Year Report: May 2017-May 2018

Elly and I are glad to report on the activities of the DCI Team in Malawi over the last year (May 2017 till May 2018). The Team receives very detailed reports from their leaders in the field and so we are able to give you a very detailed, astounding report on what is happening in the Malawi.

The Team travels every other week to train leaders and pastors somewhere in Malawi or Zambia. During the week when they are home they write reports, contact pastors and leaders by phone to encourage them and fill orders of Bibles and Discipling materials to send to the villages for free.

As they train leaders, the goal is that this training is passed on. Ephesians 4:11-14 tells us the real job of the pastor and leader in the Church, aside from preaching:

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

The pastors welcome this message and are relieved to know that they can share the work in their churches by training others to be leaders. 2 Timothy 2:2 says,And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” The DCI Team does an excellent job helping these pastors do their job of training them to train others.

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 are saved. 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.” They teach the leaders how to disciple their people one on one and how to pass it on to others.

The content of the trainings, which are spaced over about a half year and five sessions of 4 days each, is:

  • How to disciple others, using the DCI Dynamic Basics and the Dynamic Discipling.
  • Explain the process of salvation using the Wheel and Line diagrams developed by Grace Fellowship International.
  • Explain the Spiritual Gifts God has given to the Church using the lessons as explained in the book written by the Fortunes, entitled “Discover your God-Given Gifts”.
  • Explain principles of leadership as found in Nehemiah.
  • Explain how to establish Life Groups that multiply using the Dynamic Churches International training manual.

Our goal is to have these trainings go deep and have them survive into the future, in other words, become part of the fabric of the churches the DCI Team is training.

Here are the results of this effort over the last year:

  • Number of pastors and leaders trained: 243
  • Churches impacted: 257
  • Churches planted: 28
  • Follow up trainings (outside the 5 trainings mentioned above): 88
  • People trained by the leaders mentioned above: 1167
  • Decisions for Christ: 9357

The astonishing part is that all this was done by our DCI Team of three men, faithfully doing the work God has given them to do. The Gideon/ShareWord New Testaments and Bibles are seeing amazing results for God’s Kingdom as people hear the message and receive salvation through our Lord Jesus.

All the leaders of Life Groups and pastors of churches receive whole Bibles and all the others receive a New Testament, as available. (We do run out – we’ve handed out 8194 this past year).

Supporters in Canada have made some Study Bibles available in English, which are given to most of the pastors who can read English.

We praise God for these results and thank Him for the DCI Team who travel over very difficult roads to reach their trainees, often taking a whole day to get there.

The work is spreading to Zambia and Central Malawi, which adds another level of difficulty in terms of finances and time.

Please pray for safety for the Team and the continued success of the Gospel.

Elly and I think the openness to the Good News is due to the lack of electricity, and therefore, no computers, no TVs and only very rudimentary cell phones. People live outdoors, so changes in life style are noticed immediately and causes neighbours to ask why this happened, opening the door to a Good News conversation and one on one discipleship. Jesus said, By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”. (John 13:34). We believe this is a major key to what we see happening in Malawi as the Holy Spirit goes ahead and prepares hearts.

Due to the explosive nature of the spread of the Good News and the number of people being saved through the one on one discipleship and multiplying Life Groups we will need more Bibles in the local languages, Tumbuka and Chichewa. We are printing our own discipleship materials locally and we need huge numbers of those as well (we have just this week ordered 6000 more in the Tumbuka language).

God bless you,

Hans and Elly Timmermans, for the DCI Team in Malawi.

 

 

Life Groups multiply in Wililo

Oswell trained threaders for Wililo over the last few months. Wililo is a bout 40 Km from Karonga in the far north of Malawi.

 

Dear Hans and Elly,

I hope you both are doing fine there in Canada. We are all doing well here in Malawi – Karonga.

I’m writing to share and update you where we are in the DCI ministry.

The seven Church leaders from different denomination trained at Wililo last time have now established 40 Life Groups using one to one.

This is a very remote area and many people are coming from very low income families and cannot afford to buy a bible there for, the coming of DCI to them it’s like dream.

Thank you has a blessed week.

Pastor Oswell Kaira

DCI Coach

(posted August, 2017)

Enukweni follow-up trip in February

After two weeks we (George Chipeta and Andrew Makwakwa) decided to visit Enukweni on a follow-up. We only planned to visit the 3 pastors who accepted Christ during our first leaders training in January 2018. We wanted to encourage them. The names of these 3 pastors are Laswell Banda from Katula, Harfacs Gondwe from Chiskombe and Evans Nyirongo from within trading centre (Enukweni).

We went on Friday morning and returned to Mzuzu in the evening. We used our motorbikes.

We could only visit 2 of these pastors. Harfacs Gondwe’s village had a funeral and he could not have us visit because of it. Pastor Harfacs Gondwe belongs to Chipangano church. (Chipangano means covenant). All three pastors who were saved by the grace of God belong to churches that do not preach the gospel, the DCI teachings were an eye opener to them.

We first visited the house of Evans Nyirongo the pastor of an African Church. He and his wife Nyuma Mkandawire welcomed us with joy. They have six children: 4 boys and 2 girls. Evans could not believe that we travelled all the way from Mzuzu just to see and encourage him. They were very encouraged by our coming. We had a very good visit.

Evans lives in a village with all relatives (extended family). Soon after we were welcomed into his house, his mother came in and his brother and the secretary of the church came as well (his name is Robson Tchongwe). We had a wonderful time and conducted a bible study where each could participate. We helped them to understand what it means to be a new creation in Christ. While we were encouraging one another from the word of God and from 2 Cor 5:17-18a, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself…”  Robson was so touched that he gave his life to Christ. George lead him to Christ through a prayer.

We also heard testimonies from Evans and Nyuma. Evans said, “From the time I was born again during the first leaders training of DCI in January, my life has completely changed. Now I really know what it means to be a Christian. My church is growing because now I am teaching the gospel unlike in the past when I used to teach them to follow what I’m saying, but not my conduct. Now I’m teaching them with my life style. I have realised that you cannot teach the Living Word unless you have the Christ Life in you. In my life I now know peace, love, joy and self-control.”

“My relatives are happy that now I am a true pastor unlike in the past when I used to be like a chameleon that changes according to the environment. The Dynamic Basic booklet has helped me a lot, as I am reaching out to my relatives here in the village. I still get so many insights from this booklet and my relatives are accepting Christ due to the change in my conducts. Every Wednesday we do meet here in our village as a Life Group, learning from the Bible. We have 6 people in our Bible Study Life Group presently. I am discipling my mother though very soon she will be moving to Rumphi. But I know that what she has been taught will continue to transform her life.

Nyuma, Evan’s wife also said that really her husband is a changed man.  The way we interact has improved in our family and this has helped our family to live at peace. Now we are living a happy life. Nyuma said she is very happy because of the DCI team and thankful for the teachings that you have brought to us which are life changing. She added that the DCI Team’s visit has been a great motivation to her family and the entire village.

As we were leaving the people who were around the village came to greet us. We noticed the happiness of the villagers as we were saying bye to them.

From Evans’ village we travelled few kilometres to a place called Katula (all these places are in the Enukweni area).

 

KATULA

Katula is the place where Laswell Banda lives, he is the pastor of African International Church, who, when he was saved said, “I feel like am being delayed from going out and preaching Christ. I now know I am the pastor of a church of the living dead. I need to go and tell them the Good News!” Laswell is married to Regina Gondwe and they have 10 children and grandsons.

When we arrived at the village where he lives we met him at the church with other church leaders and pastors from different branches. The church is built in the village called Khumalo Jere.  Laswell said that after the DCI trainings he reported the Good News to his church headquarters and they allowed him to teach these DCI materials to the church. Having learned about the explosive growth principles, he began inviting pastors and the leaders of different churches in the area who in turn will teach their members about one to one discipling as well as explosive growth.

We found 8 leaders present at the trainings Laswell was conducting.  As he was concluding the teaching we talked to them about John 15:1-5 and 2 Cor 5:17. We thank God that 7 leaders including pastors accepted Christ. God is working in Evans in a very amazing way, and the discipleship materials that we gave him during the first leaders training are very helpful to him as he does the work of God. He also said that apart from the leaders training in his church he also manages to reach out to other people of different denominations through one to one discipleship. We thank God that the first fire is burning in him and he is teaching the gospel to others.

Laswell said that he is very happy that his friends have also accepted Christ. He said,” When I accepted Christ at the Enukweni trading centre during the DCI training, I did not consider what people would say. I was pastoring a church without being born again, but what I considered then was the relationship with my God. Now these same people are coming to me asking how they can be born again too. I help them through the discipleship. They are becoming happy Christians and very committed in their various churches.”

He continues, “Now I just want to encourage you, my friends, that the decision that you have made of following Christ is the best decision ever, and discipleship needs to continue well. The goodness of our God is that, our decision that we have made here will greatly affect the churches we are leading.”

Laswell asked, “I need your contacts (DCI TEAM) so that whenever I am asked a tough question that I cannot answer I will call you so that you can help me and my friends here. In this way we can make a difference here in our area.”  We gave him our contacts, (we already have his contact number from the first leaders training form that signed).

All leaders gave thanks for the gifts of the NT Bibles which are of great help to them in order to grow spiritually. Another leader said that in the past he used to borrow a Bible from someone and he would be criticized for that. But now I am free to read my bible anytime I want.

From Katula we pass by a place called Khuyukuyu, this is where pastor Hyson Nkhata comes from, and he is our contact person for the Enukweni Leaders Group we trained in January. We greeted him, and we were encouraged to hear that the work is going on well. He said that one to one discipleship has been a good way to approach people. This way many people are accepting Christ in their lives and the discipleship continues right away. Hyson Nkhata is married to Lonia Shawa and they have 7 kids, he also stays in his own village together with all his relatives, that is his mother, father, sisters and aunties etc. The name of the village is called Kazuwa. The church headquarters has accepted the DCI teachings and all the leaders are happy with teachings. He also said that people are very happy with the materials that are used in disciple making. Most of the people are catching the principle of one to one and this has enabled his church to start growing now. In the past when everyone was waiting for a pastor to reach out to people, but now everyone is involved. He also said that people are very much interested to be discipled and given certificates. So he pinned the Dynamic Basic Certificate on the wall in his home as part of spreading the message. When people see it they ask about the certificate and that gives him an entry point to share the Gospel from the Dynamic Basic Booklet.

Andrew, for the DCI Team.

In the left photo are Evans Nyirongo the pastor of an African Church and his wife Nyuma Mkandawire and mother (from the left) and Robson Tchongwe, the church secretary. George Chipeta is also in the photo.

The photo on the right is of Laswell Banda and the 7 leaders he was training and who were saved when our DCI Team spoke to them. Laswell is second from the left, front row.

This an edited version of DCI Trainer Andrew Makwakwa’s report on a follow-up visit to the Enukweni, in Malawi to encourage three pastors of traditional African Churches who had been saved during the training week in January 2018, two weeks prior to this visit..

January 2018 Training in Enukweni: 3 pastors saved!!

ENUKWENI FIRST LEADERS TRAINING

This report was sent by Andrew Makwakwa regarding the first training from 21-24/01/18 and edited by Hans.

We (John, George, Andrew, Hans and Elly) had a successful trip to Enukweni for the first leaders’ training.  We left on Sunday, using the Nissan X-trail. We took everything we needed including all books and bibles. We were welcomed at the house of Rev. Andrew Bipa of the Presbyterian Church.  We were supposed to stay at his, but soon after Hans and Elly left to go back to Mzuzu, we were told that the accommodation had been changed and we wound up sleeping in the church. Hans and Elly went to Lilongwe to pick up a friend from Kenya.

Some local men helped us to carry all the books and our bags to the church. We pitched our tent in a room. Then we went to the restaurant for our supper. We slept well till the next morning. There were a lot of mosquitoes but since we slept inside the tent then we had no problem. The next morning we had a bath and took breakfast, and then pastors from different denominations came to this church to begin our training.

We had a very good interaction with the leaders who came to attend the trainings. At first they had trouble catching on to the teaching and did not participate much. But we thank God that towards the end of the three sessions they were very free to interact and to participate as a result they began to catch the vision. 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 my life.

As we continued interacting with them during the last day of training, pastor Harfacs said, “I feel like I’m being delayed to go out and testify what the Lord has done in my life.  I now realize I have been leading a church of the walking dead and now I am going to teach the living word to these people so that they get life too by the grace of our God”. Rev. Andrew Bipa of the Presbyterian Church mentioned he understood now that he had a church full of Christians, but not disciples.

The leaders gave thanks for the teaching we brought, it came at a time as they were making the plans to reach out and multiply their churches as a pastor’s fraternity of Enukweni.

Enukweni is located along the M1 highway.  The people here are exposed to all kinds of bad behavior due to the mobility of the people resulting in immorality and drunkenness. People spent their time drinking beer instead of going to work.  Men are found in pubs drinking in the morning hours instead of going to work on their farms. Many of the pastors said after the three days of training that through the one to one disciple making they can see that their community will soon be transformed .

 

Some more interesting details:

On the large Presbyterian Church property is also a primary school that belongs to this church.  The school is called Enukweni Primary School. There are 18 well trained teachers and 1378 school pupils, which means that every teacher is responsible for 76.5 pupils a day. This is a very unhealthy situation according to the standard of learning environment; the class size is too big by any standard.

The school does not have enough class rooms to accommodate all the pupils.  So the old church building is used as a classroom. The new Presbyterian Church that we used is a big church that was built with the help from their member of parliament Honorable Goodall Gondwe. The community of Enukweni is very happy for the help that this man gives them as their MP. He has also helped with the building of the market place and the stadium. He also initiated the clean water project that supplies water to the community from the surrounding mountains. This water is treated before going to the community and everyone pays a small amount of money for the maintenances of this system.

Enukweni is a small trading centre located along M1 road from Karonga. This trading centre population is a mixture of various tribes who have migrated from different areas in Malawi. Some people are from Burundi and most of these Burundis are business men. Other tribes in this area are Tumbuka, Ngoni, Chewa, and Yao from southern region of Malawi. Most of the people are small scale farmers who grow crops like maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, ground (pea)nuts and bananas. Most of them use fertilizers on their crops, especially on maize. They also have different types of livestock: cattle, goats, sheep, chickens and pigs. Most of the livestock is used for food, but sometimes they sell some to pay for school fees for their children and to buy fertilizer for their crops in their gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uliwa and Chitimba Follow-up Training well received!

ULIWA AND CHITIMBA FIRST LEADERS TRAINING

These two places are the first where the DCI Team went to a group of leaders to see how they were trained by their leader. We discovered we need to do this more often.

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In both places we had a successful mission. Because we were covering both places at once we agreed as a team, to have Sunday as our travelling day so that we could start the trainings on Monday, early in the morning. Since we were to start the trainings at Uliwa, we went straight to Uliwa trading centre,   passing   by Chitimba. After finishing the trainings at Uliwa we went to Chitimba.

ULIWA LG

When we arrived in Uliwa we first spent some time searching for a good rest house that would be convenient for us as well as  provide safety of our vehicle. Unfortunately  we discovered that all the good rest houses were already occupied and we found one that was not in a good condition and without a fence. Therefore the vehicle was packed beside Andrew’s window so that he could at least watch over it during the night.

George did not sleep because all night, because he had small ants in his room that were all over the bed and were biting him. Karonga district is hot and humid and due to that a has lot of insects: small ants, scorpions and mosquitoes etc. are present. That’s why in this place we had a lot of small ants that gave a sleepless night to George.

IMG_20171030_144307The next morning before the trainings began, we went to the previous rest house that we used last time when we visited Uliwa LG, and we found some people had checked out, and we managed to get some good rooms. This place was good, there was a fence, good rooms that are treated to keep the ants away and the rooms also had mosquito nets that helped us sleep well without having mosquito bites. The fence itself gave us enough security, especially for our Nissan, and this helped us to sleep with peace of mind knowing that our Nissan is safe outside.

That morning we met with the leaders at the same venue (Christian Love Church) where we met with the leaders last time you (Hans and Elly) came. All the leaders were happy that we were there for the trainings. Some of the leaders who came we knew from a previous visit and some were new to us. As we began talking with them we noticed that these leaders had not been taught from the Dynamic Basics booklet. So, we started training them and they were happy with the lessons and appreciated them very much: for they discovered things they had never heard before. They were so interested and attentive, and told us that the teachings were eye opening to them, even though they had been leaders for a long time. We were surprised that the church where the trainings were conducted charged us 2500 MK per day for water.

CHITIMBA LG

When we arrived at Chitimba the leaders were waiting for us, and they welcomed us happily. The trainings started well, and they enjoyed it. The venue of our trainings was at Christian Love Church (this is a branch of Uliwa Christian Love Church). The church is not build with bricks, but is built with grass and thatched with the same grass. Chitumba is a typical Malawian village compared with Uliwa (which is more developed). We discovered that the leaders were also not trained in the Dynamic Basics booklet, they were only introduced to it and they were doing the lessons on their own from lesson one up to lesson 4. Now upon seeing this we did teach them through all the 4 lessons. We trained them through all 4 lessons, so they should catch the principle of one to one and how discipling one to one is done, and how to share the Good News one to one with others, using the DB.

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They were happy to discover many things on discipleship and they said that these things are very important for the effectiveness of the one to one discipleship, of which in the past they had no knowledge on how to effectively reach out.

The leaders told us: “Now we have begun to fully understand what disciple making is all about. The teachings that the DCI team brought us are of great value. These teachings are not known in our churches. We expect to see a great change in our communities, because we are going to implement all what you have taught us here this week.”

Every Thursday they do have the main market at this place Chitimba, many of the merchants comes from Mzuzu and some are from the surrounding area. Both Chitimba and Uliwa are located along the lake Malawi, due to that most of the people are fishermen and few are farmers. Because of this, in most places they have not started clearing their land for cultivation.

Though Chitimba trading centre is  located along the lake, people are experiencing a challenge to get clean water. Brown Mnthali, one of the leaders said that this whole area has no piped water. Those who are close to the lake usually use the water directly from the lake for washing , drinking , bathing etc. Those people who are a bit farther from the lake fetch water from the bore holes, which are not commonly available and as a result the bore holes becomes polluted quickly. This brings a big challenge, causing people to walk long distances to fetch water, sometimes almost 2 km with a pail on their heads. Some use a bicycle if they have one. They usually go to the lake with their bike, because they have no any other option.

 

2017 Mzimba follow up, amazing stories!

MZIMBA FOLLOW UP

 

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The trip to Mzimba was successful. It was a long trip and we visited a number of places where there are some old Life Groups (“old” as in having been established two years ago). The main purpose of this trip was to hear the testimonies on what the Lord has done, encourage the Life Group leaders and introduce the Life Study booklet. We were very encouraged to hear what the Lord is doing in people’s lives and in the different Life Groups.

People gave so many testimonies and they were very happy to have the DCI team visit their places after a long time without seeing each other. As we were travelling from Mzimba Boma to Matopoto we saw many public transport (pick up trucks and mini buses) carrying bags of maize and people. As they were approaching Mzimba they stopped and let some people off because they exceeded the capacity of the vehicle. This was done because they knew that they are approaching the traffic police checkpoint. So the people they let off the vehicle would walk a distance of about 2km past the traffic police checkpoint and then they would board again to continue their journey to the Boma (Mzimba shopping area). Most of the people around this area are good farmers. They grow crops like maize, cassava, beans, groundnuts (peanuts) and millet. They are also good at taming live stocks like cattle, goat, sheep and pigs. Every week there is a cattle market where farmers bring their cattle to the market for buying and selling.

MATOPOTO. LG

At this place we found the leaders and members waiting for us, they were happy to see us. We introduced the Life Study booklet to them. One of the leaders said that the work is going well only that most of the people have been so busy with their farms. Now some people are done with their farm work and are able to meet as a Life Group. They added to say that though they are meeting as a Life Group attendance is not very encouraging. Some of the members are not committed to the work of God, mainly one to one discipleship. In spite of this, we as leaders are not getting discouraged because we know that this is God’s work and God himself is the one sustaining it through our prayers.

CHIKAPO .LG

Our visit to Chikapo was a reminder to the members of the Life Group of the good times when Hans and Elly visited Chikapo. They shared with us some memories of the good time we had together with you Hans and Elly. One of the members of the Life Group said that Hans and Elly are very humble people because they would eat with us during meal times, and he added by saying that may God continue blessing them.

People expressed their happiness on the gifts of the Bibles that have greatly helped them to grow in their spiritual lives. Though Chikapo village is in a Catholic community, we thank God that many are responding to the gospel and one to one has greatly helped the people in the area. And another member said that one to one has also grounded us in the Lord because now we are able to have the knowledge on what to do and how to do things according to the will of God. And we truly know that salvation is by the grace of God, not by works.

Edith Mbeye said that, Life Group has helped her a lot, for in the past she had a limited knowledge of the things of God but now, through the teachings of DCI, she is able to teach her friends/others about the goodness of Christ our saviour. Through this knowledge, she is now able to live a free life in Christ, free from fear and grudges. “My freedom in Christ as a leader has helped me to reach out to many people through one to one and this has enabled us to have our Life Group growing and multiplying, we love one another”.

Here many youths are being discipled and placed in the Life Group, and these young people are zealous to reach out more and more. This has helped us too to have our Life Group in Chikapo multiplying into 3. We really thank God for this. Very soon another Life Group will be multiplied again.

Another member of the Life Group said, “My husband is a drunkard, but through the Life Group I’m still having faith that one day he will be set free. And through the Life Group I have learnt to keep on loving him a husband, which will make him see the love of God in me and that will make him draw near to Christ. And I’m urging you my brothers and sisters to keep on praying for him, and his name is Cryton Ngoma. Though my husband is a drunkard, I cannot stop worshiping the Lord for I know that God is able and one day my husband will know the truth by the grace of God”.

BERERE LG

Berere is a Catholic community and a long time this Catholic community has been trying to interfere with the Christians in this area. And this has been a limiting factor for growth of the Life Group. The leader for Berere Life Group has been meeting so many challenges, from the church and from the community. Jabulani Jere, the leader until recently was moved from Berere LG to elsewhere. This brought so many challenges for the Life Group. Jabulani belongs to Presbyterian Church and he felt very free to worship the Lord and that encouraged many people to also be free in worshiping the Lord even in the Life Group. Jabulani was doing a great work and his transfer has caused a set back to the Life Group. The Life Group is in disarray right now and needs a new leader.

Upon reaching Berere we went to the house of Anna Phiri, an old woman who loves to worship God. She was so happy to see us because she was not expecting to see us at her house. She said that she likes to be gathering as a Life Group and her prayer each day is that people in Berere, including the leader, should ignore the problems and continue to gather again each week as a Life Group. Anna added by saying that to please continue praying for Berere LG for the revival of the people including the leader too. It seems like the leader is afraid of the Catholic community, which is threatening her by saying that she will be excommunicated from the church if she continues with the Life Group. Now this should be our daily prayer for Berere LG.

KALIKUMBI LG

At Kalikumbi the work of God is going on well and many people appreciate the help the Life Groups that are in this area have given. After we introduced the Life Study booklet the leaders and the Life Group members were looking forward to the new insights from the word of God these studies would give them.

Petros Nkhata was the leader at first, but he went back to school in Blantyre. Paul Mvula replaced him as leader and this has caused some little hiccups to the Life Group because he is not seriously following the Lord these days. Because of this the Life Group gave the leadership to Nyembezi Theu. She is very commited and she is leading the Life group well.

People from this Life Group told us that they do have the zeal on the things of God and that they are reaching out. They have seen for themselves the importance of discipleship in people lives, starting from their own lives.

Nyembezi Theu testifies that her spiritual life has grown and that she is able to reach out to people. Many are accepting Christ through one to one discipleship. “I have seen in my life that a Christian who has been well discipled becomes a strong Christian in faith because he/she knows what to do and how to do since he has acquired the knowledge from the Bible, through discipleship”. She added, “The Zambia Life Group is still growing and discipleship is still continuing and many are testifying that DB Booklets and Bibles are very helpful to grow people’s spiritual lives. The DCI teachings have helped our area to know Christ and so afar we are having 3 life groups”.

Hancy Ngwayi said, “At first I had no New Testament Bible and due to that I had a limited knowledge on the things of God because I was not exposed to the word of God. But soon after being discipled and after I received a Bible I was able to begin reading and understanding the scriptures. In the Life Groups I learn how to read and understand the scriptures. I’m so thankful for the Life Groups that are greatly helping us here in Kalikumbi”.

Judith Mvula said, “In the past, though I was a born again, I was asleep in many things as a Christian. Now I have learnt a lot and the teachings are the eye opener to me. I have learnt a lot of things that are very good, even to my church. I did not know how to pray, but now am able to pray because of the word of God is within me. And Life Group becomes a training place for prayers as well as studying the scriptures. Many of us who attend the Life Groups have become great helps in our various churches. Also many begin attending the Life Group because they have seen something good in us”.

MTUZUZU LG.

FosterThis is the place where we had Foster Mlenga as a leader and he got transferred to Kavinkhama, and was replaced as a leader by Flywell Mtonga, who is continuing the work. Upon our arrival we found the leaders from different Life Groups and members waiting for us. We were welcomed with joy and we were so encouraged with so many testimonies about what the Lord is doing.

Robson Chirwa, “Since we started gathering as a Life Group at Chizimbi we have been so helped in our area, and most of us are so happy for the knowledge that we have acquired from the Life Group. We are also giving thanks for the gift of the New Testament Bibles. The translation of its Tumbuka is very good. Through these Life Groups many of us have learnt to love one another and our spiritual lives are growing. This motivates others to come and worship with us and through that they are exposed to the gospel and accept Christ in their lives. Discipleship takes over instantly from there”.

Wyton Nyirenda, “Matandani Life Group has helped to transform our area through the good teachings that are found in the Life Group. Our leaders are very committed to teach us on how we can pass on what we have been taught. Many people are very interested with the DB booklets that gives them the basic knowledge of Christianity through one to one discipleship. And this has helped us also to live well with our various neighbours. We love them and help them and at the end they do testify that we are of Christ, and then they become interested to join the Life Group and are exposed to the gospel and then they accept Christ in their lives”.

Milliam Mtonga said, “The DCI teachings has contributed a lot to the building up of my family. In the past I had no knowledge of how to respond to my husband who is not a born again. But after being discipled I learnt that though my husband is unsaved, that through my conduct he will see God in me and accept Christ. So I started showing love to my husband by being polite and subject to him, and after some time he joined me in the evening prayers that I always have with my children. We prayed to together and the Exif_JPEG_420other day he insisted to be helped in order to accept Christ in his life. And so far the discipleship is in progress and he likes reading the Bible even if I’m not around. Lastly I just want to thank the DCI Team for introducing of the Life Groups to our area and for the Bibles that you are giving to us. The bibles are helping us a lot and our spiritual lives are growing now because we are able have the word of God available with us in our homes”.

Flywel Mtonga said, “Since the teachings that Hans and Elly taught us in the year 2015 my spiritual life has changed. It has helped me as a leader to live an exemplary life to the community. When people see my good example they are able to admit that God is really working in me and that draws them to God too by accepting Christ in their lives. That is another reason why more life groups are still being started here in Mtuzuzu, even though Foster Mlenga has been transferred. We thank God for He is still leading us to His own glory.

 

KANYENYEZI LG;

Exif_JPEG_420From Mtuzuzu we crossed a certain river that becomes very full with waters in the rainy seasons, but this time the water was not very high and that is why we managed to cross to the other side to Kanyenyezi. Upon arriving at Kanyenyezi we found the leaders and the members of different Life Groups waiting for us and we were welcomed with joy. The work of God at this place is moving on well and Life Groups are multiplying as leaders are being trained. The people were so happy to see us and we were very encouraged by what God is doing here.

Dygrace Chirwa said that the DB booklet has helped her a lot for now she is able to have a very good understanding of her faith in the Lord.

Blessings Kasalu said, “The LG has contributed a lot to the community, because most of the people now are able to understand the gospel and accept Christ in their lives. In the Life Group they are being encouraged to reach out to others through one to one, and this has enabled us to have a quick spread of Christianity. I thank God for the DCI teachings, which have taught us good strategies on how to reach out to people. This has helped us to reach out to people of different churches without being limited by denominational differences. The DCI teachings helped us even to have well trained leaders who belong to the Roman Catholic church, but by the grace of God, they are strong born again Christians”.

Mercy Shawa gave thanks for the gift of the NT Bibles that have helped her so much to know the word of God and helped her to live a free life, free from fear and disappointments.

Leonard Thole said that he has been so helped with NT Bibles and the DB Booklets that have greatly changed his family for the better. Now in my family there is peace, unity, love and harmony. This has been made possible through the discipleship that we received with my family. Now we are enjoying the love of God in our family.

KAVINKHAMA LG

Upon our arrival at this place we found people eagerly waiting for us, we found out that Foster Mlenga, the leader had moved from the first house that he used to stay in the year 2016. He was forced to move from the first house by the people in the area. This house belonged to the Presbyterian Church and some of the church elders of the Presbyterian Church, especially who are not born again Christians, were not happy seeing Foster living in this house. They were not happy to have Foster staying there because they were practicing witchcraft. So whenever Foster was praying: their operations were being distracted by the prayer that Foster was offering to God, and this caused them to become very angry with Foster. The Presbyterian pastor of this church was a born again Christian and he became friends with Foster. He would not allow Foster to move out from the premises and this annoyed the elders of this Presbyterian Church. One Sunday service the Presbyterian elders arranged to give an offering of a charm in an offering box. This threatened the pastor and he reported to his headquarters and he was moved instantly from Kavinkhama to another place called Chisengezi (inside the charm was a black powder stuff, 2 holed coins and human hairs and 2 animal horns). Foster upon seeing that his fellow pastor had been transferred, made a quick exit from the premises. He moved to a very lonely place with no houses around and that gave room for thieves to come and steal from the house while he and his family were at church on a Sunday. He moved again to the house where he lives now. This seems to be a safe place because it is along a road with some houses around. And now he lives in peace with his family.

We thank God that all these happenings have not affected the Life groups, but instead it has encouraged the people who were seeing what was happening, knowing that our God is powerful: the God who never fails us.

The Life Groups in Kavinkhama are going on well. More leaders are being trained and discipleship is taking place and more people are being discipled, including chiefs. We were encouraged with different testimonies.

Matias Phiri said that since we started our Life Group, our lives have changed and now we are able to pray without being ashamed or afraid, knowing that the one inside us is greater than the one outside.

Anastasia Zimba said, “I thank God for DCI because it has brought unity amongst different churches within our area; it has also helped me to be free in sharing the word of God without fear or being ashamed”.

Kondwani Zimbiri said that the Life group has helped me a lot in my spiritual life, I have been shaped well as a child of God and now I am going to the Bible school. I had no knowledge of being a real Christian but the Life Group has done great in my life, I have developed a zeal for serving the Lord, knowing that what the Lord has done in my life I have to share with others”.

Austin Soko GVH (the Group Village Headman) said that DCI has brought change in my area, for many people are saved, for I was the first person to be convinced and to accept Christ in my life. When Foster Mlenga brought me the gospel, I was convinced when I saw the life style and good behavior of Foster Mlenga and I knew that what he was teaching me is really true. And these teachings have helped me to lead people in the right way of the knowledge of God. And these Life Groups should continue because my area has been greatly transformed and disputes have been reduced”.

CHAMPHIRA LG

From Kavinkhama we pass by Champhira LG, and we thank God that the work is still continuing well, leaders are being trained and Life Groups are multiplying. Alfred who is the acting leader/coach said that the work is going on well and people from different villages shows more interest to the gospel. More people are inviting them to go and disciple them .

Alfred continued by saying that as we are reaching out to different people with the gospel, we have found one main challenge: most of these people we are reaching out to are slow learners, but we are praying and trusting God that they will catch the vision. Once they catch the vision we know that the load will be lightened for us, for they will also be able to pass on what they have learnt.

We also have a youth life group that meets in the evenings.

Margret, added upon what Alfred said, “We are taking the gospel to the villages where people are positively responding and this gives us hope that very soon more Life Groups will be available here in Champhira and that will require more Bibles for the discipleship”.

They were very happy that we came to visit them. They added by saying, “This has also encouraged us to see that we are not alone, for we thought that as we have completed the third trip of trainings, we thought the DCI Team would no longer come to see us. But the picture that the DCI Team has portrayed to us is exactly what we have been learning, that is relation building. Thank you so much for paying us a visit again”.

This is how we travelled on our Mzimba follow up trip

Andrew

Ekwendeni Third Training, July 2017

 

EKWENDENI THIRD TRAINING, July 2017

We had a successful mission at Ekwendeni. We were warmly welcomed by the coach and all leaders and pastors of Ekwendeni who were also delighted to see us for the third time and they gave us superb hospitality.

We had a good time of training, and pastors were so eager to learn. We were so encouraged to hear from them that the work is growing explosively. They were so thankful for the Spiritual Gifts teachings, which helped them to know more about their spiritual gifts and understand each other better because of different colours of glasses they have worn (different gifts). They also learned a lot about leadership from the Apprentice Leaders Manual.

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Ekwendeni Pastors.

Here are some comments from pastors and leaders;

Pastor Christone Mkamanga (Holy Cross Church):

He thanked the DCI team for all the three trainings done and for all the materials and the Share

Word New Testaments which are a great help to all pastors and leaders in discipling and leaders’ training. He said that many people are coming to the Lord through these teachings and to be given a New Testament and dynamic basic booklet is another great help for them to be reading for themselves what they learn from their disciplers.

Lightwell Nyirenda (Pentecostal Holiness Church):

He said that his church has been helped a lot with the one to one discipling and materials are also helping them a lot to reach more people. People are discovering the truth by reading for themselves from the New Testament bibles, which they receive for free and they could not manage to buy because they even struggle to find their own food. He also said that the DCI teachings and all materials given to them makes them not to stay idle but to go and make disciples.

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Praying God’s blessing on the discipling 

Pastor Godfrey Ngwira (Jesus Alive Church):

Said that he was so thankful for the good eye-opening teachings which the DCI teambrought. He also said that he has learned how to reach out through one to one discipling and this has led to opening of many churches branches. Furthermore, he asked us to continue being in touch with them and supporting their ministry with teachings, advice, new testament bibles and DCI materials. He also said that in all the areas where he is ministering, people do not have bibles and books for them to be reading for their spiritual growth. He also said that although this is the last training but weaning them should not put a gap between us and them. He also said that God knows the great work that you are doing for him.

Pastor Samson Ng’oma (Gethseman Church):

Said that the DCI teaching makes the work of God easy to be done through one to one discipling, leaders’ trainings and Life Groups. He said that when we went there for the first training his church was just starting and was attended by his family alone, but now it has grown tremendously through one to one discipling, Life Groups and new testaments and all DCI materials. He also said that through these teachings and materials he has also opened a church branch and has established 4 Life Groups.

Pastor Yohani Nyirenda:

Said that bibles has been scarce amongst believers so discipling them and giving them New Testaments and Dynamic Basic Booklets is equipping them to reach out for Christ and being grounded in the word.

Pastor Blessings Chanza (River of Life Church):

He was so thankful to DCI ministry for the awesome work of teaching us to be productive in the Lord and to train more leaders who in turn will also train more leaders and many people will be reached with the Good News.

In the Lord’s Service,

George. For the entire DCI Team

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A Famous Witchdoctor is saved!

Dukamayele was a famous witchdoctor at Kajembe in the Euthini area. His name, Dukamayele, means the one who knows more and does more than a magician and witchcraft. He had demons which were helping him to do more than witches and wizards. Witchdoctors believe that they can foretell the future, and they use herbs/charms when assisting their clients. They usually charge for the herbs and services. Dukamayele was earning a living through that. People who think they have been bewitched in the Euthini area could go to Dukamayele for help, especially those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and this being the case, his fame was growing.

As the DCI team went to Euthini and did the training, pastor Simeon Jere, who is the coach for the area, went to Kajembe where he trained Nyoni as the leader and helped him to start a Life Group. This Life Group is in the area where Dukamayele lives and has been doing his job as a witchdoctor.

By the grace of God, Dukamayele attended the Life Group and his life has been changed (the Malawians say this when one is saved, ed.) He promised to be part and parcel of the Life Group. Since hearing the testimony of Dukamayele, many people in the area are being saved and are going to the Life Group. This has been an encouragement not only for the Kajembe people but also for people from far distances because Dukamayele was a man of influence not only in Kajembe but also in far places.

THE EXPLODING OF THE WORK AT KAPANDO, July 2017:

George writes:

When the DCI team challenged the leaders of Kapando with the Explosive Growth, Dynamic Basics, The Exchanged Life, and Leaders’ Teachings, change and growth began with the leaders themselves after understanding that “They have to be in order to do” and after understanding the principals of growth through one to one discipling and Leaders’ Trainings.

This made these leaders to train some more leaders and many Christians actively discipling one to one and placing the new disciples in Life Groups which are also helping them to grow in their faith in the Lord.

This being the case, the area of Kapando has been greatly affected with the gospel. People who used to beat people in the area, to drink, to be witchdoctors, to steal and the people who were being used by the Devil in different areas are now saved and are serving the living God. Sins which they used to do they do them no more because Jesus has changed their lives.

New testaments Bibles, Dynamic Basic Booklets, the Explosive Growth pamphlets and Leaders Training Manuals are great tools which are being used by these people for the Exploding of the work and are making a great impact in peoples lives. Leaders have also benefited a lot from Tumbuka old and New testament bibles as well as English Study Bibles which are also helping them a lot to understand the bible.

Soon or later the whole area will be affected with the gospel.

Andrew reports:

KAPANDO THIRD LEADERS TRAINING

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The trip to Kapando was successful, when going to this place we used Kafukule road since it is the road that is in a better shape than Mpherembe road. We used Nissan and we travelled well to and from, and upon our arrival we were welcome at the house of Austin Nyangulu who gave us a good hospitality. We used our camping mattress and we slept well up to the next day. The trainings started well and the leaders were happy with the trainings, and we were also very encouraged with what God is doing at this place.

As we were travelling to kapando we passed by a certain place with a very beautiful scenery, this was a marsh like and such kind of a place are very scarce here especially the north part of Malawi. And this marsh seems to be in existence up to date because of the natural tress around, but once these tress can be carelessly cutted off then this will be just a history. (Attached photo)

Austin Nyangulu is a big farmer, he grows crops like maize, soya beans, groundnuts and beans, and he also raises chickens and guinea fowls for food. His house is located amongst his relatives in Kapando village, and some of his relatives are also good farmers who raise different livestock like goats and pigs for food and for selling.

Most of the farmers at this place are done with harvesting of their crops (harvest is in June. ed.). Most farmers are happy with their yields, but some are the victims of their own ignorance: poor planning and budgeting. Every Wednesday is a big market day at this trading center; different merchants from different places come with their items to sell. During this time of year these merchants are very eager, because farmers have just sold their crops and have cash in their pockets….

This is also the season were different activities are taking place in most villages e.g. wedding ceremonies, traditional dances and agricultural activities (shows). One thing that amazes most of the people is the Vimbuza dance, a traditional dance that is being conducted during this season only when a lot people are able to have enough food for their families; they are able to cook a lot food and eat.

It is also believed that this dance is being practiced with those people who are attacked with Vimbuza demons. During rainy season (in November – January, ed.) no one will come up with Vimbuza dance, because the people will be very busy cultivating in their farms. But once the dry season comes the demons will start manifesting through the dance. And this is evident and clearly shows that the devil is really there to steal from us.

We had a good interaction with the leaders from this place especially during lunch break, and the leaders were very free to express themselves on how the work of God is going on.

COMMENTS

Joseph Ngala said: “In all 3 trips of trainings, I have benefited a lot and I’m not the same. During the first trainings I learnt about one to one discipleship and after implementing it I saw that it works and many people are accepting Christ into their lives. I have seen that God is really great, for we have a certain woman who used to brew local beer but by the time I approached her with the gospel through one to one she accepted Christ into her life and now she is living a new life in Christ and she is able to testify to others too”.

Titus Nyirenda said: “We are so blessed with the DCI teachings, for we used to know Christ but we had limited knowledge on how to interpret the word of God from the Bible. People are very happy with the gifts of the Bibles. We as leaders are so happy for these bibles too for they are prompting us to keep on working for God since the materials are readily available for us, and for us to keep quiet is hard, knowing that Bibles and discipleship materials are available and people are dying in their sin without Christ in the village. We shall not keep quiet but teach people about Christ.”

John Luhanga, “In the past I did not know how to pray but now I’m able to pray! With the help of the DCI teachings I’m seeing that my spiritual life now is growing. We have learnt a lot here and whatever we have been taught we are trying to pass on so that other people should benefit too.”

Hoover Chirwa said: “We are very grateful for these teachings that are transforming our area here in kapando. Life Groups are growing and multiplying and that makes our churches to grow also in numbers as well as in spiritual life. This empowers me to keep on training more leaders who will keep up the work of God.”

And another leader said that in the past I had no basic knowledge of Christianity. I was a born again after I learnt from Dynamic Basic booklet about being a new creation in Christ. Now I’m free from fear, I know how to pray and I know how to read and understand the word of God.

 

Why One-On-One Discipling Works in the Malawi Villages

Jun 22, 2017

We use the Exchanged Life teachings all the time on Malawi. The Wheel and Line is part of our training of the leaders and pastors.Go to this link for more information: ( http://gracefellowshipinternational.com/resources/wheel-and-line/ )
What I have noticed in Malawi is that because people are living in community in the villages in Malawi, the Gospel spreads more easily. Jesus said, “By this will all men know that you belong to me, by your love for one another.” That is lived out in these villages and energizes the spread of the Gospel. The people there say that they know they living wrong but don’t know how to change. The Gospel and the Word helps them know how to change. Since June 2015 over 600 Life Groups have started. In one area, the number of Life Groups doubles every six months! Our Team has handed out over 20,000 New Testaments and over 20,000 Basic discipling booklets. Most go to new believers. We praise God for His goodness in allowing us to witness this.
We also teach the pastors that Ephesians 4:11-13 tells them to equip people for works of ministry, in other words, give your ministry away by training others. This translates in churches growing and new churches being planted by these pastors and leaders. One pastor trained 98 leaders and another trained 104 in the last 2 years since June 2015.
I think the major problem in our North American churches is that we do everything in side the building and expect people to come to us. In Malawian villages the people live outside, mostly and their lives are seen by all. The Life Groups and Churches, as communities of believers, are noticed by those outside the church and become curious to know what has changed their lives.
Pastors think that preaching every Sunday is what God want them to do, whereas the Bible tells us that they need to train others.
We, in North America, think one-on-one discipling is too slow and a waste of time, but if you understand the multiplication factor, it works faster than any other way of spreading the Good News. Also in a one-on-one situation the person is not pressured by peer influence. We have noticed that this is an important factor in the growth of the work in Malawi as well.

– Hans and Elly