Update about Truck Purchase & More

Dear friends,

We are discovering that buying a used vehicle in Malawi is not as simple as going to a used car dealer, as we do here. First, not many good vehicles are available in Malawi, so they have to come from South Africa or elsewhere. Second, they are very expensive. The taxes are not helping this effort. As you can see from the diagram, by the time you import a car the price has effectively doubled. But we don’t dispair. God is greater than all this. He will bring the right truck to the Team in His time. So far John is looking for a 2014 Toyota Hilux Raider that will fit the available funds.

Thanks for your prayers!

Hans and Elly


Help with the work of God through the DCI Team can be sent by e-transfer: dcioffice@shaw.ca or through Canada Helps.

Of course, old fashioned cheques can be mailed to: Dynamic Churches International, (tag Malawi) 164 Stonegate Close, Airdrie, Alberta T4B 2V2.

Below are two messages from Caleb. They illustrate the impact the Gospel makes in people’s lives as they learn about God’s love and respond in faith to the Good News and are born again.


May 8, 2021 from Caleb.

Hi Hans and Elly,

This week has been another exciting week. I have followed up on a man I introduced to one to one discipling sometime back in the Sonda area, almost 10 kilometres from my house. His name is MATHEWS ZIMBA.This man has a wife, her name is MERCENT and they have four children, two of them are young twins. They are both part-time workers, they survive by day today by doing piece work. This makes MATHEWS carry a big work load all day every day to feed and care for his family.

It was exciting to see that this man still has the zeal to do door to door evangelism. He went and introduced one to one at Lusangazi and followed up on them until a church was established.

Also he has found five people at Kaviware whom he wants to start doing one to one with them. So him and I scheduled to meet these five people tomorrow afternoon to introduce them to the one to one discipleship lessons.

He also have plans to go to the villages at Chipapa beyond Malivenji, which is outside Mzuzu town, to reach them with the gospel of Christ.

May we include him in our prayers as we pray for the work of GOD here in Malawi.

Another thing i have been taking driving lessons every morning.


May 16, 2021 from Caleb

Greetings in Jesus name,

I am glad to report that this week I started discipling NIFA YOTAMU. This is the one I introduced to you last week. I have started doing lesson one of the Dynamic Basics with him. I pray the Holy Spirit, who changes the lives of people, will continue talking to him and reveal more about the only one and true GOD, the maker of heaven and earth, and make him begin realizing that Mphambe (his idol god) is not god, as the scriptures reveal more truth to him.

I also went, by motor cycle, to KAVIWARE to follow up on mr Thomson Luwe. This is the one I started discipling some time back . He is a village Chief. He is working as a watchman at an agricultural premise. So sometimes he is not home when I come, because of his work. But he is working hard, studying the scriptures. Soon I will be introducing the Dynamic Discipling course to him, and GOD will continue transforming him and his family. He has three children.


On a Personal Note from Hans

Elly and I are glad to introduce our third great grandson Ishmael Christopher Timmermans to you. He was born to Andrew and Kaitlyn on May 7th, 2021. God is blessing us greatly! Mom and son and family are doing well.

April, 2021 Report

CHIMBONGONDO, JOLOWALE AND KAMPHENDA FOLLOW-UP April 2021

During the Easter week we planned to visit Kampando, and when the program was confirmed, we started preparing for the training. At the very last minute, we received a call from pastor Mwangulu informing us that they will be having the Easter conference where several churches will be coming together for Easter. This made them busy receiving visitors and pastors from far places coming to Kampando to attend the conference. This caused some inconveniences to us since the trip to Kampando had been confirmed. Immediately after getting this information, George started to arrange for us to visit some other places so that our week can still be well used. He managed to communicate with leaders from Chimbongonda, Jolowale and, of course, we had been invited to join the conference at Kamphenda Easter which we already agreed to attend….

KAMPHENDA
On Friday we travelled to Kamphenda where we were invited to attend and teach the “Offering to God” (Giving) lesson to all the pastors, Leaders and believers that came from different church branches. It was a time of refreshing even for us, since in Mzuzu we could not have the Easter conference due to the government restrictions on the large gatherings. We also had the opportunity to hear how the work of God is growing around Kamphenda. The work is growing beyond our imaginations. Lots of leaders are being developed.

-John

Read the full report here:

Vehicle Fund Goal Reached!

Kamphero leaders in one of the churches, getting ready for the training session.

April 3, 2021

t is our extreme pleasure to let you know that the goal for a 4×4 for the Malawi team has been reached!  $45,000.  Hallelujah, Praise God!  We are so thankful to each of you who have contributed to this project! Without a doubt you are partners with us in this amazing work of discipleship and leadership training; seeing so many come to Christ. 

Now the next prayer request in this regard is that God will direct us to the vehicle that he has in mind for us.  It’s not easy, and not necessarily a task that we are good at, so we are trusting God.  John, our team leader in Malawi, is reaching out to Pastor Steven, who has some experience in buying and selling cars.  He will also help to sell the Nissan that we currently have. 
 
The team is in Kamphero; finding an open door to follow up and encourage the leaders that have been trained there.  Please pray that the coaches and leaders all over northern Malawi will have the zeal, energy, and good health to keep up the good work to which they have been called.  

Please pray also for Caleb who is taking driving lessons.  We need a back-up driver for those times that John is not able to drive.   

In our next letter we will be telling you more about the opportunity to sponsor 2 of George and Glory’s children, Pemphero and Orini, who will be entering high school this year.  We have personally been sponsoring their 4 children through primary school, but now want to extend that privilege to others as 2 of them graduate to high school.  Many children in Malawi do not have the privilege of education beyond primary school because of cost.  We would like to see the children of our Team members get the education they deserve.  Please be thinking about this.  It is not part of our budget.

With grateful hearts,
Hans and Elly Timmermans

Mr. Kachara’s Testimony

Mr. Kachara is a grand father, 76 years old. He is a dedicated member of Catholic Church. His house is next door to Devine Revival Church (pastor Daniel Banda at Nkhotakota Linga) where we usually meet for DCI trainings. His wife and children had left him because of divorce, so he lives alone.

This man is very hospitable, and he always welcomes us with joy at his house. Now this time he started telling George and I of his dedication to GOD and to Catholic Church. He said every year he buys a liturgical calendar. He said this is the key to the Bible and that it is this liturgical calendar that connects him with GOD because it has 52 ceremony scriptures covering 52 weeks in a year. It contains every protocol of the Catholic Church for every member to follow.  Right at this time, we found him on 50 days prayer and fasting ready for Easter cerebration. He said the fasting ends at Good Friday.

I was interested to ask him to tell us his story of his salvation. He went around all the protocols of his Church and then he said he does not know if he is saved or not.

This gave us a wonderful opportunity and I started discipling him one-to-one, going through the DB (Dynamic Basics) lessons with him and he received JESUS CHRIST as his Saviour! The next day we met him again and he was so excited; he said to us, ” for the first time in 76 years, yesterday I received salvation and I felt peace with GOD in my heart “. 

Hearing this from his mouth, we really saw the joy of the Holy Spirit in him. He said that he used to womanize and have sex outside his marriage and do many more evil things but now he repented all these things.

We were filled with joy to see how GOD used this time to save this man’s soul as John was training the pastors. I then later referred him to pastor Daniel Banda to continue the one-to-one discipleship with him.

I pray that he may keep on the faith and may the LORD secure him in his safe hands. Amen!

Nkhotakota Trip and Vehicle Fundraiser Report

 

Dear friends of DCI Malawi,

Elly and I are very encouraged by the reports we receive from Malawi. Below are the two most recent ones. Our DCI Team went to Nkhotakota, the area where the Muslim faith is very strong. Please read how God is saving a people from among these lost ones and how they have become strong in the faith and now openly confess their new birth in Christ.

No doubt you are wanting to know how the fundraiser for the 4×4 truck is going. The matching funds drive is going well, but there is more room! So far $6,975.51 has come in, which leaves $8,024.49. So if you are waiting to see how this is going, don’t hesitate any longer. We don’t want to miss out on this opportunity where your $1 becomes $2 through the matching fund drive and generosity of our anonymous supporter. Funds can be sent in three ways:

A cheque to DCI, 164 Stonegate Close  , Airdrie, AB, AB T4B 2V2 
e-transfer: dcioffice@shaw.ca
Canada Helps (click on this link)

We are thankful to God for His provision for the work all these years. I always think of King David’s prayer: “….Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”” (ESV 1 Chron. 29:12–14).

May God bless you as you partner with us to reach the people of Malawi!

Please read the two reports below.

Hans and Elly for the DCI Team.

Testimony of Mr. Kachara

Mr. Kachara, a 76 years old.grandfather is a dedicated member of the Roman Catholic Church. His house is next door to the Devine Revival Church of pastor Daniel Banda at Nkhotakota Linga, where we usually meet for the DCI trainings. His wife and children left him because of divorce, so he lives alone

He is very hospitable and always welcomes us with joy at his house. This time he started telling George and I about his dedication to GOD and to the Catholic Church. Every year he buys a liturgical calendar for MK1000. He said, “This is the key to the Bible. This liturgical calendar connects me with GOD because it has 52 ceremony scriptures covering 52 weeks in a year and has every protocol of the Catholic Church for every member to follow.” When we met him he was reading on “50 days prayer and fasting” getting ready for the Easter cerebration. He said the fasting ends at Good Friday.

I asked him to tell us his story of his salvation. He went around all the protocols of his Church and later on he said he does not know if he is saved or not.

This gave us an opportunity and I started one-to-one through the Dynamic Basics lessons with him and he received JESUS CHRIST. Interesting enough, the next day we met him again and he was so excited. He told us, ” For the first time in 76 years, yesterday I received salvation and I feel the peace of GOD in my heart “.

Hearing this from his mouth, we really saw the joy of the Holy Spirit in him. He said that he used to womanize and have sex outside his marriage and do many more evil things, but now he has repented all of these things.

We were filled with joy to see how GOD used us this time to save this man’s soul even as John was training the pastors next door. I referred him to pastor Daniel Banda to continue the one-to-one discipleship with him.

I pray that he may keep growing in the faith and may the LORD keep him secure in His safe hands. Amen !

Thank you!!

Caleb

NKHOTAKOTA LINGA/SANI FIELD REPORT

We had a safe trip to Nkhotakota, we left on Monday. It took us four hours of driving because of the bad road conditions. We were also challenged because the car horn died again. The last time the car horn died we were going to Nkhotakota also, maybe the enemy has seen the damage we are causing to Nkhotakota through the preaching of the Gospel. In Nkhotakota we saw very few people putting on their masks. When asked for the reason, we found out that they too were told by the police to always put on the masks in public, and also close the market places at 5pm. Three weeks ago the police were too brutal with the people and people grew angry and began to protest against them. The police was throwing teargas on people, and one time 3 people fainted. This led to riots and people destroyed police officer’s homes and offices. They then told the police that they should no longer come close to people or punish anyone who has not put on their mask.

SANI
We started the training at Sani where we had 7 leaders attending the training, most of which belong to Anglican Church. We also had pastors from the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, the Interior Mission Church, the Last Church and the Kalibu kwa Yesu. We had both coaches attending, Pastor John Liwewe and John Mwafulirwa. We had good time teaching the Dynamic Discipling for the first time. Pastors and leaders were happy to finally get their hands on the book. They have been looking forward to it for a very long time. (The Dynamic Discipling book, with 9 lessons, has been printed recently in the Chichewa language.) Sani is witnessing a great transformation through the gospel that is be preached throughout the area. We were encouraged to learn that some of the people that have been converted from Islam are now been baptized in water openly bearing testimony that they are changed. Lots of Muslims that gave their lives to Christ in private are now openly joining churches and are no longer attending the mosque.

Since the last time we went to Nkhotakota four Life Group have become new Churches through the people like Chikondi, Iblamu, Monica Losani, Christopher Useni, Frank Mwenda and Mrs. Lolence. These are among those that have openly professed their new faith in Christ. God is really working mightily in these areas, we heard about a few that have accepted Christ and are still going to the mosque (pretending to still belong to Islam). Christians belonging to different Life Groups are becoming bold in reaching out to the Muslims communities/Villages teaching them one-on-one, like Cathleen Jamala who took advantage of the funeral of the sheik (the leader). She approached two ladies and agreed to meet with them. She taught them the Word and they accepted Christ. She said one-to-one has given them a good and effective way of reaching Muslim communities without facing much resistance. The Last Church pastor has also become a believer through the one to one discipleship. (Last Church isa church serving the devil). Let’s keep praying for them that the Lord will continue to give them boldness to be witness of the gospel.

LINGA

From Sani we went to Linga where we had about 10 leaders. Five were the old leaders we trained during our first visit. Five new leaders have joined now but are already being trained by their fellow pastors. These five new pastors have replaced the old pastors that have been transferred to other places. Only one was trained by us at Ezondweni (about 400 KM North) and she was a leader at Jolowale and now she has been transferred to Nkhotakota. She reported this to us and we put her in touch with the coach for Linga so that she can be part of them too. Following her move to Nkhotakota she has begun training people in her church.

We also heard some good testimonies from these pastors resulting from the lesson they were taught during the last trip, like the Offering to God lesson. (A lesson on giving). These pastors are telling us that they have a different approach now when it comes to giving. Now they are in the forefront practicing giving. We hope this is a good indication that it is possible that in the future people will be able to give towards the purchasing the bibles (of course we never mention it to them) because if they understand these principles it will be natural for them to support those in need of the Bibles. At this time, they have started practicing the principles by meeting the needs of other believers by providing things like clothes and food. As already mentioned, we introduced the Dynamic Discipling booklet as well. We also taught on the need for the pastors to be committed to prayer as we see that the days are evil. At Linga more Muslims are coming out openly for the Christian faith but many are still underground followers of Christ.

Thank you

John

Matching Gift Campaign

Dear Friends of DCI Malawi,

We have been so encouraged by the wonderful response to our fund-raiser for a new(er) 4×4 for the team in Malawi.  We have 1/3 of our goal in!! $ 15,000.00. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this!!!

Our most recent zoom meeting with our team leader, John Singinie, has reminded us how necessary this vehicle is to the continuing ministry of DCI.  Currently, the team is following up / training / renewing the vision, etc. in the areas where the 4th – 5th generations have been trained.  This means that often they must travel into the far remote areas where the “roads” are not roads, but rather trails.  Very rough terrain, up mountains and travelling 10 km per hour or less, and often having someone walk ahead in the river to confirm the depth of water, etc.  The Nissan has met the challenge so far, but the DCI Team would definitely benefit from larger wheels and a dedicated 4 x 4.  

We have now been blessed to have one donor come alongside offering to match donations received before March 31,2021 up to a maximum of $15,000.   This means that whatever amount you choose to donate is now doubled!!  How’s that for incentive? WOW!  God is good.  The first qualifying $500 has come in already – actually that’s $1000 – doubled!  

Will you be part of this challenge?  Once again, donations can be received various ways:

• email transfer: dcioffice@shaw.ca (Most cost effective)
Canada Helps or the US Network for Good
• You can also send a cheque to the DCI office, the address at the bottom of this email.

Thank you already for your part in the work.

For the DCI Team,

  Elly and Hans Timmermans

 

Dynamic Churches International
164 Stonegate Close
Airdrie, AB T4B 2V2
Canada
Phone/Fax: (403) 912-4438
Email: dcioffice@shaw.ca

Trials and Triumphs

January, 2021

Dear Friends of Malawi,

Undoubtedly, like us, the current situation with the lockdown and the COVID19 restrictions have you wondering about how to handle each day as it comes.  I can’t help but think of the verses in Phil. 4:4-7 which have been such an encouragement to me during these times.  We may not know exactly how all these things will play out, but we know who holds the future in his hands!  

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

During 2020 we have seen some significant changes to the way things are done. The training is left up to the leaders that our team has trained, and our team now focuses on follow up which is so necessary to keep the vision of the one-to-one discipleship going strong. COVID19 is threatening another (partial?) lockdown coming up in Malawi.  We praise God for good reports and that He has raised up leaders in the communities.  This work will continue because it has become a local practice. Multiplication is effective, as per 2 Tim. 2:2.

I’m going to include a portion of the report we recently got from John Singinie regarding the work in Baula (leaders pictured in the photo), which was one of the first villages where Life Groups were started in 2012 and leaders trained in discipleship.   This follow up trip to Baula was the first trip of 2021.  This will give you an insight into the culture of the Malawian people as well as the evil that is so prevalent.  

“The first day we had a poor attendance due to a funeral that happened around Baula.  A young man died mysteriously in South Africa.  When the body was sent back to Malawi, people started to organise the ceremony, but after the grave had been dug, the message came from SA that the ceremony should be cancelled. They were saying they must first visit the witch doctor so that they can find out what killed this 22-year-old man. He was married and had a baby. This was the situation we found at Baula. And the day we arrived happened to be the day the assigned people came back from the witch doctor who authorised them to bury the dead.  So according to the traditional practices of Baula, when there is a funeral, every program is cancelled and all the people are requested to attend the burial.   If you do not attend, you invite punishment from the chief.   For example, you may have to pay a goat or a number of chickens as punishment for not attending the funeral.  This is what made most of the leaders in Baula Centre fail to attend the trainings.

However, we proceeded with the conference because one of the Chiefs is the leader of one of the LGs and he said if there will be any accusation, he will be the one to answer.  He did this because of the other leaders and us who came from far places.  The burial did not end well.  People were saying the father of the dead man was responsible for the death of his son (for various reasons…)  When we left, the people were planning to kill the father, but the chief said no, they should wait for the final word from the witchdoctor who said he will reveal what happened after the burial. This also showed us that the gospel still needs to be preached, there are still some people out there who do not know about Christ, they are ruled by the forces of darkness. 

We were encouraged, however, to see how this other chief has been transformed by the gospel, through one-to-one discipleship.  He risked his position as chief by refusing to go to the burial and attending the conference instead.  He also was against the idea of going to the witchdoctor.   He continues to share the Word with other chiefs. We hope the gospel will keep spreading through Baula to other places.”
-John Singinie

WOW!  Not quite like here, is it?? Can you imagine the change that takes place in a person’s heart when he accepts the free gift of forgiveness from God?  Suddenly, this person understands that God is greater than the evil one.  One of their favourite verses is “ …. the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b).  They know this by their own personal experience. 

We thank God for another year of fruitful ministry in Malawi.  The year 2020 has certainly seen its trials, but the Team perseveres under the power of the Holy Spirit!  Please continue to pray for them, John, George, and Caleb.  Your prayers are a vital part of this work.  

As you probably know from previous newsletters, we are in the process of raising funds for a newer, more reliable, vehicle for the Team to travel with.  So far, we have raised approx. $15,000.  One third of the way!!  It is expensive to import a vehicle to Malawi.  The duty and taxes double the cost of the vehicle.  Thank you to all who have helped with this.  We look forward to what God is going to do. 

 Caleb is hoping to move into his home very soon.  This is what he writes: “…but now we need to move to our house because everyday I visit the place, I find children playing with the doors and even on the sand.  So if we can move in, it will be part of securing our place and property…” He hopes to be able to start building a latrine and outdoor kitchen soon after moving in. 

On a personal level, we are settling into our home in Sarnia.  With COVID19, things are not as we would have hoped; but then, it’s the same everywhere in Ontario.  We are trying to make the best of it and still be a light in our community.  Sovereign Grace Community Church has become our home church, although services are reduced to a maximum of 10 people in person at the moment and the rest is live streamed online 
We are so thankful for each of you.  Your prayers and regular donations are such a vital part of this work.   

May God bless you for your commitment to Him.  
Shalom,
Hans and Elly Timmermans

December Opportunities in Malawi

Dear friends of DCI Malawi,

As the Christmas Season approaches we want to wish you GOD’s blessings for a joyous Noel. We are so glad GOD also knows about Covid. He takes away our cares as we trust in Him. He has us in His loving hand. No better place to be! We pray many will get to know salvation in Jesus during this season. He came to die, but also to introduce us to the true life only He can give us.

The one on one discipling is bearing amazing fruit in the Muslim areas of Malawi. Only God can change hearts.

This post has stories and video links. God is saving souls in Malawi. We also have a video explaining the needs for replacement transportation. The car is now 13 years old and has seen extremely hard life on the Malawian roads. Also included is a video link to Caleb’s devotional on John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (ESV, John 15:16).


The Good News reaching the hard to reach in Malawi
Here is a link to a verbal report by the DCI Team on the success of the Gospel among the M-slims in Malawi:
https://vimeo.com/480806902/95936d2374

 

The DCI Car
The Nissan X-Trail is now 13 years old and has travelled the very bad roads of Malawi for the last 5 years. The under carriage needs to be repaired
every half year due to the age of the car and the poor spare parts available in Malawi. We have begun raising funds to replace this car with a heavier duty 4×4. Around $ 45,000 is needed for this. Can you help? Please click here to contribute.

To hear our DCI Team talk about this problem, please go to: https://vimeo.com/480798835/83453ab2f7

 

 

 

 


A direct and compelling headline

Caleb writes:

The LORD has changed her two children Racheal and Yosefe from witchcraft. Praise the LORD.

For many years these two children have been practicing witchcraft but the family never knew. One day pastor Daniel Banda started going through the DB one to one with this woman and she became saved. So she invited her husband and children to do the one to one with pastor Daniel at his house. Her husband and children also became saved.

As the family continued with the life group studies, one of their children ( Racheal ) revealed to pastor Daniel that she had been practicing witchcraft together with her brother Yosefe. She said their grandmother has been teaching them witchcraft, and she asked pastor Daniel to go home with them and burn the charms. So they went and these two children went into the house and brought out their charms. The pastor prayed and told the children to burn them. After they had burnt the charms there was joy in the family.

Elfrida thanks GOD for the ShareWord Bibles and Dynamic Basics booklet which have brought joy and happiness and saved her family.

We were so blessed hearing how the Dynamic Basics and the BIBLES are changing lives in Nkhotakota.

 


Nawomi Balekwa
This woman gives her testimony to thank the Lord and thank DCI for opening life groups in the villages. She is a member of Kajombo life group. She says the Basics booklet and the SharewWord New Testament she received from the life group helped her a lot. She can now read and meditate on the word of GOD at the life group meetings as well as by herself.

She says this has changed her life so much because she used to get angry quickly and used to fight even men, but now the Lord has changed her life and she is now set free from fights and a quick temper and she now shares GOD’S word in her community.

 

Elly and I are always amazed as we hear the testimonies or read these stories of God’s grace.

Shalom,

Hans and Elly Timmermans

P.S. For email donations: dcioffice@shaw.ca