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2020  J-Life Africa   Newsletter #1

Dear Friends … a HUGE Thank you for your interest, continued prayer and support in many ways for the ministry of J-Life across the continent. 

This newsletter celebrates the incredible time had at the J-Life 2020 Global Summit, where 22 countries were represented by 64 delegates from across Africa and the world! We were very grateful to see our Father's leading in the community, fellowship, and every detail throughout the entire week! The vision for the next 10 years was shared and we look forward to seeing the Lord going ahead of us as we daily seek to do His will and work.

J-Life’s 2030 vision:
Our vision is to grow African leaders (2000) who are planted like trees in gateway cities (200) in countries (40) around the continent. Just like trees, these leaders mature and scatter seeds which germinate and reproduce into healthy churches. In turn, these churches plant fruit-bearing, replicating disciples to influence every sphere of society. Like a forest, the thick spreading foliage of these trees grow the influence of the church, neutralizing evil and releasing good news. These forests provide spiritual and physical rescue for dry, desolate and weary communities ultimately transforming the landscape of cities and countries, to the glory of God.


In these uncertain times, we are hurting for the world as it is affected by COVID-19. Your families and churches remain in our prayers. J-Life's response to this time is highlighted toward the end of this newsletter as well. 

We thank you for your continued support, prayers, and interest as we all navigate this uncertainty, knowing that our Father is in control and we are completely at rest in His hands!

We pray that you will have a wonderful Easter in these very uncertain times and that you will know the Lord's presence and risen power - even though you may not be celebrating among others.

With many thanks,

The J-Life Team all over Africa!

 

Dear Friends … a HUGE Thank you for your interest, continued prayer and support in many ways for the ministry of J-Life across the continent. 

This newsletter celebrates the incredible time had at the J-Life 2020 Global Summit, where 22 countries were represented by 64 delegates from across Africa and the world! We were very grateful to see our Father's leading in the community, fellowship, and every detail throughout the entire week! The vision for the next 10 years was shared and we look forward to seeing the Lord going ahead of us as we daily seek to do His will and work.

J-Life’s 2030 vision:
Our vision is to grow African leaders (2000) who are planted like trees in gateway cities (200) in countries (40) around the continent. Just like trees, these leaders mature and scatter seeds which germinate and reproduce into healthy churches. In turn, these churches plant fruit-bearing, replicating disciples to influence every sphere of society. Like a forest, the thick spreading foliage of these trees grow the influence of the church, neutralizing evil and releasing good news. These forests provide spiritual and physical rescue for dry, desolate and weary communities ultimately transforming the landscape of cities and countries, to the glory of God.


In these uncertain times, we are hurting for the world as it is affected by COVID-19. Your families and churches remain in our prayers. J-Life's response to this time is highlighted toward the end of this newsletter as well. 

We thank you for your continued support, prayers, and interest as we all navigate this uncertainty, knowing that our Father is in control and we are completely at rest in His hands!

We pray that you will have a wonderful Easter in these very uncertain times and that you will know the Lord's presence and risen power - even though you may not be celebrating among others.

With many thanks,

The J-Life Team all over Africa!

 
Testimonies from some folk who attended Summit 2020 ....

Arsene (J-Life Cote d'Ivoire) on the impact of J-Life Summit 2020:

"The 2020 Summit was an especially blessed time for me because I had the privilege to share it with my wife, Constance. Each moment was wonderful - the dinner at the beach, the times of morning worship, all these African countries meeting between brothers in fellowship, praying to God, and sharing the heart of Jesus Christ. 

Vision 2030 challenged me personally to dream of transforming society by committing to multiplying disciplemakers in all spheres of the society. 

Already since my return, we have had a meeting with our MBX's (J-Life Field Workers from our country). They are so excited to register and implement this vision for the glory of God."

 
Arsene and Constance Abidjan- ministering in Côte d'Ivoire together with their family. 
Jeannette (J-Life Togo) on J-Life Summit 2020:

"The biggest impact during the Summit for me was the 2030 vision and its new openings towards the different areas of our society. The time spent in the regional workshops allowed me to have a clearer clarification adapted to our context. In addition, the times of sharing in the evening workshops had a personal impact on family life and ministry with couples in our communities.

As an MBX (J-Life Field Worker) in my country, together with my team, I am planning prayer times and finding available and willing leaders.  I am going to organise conferences to share the vision in the five economic regions of our country in order to share the J-Life vision. I will then equip them with resources and coaching needed. 

Before the end of our Summit, I had received more clarification regarding my call and my ministry - especially regarding impacting woman and women leaders who can transform the lives of a multitude of other women and engage them for the cause of the Lord."

 
Jeannette Odjo - ministering as an MBX (J-Life Field worker) with
J-Life Togo
 
Rose (J-Life Kenya) on J-Life Summit 2020:

"Summit 2020 was great! Seeing the coming together of all the country leaders who are making disciples who make disciples giving updates of how each country is doing was powerful. I was reminded that we all have been called to make disciples. Seeing how J-Life has become such a huge movement in Africa just gives me joy and also makes me pray even more for all the leaders. 

Prayer is very key and as wives of leaders it will be the greatest support we can ever give. I have also realised that teamwork and togetherness can take the movement deeper in Africa. I learned the importance of coming together and doing several things in oneness in Christ. 

I enjoyed meeting and interacting and praying with the leaders' wives! Very encouraging."
Samson and Rose Otieno - ministering with their family (Mercy, Timothy, and Jewel)
J-Life Kenya
Samuel (J-Life Malawi) on his experience at J-Life Summit 2020:

"This week was a wonderful one to me. It was an answered prayer. It was my first time with the J-Life family. I didn't know what to expect, but I was overwhelmed by the brotherly love I witnessed. It really humbled and inspired me. I felt confident that I am among the right family.

Almost everything was what I needed to hear and learn, but 'Transformation' stood out most. A big lesson that I took home was that a truly discipled person needs both horizontal and vertical transformation (the shape of the cross where Christ died for me!). I was challenged that if this is to be achieved, influential youth leaders must be taken on board. I have many plans to use the youth in Malawi to bring about self transformation, organisational transformation and community transformation." 
Samuel and Rosena Dewa- leading with
J-Life Malawi
Mena (J-Life Ghana) on J-Life Summit 2020:

"I am particularly grateful to the leadership and support of J-Life for the opportunity they gave to people like me to travel for the first time outside of my home country. 

Personally, the marriage enrichment seminars had a great impact on me. My real passion is to see couples enjoy their marriages in Christ so I have this couples group where we share our ideas on marriages and fellowship together. After the Summit, I knew that God had really called me into this ministry and He had used the seminars to personally touch me so I can reach out to other marriages. I am going to allow God to use me in this ministry in Ghana and I know He will be glorified."  
Ben and Mena Yamoah- leading with
J-Life Ghana
Brian (J-Life Zambia) on J-Life Summit 2020:

" I enjoyed the country prayer times. It made me feel as if the whole world was standing with me.  I also enjoyed the marriage workshops. They were wonderful and I believe that they served a purpose of bringing healing and strengthening to some of the marriages within the J-Life family. 

I left Summit 2020 feeling refreshed and revived and I also felt God impressing on me the need to do more in Zambia.  The adding of 'transformation' along with multiplication in the vision statement has brought the movement into a holistic approach to ministry. This will make J-Life more relevant, thus becoming an agent of change."
Brian and Dorcas Mulenga (with baby Bukata)- leading with
J-Life Zambia
Regional meetings happening throughout Summit, focusing on implementing Vision 2030 all across Africa.
Very thankful for time spent together at Summit and for the ability to include the spouses and ministry partners of our country leaders during this time!
In addressing COVID-19, here are some ways J-Life is empowering and equipping leaders across Africa:

We as J-Life understand that during this time, things cannot be business as usual. We are blessed with an opportunity here to help the church in Africa to reflect more of Jesus and His commission of us. To effectively do this, we realise that we have to speed up our response to assessing how we can help churches adapt, and then to equip and resource them to make the changes needed. Our concern is that some churches are just trying to move the once a week meeting online which will never be enough .... So in response we have:
  1. Started J-Life regional ‘virtual summits’.  We are dreaming around what needs to happen to help the church do what Jesus did
  2. Each ‘Regional Summit’ will discuss how we can better help churches see the need to equip their people to disciple those that they are in contact with
  3. Out of each of our ‘Regional Summits’ we hope to have many new and creative ideas that can be used to effectively expose needs and then equip and resource the church for disciplemaking in these times
Now more than ever, churches are seeing that they have not equipped their people to disciple others and that disciple making is not happening within families. We are working on new mediums/tools/platforms for churches to use to equip their people. 

We are encouraged by Jeremiah 17: 7-8:
 
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. 
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and it is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."
Please pray with us:
  • That God will pour out His grace over our country leaders, MBXs (J-Life Field Workers) and disciplemakers.
  • Please pray with us that we will hear the Spirit clearly and that we will effectively make the changes needed to help the church of Africa meet the needs of the people in Africa now.  We have a small window and do not want to miss it.
  • That the Lord provides financially during these tough times for all our Country Leaders and Field workers
  • For now, more than ever, that disciple making becomes a priority among families and churches across the continent. That through this, Jesus can be made known to many.
 
" Whoever claims to live in Him
must walk as Jesus did"

1 John 2: 6
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