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This month we are celebrating new growth at the start of a new year
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3 v 14-19 (NIV)


New Year, New Growth...

So we're off into the new year, 2014! For Dignity it is a year of new starts.

We are delighted to welcome
6 new Impact Team members, Dorothy, Edna, John, Harrison, Esther, and Pilius, to those helping lead our work forward in Zambia. That brings the total number of Impact Team members up to 12. We are also welcoming Jo Kimball into our UK office as she changes her role from a Trustee of the charity to that of Operations Director here in the UK.

Late in 2013 we visited both Tanzania and Namibia in response to invites from contacts in both areas asking us to help establish and grow Life! Groups in their communities. 2014 sees us building on these new foundations.

With the widening field in which we are working one of the challenges we now face is ensuring the materials we use are available in the relevant languages. We have begun work on translating Love Your Village into Bemba, one of the main languages spoken in Zambia and will hopefully be looking at translating it into Swahili this year.

 

But Not Forgetting...

Whilst we are excited by all the new things that are happening, we also know that it is important not to forget the already established parts of our work. We continue to hold regular get togethers for Impact Team members and local leaders to help support and encourage each other. We understand the value of follow up in areas where Life! Groups have already begun. We know that when groups face difficulties and challenges they can become discouraged or worn down so we want to ensure there is good support and training for them. As we reflected on 2013 it became clear that this was something we needed to place more emphasis on and, in discussion with the Impact Team members, we have now built in more follow up for Life! Groups.

Back in 2012 we held our first training events in Siavonga in the Southern Province of Zambia. Life! Groups in the area got off to a small start with a handful of groups getting started.  Just over a year on, there is a group of 6 villagers committed to helping to support and spread the work in their area. It is great to see local leadership rising up and we will work alongside those God has brought forward in this area. We have seen time and again that where strong local leadership is present Life! Groups flourish in the long run.

There are currently 116 Life! Groups meeting across Zambia. We estimate that to mean there are over 2000 people meeting to study the Bible and learn together on a regular basis. We are convinced that it is people like these that God will use to bring His hope to their communities. We continue to see the potential of people to do more and be more than they thought.


We echo Paul's prayer for the Ephesians for all those working with us that they "being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Pray for all those stepping up to new roles working alongside Dignity. Please pray for them to be filled with a greater and greater understanding of God's love as they give their time, energy and efforts. Pray for protection for them and their families.
Pray for those already established in roles working alongside Dignity. Pray for refreshment and renewal where required. Pray for on going encouragement as they sacrificially give of themselves to see God's glory spread in their communities, provinces and nations.
For both new and well established Life! Groups, pray that God would deepen and widen the work He is doing in them and through them throughout Zambia and beyond. Pray for God to continue raising up more and more people to do the work of his Kingdom in and around Zambia.
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