Sometimes it’s hard to get your head around quite what the work of Dignity looks like. We don’t build buildings or dig wells. We aren’t busy with “physical” projects so we understand it can be hard to picture what is happening.
Next week there’s a photography exhibition in Mkushi, Zambia hosted by Dignity. Both Jon Paul Witt and I have been compiling photographs for this and, as we’ve done so, a picture of the work of Dignity is beginning to emerge. It’s exciting! We want to share it with you. Our work always focuses on people and helping them discover who they are in Jesus and what this means in their life.
Jon writes, “…I’m exhibiting some photographs that I have taken over the years. They are not necessarily my best photographs but they are ones that I think convey something of my work. Those that are down and out, desperate, just poor or have fallen on hard times; they are the ones in this world that are valuable and precious. It may raise money to show people suffering, but there is no dignity in that. These are normal everyday people living normal but amazing everyday lives. These are the people that God uses to bring love, meaning and comfort to many communities and people across the world. They are His hands and feet, and so very important.
My hope is that you will learn to see ‘the poor in Africa’, ‘asylum seekers’, ‘refugees’ with the God given Dignity that they deserve. Only then will we treat people correctly and be open to the fact they they are more capable, more gifted and more precious than this world deserves.
With Jesus they can do anything. My aim is to help people like this in every community realise who they were created to be and what they were created to do. The potential is amazing!”
“But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)
We hope these images inspire you!
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