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Radical? Session 4 – A Radical in Waiting – Sarah

Radical? Series Moniker

Radical. A life tending to produce extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions within institutions, habits of mind or society.”

Inspired by actions during the Arab Spring of an unknown individual who individually faced down scores of riot police inspiring hope and freedom, Radical? is a series that examines what it means to have faith, trust, conviction in God and how this results in change for our world.

Using ancient and current examples of genuine people who encounter different situations, we can learn lessons on how to walk with God radically in all areas of our life.

Do you have the faith, trust and courage to be a Radical?

This is the fourth session in the series, “Radical? A Radical in Waiting” and was recorded at South Church, Mkushi, Zambia in October 2017. This session features a guest speaker to Dignity Alan De Wet, who is a teacher, farmer and engineeer who lives in Mkushi, Zambia.


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Radical Faith Waiting


Previous sessions in the Radical? series can be found here:

Radical? Session 1 – Radical Resiliance

Radical? Session 2 – Becoming Radical – Cain, Abel and Enoch

Radical? Session 3 is still being prepared for publication.

We’ve decided not to put a paywall in place for this material. We hope you appreciate that. If you have enjoyed it, please consider signing up for our newsletters and also donating £2 (or equivalent) to the work of Dignity. We will use this money to support villagers and those in rural communties. This can be done via the ‘Giving Box’ on the right.

Radical? Session 2 – Becoming Radical – Cain, Abel and Enoch

Radical? Series Moniker

Radical. A life tending to produce extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions within institutions, habits of mind or society.”

Inspired by actions during the Arab Spring of an unknown individual who individually faced down scores of riot police inspiring hope and freedom, Radical? is a series that examines what it means to have faith, trust, conviction in God and how this results in change for our world.

Using ancient and current examples of genuine people who encounter different situations, we can learn lessons on how to walk with God radically in all areas of our life.

Do you have the faith, trust and courage to be a Radical?

This is the second session in the series, “Radical? Becoming Radical: A look at Cain, Abel and Enoch” and was recorded at South Church, Mkushi, Zambia in October 2017.


You can stream here:


The Powerpoint file used for this talk can also be downloaded here:

Radical – Session 2 – Becoming Radical – Distribution Version


This is also a link to the Apple video used within the live version of this session. 

 

We’ve decided not to put a paywall in place for this material. We hope you appreciate that. If you have enjoyed it, please consider signing up for our newsletters and also donating £2 (or equivalent) to the work of Dignity. We will use this money to support villagers and those in rural communties. This can be done via the ‘Giving Box’ on the right.
Video is Copyright Apple Inc. 2017.

Radical? Session 1 – Radical Resiliance

Radical? Series Moniker

Radical. A life tending to produce extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions within institutions, habits of mind or society.”

Inspired by actions during the Arab Spring of an unknown individual who individually faced down scores of riot police inspiring hope and freedom, Radical? is a series that examines what it means to have faith, trust, conviction in God and how this results in change for our world.

Using ancient and current examples of genuine people who encounter different situations, we can learn lessons on how to walk with God radically in all areas of our life.

Do you have the faith, trust and courage to be a Radical?

This session is the introductory session, “Radical? A Resiliant Faith” and was recorded at South Church, Mkushi, Zambia in September 2017.


You can stream here:


The Powerpoint file used for this talk can also be downloaded here:

Radical – Session 1 – Radical Resiliance

We’ve decided not to put a paywall in place for this material. We hope you appreciate that. If you have enjoyed it, please consider signing up for our newsletters and also donating £2 (or equivalent) to the work of Dignity. We will use this money to support villagers and those in rural communties. This can be done via the ‘Giving Box’ on the right.

The Forgotten

Katima Mulilo, a dusty border town on the very edge of Namibia. The only reason the town was founded was British expansion against simultaneous German expansion. Set on the banks of the Zambezi and close to the Botswanan border town of Kasane and Sesheke in Zambia, it makes for a little bit of comfort in a remote region of Namibia. Angola is also but a stones throw away. The borders of this region saw fierce fighting during the Angolan war.

Earlier today I drove deep into the bush with our fellow team members to visit a few villages. This means travelling along dusty, rutted roads in very hot temperatures. It’s not the kind of place you want to break down.

Whilst looking for an Induna (village chief) in a village, we came across five elderly ladies. I can’t remember all of their names, but two of them were Grace and Jessica. Women of standing and full of wisdom, worthy of respect. They wondered why we were there. It’s not every day a couple of mzungus and some Zambians find themselves in that part of the bush. We must have looked an odd site indeed.

We were there with Moses, a Namibian contact to explain to the village about Life! Groups and the work of Dignity. We’ve been working slowly to open up some of the village areas over the last year. As we sat with these women, we explained that God loved them and that He was interested in their village. We explained that they are uniquely placed to be used by God in their area.

These women couldn’t believe their ears. They were making sounds of unbelief and shaking their heads vigorously. At first I thought something was wrong. That was until Moses explained to me that these women were nearly crying. They couldn’t believe that God would send people from far off to help them see Him. They were happy and promised to share what we had told them with the rest of their village. We prayed with them and left, promising that we would keep in touch with them. They thought they had been forgotten, God showed them otherwise.

Elsewhere today, another lady became a Christian in a remote village and we spent time with a pastor who struggled to serve his community, encouraging him to serve people and not hoard them to himself. We spoke to another group as they asked questions about how they could start Life! Groups in their villages.

This is how our work begins. We go to the forgotten people, the distant ones. Those that are weak and vulnerable, and those that our busy world overlooks. We engage with them, with their community and we help them to know Christ. As they grow, we help them to love and care for their most vulnerable. We help them to know Christ, the source of life, in this world. We treat them with God’s dignity and assure them that they have not been forgotten. They are someone, they have a voice and they have a name. That is Dignity.

The poor don’t need our money (yes you read that correctly!). They don’t need our ways and our programmes but they do need people to come alongside them and show them the way, showing them Christ and the skills that they need. That’s what I do, it’s what our Impact Teams do and what everyone associated with Dignity does. We need your help to make it happen. We need your prayers, your money and your time. Without these we can’t go to the Jessica’s of this world and we can’t look them in the eye, tell them about Christ and the give them the dignity they deserve. People like Bernard, Esther and Moses, some of our team members, would be stuck at home, unable to reach them. If you are reading this please consider helping us and share this with your friends.

Here in Namibia there’s a whole army of Jessica’s waiting to be sent out into their own communities.

Help us, help her, to make it happen.

Within a week of these events taking place  Jessica has been in touch. Dignity begins in her community……….

Seeds for the Future

Seeds for the Future

Dignity’s ‘Love Your Village’ and ‘LifeSkills!’ programmes seeks to teach villagers how to help themselves, the vulnerable and more importantly, why to do it in the first place.

Last week nine delegates from four regions of Zambia completed the latest phase of their training, teaching Christian Conservation Farming skills in their respective village areas. It’s an exciting development. Now they have travelled back, they carry a challenge to teach the skills they have learned to two new villages in their areas. Our plan is that 8 village areas will receive training by local people. In Zambia, that’s nothing short of a small miracle!

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How did we go about this? The process started a year ago when 16 villagers were identified who could form new Impact Team members with a specialism in farming. Impact Teams are village level team members who work with Dignity. The visiting villagers were trained in how to use the land God has given them productively.

Dignity partnered with Foundations Zambia, who teach Christian conservation farming. What’s the point of re-inventing the wheel?

We believe it is very important that villagers take steps themselves with God to better the communities they are in. We adopt this principle when selecting who will become trainers and team members. We look for those who are faithful. With the visiting group, we looked for those who left our course and put the principles into action personally. Some of them even helped their community!

Nine were faithful. The other seven learnt the skills but did not put them into practice. These nine were invited back.

Dignity has twinned the practical farming skills with its established Love Your Village training course for a formidable combination. Love Your Village is a 10 week programme on loving and helping your village community. It teaches villagers “why” it is important to love your village. Twinned with other skills such as farming, they also learn how to do it.

The result is that the very poor are taken care of and everyone learns how to better grow food and profit for themselves. Many also come to Christ as they realise God has an agenda to help them.

Pray for the nine! They need God’s help in getting this right. Our plan is that if the trial goes well, many more villagers will be trained next year.

Over time we hope to expand the areas and skills that we offer training in. We are indeed planting seeds for the future.

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Farming training 07 2014 Group Digging SMALL

Farming training 07 2014 men-working SMALL