… ‘This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’”

I have often thought that this seemed to be a strange time to talk to His disciples about reaching the whole world! They were so discouraged! Jesus said go be My witnesses! There must be some wisdom in that for them and for us. People are always open to seek God in a time of uncertainty.

For example: Our Church has online services each week. Usually about 1,200 people watch but last week over 7,000 people watched! Encourage your family and friends to view services online. Talk to them about Jesus. Share a message of hope. Meet a need if you can. People are open! With the Corona Virus our staff are not able to do training in large groups right now, but we keep in touch with our National DCI Staff Leaders on-line. Training plans were in place, but they are on hold as the world is on hold.

Our Partners in India say: “We are in total lockdown. God is good and all of us are being protected from the virus thus far. Peter and I and our staff on the campus keep planting veggies. Half of our students could not go home because suddenly transportation in all directions was shut down by the government. So, they are all staying with us in the campus, eating only simple food like dal and rice. All our field evangelists are keeping safe and sound. We keep in touch regularly through WhatsApp.”

This is a challenging time for all of us. It is no different for our National Staff. They still
need to pay expenses and buy food just to live during this time. School fees need to be paid as the children are doing lessons at home with their teachers coaching them.

Also, we have a great need for our materials to be translated into several languages. It will
cost $1,400 to translate each new language. We will need an extra $10,000 to help us get
through this time.

Can you be a part of helping meet these needs? Donations can be mailed to the addresses below, by signing up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) from your bank account, by bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca Here is a form you could use:
2020 Pre-authorized Debit form

or by donating online via credit card: Donate page

Mary and I also wanted to thank you for your prayers for our health! It will take a while yet for me to recover from the stroke, but I am getting a little stronger each day. Please continue to pray

Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
Executive Director

PDF edition: April 2020 Global Report

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DCI Global Report – January 2020

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!

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

May God bless you all!
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
Executive Directors

 

PDF letter with photos:  January 2020 DCI Global Report

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Global Report and Christmas Greetings

Dear Family, Friends and Ministry Partners,

Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus because He came to be:

  • Emmanuel – God With Us
  • The WORD of God
  • The Savior of the World
  • The Light of the World
  • The Good Shepherd
  • The Risen One – and so much more!

Mary and I want to express how Grateful we are that Jesus came into our world to be our Savior and to give us His Eternal Life!

Because Jesus came, we have wonderful GOOD NEWS to share!

  • We are Grateful to family and friends who have encouraged us to continue through the years!
  • We are Grateful to you who support us through your prayers and your finances!
  • We are Grateful for each of you, our faithful DCI Staff and Trainers who are training so many thousands of pastors and Church leaders!
  • We are Grateful for each Pastor who is equipping his/her people to be disciples of Jesus Christ!
  • We are Grateful for each disciple who is sharing the GOOD NEWS of JESUS and for the many,many thousands who will experience Eternal Life because of their faithful witness!
  • We are Grateful to God that His Church continues to grow exponentially, especially where the enemy is trying to destroy the Church!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3

Mary and I wish each of you a Merry Christmas as we reflect on how our world is so bless that Jesus came! As we enter the New Year 2020, may we trust God to do through each of us all that He has planned so that He will receive much glory!

Your Brother and Sister In Christ,
Al and Mary

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November Global Update

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

John 8:32 says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
We are often asked, “Why has our ministry grown so rapidly in so many countries?” I would have to say God has blessed us because we have tried to be faithful to teach God’s Word and the Spirit of God takes the Word of God and enables people to apply it to their lives. This brings freedom and changed lives! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says; “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” NIV

Clair Zoilkowski Director of Beautiful Feet Min. (Partners of DCI in Zambia) Shares about his trip to Mfuwe region in Zambia. (Simeon sent Michael from Nairobi, Kenya to conduct the DCI Training.) “After 2 days of meetings, it is evident that God’s hand is moving in a mighty way! The first day was amazing – about 250 attended the conference – Pastors, Deacons, Elders, Teachers, Apostles from United and Reformed Churches and a Bishop from the local Anglican Church. When the invitation to accept Christ as personal Savior was presented – about 40 people responded! Isn’t that amazing? The Bishop from the Anglican Church was very pleased with the teachings. God has opened the doors wide to use these conferences to reach the leaders of many churches in this region – can you imagine the impact this will have on those church congregations!! How exciting!

Clair was thoroughly exhausted when he called at the end of the day, but so filled with joy! He was so looking forward to the next day’s meeting. He said the only thing that could delay the conference was the migrating elephant herd that was expected to come through the village. When this happens, EVERYONE seeks shelter in their huts or homes – you don’t want to get in their way! Thankfully, the elephants did not wander through that day, but the heat was in the mid 40’s – Clair said it was hard to breathe.”

Clair also reported that; “Wednesday night, Shawn did the Gospel presentation at this village with about 400 people attending. Here is what he said on Facebook: Had an amazing time last couple days here in Zambia. We showed the Jesus film to a village last night under a beautiful full moon. Approximately 150 people gave their lives to Jesus following the film and gospel presentation!

Pastor Wilson and I were allowed into the prison and shared the gospel with and encouraged approximately 200 inmates. About 170 responded to the gospel and asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Now these new followers of Jesus in prison are FREER than many people who are not in prison!

Thursday night’s meeting was at a smaller village – 150 people attended, BUT almost 100 of these people accepted Christ! Almost the entire village is now following Jesus!! The people attending were so excited and happy, and even more so when they learned that there would be a Bible Study for them to attend the following morning – God is so Good!”

Hans and Elly Timmermans (Malawi): They shared what God is doing in Malawi at several meetings across Western Canada. The 2 men who lead the ministry there, report that the ministry is growing spontaneously now! In January they had about 1,200 – 1,500 Groups. Now they say there are about 2,000 groups that average 30 people = 60,000 people meeting each week to study God’s word the Bible, learn how to live the Abundant Life as God intended and reach out to their friends and family. They have also had 40,000 people go through our One-to-One Discipling.

Simeon Oyugi (Kenya) says: Every day Pastors are equipping their people who are sharing the gospel and discipling those who receive Jesus Christ. Discovery Groups are reproducing (up to 10 or more generations of groups). At present 8 of the 25 African countries we work in need printed DCI materials to equip more of their people to train the many people who are coming to Jesus Christ. The cost for this printing is $5,000 which is due now.

Several DCI Training Workshops are planned to equip more churches in Kenya through this month and up to Christmas. When Simeon recently received materials from the printer some of the Kenyan Pastors who had people waiting to be trained were wanting it so much that they came to Simeon’s home to pick-up the DCI Training books.

Pastor Joseph is from Soweto, South Africa and has a heart for One-to-One Discipleship and who also does Prison Ministry. Joseph may become our new DCI leader for South Africa.

Remember to pray for these dear men and women of God!

David Benjamin – “Business as Ministry” Trip to India and Thailand: David just returned and is very encouraged by the welcome response from a growing number of leaders and young professionals who are showing interest. What we began on the trip to Bangkok and India last year is expanding! This new strategy is designed to do in the marketplace what we are doing through the Churches. These men and women are wanting to be equipped to reach their associates.

James Angihan and a team from Calgary are in Northern Philippines: They are there to encourage the DCI Team (now 10 DCI Trainers) and to complete the building project that they have been working on for several years. It is already being used to equip Pastors and Church leaders for various ministries in local churches. Pray for the team.
God is Investing in People – Setting them free – Changes their Lives (and those around them)!!

Please Pray! Many of you invest time to pray for us every day! Thank you for that! Prayer is the most powerful thing you can do to change our world. Pray that God will raise up leaders who are committed to reach out into their communities and for the needed finance to enable them to do so.

Please Donate! I am asking you to join us as we partner with God by making a $100, $200 or $500 year-end investment or add 10% to your monthly giving, to provide the resources the DCI Staff and Trainers need to equip more people.
If you are encouraged by these Global Reports, but are not yet giving, we would love to have you become our partners. Any amount – large or small – would be greatly appreciated!

Donations can be mailed to the addresses below or sent via bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or via credit card online through: 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

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

PDF letter with photos is here: November 2019 DCI Global Report

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Global Report – September, 2019

Dear Faithful Friends and Ministry Partners,

30th Anniversary: August 1, 1989 Dynamic Churches International began.
In these 30 years we have seen God do many amazing things!

National Leaders have been equipped and trained thousands of Pastors who have developed their leaders to disciple their people who have reached out into their community and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ resulting in thousands of people committing their lives to Jesus and becoming His disciples! The reproduction of changed lives is what God gave us to do. The Great Commission is made clear in Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2 and the following;

  • Psalm 96:3, “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”
  • Psalm 86:9 says; “all the nations you have made will come and worship before you,
    O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.”
  • Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

We plan to put together a special anniversary edition to highlight what God is doing through DCI.  Many things have changed in 30 years!

Global DCI Family – India
David Benjamin – Business as Ministry Trip to India and Thailand: This is a new development to do in the marketplace what we are doing through the Churches. David plans to conduct 2 Training Sessions in India Oct. 26-28 and 30-31 and 1 in Bangkok, Thailand Nov. 1-4 to expand his discipling ministry with young professionals. These men and women are wanting to be equipped to reach their associates. Pray for God to empower David especially on these dates.

Global DCI Family – Africa
Hans and Elly Timmermans share: “You have been reading our reports on Malawi these past years. Elly and I are planning to be in Calgary on September 25 to personally talk about Malawi. You are invited to come! This is not a fundraiser; we just want to tell you about the amazing way the work has developed and the large number of people who have come to faith in Christ as our DCI team in Malawi has trained leaders. Since 2015 over 40,000 people have been discipled, and over 2,000 Life Groups have been established and they are reaching out into their villages. Churches have been planted and other churches have started growing using the DCI One-to-One Discipleship. The work is spilling into neighboring Zambia as well!

Ron Nelson has opened his home for this DCI Malawi presentation to our friends in Calgary on Wednesday, Sept. 25th. Can we expect you to be there? 7:00pm at 5340 Silverdale Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Cell: 403-922-6376 or Home: 403-288-3427. Please call Ron.

Investing in People: Mary and I spend many hours each week investing our lives in people, discipling, mentoring and encouraging them in their daily walk with God. Let me share 2 examples of what God is doing. Stephen is an engineer who was working in downtown Calgary has gone through the Discovery Group studies with several men he met through business. This experience not only opened their eyes, but his as well. He has recently left his job in Calgary and move to Norway to develop a ministry of reaching business associates there. Brandon I met in the hospital. He was very discouraged, but as I share the gospel of Jesus Christ with him, he gladly received Jesus as his Saviour. I meet with him each week and it has been a great joy to see the changes in his life. He has a passion to share the love of God with those who are in addictions and on the street in Calgary. Please pray for these men!

Please Pray! Many of you invest time to pray for us every day! God continues to provide! Many of you invest finances regularly! Thank you! We still need thousands of dollars for urgent needs for international staff! Thank you all, I hope you are blessed when you see the return on your investments in building God’s Kingdom!
Prayers can be made directly to God.
Donations can be mailed to the addresses below or sent via bank e-transfer to dcimiddleton@shaw.ca or online through: www.canadahelps.org in Canada or http://www.networkforgood.org/donate/ in the U.S.

May Go bless you all!

Your brother and sister in Christ,

Al and Mary Middleton

PDF edition of this letter: Sept 2019 DCI Global Report

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