Initial Report from Caleb

Dear friends,

As we mentioned, Caleb Chilambo has joined our DCI Team this month. Here are his first impressions and activities as a DCI Team member. Share in some of his excitement:

From: Caleb


I write to report on how I experienced the first half of January 2020 as the new DCI Team member.

There are a number of things that have happened during this time. One of them is that Mary, my wife, and I have been introduced to the DCI family of John and Maureen and George and Glory on January 1 2020. We enjoyed fellowship, love and smiles together. Then we had orientation week at the office, in which George helped me repair the motorbike, open a bank account and buy time for my phone. John also helped me set up my email address and introduced me to some office work, like counting and packing books to get ready for a field trip on February 3, 2020.

I also enjoyed sharing Bible verses at the Zoom meeting with Hans and Elly. We worked on a schedule for our follow-up work from February 3 till July 20.

I also connected with pastor Sunday of Full Gospel Church. He lives in Mzuzu in the Geshah area and he is a long-time friend of mine. So I explained to him about the discipleship training that DCI is doing. He was so excited about it and now he wants to be trained in the Dynamic Basics. He even said he will invite other pastors to be trained together so that they can learn on how to disciple their church members and other people. I told John and George about it and we are making plans to train them some day in the near future. On Tuesday 14 of January he called me on the phone and I confirmed to him that we will train them some day after we have set the dates.

I also had an opportunity to talk to James. He just finished his secondary school last year and is preparing to go to university this year. We attend the same church. He received Jesus more than 5 years ago but had not been discipled. So since I teach a Bible Study at the church, he came to me one day and asked a question. His question was, “How can I know my sins are forgiven?” I took him to my house on the motorbike and explained to him, that based on Colossians 2:13-14, “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross”. (NKJV) This is also explained in the Basics. He seemed satisfied with the explanation and we prayed together. At the end I asked him if we can go through the Basics together. He agreed and so we met again at my house on 14 January when we studied the first lesson. We will be meeting again tomorrow, on January 18 to continue going through lesson two.

I have also enjoyed the discussions we have been having at the office with John and George. I also enjoyed the quiet moments of reading books. I have started reading a book about doing the will of God and also a book on Systematic Theology about the end time events.

It has been three months since we got married on October 5, 2019 and Mary and I are enjoying it.

Pray for us here in Malawi, we are going through a tough moment of political instability. (Click here to see a video of recent demonstrations.)



I don’t know about you, but we are excited to read of his interest in getting started in training leaders and discipling young believers. Please pray with us that he will continue on this path and contribute to the work of the DCI Team.

Thanks for your partnership – in encouragement, prayer and in financial giving. God bless you.

Hans and Elly Timmermans


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New Year’s Update: Welcoming Caleb

HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 2020

Dear Friends of Malawi,

Welcome to 2020!  Where has the time gone?  I remember very well the excitement we were all facing when we were about to enter the year 2000.  And now here we are – 20 years later.  Another decade faces us.  What will God do this year?  It’s not for us to be too concerned about that, apart from walking in obedience to God’s will – seeking His wisdom and direction for every step of our journey.  Our prayer is always that His will be done – in our personal lives as well as the work in Malawi and each of the members of our Team there.

Speaking of Team – we are very happy to introduce to you our new team member, Caleb Chilambo. We have known Caleb for 8 years now and have admired his dedication to God, his godly lifestyle and his desire to humbly serve Him. Caleb married his wife, Mary, this past October 5. They live in Mzuzu (our home base, where John and George live also). He attends the same church as John and George. It’s also the same church that we attend when we are there. He is a gifted teacher and evangelist. We have heard him teach a few times. He is known to stand on the street corner in Mzuzu with his keyboard and bring music and the gospel to people there. Caleb is a gifted musician as well. We look forward to what he is going to bring to the Team and seeing how God will use him for the continuance of His work of discipling one-on-one and leadership training in Malawi. He has served as an interpreter for us in situations where we needed one. Since Andrew went on to do other things over a year ago now, John and George have been working hard and trying to keep everything going with the 2 of them – sometimes putting in many long days and working on their days off. Some of the reports that we used to get regularly have been put on the “back burner” due to lack of time. However, the work continues to grow. The number of coaches that have been trained keeps going up and each one is fervently reaching out to neighbours and friends with one-on-one discipleship. Churches are growing and multiplying.

We are not planning a trip to Malawi yet this year. We enjoy many regular team meetings via “zoom”. It’s almost like sitting across the table from each other. Hans always says, the only thing is that we can’t offer them is a cup of coffee. Together we discuss issues that come up, brainstorm ideas, as well pray and have Bible studies this way. Often the internet is a source of anguish for me, but “zoom” certainly is a blessing.

One of the things that we discussed and worked on together via zoom is the budget for 2020. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we anticipated the budget to increase by 20%; however we have found that the increase is actually 37%. Not only have we added another member to the team, which is the bulk of the increase, but we have seen prices increase for just about everything. The budget does not include items such as printing more discipleship material or purchasing more New Testaments. We praise God for the partnership of the Gideons (ShareWord Global) who are again supporting us with 11,500 New Testaments this year as well as 500 Bibles. The other thing we have noticed is that the Nissan which is now 12 years old is experiencing some higher need for repair. We need to start thinking about how we can replace it with a newer vehicle, and keep up the payments for repairs in the meantime. These are just a few of the struggles we face. Without your partnership this work is impossible to do. I know that you already know, but you are a vital part of the discipleship and leadership training that happens in Malawi and we praise God for you – your prayers, your encouragements and your financial help.

This was just a little update. We will send more stories from the field in our next newsletter. In the meantime, can I invite you to click here to donate through Canada Helps?  Or, if you prefer, and to make it easier, I can send you a form to initiate Pre-Authorized Debits for monthly donations, or to increase your monthly donation to help offset the increase in our budget. Unfortunately, the PAD is not done on-line, but a quick email to us will get that going. Email us at

We value each of you and hope that this year will bring you many blessings.
Thank you for your prayers for John, George and Caleb in Malawi and Hans and I as we serve from our computers in Canada.
Hans and Elly Timmermans