recommended – a must see film.
The Leonardo di Caprio film or DVD/Video “Blood
Diamonds” will give you a very good idea of what life has
been like for the people we are working with in Liberia and Sierra
Les and Pilar
very first School of Mission in 1987
For all School of Missions leaders
And for all who are thinking about opening a centre
Allow me to bring the School of Mission discipleship concept back into
sharp focus because from years of experience this is what brings
maximum blessing and the most effective expansion. A School that only
teaches the lessons is missing the point of discipleship which is
learning by hearing in small groups, then going out and doing what you
have learned and then reporting back, as shown by Jesus. There are
three major steps:
1. Open a "mother" School of Mission according to the leader's
2. After the first three modules allow and encourage the students and
later the graduates to engage in evangelism and cross-border mission
leading to church planting, as well as the doing the one-off practical
projects contained in every lesson.
3. Each new church as soon as it has started can offer a "daughter"
School of Mission leading to new leaders, more evangelism and further
church planting; a Banking for the Poor scheme under the
leadership, to help the poor; a Business for Mission scheme to
produce funding locally by work creation on top of tithes and gifts.
We provide all the materials and advice to help start the mother School
of Mission, and afterwards if necessary we may be able to help the
graduates with some small amounts of funding to do the church planting
and banking for the poor, subject to the applicants having impeccable
financial integrity and references. Remember the example of the Nairobi
School of Mission which has planted 36 new schools
and many new churches across four nations ? We will all do well to
follow their example.
Have you registered your school ? If not you need to do so to be
eligible for prayer support, advice and resources later on. Write to me
if you need to register your school.
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well-intentioned efforts to "get it all together" for God,
can very well get in the way of what God is doing for us.
We can't get too
much of God. We can't get too much faith and obedience, we can't get
too much love and worship. But our well-intentioned efforts to "get it
all together" for God, can very well get in the way of what God is
doing for us. The main and central action is everywhere and always what
God has done, is doing, and will do for us. But more often than not we
become impatient along the way and decide to improve matters with our
two cents' worth. We add on, we supplement, we embellish. But instead
of improving on the purity and simplicity of Jesus, we dilute the
purity; clutter the simplicity: We become fuss or anxious. We get in
the way. That's when it's time to read Hebrews again, written for "too
religious" Christians, for 'Jesus and . ." Christians. In the letter,
it is Jesus and angels, or Jesus and Moses, or Jesus and priesthood. In
our time it is more likely to be Jesus and politics, or Jesus and
education, or even Jesus and organisation. Hebrews deletes the the
add-ons. The focus becomes clear and sharp again: God's action in
Jesus. And we are free once more for the act of faith, the one human
action in which we don't get in the way but on the Way.
Adapted for DCI use from Eugene Peterson,
Introduction to Hebrews in The Message
In North India we have planted
28 churches in the remote villages . .
where the gospel is preached for the first time. These people are so
simple in their faith and God does many miracles for them
like this one: Padmini had a hunchback for 30 years and when the
missionary came he preached about Jesus who healed a woman with
hunchback. Sister Padmini asked the missionary "will your God heal my
sickness"? The missionary said "yes". He prayed for her and she was
completely healed. Her healing brought many more people into the
church.Now when people get sick they come to the church and stay there
as if admitted into a hospital. After their healing they
Kizhakkevila Daniel, DCI Partner in Kerala, India
the very latest on the world's remaining unreached peoples is here
offer limited full scholarship (tuition and textbooks) . .
to study for an M.A or Ph.D in International Development through
distance education at William Carey International University in
California USA. Candidates must be African resident on the continent
and working with a Christian organization. Applicants admitted to the
Ph.D. program are expected to have already completed a
master’s degree related to International Development, and to
have learning equivalent to the foundational studies offered in the
Global Civilization curriculum. Full information from:
Talla Andre, Douala, Cameroon.
Africa Academy for Christian Leadership
All of our old computers are broken down
And I do not have any good means of keeping records. I need a laptop or
desktop computer for the office to help me type and keep the reports
George Purkweri, Lira - Uganda
§ Who can help George please?
He can receive a laptop duty-free for use in his School of Mission, or
his skill training schools for orphans or for monitoring the DCI Banks
for the Poor. This is an honest man with 100% integrity, please help
him if you can. The address is Box 187, Lira, Uganda.
Les and Pilar
for a comprehensive before you travel overseas
check list, as used by people in DCI England.
Asking for prayer this week . .
Kathy, the wife of David Pick our assistant in the UK is recovering
after a serious and unexpected throat operation that did not go as well
as everyone hoped for.
Les and Pilar
you so much for your heart to help me and my wife . .
by sending gifts to pay the hospital. She is discharged now and getting
Pastor Yona Mwanza, with DCI in Tanzania
Thanks to our friends in DCI England . .
who sent me three cars - such good news. This month we had our AEAD
General Assembly for two days, arranged for 400 vulnerable children to
have a birth certificate in order to come to our school, and ran a
prayer week with 1800 people.
Pastor Philippe Ouedroago,
with DCI in Burkina Faso since 1985
with our DCI friends in Barcelona - Spain . .
was a real pleasure for us, such lovely people. Later we managed to get
Pilar's Mum and Dad happily and peacefully installed into a nursing
home in Valencia - just in time because in the first week Pilar's dad,
87, had to be operated on urgently for a burst appendix and he
survived. In Madrid the REMAR 25th Anniversary Congress gave us 17 hour
days and 35 degree heat but the real cream on the cake was a 4 am start
for a 5 am check in queue followed by a huge security queue for a
packed flight home. We gotr home before breakfast and ready for bed!
The conference was a blessing to us and to everyone there. When we saw
the many South American believers praising God we caught a glimpse of
what having “A passion for His name” really means.
We also saw power evangelism and major responses to receive Jesus like
we have not seen for years where we are in the UK. My bit of
preaching went OK, at least Pilar says so. They gave us a silver plaque
to honour the 25 years we have served them.
To download a copy of my message in English click here.
Opportunities to serve with us . . .
Wanted: A news editor to take over the production of these news pages.
We also need a webmaster to run the site and a designer to give us a
whole new look in php or Open Source programming. And in the
UK we need a
book-keeper and a part-time administrator, and an Arabic
translator to complete and check the Arabic pages. All these roles are
for part-time volunteers who want to serve in missions from their homes.
We need to buy or receive as a gift an inexpensive used 4WD
vehicle or a minibus for a rural orphanage in Zimbabwe and we need some
old laptops that are now out of use to be sent to South Africa to help
train poor young people in IT skills.
Contact Les Norman here
militants rushed our 120 believers . .
at Nanjangud and tried to force them to praise other gods. The Pastor
and believers kept on praying to the Lord. The police rescued them but
have now accused them of conducting church in houses and leading people
to Christ. They have confiscated Bibles and asked the Pastor to stop
until he has a building. The militants have told the Pastor to move out
and the police refuse any protection if they worship in a house. I need
your prayers for our church and help to buy land and build so they may
meet and be protected by law.
for security reasons
through this page
The Abdijan DCI School of Mission . . .
will open its doors on the 1st of October 2007. Men and women can
attend free of charge and should register now.
Clovis Toukam, Abidjan - Cote D'Ivoire
Often we are quick to moan and groan to God.
But too often we forget to thank Him. Today I want to publicly thank
God! Last week end our daughter and her two children were travelling
back home and our daughter either fell asleep at the wheel or had a bad
turn and the car ended up crossing the road, hitting a telephone pole
then careering 30 meters down into a river. Even the police attending
the accident called it a miracle that they all came out with only a few
cuts and bruises! The next day was my 60th birthday and I think that
God gave me the most wonderful present ever – the lives of my
daughter and my grandchildren!
Bur, with DCI in France
Our next free "Practical Ministries"
and "School of Mission" courses over the Internet . .
begin on 1 October till 1 December.
Our goal is to prepare dedicated servants of Christ to spread the
Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and also to minister the whole Gospel for
the whole person to "the poor, the maimed, the lame and the
blind." To register for our English-language courses please
for the DCI School of Mission and here
for Practical Ministries.
Robert Hosken, Moscow, Russia
We started a cell group to reach bikers four
Now we are branching off to reach street gangs and drug addicts. We
have been using your School of Mission materials. We believe
in the cell church structure to reach people with the Gospel without a
large expense. I just wanted to write to tell you how things
are going and try to be an encouragement to you. God bless you.
Pastor Doug Carlson, 42, New Hampshire, USA
We want to contact a . .
pentecostal or evangelical church or ministry in Argentina.
Anton, South Africa
Spanish Baptist pastor seeks a distributor
. . .
for his film with a Christian message that was filmed on location in
Jerusalem in 2006.
Weill, 53, Director, Alcorcon - Madrid, Spain
We are starting a church and need advice
on how to do things right, like the admin and raising leaders, in
Martinez, 25, Trieste - Italy
I am in evangelism and misisons in my church
and would like to have a mission experience with the DCI network of
contacts, it would be a privilgege for me.
Peguero Calzado, 38,
Santo Domingo - República Dominicana
Can missions people in Russia contact me please,
I want to know more.
31, Bayamon - Puerto Rico
I am looking for mission projects in Romania.
I am a football trainer, ex-player and work is missions through
Athletes for Christ.
Dias Policarpo, 35, Romania and
three men sent two others . .
worshipped and fasted before the Lord rather than conferring with men
and organizing, later they fasted and prayed before sending rather than
discussed and decided. Three men sent two others who went out in a
great step taken by the Lord for the spread of the gospel of His
kingdom to the world, from Antioch in Syria:
Without the organizing of a mission.
Without the raising of funds.
Without human ordination (decision or approval).
Without any human plan or method, (they went and made a start.)
To read the full commentary by Watchman Nee
and join in the discussion of this hot topic in DCI click here