Facts and Figures

Are you a facts and figures person? Do you want a bit more detail about our plans or to understand how our work has grown over the years?

Check out our Updates and Newsletters below.

March 2019 Update

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Things take a different rhythm at the start of the year as Impact Teams take a bit of time off before launching into a few months of follow up visits to existing Life Groups. The Dignity Zambia leadership’s 2019 vision of ‘Reaching the Unreached’ is well underway as we see pioneering at a national level.

January 2019 Update

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“Each time we hear news from Zambia or Tanzania, whether it’s good or challenging news, it reminds me of just how amazing the 21st century church can be!”
– Fran Hesketh, Dignity Trustee

There is a very real sense of expansion happening right now. Look at the numbers of groups planted in the last 2 years. At the end of 2016, 440 groups had been planted. Now 760 have been planted; that’s 320 groups in the last 2 years. Thank you to Jesus, that is seriously impressive. Each group means people coming to know Jesus, growing in Jesus and being involved in their community, planting other groups and reaching those around them.

We believe expansion is the theme to take us into this next year. The word about Dignity is getting out and so far, everywhere Life Groups are meeting, amazing things have happened!

November 2018 Update

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The last two months have seen a lot of pioneering work take place in various locations. Jon has spent time in Botswana and Namibia. Bernard and others have visited Siavonga Province, Nakonde and elsewhere. It’s been busy! In every location we are looking for those few people who become a foundation for the future.

The number of Life Groups planted has smashed through the 700 mark and an extremely high percentage of Life Groups continue to stay the course, bringing Christ to people and transforming their community.

September 2018 Update

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What a couple of months it has been! We have travelled quite literally thousands of kilometres and between all of our teams spoken to hundreds of people about the life changing message of Jesus and the need to work to transform our community. We have visited far flung places like Kenya or remote parts of Zambia and all of the time we have carried on planting new groups and supporting existing ones. We continue with our everyday work with the Life Groups but our message is beginning to travel wider.

July 2018 Update

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More than ever we are absolutely convinced that the way forward is the releasing and involvement of much wider groups of people in our work. The Christian principle of giving away power, resources and advantage to others, in short giving life away is the wind at our backs and a guide for the future. In so many ways we believe we are progressively on a course that will help us to achieve this more and more, through training people, producing resources or simply being friends to those who have no friends.

May 2018 Together Magazine

Here’s our 10th Birthday edition of Together! We hope the stories of amazing lives and everyday miracles inspire and encourage you!

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May 2018 Update

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Over the last 6 weeks or so there has been a strong sense that the way forward is to enable others. Check out our latest update to see how this is unfolding in different aspects of our work.

March 2018 Update

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Jon Witt has taken some time off over the last few weeks and on reflection this seems like a time of consideration and laying foundations for the future. The continuing development of the team in Zambia is a cause for a huge encouragement. Tied with this is consideration of questions about how we establish future hubs and work. We have begun to explore the idea of ‘Home and Away kits’ (working title) to partner and work with others. There has continued to be challenges but overall the work has shown amazing resilience that even if one person falls others step into their shoes. Life Groups continue to grow.

December 2017 Update

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It has been a difficult couple of months for the work of Dignity. There was what we could call a sustained attack upon the ministry as a whole. In various areas accusation, gossip, rumour and financial pressure have all mounted to cause various ‘firefighting problems’ within the work and in particular some of the communities we seek to reach. There has been the sad death of a team member. However, despite these challenges, the work of Life Groups has grown together with some excellent examples of their effect. We have also seen God provide what we need, when we required it, either by people assisting or financial gifts. We have also seen some of our team members grow up and begin to flourish more and more.

October 2017 Update

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Life Groups grow. The Deeper campaign is already showing more “green shoots”. Impact Teams are growing. Social change is happening.

August 2017 Update

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We have been concentrating on working with our Impact Teams in a number of EQUIP visits. We have been to Kenya, to talk to some people about the work of Dignity and Life Group numbers continue to grow. The Deeper campaign as started and is beginning to allow a wider generation of villagers to plant Life Groups.

June 2017 Update

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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.

April 2017 Update

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Following on from a break most team members and many Life Groups take in December and January, Impact Team members have begun their cycle of follow up with Life Groups. Many have begun doing this using the new “cluster” system developed as part of the Deeper campaign. Jo & Frank Kimball spent April in Namibia and Zambia working with our teams

February 2017 Update

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December and January see a break in active field work for Impact Teams and associates. Jon and Jude Witt return to the UK and will be concentrating on planning and developing the wider work of Dignity following a number of interesting openings for the work of Dignity as well. We have been working hard on Foundations and producing materials for the Deeper campaign.

December 2016 Update

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Since September, we have been working to further train and prepare our teams for the Deeper campaign, restructuring some groups into clusters. We’ve also been concentrating upon building new possible team members. We have also been seeking to build bridges into new areas, both within Zambia and in particular Windhoek, Namibia and Mombasa, Kenya.

November 2016 Together Magazine

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September 2016 Update

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Over the last 2 months, we have been working to launch the “Deeper” campaign, an exciting initiative over the next 1.5 years. We have begun to work with a small group of Iranian Christians who find themselves as refugees here in Manchester and we are making good progress on Foundations, our new discipleship course.

July 2016 Update

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Jon, Jude and Family have returned to Zambia for the rest of 2016. The Impact Teams have been in follow up mode up until June, now have started training areas again. Our 2 aims in the first part of the year are to build the hub team and run our “Deeper” campaign to create more leadership in villages. We have seen great support for our teams of walkers on the Welsh 3000s and have had a good turnout at other events.

February 2016 Together Magazine

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April 2015 Annual Report

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September 2014 Out There Magazine

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January 2014 Annual Report

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May 2013 Out There Magazine

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May 2012 Annual Report

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