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Together

We love the opportunity to reflect on the last year and look at the year ahead when we write our annual report for you. Highlights this time include reaching an amazing landmark in 2015; 300 Life Groups! Our Impact Teams have increased by 50% at the start of 2016 thanks to the work done last year. We continue to see God’s amazing provision for the work we are doing and we to be encouraged and amazed by some of the things we see happening. Looking ahead to 2016 we need your help. Take 5 minutes to have a read and see what an important part you can play in God’s Kingdom.

We hope you enjoy reading “Together” as much as we enjoyed writing it and find yourself inspired by the people we work alongside.

If you would like a hard copy, or a few to pass on, email Gill on admin@dignityonline.org.uk. You can also download a printable version here.

Dignity is like what?

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“To you, Dignity is like what?”

This is the question we asked on Friday at our Celebration Evening. The answers were many and varied. Time and again, themes of connectivity, planting of seeds, working together and being part of a family came up.

In preparation for Friday evening we had asked Bernard and Cornelius, two of our Impact Team members, what they think Dignity is like.

This is what they said:

It’s that time of year!

We are busy getting on with our plans for 2015 already but let’s pause and take a moment to look back at 2014. 2014 was not without it’s challenges of course, but overall, it was a year of growth. We are hugely encouraged and spurred on to do more!

Here is our Annual Report summing up some of the highlights and headlines. The stories included are just a couple of examples of the types of things happening on a much wider basis across rural Zambia and now spreading in Namibia and Tanzania. We hope they are an encouragement to you.

You can download a printable version of the Annual Report here.

In our own language

Collecting local language Bibles

Collecting local language Bibles

As we plant our work in more and more areas of rural Zambia and neighbouring countries, we find ourselves working amongst people who speak many different languages.

In our recent planning and prayer meetings a strong theme has been emerging. We are being reminded that God will use the “voiceless” or the “faceless” to fulfil his purposes. These are the people we can so easily overlook if we are not careful.

What does this mean for Dignity? It’s easy for us to seek out the more educated without even meaning to. Those who have had the opportunity to complete their schooling are often those who speak English the best and are the easiest for us to communicate with. But what if the people God is calling in a village are the least educated? What if they don’t speak English? We cannot disregard them because it is a little harder for us to work with them.

In response to this, providing both the Bible and training materials in local languages is becoming a growing part of our work. After six months hard work, we’ve recently delivered the first Lunda copies of Rooted in Jesus to our Mwinlunga Impact Team. This week we’ve also been able to purchase a large number of local language Bibles for distribution. An amazing couple of weeks!

The delight on people’s faces when they receive materials written in their own language shows that something much deeper than the giving of a book is taking place. They understand that we are putting our trust in them. We are saying, “You are the ones we believe God is going to use.”

Is this something you are passionate about? Don’t miss the opportunity to be involved.

You could volunteer to proof read the English copy of training materials we write.
You could volunteer to help with the translation of materials into Zambian & Namibian languages.
Contact Jo Kimball: +44 (0) 161 434 8841 / jo@dignityonline.org.uk

You can help cover the cost of translating materials into local languages.
On average it costs us £250 to translate each of the training materials we use into a different language.
You can donate towards our work here: www.give.net


Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

1 Corinthians 1 v 26 – 31

The Mwinilunga Impact Team receive Rooted in Jesus in Lunda

The Mwinilunga Impact Team receive Rooted in Jesus in Lunda

A new roof for Auntie Mumba

Pilius

At the start of 2014 Pilius joined the Luapula South Impact Team working alongside Cornelius. Since then he has been helping to plant new Life! Groups and support existing groups. He recently shared a testimony of a Life! Group in his area who have done something amazing.

Auntie Mumba lives in Kamata near Samfya. She was born in 1956 and now lives on her own as she is a widow. Earlier this year the roof of Auntie Mumba’s hut was blown off by strong winds leaving her without shelter. The Life! Group meeting in her village decided that they could do something to help her. They went deep into the bush to cut poles for a new roof and grass for thatching and then returned to her house and constructed a new roof.

Auntie Mumba is now a part of the Life! Group and has brought others with her. The group is one of three in the area and now has fifteen regular members.

This is the type of testimony behind our strap-line: Amazing Lives, Everyday Miracles.

Out There

Here it is! Our latest edition of Out There, packed full of all the current news and exciting things going on in Zambia as well as ways you can be a part of what’s going on! We hope you enjoy reading it…

You can download a copy here: Out There – September 2014

Things to be praying for…

Thank you to all of you who pray for our work. We really believe that your prayers make a difference and are a vital part of what is going on in Zambia and beyond. Here are some of the current things we would really value your prayer for. We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or feel you have something to share with us. If you would like to print a copy, you can download a pdf version here: September Prayer Points

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Annual Report

Here’s our annual report looking back at 2013. We are delighted to see God’s faithfulness once again and hope you find this an encouraging and inspiring read!

 

Hot off the press…

Check out our latest newsletter to find out what’s going on out in Zambia… We’re always so encouraged when we hear how people are getting on and we love being able to share these stories with you. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do!

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Praying for the People, the Places and the Plan!

Thank you for your ongoing prayer support. Your prayers make a very real difference in the daily lives of many who we work with. Here, hot off the press, is our latest prayer update.

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