Christmas Season Greetings – 2018

God’s Greatest Gift came 2000 years ago!

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10,11

It’s the wonderful time of year when we consider the marvelous blessing we have received when God said, “It is very good” about His creation. He never gave up on his creation. He never gave up on us. Even though Adam sinned, causing us all to be born into sin, God still loved his creation–us who were created in His image. He loved us so much, that He chose to send His only Son to this earth to become our Savior. That’s what Christmas is all about. Praise God for his plan of salvation!

It’s this plan of salvation that gives us purpose in life. It’s this free gift that we have been given that we are commanded to bring to others who do not yet know about Jesus. That’s what DCI in Malawi is all about … bringing the message of God’s love to the people who are living in darkness and in bondage to sin, so they too can become part of the family of God, and then discipling them to become strong Christ-followers.

We thank God that this is His work, not ours. He is bringing in the people in large numbers. The Kingdom of God is being built in Malawi (and even now into Zambia and Tanzania). The harvest is plentiful, and with the process of multiplication, the workers are also multiplying.  I can’t include numbers in this short greeting, but just suffice it to say that we are truly thankful for the hand of God that we see in this work every day.
Many of you are regular monthly donors. We thank God for you! Without you the work could not move forward. Some of you are occasional donors, or donors to a special fund-raiser cause. For this also, we thank you!

If you are not yet a partner with us, please consider it now. Becoming a monthly donor, or sending a single donation at this year-end would be a great help in setting the budget for 2019. We need your help! Please go to www.dynamicchurches.org/donate to donate.
We also have many stories to tell – please visit http://www.northernmalawinews.com (here) to read some of them.

We will be leaving for Malawi in January, to have a conference with some of our trained coaches, among many other things.  We value your prayers for this time there.

Our family continues to grow. We are expecting our second great-grandchild next year! Some of the family will gather to celebrate Christmas together at our youngest daughter’s home in Brantford. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas season, wherever you find yourselves, and wish you all the best in the New Year.  May God richly bless you.

With love and greetings,

Hans and Elly Timmermans
DCI | 164 Stonegate Close , Airdrie, AB, Alberta T4B 2V2 Canada

hanstimmermans5@me.com

Muslims Turning to Christ

Dear friends,

Good News from a far country is always encouraging! Malawi is very far away and as different from Canada as possible. But people are being saved! This story is about Muslims coming to faith in Christ. How encouraging is that?

Christmas is less than 4 weeks away. That is a time of giving. Please read about the difference you can help make this Christmas by making the means available to keep reaching the people of Malawi. The work is growing by leaps and bounds, beyond our imagination because believers are reaching their neighbors and friends in large numbers.

Elly and I will be in Malawi from January 16 – February 11, 2019. We are planning a conference with Charles Ambaka, a GFI Associate from Kenya. Charles will be teaching the Exchanged Life, Elly will be focusing on the Firm Foundations course and I will be teaching Bible Interpretation. The conference will be for three days. We appreciate your prayers as a number of the coaches will come to this conference. They will take the teaching home to pass on to their leaders, who will teach their Life Groups. That is how discipling works!

Now for a few stories:

Pastor Brian of Cornerstone Church in Sani told us he has been preaching there for many years but has never witnessed lives being transformed like he does now using the DCI approach of sharing the Good News through one on one discipling. He said he knows of no other way to reach the Sani Muslims than through one on one discipleship. Many churches and missionaries have tried to reach these people by bringing handouts, like the Muslims do, without any impact. People pretend to follow them but after receiving the gifts they go back to Islam. Pastor Brian mentioned that the ShareWord Bibles have also been a great tool in winning Muslims to Christ. People in this area are in search of the true God, but also like free handouts. When they hear that those who are discipled receive a free Bible, they come to get that free Bible. They assume that after they get their Bible and the Dynamic Basics Booklet they can return to their Muslim religion. But while they are being discipled and waiting to receive that free Bible and having completed the Dynamic Basics Booklet, they wind up being saved through the Word and experience true conversion. Then they join a Life Group and become strong believers in Jesus. They also begin to reach out to their neighbors and relatives. And that is how Muslims are becoming Christ-followers and join the Christian churches in the area.

More stories and personal testimonies from this Muslim area of Nkhotakhota and Sani area are found on our website http://www.northernmalawinews.com. Please take time to read a few and be encouraged. Click on the link below.

One of the local people our team interviewed was Martin Banda who joined Islam 58 years ago when his parents joined Islam because of the handouts. Martin told us he doesn’t like Islam because he feels it is a dead religion. He says that after all these years of being a Muslim he still doesn’t understand what is written in the Quran, for it is written in Arabic. (You will find more about this gentleman; after the interview, George led him to Christ.)

David Mwaluwiro is a wonderful godly man and full of wisdom. He attended the training for the first time, but had previously been informed by one of the leaders. His love for God is amazing. He asked Raphael if he could attend the meeting because he wanted to meet the DCI team and thank them for the Bibles and the teaching that is being done. During the training he was also making some good comments, especially regarding the commitment of the leader. He challenged his fellow leaders, “As leaders we should not be like sign posts which only point in the direction of a place where we have never been ourselves. The leader should not tell people to do what he himself has never done before. Rather he should tell people to do what the apostle Paul said, ‘Follow me as I follow Christ’. The leader must be an example to the group, not ‘do as I say’ but ‘do as I do’”. It was encouraging to hear these comments because it clearly shows that people are really getting the teachings.

Projects for you to consider:

Bibles. ShareWord has promised 10,000 New Testaments for next year. We can use 20,000, an additional 10,000. So far you have given $26,249.00. We are looking for $50,000 by the end of December so we can buy enough Bibles to last until the next shipment from ShareWord comes in June/July 2019.
Printing DCI Discipling materials. We need to print 20,000 Basic Discipling booklets to keep up with the growth in Malawi and now also in Zambia.
Monthly Needs: The DCI Team also needs an additional $500.00 in monthly contributions for general expenses. At present the monthly income is $2,530.00. This pays for allowances and other ministry expenses. The cost of gasoline has gone from MK720 to MK920 / litre, about $1.90 / litre. Inflation keeps going up. Can you help monthly?

To help the DCI Team do their work, please click here.
DCI | 164 Stonegate Close , Airdrie, AB, Alberta T4B 2V2 Canada

A Good News week in November 2018.

John and George spent a long week visiting an area in the very north of Malawi. Three areas were included in this visit and the reports below tell the story. They battled with intestinal discomfort for three days and bugs that kept them from sleeping a whole night.

Chitimba Map

ULIWA, TILOLA AND CHITIMBA

1). ULIWA

We arrived at Uliwa late in the afternoon of Sunday,  and we started the training Monday morning. Eight leaders attended the training. It went well, except that George and I were both sick from the first day of training at Uliwa till the third day. Pastors where really blessed with the teaching we brought, especially when we explained the spiritual gifts. Most of these pastors have never been taught on the spiritual gifts, even though most of them went to bible colleges. George taught the spiritual gifts very well. Pastors were happy to learn how they can discover their own spiritual gifts. One pastor said he never knew that one can use the hand to explain the fivefold ministry gifts in details as George did.

Leaders at Hara village

Leaders of Hara Life Groups

From Uliwa we had time to travel to different villages to hear for ourselves what God is doing in the area. We first visited a place called Hara where the work is exploding very fast. This village has many people who belong to a denomination that doesn’t preach the true gospel, like Last Church and African Church. After Mwaonje Gondwe was trained at Uliwa by the DCI team he introduced this work in his village. He deliberately targeted these local churches that do not preach Christ. Now many people have come to know Christ and are being discipled. We met with some of these people, and some of them have become Life Group Leaders.

We met Lameck Kaulanda who is a pastor of an African Church. He accepted Christ at the Life Group and after he was discipled, he went back to his church and began sharing the Gospel of salvation. Many people from his church have come to know Christ for salvation.

We also met Elizer Chawola who was a prostitute and she is a changed person now and a mother. At Hara we also found Simeon Nyirenda who was a witch-doctor (an evil spirit worshipper) who had a Shilan (a temple dedicated for ritual practices and worshipping of spirits.)

We also visited a place called Hangalawe. Here we also met people that have been transformed through the one to one and the Life Groups. We met Ellings Harawa who was such a drunkard and everybody in this area knew about him. But through the Life Group Ellings accepted Christ through his wife’s witness. She was attending Hangalawe Life Group. Many lives have been changed through the study of the New Testaments in their Life Group and one to one discipling. At Hangalawe people are doing one to one discipling in more places than we know. This resulted in the community miraculously being transformed: drunkards and prostitutes are all changed by the Gospel.

2) TILOLA 

Harry started the work at Tilola and we visited this place once with him in 2016. We returned to see how the work is doing. We received many calls from there and so we were blessed to find that the work was still carrying on. Harry, who was the coach in that area had left and the leaders had not yet been fully trained at that time. We were encouraged by what we found!

Leaders at Tilola (1)

Leaders of the Tilola Life Groups

We spent the whole day there, and invited all Life Group leaders and their apprentices to meet with us. Our plan was to do the Dynamic Basics together with them. We did this and George taught the Explosive Growth and the Welcome from the Leaders Training Manual. We had 18 leaders all together. Some walked for more than 20 Kilometers to attend the training.  We have also appointed two pastors as our contact persons. Pastor Emmanuel Mwafuliwa will be working with the leaders that are close to where we conducted the trainings, while Matthews Kamba will be working with those leaders who lives 20 kilometers from there. This area will no longer be part of the Uliwa group, since it is too far from there. There are 9 Life groups in that area with people from different churches.

3). CHITIMBA

From Tilola we went to Chitimba where we had two full days of training with six pastors with their wives. This is unique of the Chitimba pastors, they always come with their wives. This works here because we only have 6 leaders right now and that keeps the group manageable.

Leaders at Chitimba

Leaders of the Chitimba Life Groups with their wives

The women are also very much involved in the ministry. The pastors at Chitimba are doing one to one discipleship both in their churches and in their community. Many lives have been impacted also due to the free ShareWord Bibles we can give them. Many Life Groups have started in this area.

During all these days we were lodging at the Kabalilo rest house. We had good rooms which were self-contained. This was a great help to us due to the diarrhea that troubled us for 3 days. The wash room was the only safe place to be. The shower also was a great help for cooling our bodies during the night for it was very hot.

One night we didn’t sleep because of some tiny flying insects that entered our rooms. These insects are edible. They come from Lake Malawi. People catch them by using a soaked winnower and swashing it through the air and the insects will stick to the moist winnower. Then they form them into a ball and sell it at the market. This is a favorite food for many people along the shores of Lake Malawi.

Thank you

John.

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?
Dynamic Churches International’s Mission

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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.