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Planting new things…

Have you heard about our Deeper Campaign?

Over the last year we’ve been working to equip Life Groups to plant a new group in their neighbouring community. We want to see a critical mass of active Christians leading to thriving communities and lives full of hope!

As part of this we’ve written Plant: a short, simple training module that Life Group leaders can work through together and learn how to help someone else do plant a Life Group. Simple…and powerful! Here’s a pictorial adventure of Plant…

Step 1…

Get translated into different languages. English, Bemba and Lunda available.


Step 2…

Get wrapped up tight and sent off on a journey half way around the world!


Step 3…

Arrive with an Impact Team member, ready to be distributed to a team.


Step 4…

Get shared out with the Impact Team members for them to take to Life Group catch ups!


(Pictured: Bernard, Ken & Esther – Central Impact Team)

In 2018 we will…

2018 is here and we’ve been looking ahead and laying plans. This is what we want to achieve this year…

There are 2 really simple things we need you to do so that together we can help more people like Myombo, Edina and Festers and see more AMAZING LIVES and EVERYDAY MIRACLES.

Based on James 1, our 2018 Year of Prayer is hot off the press. Please download it, stick it somewhere you’ll see it every day and partner with us in prayer.



As it stands, we don’t have the money to achieve the plans you’ve read about. We need you to help us! Please partner with us financially by setting up a regular or one-off gift.

Find our about different ways to give here or simply donate now by card using Total Giving.


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Your prayers and generosity really will make a difference!

2017 in short…

2017 was a year full of AMAZING LIVES and EVERYDAY MIRACLES! Here it is in a nutshell…

Merry Christmas and Thank You!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us!

On behalf of the 10,000* Life Group members, 539 Life Groups leaders, 46 Impact Team Members, the board of Trustees, Jon & Jude Witt and myself, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A very big THANK YOU!!

We’d also like to say a really big thank you for your support throughout 2017. Whether you’ve prayed, donated, volunteered, cycled, walked a marathon, written a session for Foundations, sent us an encouraging word, celebrated our birthday with us or simply taken the time to read these updates…thank you! We are so grateful to God for the support you give us. Why not take a couple of minutes to see the difference your support continues to make by watching one of our videos again. They tell the stories of amazing lives and everyday miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

Or if you’re a detail person, why not make a cup of tea and read our 10th birthday timeline?

We hope the stories of amazing lives and everyday miracles are a huge encouragement to you. They are the best thank you gift we can give you!

Wishing you great joy this Christmas!

Brenda’s Story

Meet Brenda

“I know that I am the walking dead” said Brenda as she explained her background to Moses, a Dignity Impact Team member. Brenda is HIV positive. In Namibia, as in many other African countries, there is a large stigma for sufferers of HIV and Aids. People believe that you are a person of loose morality or that you are dangerous. In reality, many of those who suffer are simply unlucky or not educated to know about how the virus spreads. Sadly, exclusion from the church and the community stigma led her to lead a more solitary life than she would have liked.

In early 2017, Brenda started attending a Life Group in an area called Cowboy near Katima Mulilo, Northern Namibia. The Life Group chose to welcome her in by doing so they stood against the norm of their society. Through the teaching and community of the group Brenda grew both as a Christian and as a person. “I used to think that if I’m HIV positive, that I couldn’t be a child of God”.

As the group made her welcome, Brenda felt safe to open up about her battle with HIV. She talked about her testimony and how her taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) had made her feel significantly better. However, it wasn’t just her body that was feeling better, her soul was alive! She said, “I feel joy in me that I didn’t have before”. Brenda has grown in her relationship with Jesus throughout 2017 and she is full of thanks to God for what he has done in her life.

Loving others

But Brenda’s story doesn’t end there. She could see the suffering of others in her community also battling HIV and Aids. Due to her open-ness about her own status, many other people who are HIV positive joined the Life Group. They felt they could be open and accepted within the group because Brenda was like them and would understand them. They learned to live together and to learn about Jesus together.

“This group brings the Word of God close to the people. They can relate to God,” Brenda explains. Many of those sufferers have also come to Jesus and opened up about the challenge of difficult living with HIV and Aids. The group is a place in the community where they can be open, where they can be free.

Being the difference

One of Dignity’s main elements of training is to introduce the idea of community responsibility. We believe it’s the Christian and right thing to do. Together, the Life Group in Cowboy introduced a scheme that has become popularly called “The Servants”. They bring advocacy, relationship and practical help to fellow sufferers. Whether it is some encouragement or practical help, members of “The Servants” are well known in the Cowboy community.

This has grown in recent months to include a credit union scheme which they learned how to operate from one of Dignity’s Impact Team members, Moses.

Every week, each member brings $10 Namibian Dollars (£0.55/$.74) and contributes this to ‘The Servants’ fund. Some of this amount goes into an emergency fund which they use to help people who are in dire need. This has been used to pay for transport for very ill sufferers to get to a clinic in town or to help people with the cost of medicine. Members can also loan money to enable them to pay for larger farming expenses or longer journeys. Each contribution gives a member a point, with more points they can loan more. It’s a revolutionary idea in communities where ‘loan sharking’ is rife and often interest rates are 50-100% monthly.

Moses, the local coordinator states, “Without a Life Group this thing could never have happened. This is really God’s plan for his people. Many charities and NGO’s run projects for people, but this goes deeper. People’s behaviour and understanding changes and this results in love within the community. Now, people are looking at the bible for themselves, interacting with each other and they see the love of God in the storm of HIV. They understand they are children of God, not cursed! This gives people joy and they want to help others.”

Stepping forwards

Despite everything fantastic that has happened and continues to do so the Life Group still faces some challenges. A stigma remains for those who are HIV positive, even from within the group itself. There are members who have suggested that the group becomes two, one for those who are HIV positive and one for those who are not. For now, they are holding it together, but sometimes relationships become strained.

What has happened represents a small but significant step for the community but there is still a lot of work to do.

The aim of Dignity has always been to release the God given potential of villagers to know Jesus and to do the work of God in their communities. We do this through Life Groups that are small community groups learning about God and learning about our responsibility for one another, taking action upon it. Brenda and the Life Group in Cowboy is a fantastic example of how Life Groups enable people to know Jesus and also bring love to their community. Please pray for them as they work out how to live life differently to those around them.

Partner with us to reach more people like Brenda who will bring hope to many around them:






A message from Jon and Jude to celebrate our 10th year

As we celebrate our 10th year, we are also celebrating over 500 Life Groups!

 

Get involved and partner with Jon and Jude:






Give a life changing gift this year

Whether it s a Christmas or birthday present, our Giving Dignity scheme is a great way of giving a unique and life changing gift. Every £10.32* given provides a full year of Christian discipleship for a Life Group member. Life Groups members are living amazing lives and being part of everyday miracles!




Each gift includes a story from a Life Group member to illustrate the impact the gift will have.

This year’s Christmas gift features Brenda’s story.

You can choose the amount of your gift to support as many Life Group members as you want.

When ordering please copy and paste the appropriate text from below into the message box.

Digital Delivery: I understand that digital delivery will take up to 24 hours from the point of order and that I will receive a gift card to print at home. This will be sent to the email address used to place this order.
Choice of Design: Christmas / Birthday (delete as appropriate)
(Cut off date for digital deliveries before Christmas is midnight on Friday 22nd December.)

Postal Delivery: (UK only) I understand that the card will be sent via Royal Mail first class and will be dispatched within one working day of the order being placed. This will be sent to me at the address provided whilst giving the order. (If you want your gift to be sent directly to the recipient, please include their name, address and a personalised message here).
Choice of Design: Christmas / Birthday (delete as appropriate)
(Cut off date for postal deliveries before Christmas is midnight on Wednesday 20th December. Orders received by this time will be posted on Thursday 21st December which Royal Mail advise is the last date for first class mail to arrive before Christmas.)

*Cost is calculated using total figures from 2016

Answered Prayer in Kabuyu

We recently asked you to pray for Bernard and Gervas. They were being given a very frosty and suspicious welcome from the village leadership in Kabuyu village. Bernard described it as making them feel like Paul and Silas in Philippi. They spent a few hours answering many questions but eventually the headman and his elders decided to let them speak to the community as planned.

As they were leaving the headmen said, “This program has come to help me because me, as a headman, I look after all the characters of people in the villages. You people are teaching that everyone is allowed to be part of a Life Group. I am so happy.” What a turn around! Bernard says he thinks 2 Life Groups will begin in the village and he has asked us to pray for Collins who invited them to Kabuyu; for confidence in God and the fact that God can speak through him.

Day of Prayer

Pray with us right now!

Today is our day of prayer. Picking up on the themes from our year of prayer we have summed up “Where we are” and “Where we think God wants us to be”. We would love you to pray us into “Closing the gap” between those two things!

You can download and print these sheets or save them on your phone to help you pray throughout the day. There’s a bit of space for you to jot down and thoughts, images, verses or ideas God gives you as you pray for us. Please do share these with us.

We are expectant to hear from God!

Answered prayer in Kabuyu

We recently asked you to pray for Bernard and Gervas. They were being given a very frosty and suspicious welcome from the village leadership in Kabuyu village. Bernard described it as making them feel like Paul and Silas in Philippi. They spent a few hours answering many questions but eventually the headman and his elders decided to let them speak to the community as planned. As they were leaving the headmen said, “This program has come to help me because me, as a headman, I look after all the characters of people in the villages. You people are teaching that everyone is  allowed to be part of a Life Group. I am so happy.” Bernard says he thinks 2 Life Groups will begin in the village and he has asked us to pray for Collins who invited them to Kabuyu; for confidence in God and the fact that God can speak through him.

10 years, 1000s of lives

 

10 years in 2 minutes

We are celebrating our 10th birthday! We’ll be doing lots of things throughout the year, here’s a simple one to start…. We’ve compiled 10 years of Amazing Lives and Everyday Miracles into a 2 minute video. We hope it encourages and inspires you!

We want to spread the word about what God is doing through his people

Would you help up by sending this video to a friend and telling them why it’s worth 2 minutes of their time?

Look out for more stories

We’re going to be sharing more stories of Amazing Lives and Everyday Miracles from the last 10 years on social media in the coming weeks. If you don’t already do so, follow us on  or 

Join us to bring about more Amazing Lives and Everyday Miracles

As we look ahead to the next 10 years we want to grow our team. We are looking for people who are passionate about bringing people into relationship with Jesus and want to volunteer their time and skills to that end. You could help from home, wherever in the world you are, or from our base in Manchester, UK or Mkushi, Zambia if you’re close by.

Thank you

The last 10 years are a testament to God’s faithfulness and the ongoing support we have received from a relatively small, but incredibly amazing group of people who have stood with us in faith. We appreciate you so much. Thank you!

10 years of Amazing Lives and Everyday Miracles

To mark our 10th birthday we have pulled together stories and images of Amazing Lives and Everyday Miracles from our first 10 years. Grab a brew, put your feet up and let these stories and testimonies encourage you!

View or download the full timeline by clicking the first image, give it a minute to download as it’s a large file!
Download one year at time by clicking the image for each year.

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