DIAKONIA offers an international and ecumenical community of diaconal friendship, connecting us in diversity and commonality. 

DIAKONIA broadens our worldview and deepens our sense of diaconal vocation.  

DIAKONIA reminds the church of God’s call to service, justice, compassion, and peace for creation, and assists us in living out our ministries in the world with vision and hope. 

The church is not the church without diakonia.

World Assembly Update

The plans to hold the DWF Assembly in Darwin in 2021 were disrupted by the COVID pandemic, and and it was postponed to 2022. But it is clear that it will still be sometime until international flights resume as they had been pre-COVID and that 2022 will be too early for all our member associations to attend. A small Task Group of the DWF Executive will begin planning for a virtual World Assembly in 2022. More information available in the coming months. 



This edition is full of news from around the world including information about this year’s DIAKAID Grant Announcements. 


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This edition is full of news from around the world including information about this year’s DIAKAID Application process.

4 days ago

Tonga – January 2022
Communication has been cut off and it may be a while till the full extent of damage and loss of property and possible loss of lives is known. Please pray for the beautiful people in the Kingdom of Tonga whose lives were already significantly impacted by climate change and for the Tongan diaspora spread around the world who are waiting to hear news.

Prayers for Tonga
God, Giver of calm in all turmoil,
we pray for those under ash, steam and gas clouds,
and those who feared or experienced
tsunami this weekend, in the wake of
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai’s eruptions.
We pray for Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou island
nearest to the eruptions,
and Tongatapu Island,
most severely struck by tsunami,
for the capital Nuku’alofa,
where boats and boulders washed ashore,
damaging waterfront and main street,
cutting communications,
contaminating air and water,
as residents fled.
We pray for those in Pago Pago,
American Samoa,
for evacuees in Fiji, especially Suva,
for the nation of Samoa
and for Aotearoa/New Zealand,
braced for impact and sending support.
We pray for Vanatu, Japan,
Alaska, British Columbia, Australia,
California, and the Hawai’ian islands,
all impacted by the high waves.
You, who are remembered,
often in easily said words, as
speaking from fire on the mountains,
shaping the depth of the seas,
walking on the waves,
come in the core of your truth
to ease fear and comfort all,
for you are recognized by us all
in the compassion of a global family,
(Source: Maren Tirabassi, Gifts in Open Hands)

Praying in the face of a Tsunami (Tonga, January 2020)
The power of the waves crashing is nothing to the sucking into the deep.
We watch in fear and awe at satellite images and broken messages.
Hear our cry, O Lord.
Hear the pleading of our desperate voices and the longings of our hearts.
Please give us good news.
Please restore families and friends.
We ask that resources might make their way quickly to where they are most needed.
We ask for targeted aid to reach those who can best use it.
We pray about water and food and medicines.
We pray for rescuers, medical teams and emergency workers.
We pray for children and parents and grandparents.
We pray for widows and orphans.
In the face of tragedy and disaster, it is hard to make lists, o lord.
So, we ask your spirit to guide our words and thoughts.
Stir compassion and imagination, as we seek our best loving response.
O God, make haste to save communities in shock.
Enlarge our hearts, so we can respond with you.
(Source: Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler, Uniting Church in Australia)
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Sending our prayers for Tonga

Sending prayers for all.

Thank you for giving us what information you have. Praying for all in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

We pray.

Prayers for Tonga


We pray for the people in Tonga

Lord hear our prayer.

God, have mercy.

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2 days ago

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God bless! Once a Deacon, always a Deacon!

Congratulations Matthew

Be proud of your Diaconate. Not just a stepping stone, but the beginning of a life long ministry which for some, will include priesthood.

God will be with him all days.

6 days ago

A Church of Scotland Deacon has been appointed as the Scottish Government’s first national advisor and operational lead on Spiritual Care.
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Congratulations Mark Evans .


Well done Mark

Congratulations Mark

Congratulations Mark


God bless you

Congratulations . You are the light …

Congratulation. May god Bless your work


Excellent Diaconate concept…👌. Blessings, Mark 🤲


Wonderful news Congrat

Wow Mark. Prayers for your new role..see you Sat! Delighted!


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5 days ago

**Sunday, January 23, 2022**

*Luke 4:14-21*

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee,

and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.

He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up,

he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.

He stood up to read,

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of God is upon me,

because God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

God has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and

recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

to proclaim the Jubilee year of the God’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.

The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

Then he began to say to them,

“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”


Jesus of Nazareth,

Teacher of Galilee,

fill us with the power of the Spirit.

Centre us in your gospel message.

Bring good news

we need it in this time of

international showdowns and widespread cyber attacks,

volcanic eruptions and tsunami surges.

Proclaim release

from the unyielding parade of case counts and

front-line staffing shortages and

care home outbreaks.

Recover your people

from the history and trauma of

inequality and violence,

environmental disaster,

hostage taking and mass shootings.

Free us

to serve with courage and vision.

Let your prophetic witness be our mission, our purpose, our priority,

and not just a watered-down version,

or a spiritualized softening of these responsibilities,

or a glossed-over editing of the gospel’s demands.

Ground us in your mandate and agenda with the poor, the captive, the downtrodden, and oppressed.

Fulfill this scripture in our hearing, in our living, and in our ministries.

This is who you are Jesus.

Let this be who we are, too.

We need to hear the challenge, and the blessing,

of this plumb line and measure of what it is to be your people.

May we be anointed, too.

May the Spirit of God be upon us.

Photo by Taylor Wilcox on Unsplash
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