DCI Global Report: May, 2018

The Call – Paul’s vision of the man of Macedonia (Acts 6:6-10):

“Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So, they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

God is still directing His global strategy by putting on the hearts of people to seek Him and leading them to people who can help them find Him. The following report shares stories of what God is doing today!

God is Calling Leaders – David Benjamin:

Has joined our Canadian staff team. He has a MA in International/Global Studies. I have known David for many years and have a great deal of appreciation for him. He will be serving part time with us here in Canada as well as places like India. We welcome David and pray for God’s blessing on him as he equips Pastors and Christian leaders.

God is Calling National Leaders to Siliguri, India:

Our ministry in India recently received calls from leaders in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Northeast Indian, South India, and Sri Lanka asking them to equip them in the DCI strategy. They invited them to Siliguri, North Central India to be trained so they could go back to their home country and train Pastors and Church leaders to develop their churches to become Disciple-Making Churches. In each country the goal is to develop enough disciples to reach the entire nation with the gospel. The cost to equip these leaders is $3,300.

Click here to view a 5 minute video to meet some of our DCI Staff and Trainers in these countries in South East Asia. You will be encouraged to see our DCI Staff Team, learn information on their countries and see those who came for this training from various countries.

National Leaders in West Africa are calling: Simeon, our Director General for Africa has now developed Regional and National Directors and teams of DCI Trainers in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania, and in the Southern part of Africa, in both South Africa and Zimbabwe. We are also working in Malawi, Ethiopia and Zambia (see yellow stars).

Besides these pastors, he has also trained over 6,000 students from Government run Universities in Kenya who in turn took the DCI Workshop training back to their Pastors and Churches in their villages and communities making DCI Africa a household name in all of Kenya.

Now, because of the overwhelming results, the word is getting around and invitations have come to Simeon from 16 other countries. Simeon has been in communication with these national leaders and is building relationships with them. Now is the time to get together with these leaders and equip them to take the DCI ministry to their country and region.

Simeon is planning a trip to West Africa beginning May 7 for one month to equip a National leader and a team of Trainers in 8 of these 16 countries. These countries are: Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone (see blue stars). Already these leaders are asking if they can invite to these sessions friends who are national leaders in nearby countries!  God has created the hunger and excitement for our DCI strategy and ministry resources all over Africa.

Please pray for Simeon – for health, safety, spiritual protection and strength – as he will have a very active schedule in May. Pray that God will give him wisdom as he selects the right people to lead the DCI ministry in each of these countries. He still needs $2,800 for air travel, accommodations etc. for his trip to West Africa. See his prayer requests here.

Your Prayers do make a huge difference!

Why are National leaders calling us for help?

By God’s grace He has shown us a simple yet very effective way to equip Pastors and Church leaders in how to develop the people in their Churches through Lecture, Audiovisual, Demonstration, Discussion, Practice Doing and Teaching Other People to do (see chart) and to become true disciples of Jesus Christ.

The result is that the lives of these people are changing, and they are sharing their excitement with other people who want to be trained as well. These disciples are making other disciples as Jesus and His 12 disciples did. It is working very well, and God is using our DCI Trainers to change nations!

Answering the Call:

I am presently discipling 2 men. One man I meet with each week and we talk often through the week. God has delivered him from a life of bondage and addiction in the past, now he is praying for and building relationships with friends and seeking to share the gospel with his friends.

The other man (a friend I have known for several years) organized a DCI Spontaneous Disciple Making Workshop that I conducted with him and a group of his Christian friends. I challenged them to each find someone who is open to the gospel message and begin a Discovery Group with them. As my disciple prayed, God led him to several people. As he talked with them they were all very interested in what the Bible has to say about the issues of our lives. He is meeting with 4 of these men individually using the Discovery Group format, and their interest is growing week by week. They are sharing with other people the important things they are learning. My friend is so excited as he shares the amazing things God is doing in and through him.

Christian Ministry Academy (CMA) – DCI School of Discipleship:

Through this online ministry, people in over 45 countries are being exposed to our ministry resources. They can learn on line to be a disciple of Jesus, and to also make disciples in their church or community. You too can do the same by studying our videos and other teaching materials available on our Website (here) http://www.dynamicchurches.org or the Christian Ministry Academy – DCI School of Discipleship at: www.christianministryacademy.org/p/DCI-School-of-Discipleship

We are targeting Pastors and Ministry Leaders. So far, over 1,400 people from 45 countries have signed-up to take one or more of our free courses, including One-to-One Dynamic Basics, Dynamic Discipling, Dynamic Sharing, the Spontaneous Disciple Making Workshop and the video series The Ultimate Purpose. Upon completion of any of the courses, and the successful completion of the comprehension tests we will send out a Certificate of Achievement. It has also been through this exposure on CMA that quality leaders in many countries are calling us, asking to be equipped as DCI Trainers, so they can disciple people to reach their nation with the gospel 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 sent to the address below 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


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

 

Here is this letter as a PDF document: May 2018 Global Report 3

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Ministry Training in Africa

Dear Praying Friends,

Today, Simeon Oyugi called to say that he arrived safely in Ghana to begin a serious journey of training 8 different countries beginning with Sierra Leone, then into Liberia, Ivory Coast and ending with Cameroon. Some of these countries are home to endemic diseases like Ebola and kidnapping militia groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria besides political violence which usually erupts in these areas.

Simeon’s requests for prayer:

Protection, good health and friendly environments as I take DCI Africa to another level. I also need the right food and clean drinking water among others.

Pray against Distractions, Interruptions, confusions and black magic which is practiced in these parts of the world. I literally need prayer warriors to stand with me in this serious trip.

Kindly, also pray for my family – my wife Anna, sons Dan, Emmanuel, Jairus and daughter Rosebella that God will give them good health, provide food and money for bills even when I am a way.

Please pray for the release of finances. Part of it has come, but part of it will come when I am in the field., Pray that I am not stranded there without funds to return.

Pray that God will give me the right leaders for DCI in West Africa who will eventually become passionate with DCI School of Discipleship and Leadership Training.

Finally, pray that Souls will open their hearts for Jesus Christ and be harvested into the Kingdom of our God.

May God bless you.

Simeon.

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Spiritual Reproduction

One of our core values is spiritual reproduction:

We value reproducing our spiritual lives and ministry skills in people as the best way to fulfil the Great Commission. As trained witnessing disciples, disciple-makers and leaders reproduce sufficiently they will impact every family, church, community, and nation. We believe biblical life principles transfer most effectively to the learner through One-to-One ministry, and multiply best in the environment of reproducing Discovery Groups. (2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:19-20)

How about taking less than three minutes to hear this challenge given by LeRoy Eims about the potential of multiplying disciples:

 

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Malawi and Canada: Perplexing Contrasts!

Friends of Malawi,

I am perplexed! I am perplexed about 2 things; well, actually 3 things.

We just returned 2 days ago from our trip to Malawi. Jet lag still has the upper hand, butwe know it will be defeated soon. Returning from this trip, I have been overcome by 3 things, and I have had enough sleepless nights to carefully consider these things.

First of all, I am perplexed by the fact that there can be 2 people groups that are so very different. I mean, weren’t we both created in God’s image? Aren’t we both descendants of Adam and Eve? Then why are the people in Malawi living in such darkness; in fear of the evil powers that surround them? Why are we in Canada not experiencing these fears? Are we favoured?

Secondly, how is it possible that this ministry of discipleship has grown from infancy to adulthood so powerfully? God chose to use us. I don’t have any special skills; why should God use me? I don’t know how to nurture such a relationship as this in Malawi.

And, thirdly, it perplexes me that this work can continue on year after year and the funds keep coming in. We don’t deserve this! But, none of this is about deserving, is it?
Let me try to give you the reassurances that God has given me through His Holy Spirit as I lay pondering on these things.

To begin with, I don’t know if the word “perplexed” is the right one to use. The dictionary says it means “filled with uncertainty”. I’m not filled with uncertainty. I’m very certain, actually. Certain that this is God’s work – not mine. It could not possibly be my work….and therein lies the answer to the 3 perplexities. God has the right to do as He pleases. The people in Malawi are in no thicker darkness than we are in Canada. We just don’t recognize it….our darkness is hidden behind the wealth and health that we experience in this country. But it’s there all the same. Just ask your neighbour what’s important to him and you will see that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor.11:13-15).

The people of Malawi know that they live in darkness; the evil powers are all around them and they live in fear of them. We have seen it with our eyes and heard the stories! But when they hear the good news of salvation, they are eager to respond to find relief from their fears, to find a purpose for living; to have an eternal relationship with the living God of the universe. Our Team disciples them and trains leaders who place them in Life Groups and the self-perpetuating motion of multiplication takes place. Churches are born – real churches made of people – not buildings made of stone. And we are reminded that this is God’s work! A pastor once preached a sermon on “God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack God’s supply”. God’s work never lacks God’s supply. And since He is God, he can use whoever He wills to supply that need….you and me. We all do our part; even if we feel ill equipped. He is the One who takes our availability and turns it into ability unawares.
Thank you Lord! We praise you and marvel at your great works!

Elly & Hans Timmermans
(www.dynamicchurches.org for donations)

“…We thank God that 3 pastors from local Traditional African Churches accepted Christ and they were happy to have found new life in Christ. Pastor Harfacs Gondwe of Chipangano Church said that the teachings were eye opening. He added that through these teachings he had come to understand what salvation is all about. This understanding caused him to receive Christ into his life….” Read more at our website https://northernmalawinews.com/

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Global Update – January, 2018

Happy New Year!

(This letter is also here in PDF format with photos: January 2018 Middleton Report

The Harvest is Great – The Workers are few! (Matthew 9:35 to 38)
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming
the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness. When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep
without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers
are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

Recruiting and Equipping Leaders: It is hard for many to imagine just how very great the harvest really is! There is such an emptiness in all that the world has to offer, and people are becoming increasingly more dissatisfied! They are looking for reality. Jesus is REAL! He SATISFIES the deep longing of our hearts! That is why we see that training Pastors and Ministry leaders is the most important thing we can do. We are finding many leaders who are available and want to be equipped to train their people to reach out into their community, showing the love of God through doing deeds of kindness – bringing hope and a future to those in need.

Ron and Bev Nelson: Are working with Pastor Enock Remy who serves the Haitian Christians in Calgary, as he translates the new Spontaneous Disciple Making workshop training manual into the French language for the team of DCI Trainers in Haiti. James Angihan who works with Philippine Christians in Calgary is translating these materials into the Ifugao language for the Northern Philippines DCI team. Ron is equipping several people in Canada and God is calling them to serve with us as Laborers for the Harvest in the world!

Ramananda and Darshini (and their team) in Imphal, North East India share:
Report for 2017 Goals for 2018
Evangelism
No. of families reached/visited with gospel 2981 6,000
No. of gospel tracts distributed 5704
No. of personal evangelism opportunities 1309
No. of open air preaching opportunities in different fields 25 5
No. of salvation camps Camps 10 1,000 Children
Achievements
No. of people accepted Christ and assimilated
into different churches or fellowships 413 500
No. of One-to-One Discipleship completed 225 200
No. of people baptized in our fellowships/churches 113
No. of churches or house fellowships planted 21 20
Ramananda says: “I am so Happy to present to you our ministry report. I do this to praise and glorify our God. Be encouraged as you see all the works that He has been doing in and through our lives and ministries throughout the year 2017 and now we trust Him for even greater blessing in 2018.”
Moala Kashung shares: “Greetings from the Leadership Training Center for the DCI family in India and area. We are bringing together all the DCI Trainers from across India and other countries we work with for encouragement training and prayer. We have also resumed our Bible Training for Church Planters (BTCP). There is a very high demand for this training from all the local churches. Therefore, we have recruited 10 men from various places like Nepal, Arunachal, Assam and West Bengal, and classes are going on full-swing. We are using two Curriculum:
1. BTCP curriculum written by Denis J. Mock
2. Dynamic Churches International (DCI)
Students will be in the class room for 3 months and be gone for practical training for 3 months and come back again for 3 months to the class room which will be followed by going back again for 3 months to plant a church in the same location. While this batch is out in the field for 3 months, we are bringing in another fresh batch of students. They will be rotating in and out. In the past years this training program has been very successful. We covet your prayers.”
Remember in the September Report that 21 Church Planters reproduced by planting churches to 4 generations with a total of 114 Churches and 2776 members!
A very important request:
LTC Leadership Team (Our DCI Partners in India) has evaluated the work of Yongkon of Arunachal and Myanmar, Bhim of Nepal and Dilip of Bangladesh and all three of them are doing remarkable work. Since their job demands frequent travel, they genuinely need more money. Therefore, our team decided to request you to increase their salary from $125 USD to $200 USD
each per month. (Total $225 USD extra). Please pray with us that God will help us raise the needed money.

Christian Ministry Academy DCI School of Discipleship:
In addition to our Dynamic Churches International Website, http://www.dynamicchurches.org we now have our videos and other teaching materials available on the Christian Ministry Academy (CMA) – DCI School of Discipleship at: https://www.christianministryacademy.org/p/DCI-School-of-Discipleship We are targeting Pastors and Ministry Leaders. A generous CMA donor provided funds to promote this site on Facebook and we have now attracted over 1,400 people from 45 countries, who have signed-up to take one or more of our free courses, including Spontaneous Disciple Making and the video series The Ultimate Purpose. This is what people are saying: Oyewole says; “This is in-depth teaching, thanks for these deep insights. Very illuminating, practical and down to earth.” Adroa Geoffrey says; “This is a realistic vision and the need is real, the whole world is waiting in earnest expectation to see the sons of God revealed. Knowing our ultimate purposes reveals our heavenly identity and eternal divine nature. Thank you for this magnificent expository illumination on God’s glory.” Silas Wapata says; “By following closely to this study it has helped me to know who I am in Christ and my responsibility in the ministry.” Apostle Anne Fidel Ugbo says; “I am indeed overwhelmed by the kind of inspirational and fundamental expository teachings I am getting here. Thanks so much for giving me this rare opportunity to grow myself and my ministry. God continue to bless you.”
You can also take these free courses!
We are directing those who are interested, to connect with our trained DCI Staff and Trainers where they are available. These leaders are potential Trainers and are a valuable resource to meet the great demand we are experiencing in many countries. These prominent leaders are seeing what God is doing and are coming to us asking us to equip them to reach their country. This is very encouraging!

Jing Estrella, Philippines: Jing sent us an email asking for funds to repair his vehicle. He says: “I have concern that I want you to pray with me. My car is not anymore road worthy to travel unless all the ball joints (upper and lower), tie rod ins, and four shocks will be replaced. It will cost a total of $950.00 including labor. May God grant my desire to let this car repaired.”

Simeon and Anna Oyugi Nairobi, Kenya: Dr. Simeon Oyugi and his DCI Team of over 50 volunteer trainers have equipped thousands of Pastors and Church leaders to implement the Spontaneous Disciple Making – Discovery Group Strategy in their churches. These trained pastors are now equipping other Pastors who are training other Pastors (even across denominations) up to 7 generations. These Churches are focused on reaching their community and working together as One Church!
Simeon and his team have benefited greatly from the exposure of the Christian Ministry Academy – DCI School of Discipleship web site. He is getting calls and emails from prominent Christian leaders in 22 Africa countries who want to be equipped to develop the DCI strategy in their country. Leaders are available – Christians are ready to become disciples – Communities are desperately hungry for GOOD NEWS about Jesus! The time is now!

40 Days of Discipleship –James Klaas: Jim (our DCI Associate) has developed a series of daily email sessions that teach Bible truth and encourages life application. He presently has 62,000 people distributed worldwide going through these online courses (many in closed countries). This ministry has been growing by 11% monthly for the past 2. years and if this can be maintained, by mid 2020, over one million people will have participated. This means that we are at the half way mark now. Imagine the impact if these people can be directed to our DCI Staff (in places where we have trained staff) and they and their Pastors were trained and coached to develop their congregations into disciple-making churches.
2018 should be a very productive year! God is so Good!!

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 sent to the address below or through: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada or http://www.networkforgood.org in the U.S. (See our DONATE page).
May God bless you all!
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,

Al and Mary

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

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Update from Malawi

A field update from Hands and Elly Timmermans

Dear Friends of D.C.I. Malawi,

We arrived in Malawi last Friday, January 12, 2018 and Monday we travelled to Mzuzu and met our Team again. The families are all doing fine. The kids are growing. George’s kids even know enough English to talk with us a little. John’s wife Maureen is doing well too with her pregnancy. The doctor gave her a clear bill of health this past week.

Life in Africa is moving along for us. Today the sun is shining after heavy rains for most of this week, day and night! The temperatures are around 20 C day and night. This is summer in Malawi! Even on a sunny day the constant evaporation keeps the temperatures down. The roads are very muddy and sometimes almost impassible. Last night we went to our favourite restaurant in Mzuzu. The chef is Irish and makes a pepper steak that makes your mouth water, just thinking about it.

We met two Dutch nursing students there and struck up a conversation. They asked what we were doing in Malawi … Well, we had an opportunity to share the Good News and the difference it makes in the lives of the Malawians at length. They listened attentively. They had never heard the Good News. Their grandparents were church goers, but their parents disengaged right after they got married and never told their children any of the stories of the Bible. Please pray for Melissa and Annaloes. We were able to illustrate the spiritual battle life is from examples in Malawi. They are leaving Mzuzu today to travel in Africa for a while before returning to their studies in Holland. I gave each a New Life App card.

After a harder time than at other times to adjust to the jet lag this past week, we had a hard night last night. The university students had an all-night party with very loud music. We lay vibrating to the heavy beat of the drums in our beds. Sometimes someone would sing a song and a lot of rap music was aired. I finally fell asleep around 2 or 3 am.

We hope to visit Andrew and Mpahtso and their two children today, if the roads into their neighbourhood are passable … We have visited John and Maureen and George and Glory and their four children, Perembe, Orini, Tenson and Caleb. George is building a new house. We were able to help them from our own funds to buy doors and windows. This will enable them to move in. The house they live in right now is a mud brick house and it is old and in danger of collapsing in the near future. Now they still need to do the floors and plaster the walls before they can move in. We have helped our families here from time to time so they can live securely and not have to worry about their buildings.

Elly has been teaching George how to manage a budget efficiently using a computer.
On Sunday we will be traveling to Lilongwe to pick up our friend from Kenya who is interested in the work D.C.I. is doing in Malawi. Next week we will have meetings with pastors and leaders of Northern Malawi to hear reports on the progress of the work and top see how it can be improved. As Chuck Swindoll said, we need to always be “Improving our Serve”.

For the rest, life is fine in Africa. ‘Just need to remember, take a shower when the water is on and enjoy some reading when the hydro is available and charge your batteries. Yes, connecting is better than before, but the internet does not always work when we need it.

May God keep and bless you all!

Thanks for your support and prayers.

Sincerely,

Hans and Elly Timmermans
hanstimmermans5@me.com
Phone: 519-859-9812

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December 2017 Ministry Letter

Christmas, December 2017

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Christmas is a time to welcome God into our lives! Someone recently shared this picture on Facebook. It reminded me of an old song that says,

“Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinner, will you let Him in?
Chorus: Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart’s door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.”

John 1:10-12 says, “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” Praise God for sending His Son so that we could become His children!

Family News: The picture of Mary and I was taken in the lobby at the Banff Springs Hotel in November when we went out to Banff to celebrate our 56th Anniversary. Our son Mark had an emergency appendectomy on December 8th. He is home now recovering from the surgery. Pray that he will heal quickly.

Over Christmas, we look forward to several family get-togethers. On Saturday, Dec. 23rd, we will be in Sherwood Park with Mark, Joan and our nephew’s families. Sunday, we will attend a Christmas service at Sherwood Park Alliance and then come back to Airdrie for Christmas Eve with Zizina’s family. On the 25th we will be with Lynn’s family and celebrate with Jess and our 4 great-grandchildren who are here from Nashville.

Our DCI Family: Mary and I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you – our national and international leaders, trainers, pastors, people who pray for our ministry, those who invest financially, administration, disciple-makers and disciples. We are a very large family that God is using to share the good news of God’s love and eternal life with our world – all made possible because Jesus came!

There are many opportunities to expand the DCI ministry in 2018. We will need to greatly increase our financial base. Do you want to make a great investment in God’s kingdom? I could meet with you or send you a PowerPoint presentation explaining our proposed projects. Donations can be sent to the address below or through: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada or in the U.S. http://www.networkforgood.org (both online).

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! There are amazing things happening. Watch for an update early in the new year!

Mary and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and God’s blessing for 2018! Read Colossians 1:1 to 14. This is our prayer for you for the coming year. May God bless you all!

Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton

This letter is available in color with graphics here: Middleton_Dec_2017

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