June 2017 Report from the Middletons

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Dynamic Churches International is all about training Trainers who train Trainers!

Middleton Family News: We haven’t reported on our family for a while, so let me bring you up to date:  Mary and I have just returned from a wonderful and restful time on Grand Cayman Island with our son Mark and his family! Lynn and Joan and their families also contributed to the cost as a gift to us for our 55th Wedding Anniversary which was last November 17.
Lynn and Bob: They are doing well and Bob continues to have plenty of work even in a challenging economy. Jess and Kent are in Nashville and have their Green Cards so are both able to work there now. Their 4 children have done well in school and are planning to spend 5 weeks with Lynn and Bob and us this summer. Matt and Ashley just returned from a trip to New York city and Josh enjoys getting away fishing. Bob, Matt and Josh all work with the same company.
Mark and Linda: are happy that Julia who graduated 2 years ago has a great job and Steven just graduated with a near 4.0 average. He has been asked by his professor to work with him on a research project and will also complete his Masters Degree over the next 2 years. Mark, Julia and Steven are all Mechanical Engineers.
Joan and Earl: Are camping and fishing this week. Robert has just graduated as a Geomatics Engineering Technologist and is working in Whitecourt, Alberta. Reggie has completed his 3rd year of Apprenticeship as an Electrician. Raymond is working for a home builder as a framer.
We are encouraged by their lives and love to spend time with them whenever we can.

Global DCI Family: So many of you have shared that you pray for us and the DCI Ministry every day, and thanks to you God is growing the ministry through our Representatives (trainers) and the great opportunities they have to serve God and equip His people. Please continue to pray!

Simeon Oyugi Nairobi, Kenya: Simeon and his team of 47 DCI leaders continue to equip hundreds of Pastors in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Simeon has developed his team and did not have to conduct any of the recent workshops. He did coach and observed them, as needed, to maintain the quality of teaching. The following chart shows what God has done through his team in April and May in Kenya. April, 2017


Simeon says; “Everyone who received Christ, welcomed them to start a Discovery Group in their home! The average number of people who attend a Discovery Group varies from region to region, for example; in towns the average is 3 people while in the countryside the average is 5.” Are Discovery Groups starting New Groups? Simeon says, “‘This is a Big Yes!’ For example, in our April report, Marani Church in Kisii, (first training above) Robert and Jecton started 15 Discovery Groups and now in May these groups have started 5 more. This is one key area we teach before leaving a training area to ensure progressive growth by winning more souls. This is happening as the new Christians discover Jesus Christ by welcoming Him into their lives and they begin to change”. The Pastors are also meeting each month in Pastors Life Groups led by the local DCI Trainers who encourage them and continue with more training. They encourage each other as they learn and grow their churches together.

Hans and Elly Timmermans: Mary and I met with them in Ontario on our way home from Grand Cayman. They just returned from meeting with their 3 National Leaders in Malawi and are very encouraged. There are over 500 Groups now and in just one area alone the groups have reproduced from one group to over 200 groups. There could be more but they lack Bibles and DCI materials. Pray for the success of a fundraiser on June 10th in Stratford, ON to raise thousands of dollars for Bibles. If you would like to attend contact hanselly.timmermans@gmail.com for info.

Clair Ziolkowski – Canadian working in Zambia: Clair and Al Stovall arrived home from their 30 day mission trip to Zambia. It was a very busy, but productive time. They provided much needed help for the poor and the orphans. The last 2 weeks of their mission was setting up 12 new churches & doing DCI discipleship training, in communities that currently do not have any Evangelical Church and very little exposure to the Gospel. This church planting endeavour has been in the works for almost 2 years. Bible school students have been trained and are ready to pastor these new churches. They where able to plant the 12 Churches as a result of evangelistic crusades, where over 12,000 people attended and 6,800 indicated that they had received Jesus Christ! The following day after each crusade they conducted DCI Dynamic Basics training and a total of 1,671 people attended. They need ($200) for cement to build each church building and ($200 per pastor) for bicycles to enable them to travel to minister to their community. God provided $2,000. through a generous donor. Sadly, just after Clair and Al Stovall returned home Clair got word that one of the Church Planters was killed in a motorcycle accident. Please pray for this young man’s family in their time of loss.

Bangladesh – Dilip Singha: Our DCI Rep. shares, “By the grace of God and the help of LTC (our DCI partner) we started the DCI training program in Bangladesh. Pastor Probir and I are now reaching out to the tea garden workers at Khamasora village. Most people in this community have never heard about Jesus! We consider it a blessing for us to share the good news of Jesus with them. Most of the children in this tea garden village do not go to school therefore with prayer and the permission of the parents we are planning to teach them. We need White Boards and Note Books.”
Dramatic Conversion: “I am Mastafa Kamal from Bangladesh. Born and raised in a devout Muslim family. I got a good education and became a lecturer in a government college. I formed an anti-Christian Society and went to register in the government office. God sent to me a Christian preacher who gave me a Holy Bible and some Christian literature. I took them and read them secretly at night. My wife came to know what I was reading. I was scared! However, she too was reading them every day after I left for college. God revealed Himself to both of us and transformed us to a new Mr. and Mrs. Mastafa. Soon we were excommunicated by both our families and became homeless. Even my government job was cancelled. My wife died the following year. For 3 days there was no one to help me bury her. Since then God has blessed me with a Christian wife who loves me and my 3 children. God brought me to Peter and Moala Kashung (our LTC/DCI partners in India). They arranged for me to go through the DCI training with Harish Chandra our DCI Training coordinator. I am now going back to Bangladesh as a brave soldier of Jesus Christ. Please pray for me.”

India North Central: Peter Kashung writes: “Most of the evangelists in Siliguri region are our graduates, who have been working faithfully as Church Planters since they graduated. These humble servants of God work hard under hot sun and heavy rains and have planted 3 to 5 churches each. They deserve our appreciation and respect for their commitment and hard work in spite of their meagre salary and the challenges they face each day.”
South India and Sri Lanka: Our DCI Rep. John M. Raj is doing a tremendous work among the Tamil speaking people in Tamilnadu. He says; “I am making a constant effort to reach out to the youth and children. We now have 8 Sunday Schools going on and as the Lord provides we are able to help the poor and needy.”

We (DCI) were able to provide funds for John to print materials and travel to Sri Lanka to train pastors there. The Pastors shared that the Discipling books will be great tools to equip new believers to share the gospel with others!

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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 www.networkforgood.org in the U.S. (both online).

May God bless you all!
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton

Read this letter with graphics in the PDF edition here:  June 2017 Middleton Report

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Malawi Trip Report

 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Tim. 2:2

April 27, 2017
Dear Friends of Malawi,

The above Bible verse is the key verse that Dynamic Churches Int’l is built on.  It’s the principle of multiplication that makes the discipleship grow exponentially. One person teaches one other person, who teaches one other person….and on and on. It’s not a difficult principle to understand, but it is certainly not one that is easily put into practice here in the western world. Generally speaking, our culture keeps people busy and we lack the time to build relationships the way the Scriptures instruct us to.
Relationships are critical for discipleship to be successful.

And so we are all the more excited when we see this happening in Malawi. In a culture where people live in community, a changed life is noticed and neighbours begin asking what happened and the love of Christ is shared. Understanding that their poverty gives them no distractions, and understanding that each person lives in fear of the day that the demons will attack them or their loved ones, leaves the unbeliever with an overwhelming sense of need.

  • Does anybody love me?
  • How can I be safe from the evil around me?
  • How can I feed my family today?
  • Enter: the gospel message – God loves you!
  • He wants to set you free from the bondage of sin!

As you are probably aware, Hans and I have recently returned from our trip to Malawi. We were there for 3 weeks. During those three weeks, we visited 6 villages where our indigenous team of 3 men have completed the training of leaders who are carrying on the work of discipling one-on-one, starting Life Groups, and training other leaders in their areas.

The testimonies we heard are truly humbling! How these dedicated men and women will walk for many kilometers to fill the requests of their fellow man to bring the training to new areas is beyond anything that we would do in Canada. But, it is happening in Malawi! The work has grown so fast that our Team is having difficulty keeping up with the demands for materials, etc. In almost every testimony we heard, the leaders shared how he/she could do so much more if only they had more New Testaments and Discipleship books available. For example, if they ask for 100 NT’s, we can only supply them with 30 or 40 – wanting to be good stewards of what God has given us, and knowing that there are many more who will request NT’s.

We estimate that we could use 20,000 New Testaments right now, and each one will be used to disciple one other person. That’s $100,000!! How can this happen? We certainly don’t know; but one thing we DO know is that our God is a great God.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4: 19).  This is the verse that we left with all these leaders and pastors as they begged us to not forget them and their need for Bibles. Our confidence is in our Great God. The Malawian leaders and pastors put their confidence in their great God also. They promised to pray for us as we fund raise, and we are praying for them as they pass on the message of God’s love to others. Will you join us in this? Will you also consider becoming one of the donors for this huge need?
UPDATE: Malawi Appreciation Dinner, June 10, 2017, 5:30 at Bethel Pentecostal Church, Stratford.  This is a slight change from our previous announcement in our March newsletter. It will be held on Saturday the 10th, not Sunday the 11th as previously planned. And, we have moved it indoors to Bethel Pentecostal Church in Stratford. The reason is that we have taken videos of the testimonies that we heard in Malawi and want to share some of these with you. That requires an indoor setting. We really hope that you can make it. Formal invitations will come soon and we hope that you will RSVP to us so we can let the caterers (Quehl’s of Tavistock) know the numbers. The talented Patti Hill will once again provide us with special music.

We also hope to collect bicycles for the leaders who are currently walking long distances to multiply the work of discipleship and leadership training. There is another container being planned to leave for Malawi in a year or so. We want to put a lot of bicycles in it. Perhaps you can help with this. You may have one in your garage that is not being used; or, yard sales are a good place to find them; also, police auctions, etc. But please be sure they are in good working order. You can contact us for details about how to get it to our storage location until the container arrives. We are also asking for a donation of $15 to help cover the shipping costs for each bicycle.

You can donate through Canada Helps online, or simply send us your cheques payable to D.C.I. (attach a slip of paper indicating “Malawi”). If you would consider becoming a regular monthly donor, that would greatly help our month-by-month ministry needs. We can provide you with a PAD form.

Looking forward to seeing you in June. May God continue to bless you.
Hans and Elly Timmermans
Hans’ cell: 519-859-9812
Elly’s cell: 519-913-3341

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Global Update – April 2017

Global Update April/May 2017
Urgent Prayer Needed!

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Make Disciples Who Make Disciples Who Make….)

The Great Commission will not be accomplished in your community when everyone
has heard the gospel, but when the gospel has so changed the lives of those who receive Christ that your community is transformed through them! Isaiah 54:2-3 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your Stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left…”

Prayer Warriors, God is growing the ministry and we need your prayers for our Representative (we trained) and the great opportunities they have serving God and equip His people. Please pray for them.

Hans and Elly Timmermans Canadians serving in Northern Malawi, East Africa: They Report: “The time is quickly approaching when Hans and I will return to Malawi. We are grateful to once again spend 3 weeks with our Team: John, George and Andrew and their families. They are doing a great job! We are so blessed to be a part of this ministry. Our friend, Mike Eckert, will be coming with us. Our goal is to encourage the Team and help in setting the direction for the future of the ministry. The plan is to visit several areas where leaders have been trained and where coaches have caught the vision and are doing what John, George and Andrew are doing – expanding the discipleship and leadership training within their own areas. That’s how the work multiplies, and that’s why we are now seeing the ministry areas running into each other…. the north of Malawi has many leaders trained and many, many life groups functioning with well-trained leaders and apprentices.

There are 1.5 million people in the northern Tumbuka speaking area of Malawi. Over 15,000 Discipleship booklets and New Testaments have been distributed by the DCI Team (and are used for discipling) in this area. That means that one in every 100 people has been reached with the gospel and being discipled. God has changed the lives of these disciples and they are seeing God change the lives of their disciples. By God’s grace DCI IS making a difference!” Their work is now spreading to South Malawi and over the border into Zambia.

Simeon Oyugi Nairobi, Kenya: Simeon and his team of 47 DCI trained leaders continue to equip hundreds of Pastors in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Because of their success in seeing many churches making disciples who are establishing Discovery Groups with the people in their neighbourhood, Simeon is now getting many requests from prominent Church leaders in countries all over Africa. Let me list the ones I am aware of: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo. These are in addition to Malawi where Hans and Elly Timmermans serve and Ethiopia where Mekibibi Atela and Tesfa Chutta are working.

Simeon shares; “In Tanzania the Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) has called me to go and train their 150 Pastors and Leaders in the Eastern Part of Tanzania and I told them to wait a bit until I have recovered and I will let them know the dates. (Simeon is recovering from heart problems) The Group of Pastors and Bishops who left Kenya for Tanzania have just came back, having planted a church and won 120 souls to the kingdom of God and they established 46 Discovery Groups before moving on to Dodoma which is the Capital City of Tanzania. In total the number of countries in Africa is 15 that are now active or ready for DCI by end of 2017. We are praying that God will provide finances for travel, accommodation and printing! God could use you to be an answer to our prayers!

Simeon and his team have several DCI Training sessions coming up in April, May and June. His goal is to establish 700 Discovery Groups. God graciously and unexpectedly provided the finances through a friend to print 5,000 books for these training sessions that will expand the DCI training into these countries. What God can do, no man can do and to God be all the Glory in Jesus mighty Name. When God’s time is right, you cannot stop His work! We seek to following His lead by Training Trainers to equip the pastors and church leaders to make disciples and establish New Discovery Groups. This is our model for Discipleship. Jesus said to “Go and make disciples”.

Paul and Priskila Paksoal in Indonesia: They have served with us in the past, but due to their position as President and Head of the Women’s ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Indonesia they have not been able to be as active until now. Priskila is in Kalimantan, Indonesia training 3 Churches there. One of the pastors plans to be our DCI Representative for Kalimantan. Please pray for them as they restart the DCI ministry in Indonesia.

Clair Ziolkowski – Canadian working in Zambia: On April 3rd Clair will be heading to the airport to start his 30-day mission trip to Zambia! This trip will be the most ambitious thus far and the schedule will be very demanding. Clair will be speaking at a Pastor’s conference and will also be distributing the container contents (below) during the first 1½ weeks. Al Stovall, from Saskatoon, will be joining Clair for the last 2 weeks of the mission to assist with setting up 12 new churches & doing DCI discipleship training, in a 100 x 100-kilometre square region of Zambia that currently does not have any Evangelical churches and has had very little exposure to the Gospel.
The ministry plan is as follows:
April 3: Leave for Zambia, arriving April 5
April 5 – 8: Distribute container items in the Chongwe area
April 9: Preaching in Chongwe
April 10 – 13: Preaching/speaking at Pastor’s conference in Kitwe
April 14: Pick up Al in Lusaka, buy groceries, drive 8 hours to Sinda.
April 15 – 30: Crusades, discipleship training & baptisms
May 1: Leave for home

This church planting endeavour has been in the works for almost 2 years – Bible school students have been trained and are ready to step in and pastor these church plants. They have just been ordained in March. Evening crusades are being planned, showing the Jesus film, and presenting the Gospel to all that attend.
DCI Discipleship training is also planned, as well as baptisms, for those receiving Christ as their personal Saviour.

This mission has been the most challenging to date – from customs clearing, to the container being damaged & repaired, to health issues arising, to tight time schedules.
We ask for your prayers for the following:

1. Travel safety for Clair and Al as they travel long hours to and from Zambia. Also pray for the whole team in Zambia, including Pastor Luke, Pastor Iwell & Wilson. Luke & Iwell are the Pastors that are heading up this church plant mission.
2. Health and strength for Clair, Al & Pastor Luke. Clair is doing well after a summer of health issues (early stage breast cancer and an impacted kidney stone). Pastor Luke is currently having some health issues, as he keeps a very demanding schedule. He Pastors his church and run a Bible School out of the church.
3. For the crusades – that many local people will come to know the Lord as their personal Saviour.
4. For the new Pastors, as they prepare to shepherd the new believers in their spiritual growth.
5. For the new churches, that they will grow and support the pastors that God has put in place.
6. For the orphanages – Faith’s orphanage, Life Song orphanage and Father’s House, as Clair delivers over 4,000 pillow case dresses and dehydrated soup mix to the children in need.
7. For the people who will receive Bibles and devotional material & food – that the Lord will use these to further his Kingdom.
8. That the container will arrive in the area on time and that there is zero to minimal damage to the contents of the container. Also, that the container will be in satisfactory condition to be used for a school room, as planned.
9. That funds will continue to be received to assist with the purchase of cement to build the church buildings ($200/Church) and provide pastors with bicycles ($200 x 12 Pastors) for their transportation.
10.That God will use this mission to further His Kingdom, according to His will and that His name be glorified in Zambia!

Thank you for your generous gifts of support. We are indeed humbled and blessed by your support of this ministry.
In this container, we were able to include:
– 25 skids/over 19,000 lbs of dry soup mix (about 1 MILLION meals)
– thousands of new and used Bibles
– over 800 new study Bibles, thousands of devotionals & commentaries.
– over 4,000 BEAUTIFUL hand sewn pillow case dresses, along with underwear for the orphaned girls, over 400 pairs of shoes (Crocs and lightweight shoes) and lots of fabric for orphans to use in their sewing/trade skill classes.
– Sunday School material, CD’s and DVD’s of sermons
– 400 solar messengers from Charles Stanley, 65 sermons and the reading of the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.
– medical supplies and solar panels and rechargeable batteries.
-office furniture – 2 desks, 2 chairs and 2 filing cabinets at the request of the Pastors, to assist with their ministry work.
– a 4’ x 8’ utility trailer to use for distributing the material and food.
The items in this container came from all over Saskatchewan and Alberta, and resources were brought in from Michigan and Florida. Much of this material was freely donated and valued well over $200,000!
The container has now left Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on its way to Lusaka/Chongwe, Zambia – we are praying that it arrives by the time Clair gets to Lusaka.
We covet your prayers. Your support makes it possible to do these mission trips – equipping pastors, holding crusades, planting churches and supplying resources to new Christians and those who have no Christian literature or Bibles and also providing food for those in great need.
Clair’s budget for this 30-day Mission:
Clair’s airfare, lodging and meals – $7,000 (*Note – Al Stovall is covering his own airfare, lodging and meals)
Fuel for distribution and travel – $1,000
Meals & lodging for the Zambian Nationals helping with the church plants – $2,000
Total budget – $10,000
Funds received over the above needs above will be used to purchase cement to build brick and mortar Church buildings in the 12 villages where we plan to plant Churches. Each Church costs $200 for cement. Also, bicycles for the 12 Pastors @ $200 each and a PA System and Projector with Screen, $1300.
Clair is raising the finances for this trip, but if you would like to help he would be very grateful.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Through you God is expanding His Kingdom. We together with you 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 via credit card through Canada Helps in Canada at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/dynamic-churches-international/
or Network for Good in the U.S. at: https://www.networkforgood.org/donation

May God bless you all!
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton

Download a PDF copy of the update with photos here:
DCI_April-May_2017_Middleton_Report

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Malawi Update: March-April

Dear Friends,

The time is quickly approaching when Hans and I will board the plane in Toronto on Saturday to take us to Malawi. We are grateful to once again go and meet our Team: John, George and Andrew.  We are so blessed to be a part of this ministry.
We will spend 3 weeks with these wonderful men and their families.  They are doing a great job! Our friend, Mike Eckert, from our home church (LIFE Church, Stratford), will be coming with us. Our goal this time is simply to encourage the Team and help in setting the direction for the future of the ministry.

The plan is to visit several areas where leaders have been trained: especially areas where we have coaches who have caught the vision and basically are doing what John, George and Andrew are doing – expanding the discipleship and leadership training within their own areas.   That’s how the work multiplies, and that’s why we are now seeing the ministry areas running into each other….the north of Malawi has many leaders trained and many, many life groups functioning with well-trained leaders and apprentices.

There are 1.5 million people in the northern Tumbuka speaking area of Malawi.  Over 15,000 Discipleship booklets and New Testaments have been distributed by the DCI Team (and therefore, used for discipling) in this area.  That means that  one in every 100 people has been reached and discipled.  DCI IS making a difference!

We will come home with lots of stories and reports the end of April.  Some of them we hope to share with you at our Malawi Appreciation Dinner. Update to the dinner:  change of date – Saturday June 10, 5:30 at Bethel Pentecostal Church.  (In our previous newsletter, we said June 11.) Come and enjoy a dinner with us in celebration of God’s greatness.  Patti Hill will be our guest for music again.  You may remember her from 3 years ago.  Everyone loved her, and we appreciate her willingness to come again. Formal invitations will come soon but please mark your calendars.

I am attaching a report that we received from our Team recently.  I hope these reports are as encouraging to you as they are to us. Malawi 3/2017 newsletter

For those not yet partnering with us, please consider becoming a partner. The ministry is growing and needs you. Praise God for His abundant blessings! Thank you so much for your support in prayer and in finances.

With love,

Hans and Elly Timmermans

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Global Update – February 2017

Paul says in Ephesians 1:15 to 23:

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

With all that God is doing in DCI we should not be surprised that Satan is attacking us and our team of faithful Staff and Trainers. Below watch for signs of the enemy’s attack (in red) and how God overcame! (in blue)

Prayer Warriors An email from one faithful friend and prayer warrior: (The real force behind our ministry!)

“I pray for you 3 hours a day and never miss. I do this because GOD has asked me to do it and I consider it a very important request. GOD has told me He appreciates you. GOD says “you are going to get those (needed) funds but there is a significant war going on with the dark forces”.

GOD says “you need to pray protection over yourselves and your organization” as the dark forces will be after you. GOD, BLESS YOU”.

Ron and Bev Nelson Alberta Directors Report on their ongoing Ministry in Haiti: Ron has experienced health problems since December. His health is improving now, but we need to be praying for him and for his wife Bev.
God has provided $3,000 CDN for Bibles in Haiti so far. Praise God! The need is still great as there is a revival going on there and Bibles in Creole are in short supply. Can you help? Pray for Jean Claude (at right) who Ron works with in Haiti.

Hans and Elly Timmermans Canadians serving in Malawi, East Africa: They Report:

“The team of 4 national leaders have gone to each specific area 3 times for 4- 5 days at a time over 5-6 months, teaching the leaders about the Explosive Growth principles…teaching them how to do one-to-one discipleship, the principles of multiplying Life Groups, and training leaders to reproduce themselves. We have heard so many testimonies from those who have been trained about how the lessons have been well received and immediately put into practice. We can count – from the multiplication charts alone that there are 251 Life Groups and 275 well trained leaders. The verse in John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” is proving to be true. Neighboring villages are asking, “Why are you different? We want what you have!” Unfortunately, we can’t track all the groups, but we know that there are many more! Each Life Group has an apprentice and a host/hostess. We know there are well over 400 Life Groups, of between 10 and 40 members each, functioning in Northern Malawi – reaching out to their neighbors and family members; discipling those who have come to Christ for salvation. Each leader who has been trained is actively training others who will do the same.”

Simeon Oyugi Nairobi, Kenya:

Praise God we are registered in Africa as Love Africa International Foundation! This will be part of DCI. “We are having strange famine covering 70-80% of Kenya, both animals and people are dying in big numbers. Water is drying up and the dam supplying Nairobi is drying as well and we have a serious shortage of water supply. After prayer and fasting, my wife went down with strong fever, but God’s hand is upon her. Also we (DCI) were able to help with school fees and rent!

“I Simeon was attacked by 2 thugs at gun point who robbed me of my belongings,
documents, money and phone. God protected me and they spared my life though it almost ended up in kidnapping which could have been very tragic. God blocked their minds from asking me the bank card pin number because if they had that, they could have taken all the school fees because they are still at the Bank as the lecturers at university are still on strike and the fees are not due yet. If the guns which were pointed to my head and heart were triggered, you may not have heard from me or seen me again and that could have been very unfortunate for DCI in Africa and my family, but God is great, His angels were all around me and the Blood of Jesus covered me through all this horrible time.
I need more and more of your prayers! I will keep on going, and if I die, I will die serving Jesus, multiplying Disciples and Training more leaders in Africa to the glory of God the father. God, bless you. Simeon.

Simeon now has 6 nations asking him to train them to do what he is doing in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania!

Jing Estrella Philippines: Shares;

“Greeting from rainy Davao! All of Mindanao is under heavy rain for almost a week. Neighbouring provinces of Davao City are severely flooded and roads are not passable. Many are stranded on the road due to landslides or floods and have suffered starvation, and some have died of drowning. We covet your prayers.”

“At present, I’m training 13 pastors and church leaders, representing 10 local churches, who are interested to start Discovery Groups in their community. We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month for 3 hours for sharing their experiences, mentoring, monitoring, evaluation, training and prayer. We call this monthly group meeting a Pastors’ Discovery Group Network Meeting. In the first 2 meetings we did orientation of the Discovery Group and experiencing an actual Discovery Group session. This session they will submit the names of their Start-up Discovery Group, a minimum of 5, who will soon connect to the community and start their own Discovery Group(s). There is a potential of 11 Start-up Discovery Groups with 50 individuals who will reach out to their surrounding communities and hopefully soon beyond their communities. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to empower these leaders. Your brother in Christ,” Jing L. Estrella

Clair Ziolkowski – Canadian working in Zambia: Clair was in Airdrie to visit his family over Christmas, and so he spent a couple of hours with us. He is planning to go back to Zambia in April. He has accumulated a container full of books and Bibles, dried foods, clothing etc. Clair is having DCI books printed in Zambia and is setting up DCI training workshops with Pastors and will be equipping a team of national leaders to be able to continue the DCI training after he returns to Canada.
Ramananda- North Central India reports:

I am very excited to let you know that within seven months our 10 church planters have reached out to 1821 non Christian/Hindu families with gospel tracts and literature. We also did One-to- One Dynamic Basic with 672 individuals, and praise the Lord, out of them 89 young men and women accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. They are under the good care of our church planters who have established nine house fellowships/small churches of 10 to 15 believers in different fields.
In October 2016, I was invited to witness Christ among the orthodox Hindu Meiteis in the state of Assam for six days. The first night was so horrible with so many drunkards. They were even trying to hit me and stone me for preaching gospel. They destroyed the first night program. I was indeed shocked, and worrying about how to continue.
My prayer was, Lord you have brought me here for your own purpose not mine, so even if it cost me my life please let your purpose be fulfilled and your kingdom be expanded. Jesus I am ready to do anything for your glory and no matter what happens I will preach.
The next day God took me to a different village. I know I gave my word to Jesus, but still there was war within me. My flesh and Satan told me not to witness, he gave me fear as I recalled the last night’s situation. But my heart was so willing to witness even if it costs my life, and the Spirit of God was touching and moving me saying “Son I brought you here and I am with you now, do not be afraid” soon after I heard the voice of God, it was wonderful, all fear was gone! I stood up and witnessed fearlessly. What a great joy it was to see the great and mighty works of our almighty God! There were still many drunkards but they couldn’t speak anything against me. Hallelujah! As I was asking anyone who was willing to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior to come forward for confessional prayer, it was so marvelous and incredible, I couldn’t believe that altogether 350 men, women and children came with tears and confessed their sins and accepted Jesus that night! Thus all throughout the week, in the midst of much opposition, disturbances and inconveniences, we saw God’s mighty hand, mighty acts and loving care by bringing many souls into His own kingdom in and through our lives and ministries there.
The evangelists/church planters are actively and faithfully serving God, but these days I am really struggling for their monthly supports. Anyway God has been so faithful thus far, and I pray and strongly believe that He will still be faithful even in the coming days as we serve only HIM. Our three days fasting prayer each month gives us strength.”

Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Through you God is expanding His Kingdom. We together with you 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 Canada Helps in Canada or Network for Good in the U.S. (both online).
May God bless you all!
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton

A PDF document of this letter with photos is here: February-2017-middleton-report

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Christmas / Year End Challenge!

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Dear Friends & Ministry Partners,

What difference would it have made if Jesus had never left Heaven and come to our world? Let me share an example from Chikwina, a village in Northern Malawi, Africa; passed on by Hans and Elly Timmermans. It will give you an insight into how some people live without Christ:

“Witchcraft has been the main source of mysterious deaths in Chikwina. Witches target those who are well to do and educated, who build a good house with iron sheet roofs and educate their children; the witches are not happy because they don’t have good houses and educated children so they try to kill these “rich” people …. and they and even their children die mysteriously. People are afraid to prosper and live in poverty!
PRAISE; By the grace of God many people in this area are accepting Christ into their lives and they are giving thanks to the DCI Team for the Bible truths that are changing and transforming their lives and they have found freedom because they  have discovered who they are in Christ, and the power of Christ in their lives … They now know that the Bible says no weapon forged against us shall prosper. This makes them courageous and they don’t fear anything  because  they  know  that  the  one  who is in us (Christ) is more powerful than the one who is in the world   (Satan).”

Individual lives and even whole communities are being transformed by the “good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!” You, our Partners,  are making a huge difference! God has opened up several new countries to us, but we are not able to send our DCI Trainers to equip the National Leaders who are inviting us, because we do not have sufficient funds!

We need $12,000 by the end of  2016! We also have many opportunities to develop new countries next year. Would you please consider increasing your donations each month and/or making a one-time Year-end  donation? If you are not investing in this strategic ministry would you prayerfully consider doing so? Together we can do more!

Donations can be sent to the address below or through Canada Helps (Canada) or Network for Good (U.S).  Both are online.

Merry Christmas and God bless you in 2017!

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

PDF edition of this letter: Christmas-year-end-challenge-2016

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Malawi DCI Ministry – Video Presentation

This PowerPoint video was recently prepared by Hans and Elly Timmermans for the Canadian Gideons banquet. Here is the online video.

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