31st March, 2009
CONTROVERSY OF THE MONTH
IS FOREIGN AID HURTING AFRICA?
Dambisa Moyo writing in the prestigious Wall Street Journal
says that $50 billion of international assistance goes to Africa each
year yet evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that this aid has made
the poor poorer, and the growth slower leaving African countries more
debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the currency
markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment. It's
increased the risk of civil conflict and unrest. Moyo says that aid is an unmitigated
political, economic and humanitarian disaster so it should be cut off
and alternatives introduced. Read Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa. Do you agree ?
30th March, 2009
IS FOREIGN AID HURTING AFRICA?
This article shows the glaring stealing of international aid funds.
Greed prevails. What is needed is a tidal wave of micro-enterprise
development funds for trustworthy people.
Dr.Kevin Dyson, Australia.
There is no doubt from our mailbag that Africa is addicted to aid. Most
people write for hand-outs instead of hand-up's into long-term
solutions through work.
Les Norman, The DCI Fund, UK.
Our partner in Malawi Moses Aringo says that the DCI micro-enterprise scheme
there has been a great blessing to many but many more are coming to ask
for assistance. Typically, Miriam, a widow who is sick with AIDS victim
borrowed 12000 shillings to start a charcoal business and has repaid
4000 so far. A Mrs Madise sells eggs with a loan of 15000 shillings and
the income is a great help to her family. And Moses report tells of
many more poor families now prospering.
In northern Uganda George Purkweri tells the story of one widow who borrowed just one chicken from the DCI Chicken Bank. From that one chicken she now has 18 hens laying eggs and this pays the school fees for her family.
29th March, 2009
HOW NORMAL ARE YOU ?
"During a visit an asylum, I asked the director: "How do you determine
whether or not a patient should be kept in?" "Well," said the director,
"we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket
to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub." "OK, I
understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's
bigger than the spoon or the teacup." "No." said the director, "A
normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the
window?" With thanks to our friend John Clements for making us laugh. Do it again John.
28th March, 2009
HOW CAN I JOIN THE DCI FELLOWSHIP ?
We have no formalities or registration process because we are not an
institution, more of a fellowship based on following Jesus and His
call. You are simply welcome, and we have a special page
to help you make a start. We are a group of like-minded men and women
working together all around the world, supporting each other's vision
to reach the lost, the last and the least. We like the small group
principle of Acts 13.1-4
which leads into worship, prayer, being open to the Holy Spirit and
sending people out to be a blessing. The way forward is to begin
talking to us and working with us which will lead in time to a
friendship and then you can share your resources of men, money and
materials with others and they can share what they have with you.
27th March, 2009
THE MONEY FORUM
The falling value of the pound and the dollar is significantly reducing
the value of gifts sent overseas. In Japan, the £1 they had a
year ago is only worth 62p this month, the equivalent of a
38% pay cut! If you are supporting people in mission, they will
probably never say anything so why not ask how they are doing ?
26th March, 2009
CUBAN UNKNOWINGLY WALKS
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE MULLER
In the 18th century it is recorded of George Muller
that without making his wants known to any man, but to God alone,
he cared for thousands of British orphans. This week I asked our
young friend Ranledis
in Cuba how he was managing with his crowd of neglected children and
elderly people. He replied that funds are always at zero for buying food and
only by faith in God do they proceed. Typically last Sunday the cook
arrived to find the cupboard empty, so she and Ranledis turned to
prayer and waited. Within 15 minutes a man came with some money. Click to see more photos. To join us in supporting Ranledis click here.
25th March, 2009
DID ANYONE DESIGN THE UNIVERSE ?
Pastoral advisor John Lennox MA, MA (Bioethics), PhD., DPhil, DSc, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, Fellow in
Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, lectures
on Science and Religion and has been in public debate on the Design of the
Universe with famous atheist Richard Dawkins. Engage brain and follow the riveting trail (in English) on You Tube.
I saw the full brilliant DVD from Amazon
and even felt a twinge of sympathy for Dawkins under the withering
arguments of believer Lennox. Every School of Mission should buy a
24th March, 2009
THEY PLAN TO TURN
SOUTH PACIFIC UPSIDE DOWN
Writing from Fiji Marion Male is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Christian Training Centre in Labasa. Marion says that she has never forgotten how the first money for her work came from the DCI Fund.
Now ten years later God has really blessed NCTC and the students go
out to many villages.Marion says that the training centre
has taken shape from nothing to where they are now and these
Fijian guys intend to turn the South Pacific upside down for Jesus.
Congratulations Marion, it is great to hear from you.
23rd March, 2009
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
BBC Africa has these top tips on how to succeed in business from Africa's entrepreneurs, great reading for all of the DCI Banking for the Poor clients.
Patrick O'Connor writes to say a big thank you because after 16 years in Honduras he is now going to India and will be teaching the free DCI School of Mission studies there.
22nd March, 2009
it's wise to wait, to say, 'I don't have the answer right now but I'll
think about it, pray, and get back to you.' Your own need to rescue
someone, or impress them and make yourself look good may come back to
bite you. Allow wisdom not your ego to determine your response. When
people are anxious for answers they'll pressure you into speaking
before you have all the facts or have taken time to pray and consider
the situation. If you ask Him, God will tell you what to say, when to
say it and what to do, if it is you that He wants to use. Your mind
says, 'Don't just stand there, say something,' but wisdom says, 'Don't
just say something, stand there!' And quietly ask God for insight
because one word from Him can settle things in a hurry. Someone else's
need for an answer, and now - should not determine your need to provide
one - now! Adapted from Bob Gass, The Word For Today
21st March, 2009
IN A MILLION FOUND
In the Amazon of Peru you will find the Huambisa tribe, one of the world's unreached peoples, still largely unable to read or to write. About two years ago our partner in Peru, Rolando
lived amongst the Huambisa for a while trying to share the love of God
but like everyone else met with huge communication problems. Then
Roland met Henry, a young Huambisa man who later chose to follow
Christ. Henry has excelled through two years of education and language
learning and this week he began specialist linguistic studies with CILTA, a Wycliffe/SIL Institute in Lima. Henry's passion is to return to his own Huambisa people with education, the gospel and to open free Schools of Mission
in their own language. We consider it an honour to help sponsor this
one man in a million for these university-level studies that will bless
a entire people group.
20th March, 2009
FROM BURKINA FASO
Click here to see three pages of photos that will touch your heart. It's the EMSI Mission to Burkina Faso
that brought free medical care to thousands of penniless villagers and
prisoners. The story is in Spanish, the photos speak for themselves.
BUY NEW MOTORBIKE FOR UGANDA
Our readers got together to buy a new motorbike for the
32 Churches for the Poor that George Purkweri has opened last year in
Click here to see some of the leaders who will share the motorbike to
visit the different village meetings. Thousands of thanks to everyone.
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
Did you hear that John Wimber, the musician, author
and founder of the Vineyard Churches said that people know how sincere your worship is by your Words, your
Walk, your Works and your Wallet. That's scandalous, but it's true!
COMPASSION CARE'S PARTY
FOR POOR CHILDREN IN INDIA
To see lots and lots more photos like these please click here. Well done Doctors Cat and Mary, we are proud to be your friends and supporters.
AMAZING £58,000,000 FOR WORLD'S POOR
BY BBC RED NOSE DAY
BBC annual Red Nose Day in the UK raised an
incredible £58,000,000 (US$82,000,000) from the British public for Comic
work amongst the poor of the UK and overseas including funds for
1,000,000 mosquito nets for Africa where one child dies every 30
seconds from malaria. To see if you can apply for a grant click here. Congratulations to
Britain's comedians and stars.
THE DRIPPING TAP
night I didn't turn off the tap in kitchen properly and it dripped all
night. I could hear it from my bed but I was tired, and what
difference does one tiny drop of water make anyway? This morning I
found the kitchen sink full and overflowing and suddenly as I looked I
understood how all the hundreds of little things that I do every day
and every week make sense. You see, a life marked by brilliant activity
and lived in the public eye is not necessarily a perfect life, or a
successful or fulfilled life. On the contrary a life that consists of a
thousand and one small activities and lived in the shadows can lead to
fullness, holiness and can radiate beauty to the ends of the earth.
Drip, drip, drip and keep dripping. The desert of this world is slowly
beginning to blossom and bear fruit as all of our drips, day and night,
come together and overflow north, south , east and west as living
waters of hope, faith and compassion for the lost, the last and the
THE INFORMATION DESK
everyone looking for Bible stories for children in Spanish Horizontes have over 300 hundred
on display, according our friend Virgilio
Zaballos in Spain who says his son Daniel thinks they are all
SPIRIT WORSHIPPING KRAHNS
ASK TO BE TOLD MORE
Our partner in Liberia John
Duco, tells us that the Krahns
in Ivory Coast
and Liberia trade together and have a ancient common interest in the
worship of gods and evil spirits of all sorts. For years they have made
life very difficult for visiting pastors. Knowing this, but having two
Krahns with him in the team, and after a lot of prayer, John went to
Grand-Gedeh in Krahn land. He tells us that 12 villages took them in
and being a meticulous record-keeper John says that 2,347 people
listened carefully to the team's gospel message. In the end 48 adults
decided to follow Christ and amazingly about 1,741 people asked the
team to come back and tell them more about Jesus.
HELP US WITH TRANSLATION ?
unique pages have thousands of readers in every country in Africa and
South America as well as the English speaking world. We would
to bring out editions in Korean, Japanese and later in Khmer and Thai.
And we also need help with Russian and
Italian. Would you
and join our team of volunteers to translate into
these languages or help us with making the web pages? Please
yes and e-mail Yoppi
Margianto in Indonesia or Les
Norman in the UK.
FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH
SCHOOLS OF MISSION IN PERU
In Peru our partner Rolando
Canazas has now recovered from the
awful dengue fever that he caught in the Amazon and
celebrated his return to life by opening a 3rd free School
in Picapiedras with our friend from Lima, Juan
Rolando did a presentation of the School of Mission concept in Huancayo,
and now plans to open a 4th School there, with a 5th in Tingo Maria and
a 6th in Huaraz by the middle of 2009. This is exciting stuff, we have
been looking forward to days like these for 25 years! Click here or on the photo to
see Rolando, Juan and their friends in Peru.
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
The UK Langham Partnership
provides scholarships for theological Ph.D. studies, study
books in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese for pastors, students
and Bible School libraries and helps with the costs of
Schools and charities in the UK can buy a PC, with keyboard, screen and
software for just £99 delivered. People overseas can ask the Oasis
Charity if they can help them. Thanks to Jonathan
Grimes for this brilliant offer.
For everyone interested in Sudan and Darfur Sudan
Support Network has a new
will keep you up to date by people who
know what is happening.
TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE
BURKINA FASO ACCIDENT
Our partner John Clements has worked closely
with Pastor David Zopoula in Burkina Faso
for more than ten years. John is heartbroken today and we are all
shocked to learn that David lost his life last week in a road accident.
John writes, "David was a star which shone and burned brightly in the
universe. When he laughed and joked, he lit up the room. When he spoke,
his experience and integrity lent an authority that engaged and
exhorted the best from within those who partnered with him. Loved by
all who knew him, David was an inspirational pastor and apostolic
Christian leader, a warm, dedicated husband and father and one of the
best men you could know. The work he authored and began in Burkina will
now outlive him. He died pursuing the vocational work that he lived
for: establishing discipleship communities of Christ and encouraging
them to live lives radically devoted to Jesus and his commission. To me
he was amongst my finest and closest of friends and I loved him dearly.
His life changed me and I will live the rest of my life in the radiance
of his burning light." Our sincere condolences go to David's family,
his churches and to John and Sarah.
WALK IN MYANMAR
in Myanmar, whom we dare not name for his safety
asks us to remember him as he and a small team quietly take a 36 hour
bus journey followed by a six hours trek foot
to visit 3
remote villages in former Burma, where the message of God's love in
Jesus has not yet been explained.
CLIENTS DANCE IN STREET
Click the image with your mouse to see a larger display of the
micro-credit banks funded by Triodos Bank or see our
for the Poor page.
Our own DCI funded micro-credit
scheme in Liberia has now funded 79
family heads, women and men, who care for 592 of Monrovia's
neediest people. They were loaned $85 to $166 and now
have profits of
between $150 and $450.00. They send their thanks to everyone in DCI who
brought them relief from extreme poverty. In
Uganda, people in Aduku say that
for the Poor is empowering the
neglected and giving hope where there is no hope. Our
partner George was met with joy and
dancing in the street when he visited the 202 men and women in Aduku
who are successfully
7th March, 2009
DIFFERENCE IN HAITI
Click here or on the image to see our
Auguste in Les
Cayes, Haiti who is opening new
mission centres, opening free Schools
of Missions, bringing
hope to young people, and doing seminars with the help of the United
Nations in Haiti, the poorest nation in the western world.
6th March, 2009
This is Ranledis, our partner in Cuba, putting up a
new security fence partly sponsored by his friends here in
DCI. Ranledis and Maria recently exchanged their town home for some
wild land to accommodate all the people deciding to follow Jesus in
Camaguey. Click here to see the fence and here to see the people.
5th March, 2009
FIRST TIME EVER
DOING CHURCH BOOK IN URDU
Our partner in Pakistan, Sarwar
Masih writes with the exciting news that Alexander
Venter's book, 'Doing Church,' a title that we
sent to all our partners last year has now been published by Sarwar in
Urdu, with the permission of Vineyard Ministries.
Sarwar is suprised to have many pastors, church leaders, Bible
teachers and evangelists writing in to say how very happy they
to have this book. Right now Sarwar is in Quetta
on the Afghan border, 1,600 miles from home to visit the free DCI
School of Mission students and leaders there.
4th March, 2009
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Luciano
Gomes invites you to his new School
From Senegal, West Africa Komi
E Akakpo writes to say that his Apostolic Mission is starting
a School of Mission as
In Locust Grove, VA, USA Adam
Colson at Lake of the Woods Church also
has a well-equipped training school for young
people using many of our DCI materials.
3rd March, 2009
INDONESIA SENDS TO MALAYSIA AND KAMPUCHEA
Two families from an Indonesian gathering of Christians
who we shall not name for security reasons are leaving for even more difficult places for believers in
Asia: Malaysia and Cambodia. Our partner
went to the sending off meeting and said that was very touching,
emotional, full of tears, vision and prayer. We are inspired by the
courage of these four men and women and wish them God's very
best. We have hopes of opening a base in KL, Malaysia in the
month to serve the people there, and we invite enquiries.
2nd March, 2009
STILL WINTER FOR BELIEVERS IN BELARUS
Eastern European experts Forum 18 News reports that two Danish visitors to Belarus were videod on a mobile
phone by the KGB Secret Police,
then arrested and deported because they were praying, reading, speaking
from the Bible, greeting people and praying together in the
congregation of Living Faith Church, which makes
thirty-one foreign visitors who have been arrested in recent
1st March, 2009
MEETING UNDER BIG TREE
FOR 375 PEOPLE
Our partner in Monrovia John Duco, left Monrovia
with a team of seven for a long trip to Mah-Diaplay in distant, rural Liberia.
No sooner than they arrived they met with the town chief and his
traditional and legal elders and gained their permission to visit
homes, towns and villages in the district to explain God's love to the
people. In the end 1,270 people heard the Gospel, 73 men and women
decided to follow Jesus, another 275 remembered the story from days
gone by and rededicated their lives to Jesus, and seven places were
appointed where the new believers will see each other for prayer and
Bible study. Best of all, John says, was that a first worship service
was held under a big tree and over 375 excited people attended, and
stayed for 2 hours.
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