Christmas Update – The Middletons

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

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

2018 has seen growth and changes in our family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mission trip

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

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

Love

Al and Mary

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

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DCI Global Report: November, 2018

Around the World in 16 Days!

We All Need Encouragement – Acts 14:23 to 27

“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.”

See PDF edition of this letter with photos here: November 2018 DCI Global Report

Encouraging Reports: This summary report is from Clair Ziolkowski with Beautiful feet Ministries, a partner ministry with DCI. Clair travelled to Zambia for 3 weeks to share the good news of Jesus Christ through the showing of the Jesus Film and preaching in 39 villages. 43,000 people heard the gospel, 38,000 indicated that they received Jesus Christ as Savior, 112 were baptized, 3,000 people attended the follow-up sessions using the DCI Dynamic Basics, 39 New Churches were planted (land was given by the village chiefs and bricks are already being made for 20 buildings). 650 Bibles and 600 hymnbooks in Chichewa will be distributed to the 77 Churches that they have planted so far in Zambia by this ministry.

Simeon, our African Director, has been invited by Clair and the local pastors to go to Zambia to train 400 pastors and Church leaders in the Spontaneous Disciple Making strategy. They hope to expand the new church plants out into the community through establishing Discovery Groups.

Asia Pacific Trip October 24 to November 8, 2018: I am calling this trip, “Around the World in 16 Days”. This is the first time we have gone all the way around the world on one trip. Mary, myself and David Benjamin are home from our trip to Bangkok, Thailand and several places in India. We met with our long-time DCI Staff – Jing Estrella, our Philippine Director, Paul and Priskila Paksoal, our Indonesian Directors and Simeon Oyugi our African Director. It was great to see these faithful ministry partners after so many years. We were all encouraged by what God has been doing through our ministries and challenged by the plans we have made for the future. We also trained 2 Pastors and a couple who lead a large ministry in India plus 8 young professionals who came to Bangkok from India and Bhutan. They are now ready to disciple other young professionals in their countries.

Thailand to India: From Bangkok we flew to Kolkata, India then on to Siliguri in North Central India – drove 2 . hours to Darjeeling (Picture to left) at 7,000 feet above sea level to visit the tea gardens on the sides of these hills. It was like being on a rollercoaster for 2 . hours – many switch-backs with no guardrails and drops off the edge of hundreds of feet straight down!! The next day we went back down to Siliguri. In Siliguri we participated in the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebration of the Leadership Training Center (LTC). We have partnered with this valuable ministry for over 20 years. They have used our DCI resources to plant over 5,000 new churches in various parts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. It was great to see and encourage the 17 staff couples who do DCI ministry through LTC. Some we met for the first time.

From Siliguri we flew to Delhi then on to Allahabad where we met with the Vise Chancellor of an “A” rated university. They have 13,000 students in many faculties such as engineering, nursing, agriculture and media production. They also have a Bible School and train church planters who have planted churches in many parts of India. They showed us their Church building (a huge open metal structure) that seats 10,000 people and they fill it up each weekend. They also have conferences where people come from great distances and fill it up 5 time for a total of 50,000 people. We were very impressed with what God is doing there even under difficulty and great persecution. Pray for this amazing work! They have invited us back to train their pastors and church planters in our Spontaneous Disciple Making Strategy.

We flew back to Delhi then drove to Agra the next day, to see the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world). Unfortunately, when we arrived the roads were blocked, and the Taj Mahal was closed because the wife of the President of South Korea was in town to have a private tour. We did get to see the Taj Mahal from a great distance (See picture right), then drove 2 . hours back to Delhi. We went to the airport for a midnight flight (14 . hours) to New York, then a 11-hour layover there, before going (6 hours) on to Calgary. Mary and I picked-up colds the last few days of our trip and were very tired when we arrived home after a total of 11 flights and a very busy schedule.

So much was accomplished in 2 weeks:

• We trained 8 young professional leaders and 4 ministry leaders to be making disciples with other professionals
• We encouraged our staff and made plans for the expansion of the DCI Ministry in the Philippines, Indonesia and Africa
• We encouraged our DCI Staff and Trainers in India (and area) and are making plans for future growth there • We met key ministry leaders who can connect us with quality leaders who could be DCI Staff and Trainers in India
• We made valuable contacts for future training of Bible School graduates and Church Planters.

Africa Training Plans – Simeon Oyugi: Simeon reports that many DCI Training Workshops are planned before the end of 2018.
In Kenya:
Ssolai in Kenya, already done in October 22nd – 28th
Also completed is Mombasa November 5th – 11th
Kayole November 22nd – 25th
Muranga November 26th to December 2nd
Dandora November 28th to December 2nd
Lucky Summer December 6th – 9th
Lake Victoria, Otacho December 20th – 24th
Out these scheduled Trainings, Simeon is only doing three,
the rest will be conducted by DCI Team members.

In Cameroon:
They have just completed one which was Nov. 15th to 17th
The next ones are as follows;
November 22nd – 24th
November 29th – December 2nd
December 6th – 9th
December 13th – 15th

This is really setting the stage to see DCI Multiply leaders and ensure Church growth in Cameroon. They will be conducted East, South, North and West of Duala, Cameroon

In Liberia: There is also an up-coming Training in Liberia under the Leadership of Rev. Melton, DCI Regional Director and Pastor Chris, DCI National Director. They are bringing in Leaders from Ivory Coast, Conakry, Guinea and Liberia.

They need our prayers and support to enhance the Training to help these Countries and Churches raise more Leaders.  Keep them in your prayers! The need for Training materials is massive with these large Training Workshops.

Simeon is asking for $5,000.00 CDN to print DCI Training and Discipleship books to equip these many leaders to disciple their church people to reach their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Through you God is expanding His Kingdom. Together with you, we are a team and we very much need each other to accomplish the great work God has given us to do!

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

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

Al and Mary Middleton

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

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DCI Global Report: October, 2018

Update on What God Is Doing!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Please pray for us:

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

Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Through you God is expanding His Kingdom. Together with you, we are a team and we very much need each other to accomplish the great work God has given us to do!

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

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

Al and Mary Middleton

PDF edition: October 2018 DCI Global Report

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

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Giving Opportunities!

Want to Change Our World?

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al and Mary Middleton

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

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

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DCI Global Report: July, 2018

Above and Beyond!

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”.

Family:

Our family vacation began by driving Enoch from Airdrie to Langley B.C. (a 13-hour trip) to join the Langley Rams Football team. Then we travelled 11 hours to Twin Lakes, Idaho, where we spent 10 days with our daughter Lynn and husband Bob, grandsons Josh, Matt and Ashley and our 4 great grandchildren Emma, Orrin, James and Sam. It was a great time of fun and sun! I got up first try on water skis and Mary enjoyed swimming across the lake and back 3 times.

I also read a book titled Dreams and Visions written by Tom Doyle. This book tells many true stories about Jesus appearing to Muslim people in their dreams. They are so moved that they seek out Christians to tell them what it all means. Most become followers of Jesus and are so passionate that they are willing to give their lives for Him. As they share with their family and friends many are coming to faith in Jesus Christ! In Iran a few years back there were only 500 known Christians, today there are over one million. In Afghanistan 8 believers have become over 30,000! This book prepared me for what was about to happen on our return home.

Needed – a Huge Miracle:

Several months ago, I trained a group in our Discovery Group strategy. Stephen, an engineer, began talking with his friends looking for those who are open to learning about God. He found that many people are very interested, but he began to meet individually with 4 men. One was Nick (his real name is very hard to pronounce). After 2 months Nick travelled to visit his family in Afghanistan to share with them the things he was learning about the God of the Bible.

On Wednesday, July 11 Stephen got a phone call from Nick saying that his brother had been kidnapped and the kidnappers were demanding $50,000 USD or they would not release him. Nick sold some property and his wife’s wedding jewelry etc. to raise the money. Nick was told to meet them with the money some 30 Kms. from the city in a remote area. Stephen encouraged Nick to pray for God’s protection in Jesus’ name. After waiting an hour, the men showed, up took the money, blind-folded Nick and took him to his brother (they expected to be shot). They held the 2 brothers for a full day as they decided what to do with them. Finally, they came to them and said they were going to let them go! Nick and his brother found their way back to the city unharmed. Nick called Stephen who asked if he had prayed in Jesus’ name for these men, and he said; “I must have prayed in Jesus’ name a thousand times”. Please pray that this experience will influence Nick’s family to follow Jesus!

Who would have thought that equipping a man in Calgary would have made such a difference in Afghanistan!

Simeon Oyugi – African Director, Reports: “I greet you all in Jesus Name! I look at this trip covering West Africa, Central Africa and finally the Horn of Africa as one of the greatest breakthroughs God has given us as DCI grows exponentially.
If you were to draw the map of DCI’s involvement in Africa, one thing would become clear, we are touching the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea with our present locations, and we are just waiting for the Mediterranean Sea to be conquered and if God continues to provide we shall soon see DCI in all of Africa.

I certainly believe God was in the middle of everything on this trip as the unseen Guest providing wisdom and strategically giving DCI positions no man could give.

I thank all the partners who stood with us and provided the funds. May God remember your Labor for Him.

One thing that God did was to give me the right Regional Directors and several National Directors who are key leaders in their own rite and people of influence who are very open to the Gospel and with a passion for Jesus Christ and they are ready to train other Leaders and Churches to experience Growth. Challenges were many, but God proved Himself strong on behalf of DCI and all of us.

As soon as I landed in Sierra Leone, I was received by the Pastors, but Lungi Airport is on the Island and we needed to cross to the mainland by Ferry or the Sea Coach, but I got delayed getting my VISA and when I came out, the only alternative was a Speed Boat and here we literally cheated death as it sailed at night, against the storms and strong tides and the life jackets were fake.

By the Grace of God, we landed, but we all looked like we were swimming in the waters because we were wet all over. And as if the Devil was trying to stop us, the man who was driving the boat fell asleep and we almost rolled, but again God was on our side and we were protected and arrived safely to shore.

The thirst and the hunger of the Churches and Leaders who hosted me for Discipleship and Leadership Training were evident and to them the time was too short. While in other cases, Top Leaders refused to have their people attend, because they thought Dynamic Churches International was going to steal their members after the Training and open a new church with their people. This kind of suspicion was also evident in Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. Other challenges were food, language and weather. I just did not have the right clothes for these coastal towns and I did not have a budget for new ones either and so I endured, and God received the Glory.

Some countries speak French, or Spanish and others spoke Portuguese. I had hired interpreters who did a good job. West Africa and Central Africa have their own way of cooking and acceptable food was only available in big hotels, but God provided.  In Ethiopia Internet and WhatsApp are not available in most places and when available they are controlled and monitored by the Government and so I could not communicate at all. I experienced the same thing in Liberia.

The group of Churches which hosted me in Ethiopia has 4 million people and has connections in Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia and with time we could also move into Egypt (God helping us) through these churches. I was invited to go back to Ethiopia, so that they can take me to Djibouti, and they will also invite some Pastors from Somalia. This could take place in September or October latest. And because we are looking for a platform to strategically extend to the North, I responded with a good Yes.

As soon as I landed back in Kenya, the Devil was waiting for me, my Uncle was shot dead by Gangs, a young man in the church died in his house, and Emmanuel (our son) was attacked by Ringworms all over his body. I also got a serious flu with sharp headache and pain in my back. One, thing I know, God is on our side. Keep us in your prayers as we encounter some of these challenges. May God bless you.” – Simeon.

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

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

Here is a PDF version of this letter: July 2018 DCI Global Report

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DCI Global Report: June, 2018

An update on what God is doing!

Spontaneous Exponential Growth! (The Apostle Paul wrote):
2 Timothy 2:2 “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.”
Colossians 1: 24-29 “To them (God’s people) God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfullyworks in me.”

June is the month for high school graduations.

Mosetta

Mosetta is the daughter of Amanda (who we helped come to Canada from Liberia in 1994) and Moses. She plans to go on to university in the fall.

 

 

 


Enoch

Enoch, Zizina’s oldest son has been invited to move to Langley B.C. to join the Langley Rams football team.

 


Our DCI Staff and Trainers:

God has given us Staff and Trainers who – like the Apostle Paul – are very committed to the Lord and to His people – His Church. They work hard and have sacrificed a great deal to help Pastors and Church leaders develop their people. Their goal is always to grow God’s people up to maturity in Jesus Christ. The result of these people living authentic Christian lives as disciples of Jesus Christ is that their family and friends are seeing the positive changes in them and are also wanting to experience this same love, peace and joy! Churches are growing rapidly! Now more and more churches are wanting to equip their people to do the same. The good news is spreading from one country to another and God is building His Church!

The following report shares stories of what God is doing today!

India
Ramananda, Darshini & Grace in Imphal, Manipur, N.E. India report: “Over the last number of years we have trained 110 Church Planters (10 each in 11 groups of students) and they have established 171 New Churches in over 100 different communities of India. They are seeing great fruitfulness even in very difficult areas. On May 17th in one of our disciples’ (church planters) field this man in the red T-Shirt at the front is from a very difficult and dangerous Meitei fanatic religious group. They are known as “SATJAL” in Manipur who are totally against Christianity. He was invited and came to see what was happening in the church. As I started sharing the gospel he was very attentive. I blamed no one, no religion, nor any gods or goddesses in my preaching, but only shared the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of all human beings on this earth. I challenged them, that if there is anyone who is willing to give everything up and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive the forgiveness of your sins, to raise your hand. Praise the Lord, without any hesitation and further questions, very unexpectedly and beyond our belief, he was the first to raise his hand and accepted Christ and the forgiveness of his sins!” Please pray for Ramananda, his family and these Church Planters!
The National Leaders trained in Siliguri, India: Leaders from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Northeast India, South India, and Sri Lanka completed the training to equip them in the DCI strategy. They have returned to their own country to train Pastors and Church leaders to develop their churches to become Disciple Making Churches. In each country the goal is to develop enough witnessing disciples to reach the entire nation with the gospel. Thank you for your prayers! God provided the needed funds to equip these leaders, through the generous donations of so many of you.

Africa
Hans and Elly Timmermans – Malawi, East Africa: Report on the activities of the DCI Team in Malawi over the last year. “The Team travels every other week to train leaders and pastors somewhere in Malawi or Zambia. As they train leaders, the goal is that this training is passed on. When the Team begins to disciple a group of pastors they always start with the Gospel message. Some of the leaders and pastors have not been saved yet, but when they hear the Good News, most of these receive Christ. We find the people in Malawi very responsive to the Gospel. They always tell us, “We know we were not living right, but we did not know how to change. You have come and told us the Good News and now our lives are changed.”
Our DCI team teach the leaders how to disciple their people one-to-one and how to pass it on to others. The content of the training workshops is spaced over about a half year and five sessions of 4 days each.
Results of this effort over the last year by the three men who are faithfully doing the work God gave them to do:
1. Number of pastors and leaders trained: 243 4. Churches Planted: 28
2. Follow up trainings: 88 5. People Trained by the leaders above:1,167
3. Churches impacted: 257 6. Decisions for Jesus Christ: 9,357
Due to the explosive nature of the spread of the Good News and the number of people being saved through the One-to-One Discipleship and multiplying Life Groups we will need more Bibles in the local languages, Tumbuka and Chichewa. We are printing the DCI discipleship materials in Malawi and we need huge numbers of those as well (this week we have ordered 6000 more in the Tumbuka language).”

Clair Ziolkowski – Beautiful Feet Ministries
– A Partner ministry of Dynamic Churches:
“Wow! What a mission trip we just had! So much happened and God blessed our efforts greatly. I will summarize!
It was wonderful to have Martin Harder working with me for the 4 weeks. Martin lead a daily Bible study and did some preaching and baptisms. Our container of many valuable resources for the local people arrived on schedule and was ready for distribution. We left the morning after our arrival from Canada for a full day on the road, pulling a trailer loaded with all we needed for 2 weeks of crusades and church planting. We had hoped to start 12 churches after 12 crusades, but by the end of our 2 weeks, we had conducted 19 crusades and planted 19 churches! About 20,000 people heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and over 15,000 people responded by asking Jesus into their hearts! Each crusade was followed by a Bible study the next day using DCI Dynamic Basics books. Martin, with great joy, baptised many new believers. We spent up to 5 hours after these Bible studies praying with individuals. Requests ranged from health, wisdom, love and demonic issues. As directed in James chapter 5, we anointed them with oil and prayed over them. It was so wonderful to see these new Christians understand that the One True Living God, loves and cares for them. This is a far cry from their experiences with the local witch doctors.
Of the 19 churches started last year, 12 are now meeting in buildings, 6 are making bricks and 1 is planning to build in a few months. Of the 19 new churches started on this mission, all 19 have pastors in place and they will be followed up and coached by Pastor Iwell and Pastor Luke. I think 10 or 11 will have buildings by fall, which is the start of their rainy season. One new church was making bricks for their building 3 days after their crusade was held.
We returned to Lusaka after the crusades and reloaded the truck for the Pastors conference in Lusaka. 125 Pastors were equipped with leather bound Study Bibles, Baker Bible commentaries and many other books. 40 Study Bibles and cases of books were sent with Pastor Iwell to be distributed at his Bible college. This college is our main source of Pastors for the new church plants.
We then travelled to Livingstone for a 3-day Pastors conference. We loaded the truck with 2000 lbs of books and Bibles to equip the 100+ Pastors and 200+ Deacons and Sunday School teachers that attended the conference. We ran out of the books and Bibles before everyone was able to get one.”

Note: I (Al) have trained Clair in our DCI ministry. Over the last few years he and his team have planted 38 churches in very remote villages in Zambia. Simeon our DCI African Director is planning to go to Zambia in the future to work with Clair to more fully equip these Church Planters and other pastors in our DCI Spontaneous Disciple Making – Discovery Group Strategy. Praise God for the openness to the gospel and the great work that has begun in Zambia!

Simeon Oyugi – African Director: Simeon is still ministering in West Africa. God provided the funds as needed along the way as he traveled from country to country. Beginning May 7, he now plans to return to Kenya in early July. He is equipping National leaders and many Pastors in 8 countries. The trip has been extended in several countries because of the overwhelming response. In Ghana, instead of one training workshop he has conducted 9 in different places (total of 560 Pastors and leaders). In each country the National leaders are developing a team of Trainers who will continue to train more and more Pastors to equip their people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples in their communities through the Discovery Groups. Please pray for health, safety and strength for Simeon!!!
Simeon is in Nigeria now, and he plans to go to Cameroon and possibly Ethiopia. He has been very busy, so he will be sending me a full report after he returns to Kenya. We will get that to you as soon as we can.

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 DCI address or via online in Canada & the U.S.  See DCI donate page.

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

Here is this update in a PDF file: June 2018 DCI Global Report

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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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