DCI is a open and welcoming influential small group of friends, partners and their projects that began in England in 1985 after a year of prayer and today can be found on all five continents.
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We provide a home, fellowship and support for men and women all over the world who have a heart to reach the lost, the last and least of their region or over their borders.
We make God's love known by making leaders who go out and make life better for the lost, the last and the least of the world following Christ's Great Commission.
We have a micro-bank that likes to say yes to helping poor of the world leave poverty behind forever. We bless the poor as our way of giving thanks to God.
We have ongoing prayer and worship. We honour the word of God and welcome the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.
By mid-2013 we had registered over 75 million page visits or 'hits' from over 100 nations, through this website, which is one of the main ways that our partners and friends around the world talk to each other.
In the UK, DCI meets in small groups that serve, we belong to different churches, we are not a sending mission, nor a charity or NGO. We are like-minded friends who enjoy working, serving and giving together, supporting each other in God's call to different kinds of lifestyle and mission. We have no formal leaders, no elders and no written constitution other than the Bible. We do not charge for any of our materials, advice or support. We have no buildings, and pay no salaries.
The founders of DCI in 1985 are Les and Pilar Norman who provide the main care for the project leaders and our supporters. Les Norman has spent 34 years following the call of God to the last, the lost and least of the world and these days is a journalist, writer, personal mentor and consultant, occasionally a guest speaker. Pilar does just as much, also teaches Spanish, and her Christian poetry is a very big favourite in the Hispanic world.
Les is English, Pilar is Spanish and both are 64 years old with 3 children, James, 41, David 39, and Elisabeth who is 24 and a leader in her own right following her graduation from University with a 2:1 in Developing World Issues. Les holds an earned Doctor's and Masters degree, and Pilar is qualified to degree level as a teacher and has known the Lord for 42 years.
The DCI Monday Small Group has been meeting for over 30 years and we still have some of the original members with us today. Like most other small groups we care for each other, we have prayer, communion, worship and we open the Bible. We enjoy being together and have lots to eat and drink on the table, we are open to Holy Spirit and to God's word in the model of Acts 13.1, but we do have two unusual extras:
1. Our small group and all the ones that have come from the original group are wide open to people from all the churches, and we welcome men and women who don't attend church at all.
2. Back in the 1930's Pastor Oswald Smith of the People's Church, Toronto, Canada famously said, "If you can't go yourself then for Christ's sake send someone else". It is true that lots of our members can't go for reasons of age, health, career, family or it is just not the will of God, so we ask the Lord to bring us men and women from anywhere in the world, of any age, any colour, any nationality and any background and we send as many of them as we can into mission. We only ask that they have at least the beginnings of the call of God, are in relationship with Christ, God's people and us, and they have a realistic vision they can put into words and live for.
Over the past 30 years we have lost count of how many people we have helped to go to the lost, the last and least on all five continents. Some take the gospel to unreached peoples, some plant new churches in cities and villages, some open Schools of Mission to train new leaders and many others bless the poor of their land. Some have gone themselves either for short-term visits or for life. We know many outstanding men and women who from the smallest and weakest of beginnings now lead tens of thousands of their people or care for and educate thousands of their poor people. We equally honour the hidden workers and those of later years who quietly serve in the background offering the "loaves and fishes" of their lives to God and to the people where they live. You can read their stories on our news pages every day.
All over the world DCI is six people here and twelve people there and ten somewhere else, and this is the way we like it because in small groups we get to know everyone personally by name but over the years these small groups have influenced or reached tens of thousands of others. Come with us, join us in what we do, after a while you will believe what we believe.
Click on the link to see our Vision and Values statement.
Click on the link to see an illustration of what we do, more or less.
Click on the link to see our statement of faith
Click on the link to see our hopes for Building Community in DCI.
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Would you like to see some of our photos ?
Click to see our Picassa Albums from around the world.
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Click here for a pdf. of Schools of Mission around the world
Click here for Banking for the Poor projects in pdf.
Click here for projects to help orphans and the poor in pdf.
Click here to see some of the people in the DCI family in pdf.