Rather than importing what is needed for community change from outside, can a community find what is required for transformation from within itself?
Dignity believes a community can and therefore works from the ground up to bring faith and transformation. Our Impact Teams lead this fight in hundreds of rural areas. To initiate Life Groups requires people who are local, trained, motivated and passionate about the work God has called them to do. These people for Dignity are our Impact Teams and they are face of mission in the 21st Century.
Dignity’s motto Amazing Lives, Everyday Miracles is inspired by the work of Impact Teams. They are a potent weapon in Dignity’s armoury and a fantastic investment of our time and resources.
Team members are people taking responsibility for their own community. They are housewives, church leaders and farmers with a mix of educational levels living in rural, often remote, areas. Importantly, they share the cultural background and knowledge of those they wish to reach and help. We have seen over many years that the most effective missionaries are not the people who travel thousands of miles, rather they are those that manage to reach the people living next door.
Working in groups of 3 or 4, Impact Team members provide advocacy, advice and help to existing Life Groups as well as pioneering the Dignity movement across their region. They build relationships, meet with community leaders and train Life Group leaders. What they do is no easy task especially as they work across remote, rural areas that are generally poor and difficult to reach.
An investment in our teams sets in motion a movement that can alter the trajectory of a community.
An investment of:
£492 will support a team member for a whole year.
£1,748 will support an average team for a whole year.
In 2018 Dignity will:
Spend £22,128 equipping 45 Impact Team members in 13 regional areas.
Each team will:
Cover an area of 125Km2, support 43 Life Groups and visit 20 new areas, facilitate 6 Life Groups training events and mentor 2 future team members.
Figures are calculated as an average across teams and team members.