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, physically fit, gifted communicators, winsome – the people who make Christians look good in every way – to be pastors and missionaries. The truth is, however, God is most interested in the humble and in those who are willing to admit their need for him. God has a knack of using both abilities and disabilities for His glory. This network exists to help us explore how our approach to the mission can include those with disability. It celebrates stories of people with disability in mission an inspires others with a disability to explore the call. Why? So the mission movement will be blessed (Luke 14:14)!
Why join DIM?
If the above or any of the following activities inspire you, this network is for you:
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
How often do we meet?
The group meets 2-3 times each year: a face to face coinciding with a mission event and the other 1-2 are zoom meetings.