2500 Chichewa New Testaments bought!

Dear Friends,

As you read the reports below, our prayer is God will stir your heart and encourage you as you see how the one on one discipling is spreading the Good News in Malawi. Thank you for your prayers and support! We, together, can do God’s Work and make an enormous difference as the Good News goes deeply into the hearts and lives of the Malawians. In Malawi DCI stands for Discipling Christ-followers Intentionally. And the DCI Team does!

Holy Cross Pentecostal Church at Pusi started in 2017 as a Life Group. A few years ago the DCI Team went to Karonga and trained a number of pastors. One of the pastors the Team trained was pastor Oswell Kaira. After being trained Oswell Kaira, the coach for the Karonga District, trained pastor Akim Kayera who in turn trained more leaders and pastors and established more Life Groups. After training these leaders he encouraged them to also disciple some people in their circle of influence, and to start Life Groups. Life Groups were started and Akim was one of the Life Group leaders. One pastor trained another pastor and this man also trained another leader. This has resulted in explosive growth taking place in the Karonga Border area. http://www.northernmalawinews.com of how God has reached Frank and Elizabeth Mlelemba and freed Frank from alcoholism and made him a Christ-follower, serving in his local church.

This photo (left) is of pastor Kayera who was trained by pastor Oswell of Karonga. Pastor Kayera lives in Kating’inda in the Pusi area. After being trained he started to reach people through one on one discipling and to train leaders. This has resulted in many people being saved, discipled and trained as leaders. Now many pastors and leaders invite pastor Kayera or the people he has trained to come and train them. This keeps them busy, because many are eager! One of these leaders he trained is Wakisa Mbwagha, who after being trained has also been passing on what he learned through one to one discipling and training leaders.

This is Wakisa Mbwagha (right) who was trained by pastor Kayera. He has also trained a number of pastors and leaders who are also actively doing one to one discipling, training leaders and establishing Life Groups. Wakisa is very eager and devoted to the work of God. The New Testament Bible he received has been a great tool not just for reaching out but has also personally helped him in his spiritual growth. He is learning more about his new life in Christ as he goes through the Dynamic Basic Booklet and as he reads and meditates on the Word of God from the Bible he received from Share Word.

The work which began by training one pastor, Oswell Kaira, in the area has resulted in all these leaders and pastors being trained. This is only a portion of the trainees; many live far away. The work has covered many areas in Karonga Border District. So far pastor Kayera and the leaders and pastors he has trained have been travelling long distances to conduct the trainings. Many people are being reached, discipled and Life Groups established.

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They are so thankful for the Bibles they receive from Share Word and the training materials received from DCI. “They are so helpful in discipling people and this results in a great impact in people’s lives”. Pastor Kayera mentioned that the challenge is that the demand for training is bigger than the supply of materials and that this limits the work of discipling. In response, we asked them to keep on praying that God should provide more materials and that we (the DCI Team) will try our best to send them more materials and Bibles so the work will continue to grow.

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Update on the fundraising projects:

• Bibles. As you already know ShareWord has promised 10,000 New Testaments for next year. We need 10,000 more. Your help has made it possible to buy 2500 urgently needed Chichewa New Testaments from the Malawian Bible Society so far!

• Printing DCI materials. We have ordered 2500 Basic Discipling booklets in Chichewa ! We need many more in Tumbuka also to keep up with the growth to reach the lost in Malawi and Zambia.

• So far we raised $ 100.00 more to support the DCI Team toward the additional $ 500.00 for general expenses. At present the monthly income is $2,530.00. Can you help?
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We can accommodate both Canadian and USA charitable gifts.

Thanksgiving – for Malawi Ministry

Dear friends,

The DCI Team wishes you God’s blessings this [Canadian] Thanksgiving. We have many reasons to be thankful. The many souls being saved in Malawi is one we praise God for! And we want to update you on our fundraising effort to buy more Bibles for Malawi. Would you consider this project as your opportunity to show your thankfulness and appreciation for what God is doing in Malawi?

Fundraising Progress

On the left is this month’s status. We praise God for the funds received to date! We are so thankful to those who are helping us reach our target for Bibles and printing. As you can see, the image on the left is the update! I also need to confess that I made a typo in how much we have coming in monthly. We receive $ 2,530.00 each month from our regular donors. But we do need $500.00 per month more to keep the work going. As you can see, the thermometers are rising, God is good!

Testimony

The testimony on the left and below is just an instance of one man’s appreciation of the difference having a Bible makes in his life. It also makes it possible to pass on to others what he has found himself.

Pastor Hyson Nkhata, who is the DCI coach for Enukweni, after being trained by the DCI Team, passed on the teachings to Harrison Lupunga. Harrison comes from Phyolani Village. He is married to Merrina Gumbo and the Lord has blessed them with 4 children.

Before Harrison was saved, he was used to smoking, drinking and womanizing. He said that he is so thankful to God for saving him. He is now free and living a changed life. He was touched by the Dynamic Basic Booklet lessons, particularly by the 3 circles which explains 3 types of people: a person without Christ, a person with Christ but does not allow Christ to lead him, and a person with Christ and allows Christ to be on the chair meaning allowing Christ to lead him/her. He said that the Dynamic Basics Booklet has helped him a lot to understand who he is in Christ as well as his new life in Christ.

He told George that just as he has been discipled by Hyson Nkhata, he is also discipling others one on one. He is reaching many people and most of them give their lives to Christ and are now being discipled. He said that the DCI teachings helps people to know who they are in Christ.

He also mentioned the Bibles received from Share Word, which are great tools for discipling. They help both the discipler and the disciple. When they are given a Bible they are able to read it for themselves in their homes. This helps them to understand what they are being taught and they also learn and discover many things on their own. They are able to read for themselves in their various churches rather than just depending on their leaders. Many people do not have Bibles and they cannot afford to buy a Bible because they even struggle to feed their families. He was so thankful for the New Testament Bibles received from Share Word.

You can invest in these opportunities online from Canada and the U.S. through Dynamic Churches International’s Donate page. Or you can send a cheque / money order to our postal address. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Hans and Elly

New Videos Posted

Here are two more videos from Malawi!

Two women share how God is using them as leaders of Life Groups and also how they use their discipling in their families.

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A Malawi pastor tells of the the impact of DCI to the church. The local language has been edited out, so the story is told in english.

These two are also displayed under the web site’s “Videos” tab.

Chikwina: Fourth Leaders Training, July 23-27, 2018

We had a wonderful trip to Chikwina for our fourth leaders training, as we were communicating with the leaders from Chikwina a week before our trip, we were told that there were continuous heavy rains that caused the leaders to start doubting if the trainings were even possible. They already know that there is a challenge for vehicles to pass through the gravel road from Mpamba trading centre to Chikwina during heavy rains. Cancelling the trainings at Chikwina it would be a challenge for us as well (because it throws off our scheduled trainings in other places), and so we prayed over it and it happened that towards the weekend the weather changed, and we were told that Chikwina is now dry and that vehicles have started passing through this gravel road to Chikwina. Thankfully we had no rains while we were there. We thank God that all the training went well, and all the leaders were happy for all the lessons that we taught during this fourth visit trip.

We found the leaders waiting to welcome us in Chikwina. We were very much encouraged to hear how the work of God is growing.  We slept at the rest house because last time the pastor who hosted us used to move his kids to the sitting room, so we could use the bedroom. We felt that was a good alternative because to have our tent outside would be very dangerous. This is the place where a lot of the youth do use Indian hemp (Pot). But we thank God that some of them are being exposed to gospel and they are accepting Christ into their lives and by and by the community is being transformed.

The leaders were very happy to see us again and we had very good interaction with them. Chikwina generally is a cool place that is why they can grow crops like coffee and other crops that requires cool temperatures. Most of the farmers have started cultivating their gardens along the valleys, and some have already planted their crops. We were impressed with those leaders/trainees who managed to teach the Explosive Growth and Wheel Diagram back to us. That helped us understand that they really understand what is taught. We were also encouraged by knowing that our teachings are not in vain, we are really teaching reliable people who can manage to transfer/pass on the teachings to others effectively (2 Timothy 2:2).

The Chikwina believers are greatly helped with the gifts of the New Testament Bibles. We chatted with several people who have benefited from the bibles. Martha Banda is one of the people who is very happy for the gift of the NT Bibles, and Esnart Mhone said, “I have learnt a lot from the bible and my life is not the same”. She continued by saying that John 15:1-2 talks about the vine and its branches, and we are learning that we need to abide in Christ for us to bear more fruit. The Team was encouraged seeing how freely she expressed herself, she has been well discipled and she knows that she is accepted before the Lord and that gives her courage to come before the Lord in prayer. (Her photo is posted above)

Testimonies

Governor Chunda said, “The DCI teachings have helped us a lot here in Chikwina because most of the people who were not going to church now have accepted Christ and they are now going to church for worship. The teachings have also helped bring unity amongst us pastors of different denominations. Most of us used to do things on their own but now they have seen the importance of gathering together as a pastor fraternal (ministerial). They are happy that their churches are now growing due to the introduction of the life groups and the discipleship. And I have also seen the power of relation building amongst the new believers, it motivates them to know that we are a family.”

Andrew Banda said, “With the DCI teachings I have been able to open a church branch (plant a church) at Chipunga. The people are very curious and they are passing on what they have learnt and this makes the work to grow very fast. Many of us are very excited for the teachings that have greatly shaped us in our spiritual lives.”

Dyson Kamadowa said, “I thank God for the DCI teachings because now I know many things that help me to lead the church, unlike the past when I used to get puzzled seeing people having no interest of coming to church. Some would just abandon our church and go to other churches. Now I know that love is the central element of the gospel that makes people feel accepted in their lives without considering the situations that they are passing through. This has also helped me to know how to find and train leaders and how to handle people of different characters and teach them the word of God in love. (This is due to the Spiritual Gifts the DCI Team teaches).

This is how we travelled to Chikwina for our fourth visit.

Report by: Andrew Makwakwa, DCI Trainer.

 

Pastor Laswell was saved a few days before.

Pastor Laswell came to the training in Enukweni, about 35 KM north of Mzuzu, our DCI Team’s home base. He is pastor of an African International Church, a church without the Gospel and without the Bible. There are many such churches in Malawi. Witchcraft and other unbiblical things are practiced there, it is not a Christian Church. Three of these pastors were saved during this training as they heard the Good News. With pastor Laswell the message went deep. he understood the implications of being lost. In this short clip he talks about his need to get back to his church to tell them the Good News. You will hear laughter at the end of the video, but think about what he says about people who don’t know Jesus!

The Team went on a follow-up visit a few days after the training finished and we had returned home to Canada again. They found Laswell training a group of church leaders and telling them the things he had learned. As the Gospel was shared with this group of 7 all believed on the Lord Jesus and were saved. Laswell’s church is no longer meeting in darkness, the glorious light of the Gospel is being shone in the hearts of his congregation. We hear about people being saved there. Praise the Lord!!

Laswell, Dead men Walking Jan 2018 from Hans Timmermans on Vimeo.

Baby Gracious Singinie is born! And other amazing news.

 

Hello friends of Malawi: July 23, 201
It’s been a busy time in Malawi with much happening in the villages. Many lives have been touched with the gospel, people are changed and life groups and churches are multiplying. I will let our team and the trained leaders speak for themselves.

From Ezondweni
“The most interesting thing is that Martin Sakala has opened a church branch (this is how the Malawians call a new church planted by the mother church, ed.) under Presbyterian church out of a life group started at this place. Chaholi life group is a fast growing life group and the presbytery leaders decided to have it as a church but the life group is still growing and multiplying. And in many places like Chinyera, Vongo, Kasindi, Kasito and Emsizini, in all these places it has happened that church branches have been opened out of DCI teachings and they are called Messiah Church. It is a local church but due to DCI teachings they are able to teach the gospel within their churches and they are practising emersion baptism. This is something very encouraging – seeing a local church start teaching the gospel by the help of DCI teachings. I enjoyed the trip visiting Ezondweni, and they are asking if we can visit them again.”

From Enukweni
“The leaders were happy that we went for the fourth trainings, and they commented that the trainings have been so helpful for the growth of their churches and a lot of people are very excited that now they are able to understand the bible because they have been given the basic knowledge of their Christianity as well as the availability of the bible with them.”

Monica Nyambose said that a lot of people are so thankful because of the bibles for in the past when they had no bibles they could go to church and receive the message but some of the scriptures were somehow twisted by the one who was sharing the message and we are discovering that now as we are able to read for our self.”

Wherever and whenever our teams goes to train leaders, we provide lunch. Here is what is said regarding that:

“During the closing remarks the leaders said they are happy because each meeting they are being well taken care of, in terms of the teachings that is spiritually, and physically there is the provision of food to them (lunch). They added by saying that they don’t take it for granted because they know for sure that, had it been that they needed to contribute food, it would have been a challenge and some leaders could not attend the trainings and for this reason they said they are very grateful and thankful.”

Steria Nyambose said that DCI teachings have helped me a lot, and that has also contributed a lot in soul winning. A lot of people are coming to Christ through these DCI teachings, and they are testifying that the N. T Bibles are very good because their faith has grown due to the exposure to the word of God.”

Evans Nyirongo said that many people are very happy because of the gift of the bibles, they are happy because on their own they cannot afford to buy their own bible because they do not have enough income to have one.”
Gracious David Singinie
John (our team leader) and Maureen Singinie have had a baby boy: Gracious David Singinie. All are doing well and adjusting to being a family with a baby.
They are so thankful for all the support our friends have given and the gifts that were sent in the container.

We are so thankful for your faithful support – financially and prayerfully. The work could not go on without it.

With love,
Hans and Elly Timmermans

 

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.