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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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Catching up with Lawrence

About a year ago, we shared Lawrence’s story with you. Since then we have been working closely with Lawrence and we are delighted to see him forging forward and sharing the love of Jesus in his community. This is what has happened in the last year…

 

We will keep on walking alongside Lawrence, equipping him with skills and resources that help him to be even more effective in the calling that God has given him.

Thank you for all you do to walk alongside Lawrence with us.

Will you help us to share the hope of Jesus with many more communities in any of these simple ways?

week of prayer

Take part in our Year of Prayer by committing to pray for 1 week…or more! You can pray on your own, in a small group or with your whole church. Download our prayer sheet and use our online calendar to let us know you’re praying for us and encourage all the teams!

regular gift

Start a regular financial gift to Dignity. By starting a regular gift you make it much easier easier for us to plan ahead. You can give online by card or PayPal at TotalGiving or avoid all online fees and give by Standing Order using this form.

(Currently 49 amazing people give 31% of our budget through regular gifts ranging from £3 to £300. Churches give another 13% through regular gifts. Last year we spent £90, 846.)

Celebrate birthday

Join the birthday fun by either coming to the Manchester party or by organising a party near you or a Dignity Sunday in your church. Email us now to register now for your party pack (digital version).

10 years old in 10 weeks!

Dignity's 10th Birthday

 

Wow! Dignity is going to be 10 years old this autumn. This landmark birthday feels like a watershed as we look back and see how far God has brought us and look forward to what we believe God is laying before us.

We would love you to join us in celebrating and thanking God for all he has done and committing our future to him. There are 2 simple ways to celebrate with us.

Join the Manchester Party

We will be hosting a Birthday Party on 7th October in Manchester, UK. We would love you to join us. Even better, can you bring 10 friends? Tickets will be available soon. In the meantime, express your interest in joining the fun or sign up to volunteer on the day by emailing us.

Organise a celebration near you

You could host a party on the same day, 7th October, or organise a Dignity Sunday at your church the next day. Let us know you are planning something and we will send you a Birthday Pack with stories and videos that will equip you to share the story of Dignity and celebrate with us. Order your Birthday Pack by email.

Esther’s Story

We recently visited the Impact Team in Katima Mulilo, Namibia. While there we were chatting to Carol who told us that she thought nothing would ever change. Having lived in the community for years she has seen many different agencies and political parties come and go. She has seen them make promises that have subsequently not been honoured. She has watched as people have waited and waited, feeling powerless to change what has become a culture of dependency. She spoke of an unwillingness or inability to stand for something different in the community where, “this is just the way it is”.

The fledgling Dignity Impact Team in the area believes otherwise. They believe there can be a change for the better and they are giving their time and energy to try and start a movement in their communities. Esther is part of the team and this is her story.

We are so thankful for Esther and those who she works with! Will you join us in supporting Esther and those like her by committing to pray for 1 week?

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June Update

Are you a facts and figures person? Do you want a bit more detail about our plans? Check out our June update below.

June 2017 Update

Read here…
Jon and Jude Witt returned to Zambia late June and are settling back in there. Priorities and plans have been set for the rest of the year and a busy couple of months with amazing volunteers taking on challenges to support the Dignity movement.


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See previous updates and get a picture of how our work has grown over the years on our new Facts & Figures page.

The headmen of Kundamfumu

So often we greet something new with suspicion. We’ve all done it; we are wary of what we do not know.

This is often the way for Impact Teams and Life Groups. When a team travels to a new area people are wary. They wonder who these outsiders are. When a Life Groups begins in a community, people question their motives and wonder if they will upset the status quo. People’s trust has to be won. This takes time.

In Zambian villages and communities the Chief and Headmen play a really important role. They hold the responsibility for decision making and steering the community forward. For obvious reasons it is important for Impact Teams to engage with the Chief and Headmen in any new areas they reach out to. We have seen this work easily and we have seen it be a real struggle.

We were delighted that a recent training event held in Kundamfumu had been attended by 3 village headmen. Not only had they come to hear what the Central East Impact Team had to say, they were excited by what they heard!

As a result the Headmen has pledged to encourage the village committees to be a part of the movement that is beginning in their area. This will greatly ease the way forward and open doors for the Impact Team and any Life Groups that begin. The headmen have also pledged to ask the Chief to call a meeting for all the Headmen in his Chiefdom so they can share what they have heard.

Please join us in thanking God for this amazing open door and for asking for his protection over this new beginning.

Fester’s Story

When you meet Festers you can’t help but be touched by his big smile and the twinkle in his eyes! A quiet, gentle man, he always greets you with that smile.

We first met him in July 2014 when he joined one of our schools of evangelism in Mpika, the “local” town…which, if my memory serves me well, is roughly 160km away from the village in which he lives. A friend had told him about the training event we were running and he decided it was worth making the journey. We’re glad he did!

Today he is an Impact Team leader, teaching others how to plant Life Groups and bring hope to their communities. This is his story.

We are so thankful to God for Festers and all he is doing. What a superstar!

Stand with Festers

If you are inspired by Festers’ story, why not stand with him and others like him in prayer?

We would love you, your small group or church to join us by signing up to pray for with us for a week. Simply book your week using the calendar and we will contact you soon.* Please start your week of prayer on a Monday.

(*By giving us your details you are agreeing to be added to our database and to receiving our updates. Please email us if you do not wish to be added to our database. A copy of our Data Protection Policy is available upon request.)


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