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Fifty years ago this month Art and I sold or gave away everything that wouldn't fit in our Ford station wagon and headed for Wisconsin to enter New Tribes missionary training. Adam (our oldest son)  was two and I was two months pregnant with Bobby. I was scared and very apprehensive, but Art felt very strongly that God was leading us in that direction. We were so young in the Lord. No one in our family at that time knew the Lord and we had no church behind us. Just the Lord. The training was difficult as we lived in one small room with no plumbing, in an old two story building that had served as a detention center for German prisoners during WWII. Each floor had one men's bathroom and one women's bathroom. Their goal was to teach us to get along with co-workers once we made it to a foreign mission field. I remember so many times when I thought, "What in the world am I doing here? This is not what I signed up for when I married this man." Actually, that thought entered my mind several more times over the years. As I said, we were young in the Lord!!! (:

That, of course, led us on a journey we could never have imagined. As we look back over the last fifty years we have some regrets, as we all do. Some things we would have done differently. But the one constant in our lives has been God. As we look back over those years we can see how He led us even though we didn't know many times where it was He was taking us. When we went to Bolivia in 1970 we still had no Christian family and no sending church, but God gave us a beautiful family there. For the first time in our Christian lives we were surrounded by others that knew and loved the Lord.

It was hard at first when we came back to the States in 1990 without that emotional support system we were used to in Bolivia, but it wasn't very long before the Lord led us into the lives of His children here. He gave us another family! Our DTI family. It has been such a joy to us to see that family grow. We are so blessed each time we hear from someone how discipleship has changed their lives, both by being discipled and then by discipling others. It has certainly changed ours.

As we get older we see ourselves slowing down a tad!! So many times the mind is willing but the flesh says "Are you kidding me?" You are asking me to do what?" However the ministry continues to grow. The change over from the NASB version of the Scriptures in the manual to the Holman (HCSB) is now complete. It was a huge task, but well worth it. Exciting news! As of a week ago, the new website is up and running and now has the capacity to be accessed on a smart phone or tablet. We are now catching up to the present age!

Frank Meitz and Evan Gannon are traveling to Mississippi in September to facilitate a DTI conference to 10 churches to train leaders and pastors to implement personal discipleship. We are very excited about that. Also Frank and a few others will be returning to Cuba in November for another DTI training conference (our 8th conference), with an expected group of 400 leaders and pastors. We thank God for every opportunity to give a "Tool" to those that have a heart for discipleship.

We are so blessed to have had this privilege to see DTI born and grow. There is a saying that it takes a community to raise a child. We thank God for the community He has raised up to nurture and grow discipleship. To Him be the glory.

Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00


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Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

Combining Discipleship with Evangelism

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Here is a recent testimony from Pastor Leo Castro of Iglesia Eternidad Church in Reno, NV after his church watched the Billy Graham movie “Mi esperanza America” which is the Spanish version of "My Hope".  

We had 20 couples watch the movie and handed out 20 DVDs and about 12 couple have showed the movie so far.

Because we use the DTI personal discipleship material in our church, we "married" the movie with the discipleship program. We showed the movie and then we told the hosts to follow up with the people and begin discipeling them. We have between 16 to 20 people being personally discipled right now.

I have a young couple who showed the movie to her parents and siblings (total of 8 people). They have been discipling all 8 of them for the past 4 or 5 weeks every Sunday after church. The family is “Catholic,” but they are very open to the gospel (they all came to church for Father’s day).

One of the people that saw the movie has been a believer for the past 2 years but not very committed. He is engaged to a young lady that comes from the Mormon faith (very involved in that faith). She also saw the movie and has now renounced to the Mormon faith and made confession of faith in Jesus Christ. I am now discipling both of them in my office every Wednesday night. I am gong to perform their wedding this coming August.

The movie has been a big blessing; our biggest challenge has been people letting us know when they are going to show the movie.

I would like to show the movie as a community outreach before the summer is over.


Leo Castro
Lead Pastor

Friday, 21 February 2014 17:20

A Brief History of DTI

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Art Barkley and his wife Toni served as tribal missionaries in Bolivia for about 20 years with New Tribes Mission.  That’s where much of the groundwork for this discipleship material was set.

Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

Cuba Update

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A team of four DTI trainers from the USA and Mexico will be traveling to Camaguey, Cuba in November, 2014 to conduct our 8th "Becoming Spiritual Parents" workshop. In addition to the DTI team, nine Cuban trainers will be leading small group breakouts, teaching the pastors and leaders the concepts contained in the DTI manual, "A Tool For Personal Discipleship."
As always there are numerous prayer requests, including receiving the Cuban religious VISAS in time.
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