First trip report after Covid in Malawi

Dear friends,

While we are still restricted by the Covid 19 pandemic, the Malawians at large have decided to just ignore the restrictions and get on with life. Knowing the situation there, I understand the impossibility of social distancing, hand washing and all the other Covid related do’s and don’ts.

Also political campaigning is happened in light of new elections slated for June 23, 2020. These elections are held to right the wrongs of last year’s elections, when the results were rigged in favour of the then-ruling party. This was overturned a few months ago by a judge and new elections were ordered. Since the last elections, months of demonstrations, even deadly ones ensued. For a while it was dangerous to travel, as we reported in a previous letter. But now peace seems to have returned to the Warm Heart of Africa, as Malawi bills itself.

We have recently received this year’s supply of Bibles from the Gideons/ ShareWord International. The DCI Team is very thankful for this provision. Only heaven will tell how many lives will be saved and changed for God’s glory through these Bibles. We were also informed by the Gideons that this will be the last time they will make Bibles available for Malawi, for now. Apparently giving is down and the budget needs to be adjusted accordingly. As already mentioned, we are thankful for the partnership we have enjoyed these past number of years.

And talking about giving, we are so thankful for you, our partners in this discipling venture in Malawi. God is doing amazing things and saving a people for Himself in Malawi. Elly and I trust that together we will able to keep up the supply of Bibles for all the people who want to be discipled and are sharing their faith with others.

We are co-workers together with God. Be encouraged as you read Caleb’s report below.

Shalom,

Hans and Elly Timmermans

P.S. If you want to help finance the work in Malawi, just email your gift to: dcioffice@shaw.ca
or use our Donate page.


Caleb’s Report of the first June trip to the Chitimba area

It was interesting going to the mountains for followup to the Kalora-2 Life Group in Chitimba area in Karonga District after the Covid 19 break. We were also challenged to see how far these three old men, Mr. Ngwira (the coach) and his two friends took the Gospel to these remote and hard to reach villages in the mountains.

33 people attended the follow-up meeting at Kalora. George shared an encouragement from Colossians 2:6-7, that as they have received Jesus Christ so they should walk in Christ Jesus.

TESTIMONY of Mark Mwowo

He is the leader of Kalora-2 Life Group. He testified how God’s word through the Life Group has changed his area. He said many ministers of the gospel neglect this area because it’s beyond the mountains and very hard to reach. The few crusades that came to this area, were not successful as no one-to-one discipleship or follow up took place. The area is now experiencing revival of God’s Word because of one-to-one discipling. Mark is also very thankful to DCI and partners for changing his village with the Gospel and giving them New Testament Bibles and a DB books so that each one is now able to read for himself the word of GOD. They did not have Bibles and so did not know the Word of God.

After this we visited Thekelo Life Group. 29 people attended the meeting. I encouraged the people with the word of God from Revelation 3:5 where Jesus says, “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life.” And after receiving this encouragement, we listened to praise reports.

TESTIMONY of Wisdom Gondwe

He had been living a life of drinking too much beer and smoking, so that he couldn’t support his family. He used to spend MK15,000 to MK 20,000 for beer in a day. He always fought with his wife over the lack of food and family necessities. But God has changed his life through one-to-one discipleship and now he is one of the faithful participants at Thekero Life Group and a follower of Christ Jesus. He is no longer drinking or smoking. He now also shares the gospel with other people using the DCI materials he was given. He is also increasing in knowledge of God’s Word.

Since this was our first field experience since we the Covid 19 outbreak, we had lots of expectations. But interesting enough, people responded positively, and our programs have been successful with no Covid 19 challenge. And the issue of blood suckers is now history of the past. We experienced no threat as regarding to blood suckers.

Thanks,

Caleb

June 2020 Update during the Covid 19 slowdown. The DCI Team didn’t sit still!

Dear Friends,

The Covid 19 pandemic has also affected Malawi. For a few months all travel stopped. Especially after a group of people threatened to kill the DCI Team in Jenda. They were looking for strangers that were supposed to be satanists and since John and George and Caleb were not known in that area, they found themselves in grave danger all of a sudden and had to flee for their lives. We heard similar stories from Karonga, in the very north of Malawi.

Pastor Oswell Kaira, the DCI coach in that area wrote:
On the issue of Covid-19 Malawi has registered eight confirmed cases of the virus with one death, so far God has spared the North though not over, but we have already started experiencing the negative impact of the virus. We have already started following the precaution measures to avoid catching the virus of which some measures are very difficult to be followed like shutting down because many people are living a life of hand to mouth. We really need to pray for God’s intervention other wise it will be a disaster if the disease will continue spreading. Economically we have already started facing some challenges which seems will make some of our plans not fulfilled.
“The just shall live by faith, His grace is sufficient” has become a song of the day for the believers here. We are standing on the promises of God.
Last month I was in Chitipa and Wiliro meeting with Life group leaders to encourage and supply them with materials, next week I was supposed to train leaders at Kayerekera and establish life groups but due to Covid 19 and blood sucking rumours will not be able until things get to normal.
We pray God to stop the spread of the virus and comfort those who have lost their relatives. We pray for his will to be done for God’s will is always good for us all.
Lastly, I once again thank you for writing and encouraging us God bless you! May the peace of God cover you and Elly as the world mourns.
Are there any of our DCI members affected or infected by the virus? I was praying God to keep you safe from the virus.
Take care of yourself, observe the precaution measures set to avoid catching the virus.
Greet every one
Pastor Oswell
DCI Coach
But during thistle of no travelling Caleb visited with some pastors he knew in Mzuzu and began to teach them the discipling process. Here are some of his stories:

Today I went to Light of Nations Church ( LNC ) at Chisala. I was invited by Alick. He is a member of New Apostolic Church ( NAC ). After I discipled him through the first lesson of the DB, he was so excited and shared with the leader of LNC. This leader is Mr. Chunda. When he heard about the DCI discipleship lessons, he organized some members of his church and invited me to teach them. So today I did lesson one with them.These church members are  so interested to learn all the DB lessons, so we have agreed to continue with them someday. (20-05-20)

About a later visit Caleb writes:

Picture2Today I continued with lesson 2 of the DB with the Light of Nations church at Chisala and the man second from left is Alick Chirambo the only one from the New Apostolic Church. The people say that  they are very gratefull for the lessons, because the DB lessons make them grow spiritually as they live their Christian life and make them assured of their salvation. They are very interested to learn more and we have agreed to meet next Tuesday again. Pray for these people for God to use them to disciple more people in their community. We enjoyed lunch which they contributed and I also contributed for the food MK 10,000 Thanks (20-06-03) (Caleb)

 

John, George and Caleb have been busy at the office as well, painting the metal roof and sealing the stones of the fence. The Team has also been busy designing a teaching paper on Giving to take to the villages. We have been wanting them for a long time that help from Canada can stop any time and to think of ways to continue the work should that happen. A few weeks a go we finally had a Zoom meeting with the Gideon/ShareWord people and they told us that, beginning next year they would not supply us with Bibles any longer. So the Malawians the DCI Team have discipled need to begin looking for a way to continue discipling others and buy the Bibles for their new disciples. This will be a new experience for them since giving is not generally part of the DNA of the Malawians. They are also very poor in the villages. But putting aside just a little money will make it possible to buy a Bible for a neighbour who needs one as he or she is discipled.

Picture5George has been meeting with a group headed by Pastor Daniel Mtambo, also in  the Mzuzu area. You can see him on the left in the photo. Beside him is his wife and the people being trained. George is the second from the right.

 

 

 

 

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In the middle of June the new and last supply of Bibles came from the Malawian Bible Society, paid for by the Canadian Gideons/ShareWord. We are so thankful for the Bibles given to the DCI Team over the years. Tens of thousands have been used to disciple God-hungry Malawians and bring them to faith in Christ. Heaven will let us see the impact of the work! that will be so exciting to meet the ones touched by the love of Christ.

 

 

 

 

Canadian Base Moves

Dear friends of Malawi,

Hans and Elly

Much has happened since our last newsletter. COVID19 is dictating much of what we do and where we go. The same is true in Malawi. However, John, George and Caleb continue to find creative ways to continue the work of discipling and training leaders.

This letter is primarily about the changes that have taken place to us, Hans and Elly, right here in Canada.
We have moved into our renovated home in Sarnia this Victoria long weekend.
Our new address is:
351 Elsfield Crescent
Sarnia, ON N7S 1C4
Our phones and email all stay the same. Due to COVID19 we have not sold our home in St. Marys but have been successful in finding tenants for the interim. We will try to sell it again once the real estate market settles down.
Our door at 351 Elsfield Cres is open to any who want to drop in for a visit. We are not much farther away. Sarnia is a lovely city, with lots of parks and walking trails (when they get re-opened) and, of course, we are close to the US border. Please feel free to stop in any time.
Much of our ‘new’ home has been renovated now. The main floor is almost completed. One patio door left to install and the fireplace mantel/bookshelves to be completed. That leaves the basement (which is partially finished) for next winter, and the outdoors to be tackled this summer. We certainly won’t have time to be bored.
We have regular zoom meetings with our team in Malawi, for which we are thankful. Even before COVID, zoom was one of the best things that happened to us. We share ideas together, encourage one another and hear how the work is progressing – all as if we were sitting across the table from them.
The political scene in Malawi has been tense for some time now; but we have heard good news and look forward to elections in July and, hopefully, a government that has more interest in the people than the current one. The good thing is that in the midst of all this – COVID and politics – God is still in control and we look to Him to supply all the needs – including strength to carry on, courage to face the difficulties, and wisdom to find creative ways to continue the work of following up all those who have been trained.
Thank you to all who responded so quickly to the urgent need we had to help our team in Malawi. The goal was met and our Team has been helped. Thank you for your love and concern for those fellow followers of Christ.
God bless you.
Shalom.
Hans and Elly Timmermans

Malawi Crisis: A Narrow Escape

Dear praying friends of Malawi,

Today we are writing you to let you know about the great unrest dominating the people in Malawi. Elly spoke with John Singinie (the leader of the DCI team) at length this morning. The following are some of the stories he told her. The present unrest ultimately came about because of rigged national elections last summer. The courts have ruled against the president who illegitimately was sworn in and is trying to hang onto power by force. The High Court has ordered new elections within 150 days. The president is resisting and has appealed to the Supreme Court which said that the High Court ruling stands.

In the Nyaga News, a local paper in Malawi, the vice-president cautioned the army not to obey the president’s orders to shoot to kill demonstrators. But people are dying, mob rule has taken away power from the police. Police stations are being burnt by the angry mobs. The army is attempting to keep the order, but they are not trained to do this. However, they let the people know in no uncertain terms that when an order is given it needs to be obeyed. For example, John reported that one person who wanted to obstruct the progress of an army truck was run over. People are getting the point. When the army shows up the demonstrations stop, and the people disperse.

149 kilometers…

The DCI Team, John, George and Caleb, arrived in Jenda yesterday to meet with some Life Groups and supply the coaches with the needed New Testaments and Discipling materials, as well as encourage everyone in the work of God. They had settled in a lodge (here we would call it a motel) when word came that a crowd was looking for strangers. These strangers were supposed to be Satanists. Any strangers they could find were killed by stoning or pouring gasoline on them and burning them. The Team, being “strangers”, had to leave immediately and left their personal belongings behind; John left his extra clothes and Caleb his shoes; they ran. In the car they chose to take the back roads, because the M1, the main highway, was blocked by these angry mobs.

As they fled, they saw members of the Good Hope team and warned them to also flee Jenda, so they fled the area together. They arrived home safely late at night.

From an audio clip from George (on the DCI Team in Malawi): “So far they’ve burnt one lodge . . . spread gasoline in the homes of people so that when they collapse they can suck their blood . . . they are attacking people, so we are running away.”

From John & others on the team: (John): “going back home . . . (people are) attacking those who are driving . . . taking a back road . . . left his whole bag . . . Caleb has left his shoes, left a number of things in their rooms . . . (George): “Just pray for us as we are travelling back to Mzuzu. We believe God is with us and we need your prayers. . . . (?): “They’ve also destroyed a police station in Jenda.”

Please pray:

  • For the people of Malawi to have patience as the courts try to enforce the law and remove the illegitimate president.
  • For a peaceful solution to the problems caused by these rigged elections. New elections are postponed because of COVID19.
  • For the army, wisdom and restraint as they try to maintain peace.
  • For the DCI Team as they seek to serve God and spread the Good News by training and encouraging Christ-followers.
  • For safety on the road.
  • For wisdom where to go and when to leave.
  • For the many disciples of Christ, new believers, to live out their new-found faith in the face of this unrest.
  • For many to come to faith in Christ as they see all this unrest around them.

Thank you for your prayers!

For the DCI Team,

Hans and Elly

God is saving a village

We were so blessed and encouraged with the testimonies and report we heard at Sangilo in Karonga District. We first trained pastors and leaders from different denominations at Tilora: African International Church, Baptist Church, Assemblies of God Church, Christian Love Church and Holy Word Church. These people came from different villages and when they went back to their various homes they introduced the one to one discipling there.

Mwayi Nyirenda is one of those leaders. After being trained Mwayi went to Sangilo and established the work there through one to one dicipling and started the Life Group, which has also reproduced. God has been saving people through one to one dicipling and changing many lives. When they are saved and discipled they discover who they are in Christ and their life changes. People who are dicipled receive a free ShareWord New Testament and the Dynamic Basics Booklet. Then they in turn diciple other people and give them a ShareWord New Testament and a Dynamic Basics Booklet in turn. They are so thankful for these materials because they allow them to read and study the Word of God for themselves, grow in their faith and disciple others.

Here are two testimonies:

DEVI MKANDAWIRE (Above photo):

IMG_20200220_095438_9Devi Mkandawire comes from Mtowera Nyifwa Village, Traditional Wansambo Authority in Karonga District. He is the leader of an African International Church. He told us that he has been the leader of this church for a number of years even though he was not saved and did not know the truth of the Word of God. He was a blind leader leading the blind.

He said that he discovered the truth about God through the one to one discipling. It changed his life. He also said that through the Life Group bible studies, the ShareWord bibles and the DCI teaching and discipleship materials, he has learnt how to teach the truth of the Word of God in his church .

PRISCILA MKWANDAWIRE (photo on the right):
Priscila Mkandawire is about 14 years old and lives in Deleza Chiwembu Village. IMG_20200220_095520_7Despite her age, she is one of the devoted people in her Life Group. She told us that most people in her village were very troubled. They were drunkards, womanizers, wizards and witches. When Mwayi introduced the DCI work, almost the whole village was saved and a Life Group was started. Peoples lives have been changed through the studies in the Life Group. They now love one another and through the Life Group, people of different churches meet and discuss the Word of God together. They freely talk about their New Life in Christ.

February Reports

Dear friends,

DCI Malawi is doing well! Thanks for your prayers and support. January and much of February were taken up with taking care of the office in Mzuzu. A brick fence needed to be built around the property to make it more secure. Demonstrations made it often unsafe to be on the roads. The last elections were contested by the Malawian population and they expressed their displeasure by demonstrating, often accompanied by violence again properties and cars. Glory, George’s wife had to flee with her new baby boy Timothy a day after he was born a few months ago. The unrest lasted many weeks.
Then the teachers went on strike, because they had not been paid for a long time. The children of school age went on a rampage this time.

Now the rains have come and the roads are washed out in many places. I will include a few videos of the road by the office  https://vimeo.com/394701006  and one of the M1 https://vimeo.com/394701012 , the main highway going North to South the length of Malawi and the main corridor for bringing goods into the country.

All this unrest has caused supply chains to be interrupted and made it hard to impossible for people in the villages to do business, resulting in a lack of food. This has also made it hard for the DCI Team to visit some villages, they just were not able to have them due to lack of food.

Below are the reports from Caleb and John of their trip to Tilola and other places in the North of Malawi. Enjoy the read and God bless you,

Hans and Elly for the DCI Team


Caleb’s Saturday Discipleship Report

Today, Saturday, I went to visit pastor Sunday of the Full Gospel Church at Geshah near Mzuzu . We had a wonderful time. The pastor invited his church members to attend and the programme was done at this church. I introduced the one to one Dynamic Basics to them. I divided them in groups of two so they could practice the one to one discipling. They were very interested to learn the lessons. We have agreed that we should meet again next of next Saturday morning. There were 11 people, including myself. Those are their pictures, their church and their new church project.

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I write to report on the trip we had to Tilola from 17 to 22 Feb. 2020.

My first field experience was wonderful. I enjoyed fellowship with pastors and leaders of six different churches namely; African International Church, African Church, Baptist Church, Assemblies of God, and Christian Love and Holy Word. These pastors also lead different Life Groups in their villages.

It was so encouraging to see pastors and leaders coming from short and far distances to learn more about discipleship. They participated by asking questions and making comments on the teaching of the LEADERSHIP BASICS and A NEW ONENESS IN RELATIONSHIP. They showed much interest in the Word of GOD and reaching out to others in their villages.

Wisdom Ngwira, one of the pastors, reported that after he had been taught how to disciple using the one to one discipleship by the D.C.I Team, he went to his village and taught two other people, Version Kondowe and Symon Mhango. These two people are now also working hard in the kingdom of GOD. They went and taught others too. Version has 1 life group and Symon has 3 life groups. Now there are 52 people in 4 life groups.

Another story tells of Masida Msiska, from Sangilo Village. This man was a drunkard and caused trouble in this village. Now, after Mr. Nyirenda had discipled him one to one through the Dynamic Basics, he received JESUS CHRIST. His life changed, he stopped his drinking and also stopped being a trouble maker in the village. He says he will now start going to the Life Group in his village.

I was happy and greatly encouraged to see how the discipleship work is growing. We heard many more other testimonies at Tilola.  I thank GOD for the trip we had. Thanks,

Caleb Chirambo, DCI Team member.


John’s Report on the trip to Tilola

Here is the field report for Tilola, we left Mzuzu for Tilola on a Monday morning. We had a safe trip despite road challenges, the M1 road to Karonga has been badly damaged by running waters. We have more rains this season than normally expected. Most mountains in the North are filled with water and hence releasing a lot of water in the rivers. It was very dangerous driving through the M1 road to Karonga. See the picture of one of the places that the road has been damaged (that is at Chitimba area).

More houses have been destroyed by rains at Tilola and other areas in Karonga people are left helpless just living in camps. This also had a negative impact on us for we could not visit some third generations leaders and Life Groups because a number of places were flooded with water.

We had good time during the trainings. This was our fifth visit to Tilola (and last training session) and we had 9 leaders attending. First we introduced Caleb to the group and they welcomed him very well. Caleb was asked to teach the lesson on LEADERSHIP BASICS and NEW ONENESS IN RELATIONSHIP and he did very well. He taught with confidence, which was so encouraging to the audience. People were able to participate and ask a number of questions, which Caleb was able to answered well. Caleb enjoyed the interaction with these leaders during the lunch breaks. This trip he also gave him a good impression of what life on the field is like.

The work at Tilola is growing well and fast, the leaders we have trained have trained a number of generational leaders. Many life groups have been started all over Tilola and surrounding area. When we first came to Tilola a lot of villagers said we were of the devil after one person received a New Testament bibles and the same night his house got on fire. People concluded that it was because of the bible he received. And it is in the same village that the gospel is spreading like wildfire and many people have benefited from the free ShareWord bibles the DCI team is giving them.

Sangilo

After completing at Tilola, we took to visit Sangilo where we met with the third generation. We were so encouraged with what we found people doing.Lots of people have been reached with the gospel and have been given ShareWord New Testament bibles which they are using for discipling others. The Sangilo area has 3 Life Groups and they are planning to start another Life Group.At Sangilo most of the young people are involved in discipleship. We met a young girl who is very involved in discipling and she shared an amazing story of how a whole village was transformed by the gospel. We also met Kondwani Nkhonjere who is a preacher at the African Church. Kondwani was appointed as the preacher while he didn’t have any biblical knowledge and was not saved. He didn’t even have a personal bible as a preacher. But after he was reached with the gospel he got saved and received a free bible. Kondwani’s life has completely been transformed and now he is a gospel preacher. He is going around his village preaching the good news, and is also the Life Group leader.

We struggled driving through Sangilo Village, the road was in a very bad shape. In some places we had to first fill some of the pot holes in order for the car to pass. On our way back the car got stuck and we had to push it out of the sinking ground.

JITI

We planned to visit another place called Jiti where we wanted to meet with the third generation disciples. We have heard a lot about this place and what God is doing. But unfortunately there were 3 funerals around the area and the meeting was cancelled.

With thanks to God,

John Singinie

 

Initial Report from Caleb

Dear friends,

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

From: Caleb

To: DCI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caleb

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

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

Hans and Elly Timmermans

 

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New Year’s Update: Welcoming Caleb

HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 2020

Dear Friends of Malawi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year End Greetings

Dear Friends of DCI, Malawi

We want to wish you God’s blessings as you get together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

As always, thank you for your prayers, interest, and support.

And God’s blessings for 2020,
On behalf of the DCI Team

Elly and Hans

DCI Malawi (Discipling Christ-followers Intentionally)

You are welcome to make a year-end donation!

Ministry Update: October, 2019

Dear friends of Malawi,
How time does fly by. Someone once told me that time is relevant to our age: when we are young, say 10 years old, then a year is one-tenth of our life time, whereas at the ripe old age of 65, one year is one-sixty-fifth of our life time, so it seems to go faster! Makes total sense to me. I guess that’s why it is speeding by – we are not getting any younger. But, God is good to us all the time.
We just came back from a wonderful trip to western Canada. Many thanks to all those who hosted us and helped with the logistics and scheduling of the various presentations. Also, a big thank you to those who came to one of our presentations. We so enjoyed re-connecting with many friends from days gone by. God opened doors to present His work in many places. We were encouraged to notice that the presentation of the work of discipling in Malawi brought questions from listeners of how we can/should be discipling here in Canada. So, lots of opportunities to discuss discipleship further.
We had great times of fellowship and prayer/praise for what God is doing. One of the side benefits of this trip was that we got to visit the various places where we have lived in BC and Saskatchewan as well as visit with our Dynamic Churches friends and others in Alberta. It was a busy time, but very satisfying and fulfilling. We trust that God will use these Malawi presentations to further His Kingdom and to grow His body of believers.
The translation work of the Dynamic Discipling booklet into the Chichewa language has just been completed and we will look forward to printing some of these booklets in the very near future. In the meantime, the Dynamic Basics booklet has almost run out again, and we will need to print more of these also. As the work grows, the demands for discipleship material also grows with it.
Please pray with us because our supply of New Testaments will be depleted soon. ShareWord has promised more for next year (delivery June 2020) for which we are extremely thankful, but what to do in the meantime? Without the Word of God, it is difficult to disciple someone.  Would you consider donating before the end of the year?
I referred to the speed of time earlier; December 31 will be here before we know it, and with it the opportunity for 2019 income tax receipts for donations will be ending. Please consider how you can help the discipleship in Malawi with funds to print material and purchase New Testaments.
Another need that I would like to share with you who pray for the work in Malawi, is that we are considering the work load that our team of 2 indigenous men carry. Our third member has gone on to other work, and so the work load has increased significantly for John and George. We have someone in mind who we would like to bring on board to join the team. We have known this person for a long time. He meets all the requirement, plus some!
We also are going to see a 15-20% increase to our budget for ministry expenses for 2020. In order to keep up the pace, we need additional funding on a monthly basis also. Can we count on you? You can click here if you want to help via Canada Helps or email us. If you have not looked at our Malawi website lately, (www.dcimalawi.com), you will be blessed to read some of the stories or reports that John and/or George have sent us. God is in the business of saving the people of Malawi. When God does something, He does it well!
You can email us or call:
Hans: 519-859-9812
Elly: 519-913-3341
Thanks for reading this update and your prayers!
Love in Christ,
Hans & Elly