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Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Our Cuban Team Partners

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Cuban TrainersGod continues to raise up experienced Cuban team partners (shown here with Frank & Jeannette Meitz). 

They facilitated the breakout groups, opened the sessions, and testified how God is using the DTI materials to change people's lives and grow their churches.

 

Ramon & Raquel:  Ramon has been a pastor for many years and is an overseer of several other churches. Ramon-RaquelHe recently started a new home group (called a cell group) and there are 13 people in the discipleship process. He attended our second conference in 2010 and has been a key trainer ever since.

Ramon discipled his wife Raquel and this is her second conference as a teacher. Raquel said, "I'm timid but teaching others the DTI and trusting the Lord to lead the process has given me courage, and now I'm sharing the Word of God with others, and I thank God for using me that way."

Cesar-RoxanaCesar & Roxana: Cesar is the youth pastor at the church in Palmida and his wife Roxana works with him. They have been discipling in their home group, discipling the new believers, and are also training some to be disciplers. In addition, they continue to teach the concepts to the youth in the church. 

This is their second conference as co-teachers. Roxana has agreed that she is ready to facilitate her own breakout group next conference!   

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Other Cuban Trainers:

Read Eliezer's story here

Read Paneque's story here

 

Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Cuban Trainer Eliezer - Testimony

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midalys-eliezerEliezer (one of our trainers) shared: "I had been a pastor for 18 years and didn't think we needed DTI."

Now, four years later, he tells people, "There are many Christians, but few disciples. When we started with DTI, we said, 'We know this stuff, but we were not practicing it in our own lives.' Now I am teaching old Christians, new Christians, even people who don't know Christ."

"There were 10 people who had gone through the manual but when we were teaching the new Christians, they wanted to go through it again. They were so hungry. We baptized five people this fall because of the discipleship. Three of them are youths.  The mother of one of the youths, who had been going to the church for many years, saw such a change in her son that she asked to be discipled because she wasn't sure if she was a true believer! She recognized the difference it makes in her Christian walk to be discipled.

Eliezer and his wife Midalys have been pastors for 22 years. She attended the second DTI conference in 2010 and upon her return, discipled him. Now they each facilitate a small group at the conference.midalys breakout group

 

 

Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Pastor disciples 70 people with one DTI manual

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pastorThis pastor from the last conference in Las Tunas in May, 2014, is discipling up to 70 people with ONE DTI manual!  He told us: "The vision of our church is planting churches. The discipleship training helps me to do that. It is so simple and it's so easy and practical which means that anybody can disciple another believer".

He explained the progression to plant churches: a cell group (similar to a home group) develops into a mission (church plant that meets in a house) and then grows to become a church. (They consider a church as being recognized by the authorities as a legal church entity.)

After the May conference he discipled key leaders, who are now discipling the members of their cell groups.  Since May they have started seven cell groups with about 10 members in each group. Each leader is discipling the others in the cell. (That means 70 people are in the discipling process!)  In addition to these seven new Cell Groups, the Pastor also supervises 26 missions and four churches.

The amazing thing is all this discipling is taking place with just ONE DTI manual - the same manual the pastor received at the conference in May! The people are so hungry, that they bring paper and pencil, then write out the manual as they are discipling!

Great News! The Church can now print the manuals in Havana for $1.25 each. Would you like to help provide these manuals on an on-going basis? You can give by clicking the Donate button below.

Use the Donate button to help us provide the Cuban DTI Manuals:

 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Cuba - "Equipping Believers" Testimony

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The following are comments from Pastor Alberto Paneque, the Conference coordinator at the beginning of the "Equipping Believers" conference that we just concluded in Camaguey, Cuba.

"Let me say that discipleship has become one of the forming programs for the Eastern part of the island. And not just within our denomination but across all denominational lines. It has brought great growth to the church. We are so grateful for what God is doing."

"I am discipling three men personally. One of them is the 31st in the generation of pastors that has been sent out by our church in Bayamo. This pastor had spent his whole life building up churches. However, he told me that he had really difficult problems with his character. So I began discipling him personally. As a big surprise to me just a few days ago this pastor said to me 'I feel so new and I feel like now I'm really a converted Christian.'"

Paneque continues, "This is a reality that is happening in the churches here in Cuba today. Men go into ministry but their character is not molded to the character of Christ. I can see that the DTI Tool is not just dealing with the hearts of the new believers but it can touch areas of the lives of older believers that for many, many years we have not been able to deal with because the lack of a guide (The DTI Tool). So we have not been able to go as far as we needed to. But that has all changed now.

              Pastor Paneque and his wife Dulania

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Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Cuba November 2014 Mission Trip Update

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In just a few weeks our four DTI traveling team members take off for Camaguey Cuba, to lead our eighth discipleship training conference there. Our host, Pastor Paneque has confirmed there are over 300 pastors and church leaders planning to attend the five day conference, which will be by far our largest. The evidence of God working through the discipleship process has caused great anticipation and excitement. Lives are being transformed!

Click Hereto read about the conference and how to lend your support.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support.

Use the "Donate" button below to make a secure gift to the Camaguey Conference.



Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

(Lordship) Illustration Of Two Doors

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What does the typical new Christian have to face as he looks at the future?

Shortly after becoming a Christian I come to a fork in the road where I see a door, through which I can visualize the future. I see goals and material belongings that would seem to satisfy my needs and desires in this life, at least based on my previous experience. Those goals and material belongings don't appear to be unacceptably evil. In fact I've seen many Christians seeking after the same things.

Using my God-given skills and intellect, those things appear to be obtainable, especially now that I can count on God to assist when needed. It seems reasonable that if God delivered me from unhappiness when He saved me, my happiness would now be one of His priorities.

But wait, I see through another door. It is as though there is a sign beyond the entrance with a message from Jesus saying, "Come follow Me, I have a better plan prepared for you."

He seems to want me to trust Him alone to give me fulfillment and satisfaction in this life and beyond. He seems to be telling me that the things I've seen through the other door only give temporary satisfaction for this life, but what He has prepared for me has eternal value. Since I can't visualize anything He seems to be promising, how does He expect me to make a sensible evaluation?

Does He really expect me to just trust Him on blind faith? That doesn't seem very reasonable since I'm just a new Christian and don't have much faith yet. Maybe further along I'll understand better, when I have more faith.

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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

WELCOME TO THE NEW DTI WEBSITE

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We are experiencing growing pains.

Please bear with us as we endeavor to correct errors and make adjustments.

You may find broken links, until we get out the kinks.

Thank You - Blessings, DTI staff

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.

Blessings,

Leo Castro
Lead Pastor
www.iglesiaeternidad.org

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.

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