Ciego de Avila will be the location for our 11th DTI Conference in February 2018, according to our Hermanos en Cristo host and organizer, Luis Hernandez Bermudez. We never know what to expect or what exciting testimonies we will hear, but God continues to do remarkable things in and through the lives of the faithful that have been equipped and are now spiritually mentoring others. Lives are changing, addictions are being broken and marriages and relationships are growing stronger as people learn to consistently abide with the Lord.
Our goal has always been to train local leadership so they can teach others, so for the first time, we will host a pre-conference workshop for our Facilitators, digging deeper into Abiding and Lordship and sharing testimonies and fellowship. We believe this additional time will help them continue to grow and be even more effective. Six new Facilitators joined us in the last session, and we expect more this time, as the passion for maturing believers increases each year.
To see pictures and stories from our last Cuba conference, click HERE.
Please pray for the details!
Logistics are always a challenge, so pray that they don't hamper the conference, including getting our visas from the Cuban government in time.
Please pray for the attendees -- both Pastors and the facilitators, that nothing would hinder the Holy Spirit's working.
Please pray for finances and consider whether God is prompting you to partner with us in this tactical way.
Cuban Pastors (including the Cuban Facilitators) have no financial means to attend the conference, since most make less than $30/month.
DTI pays for the entire conference - lodging, meals, transportation, and conference materials.
The cost for the 5 day conference is now about $30 per attendee.
Since we are expecting about 200 attendees, the conference need is about $6,000, plus transportation and expenses for the traveling team (about $1,500) and pre-conference of $500 for a total need of $8,000.
DTI is a 501c3, so you can make a year-end tax deductible donation, please consider giving to the Cuba Conference.
We often take inexpensive reading glasses, to help them read their Bibles and the DTI manual, as glasses are in short supply. (If you would like to donate reading glasses, click here to send us an email and we'll provide you with the details)
Some of our Cuban facilitators / partners. The traveling DTI team members, Frank and Jeannette Meitz on the left and Pablo and Martha Garcia on the right.
Testimony from Mississippi!
The testimony below is from Brother Fred Hutto, one of our disciple-makers in Mississippi who first invited DTI to conduct workshops there. He has mentored many men over the years, and this is a story of perseverance...
"John was my first person to disciple using the DTI manual and concepts. It was 2014 and I was awkward and unsure...but we stayed with it. I knew some good had been done but I didn’t feel like it went well overall. Events happened in both our lives that separated us. This month he called me for the first contact with him in over two years. He told me how he had just been through the hardest 18 months of his life... and he reached out to say that what he had learned during our time together was the thing that enabled him to survive.
"I encourage you to...be faithful, stay with it...not because of how you feel or how you think it’s going...but because God will take our faithful efforts and do what He does...be God."
Frank and Jeannette Meitz just finished an “Equipping the Saints” class for Crosspointe Church in Largo, Florida (www.crosspointefl.com) to prepare and train the faithful men and women of this Free Methodist congregation to come alongside a new believer and mentor them using the DTI manual, A Tool for Personal Discipleship. Each of the one-hour fast-paced sessions was recorded live, allowing others to benefit from the teaching. You can watch the live archives here. Us this training before you disciple your mentee to remind you of nuances and give you confidence or when you're training others.
You'll find "outside the box" sharing, such as how to use a Sunday sermon message with your mentee, and a testimony from a woman sharing from her experience of being discipled and now discipling another and how the Lord gave her confidence and DTI gave her the tools not only to mentor someone else, but to put into practice the DTI concepts.
From Around the World
Myanmar - In April we received a request for permission to translate the DTI manual into Burmese.
Philippines - Tom O’Donoghue (who was discipled by Art) along with his wife Toni, are planning to facilitate a Discipleship Workshop for a group of pastors in the Philippines the latter part of January.
Democratic Republic of Congo - Pastor Ruboneka recently translated Phase 1 into French, and intends to also translate the DTI Manual into Swahili. In God’s timing, we just sent the French Phase 1 to a pastor in Cameroon, Africa, who requested it!
Tony Wildey (http://www.renocomputerguy.com), a Reno Christian business owner, donated two used laptops for use in foreign locations, one of which Pastor Ruboneka used to do the translation. However, Ruboneka’s house burned down in July, and he lost most of his belongings, including the laptop. But God often arranges solutions beforehand, so that His provisions are available in the time of need. Art sent the second laptop to the Congo to replace the one that was destroyed and it should be released from customs shortly.
(Incidentally, Tony and his wife, Jennifer, were mentored by Evan Gannon who has traveled with us to Ensenada, MX and Mississippi.)
South Africa - A Christian couple have designed a website in the Afrikaans language, that is a mirror image of our English website. You can view it at http://dvj.co.za.
AN UPDATE FROM THE BARKLEYS (RENO, NV)
(Art is the author of the DTI manual and he and his wife Toni have lived in Reno, NV since returning from the mission field.)
Life Church - Art is contributing to an evening men’s discipleship gathering of about 28, who are going through the DTI Manual and growing in their relationship with the Lord while preparing to come alongside other men. (www.lifechurchreno.com)
Eternity Christian Center is making a strong effort to disciple everyone in their congregation. The Sunday morning Spanish gathering continues to bless Art and Toni Barkley as they are training a faithful group of men and women. (www.eccreno.org)
A MESSAGE FROM THE BARKLEYS: We love what we do. As we get older we get a little slower, but that’s part of life. To see the passion and the growth in another person is pure delight. We get the blessing of seeing it, but please know that you will share in the glory with our Lord for your part in this ministry and in our lives. We feel so blessed and so honored by you. Thank you so very much for your partnership in this ministry. Blessings, Art and Toni