International Diakonia

Diakonia means service and is part of the church's identity. Since the time of the early church, diakonia has described the organised service of the church for people in need.

Diakonia is modelled on the way Christ met the needs of poor, suffering and marginalised  people. It has often been interpreted as quiet, hidden and humble service.

A newer understanding of the word diakonia stresses the fact that being sent by God also means having the authority and the obligation to speak up against injustice. This is a call to prophetic diakonia. Like the prophets of the Old Testament the church should demand justice and equality for all members of society. The church should advocate for the rights of the weak and marginalised - such as the poor, orphans, widows, and strangers.

One of Jesus' parables (Matthew Chapter 25) has inspired the church to care in particular for the hungry and thirsty, the poor, the sick, the strangers and the imprisoned. But the diaconal tasks cannot be limited to those areas only. Historically, the church's diaconal work has been changed and expanded accordingly as the surrounding society changes - often characterised by pioneering efforts towards the most marginalised or neglected groups in society.

International diakonia is about commitment to the diaconal challenges and the opportunities for international cooperation, which a globalised society poses to the churches.

Micah Network

DMCDD is member of Micah Network - a global community of Christian organisations drawn together because of their passion and commitment for integral mission. The work is inspired by the verse from Micah 6:8

"What is good and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Established in 1999 Micah Network now has over 550 members in more than 80 countries.

Read more on their website.