Why the DIM network exists?
Through disability, Christians have the opportunity to display God’s power and glory most clearly to those we seek to reach. Yet, there is a risk that the missions movement might adopt a secular perspective of skill and success rather than a biblical one. There is a tendency to engage those who seem to have it all together, are intelligent, gifted communicators, physically fit, winsome – the people who make Christians look good in every way – to be pastors and missionaries. However, God is particularly interested in the humble – in those who admit their need for him. He has a knack of using great combinations of abilities and disabilities for his glory.
This network exists to explore how our approach to the mission can include those with disability, whether through advocacy, policy, practical support in preparation and/or on the field, or in other ways. We celebrate stories of people with disability in mission and inspire others with a disability to explore the call.
Why? So the missions movement will be blessed, as Jesus says in Luke 14:13-14!
Can I join the DIM network?
If the above or any of the following activities inspire you, please join us:
Compiling case studies of families/people with disability and the impact of that disability for the Missio Dei
Sharing experiences and case studies from your agency
Discussing common issues faced in including/sending people with disability
Sharing resources on sending people with disability
Developing a disability inclusion policy for your agency
Undertaking a disability inclusion audit and planning process for your organisation
The group meets 2-3 times each year.
We generally meet online, and will occasionally organise a face-to-face meeting coinciding with a missions event.
Disability in Mission blogsite