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2019   J-Life Africa   Newsletter #4

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 focuses on the work in French speaking West Africa and what the Lord is doing there.  Mgliwe Simdinatome heads up the work in this region … we hope that you will enjoy their stories as well as putting some faces to names.

THANK YOU again for your partnership with us as we seek to build His Kingdom and seek to make His name great!

We hope that you will have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and will be able to have some time relaxing with friends and family over the holiday period.

We look forward to continue sharing more with you about what God is doing through the ministry of J-Life in the New Year!

With many thanks

The J-Life Team all over Africa!! 

The Simdinatome Family - ministering in Togo and overseeing
J-Life West Africa - French speaking countries

Update from Mgliwe on West Africa French speaking countries:

I am very grateful to God for the works He is doing though J-Life in our region.
We are developing disciplemaking movements through the countries I am in charge of. Many churches have never had a clear picture about what a discipled person looks like and which process lead people to spiritual maturity. Our teams in the countries are training, coaching and mentoring church leaders to implement a Jesus based strategy to build the Kingdom of God.

The results are powerful. We are seeing pastors starting to invest into their members to produce sound disciples.  We are seeing new believers coming to faith, restoration in relationships and school ministries being developed. In Benin, a big denomination has decided to restructure their churches to start using our strategy and methodologies.
The Koulate family - ministering with
J-Life Ivory Coast
The Amento family - ministering with
J-Life Niger

Some encouraging testimonies from folk in the West Africa Region about how God is at work ... transforming lives as people are part of DISCIPLEMAKING processes: 
(regions and names are not included for the sake of confidentiality)
  • This training helped me to have a clear idea about Jesus' ministry and discipleship. I have been able to help our pastors and mentor leaders of some communities.
  • We were champions in the Great Command but very poor in the Great Commission. Through the training we learned to turn to the neighborhood community by developing relationships.  We now care for the disadvantaged and distressed and the neighborhood has started to respond positively.
  • J-life allowed me to understand others through "DISC" (personality styles training). Specifically, there were misunderstandings between some of the leaders in the church - they did not understand each other and everyone had different ways of seeing things and acting, I shared the "DISC" training with 2 of them and they really understood that they had to understand themselves first and foremost. They then understood the behavior of others as well, which made them come to terms with each other.
  • I have been discipling a pastor.  His life has literally been transformed.  His ministry was built upon positional leadership and he was dominant and authoritative.  The Lord has done a real work in his heart and pushed him to approach his children and his wife to ask for forgiveness.  He has allowed God to turn his church from positional leadership to service leadership.
  • A pastor we have been working with explained how his entire church has changed their focus since being exposed to J-Life's model of Jesus.  They are now looking at their community and passionately developing relationships.  They are sweeping the streets and visiting the sick and the vulnerable.  Their neighborhood is beginning to open up to them!
  • A pastor I trained said that the Strategy training has changed his perspective in ministry and another pastor said that this is so important as it is not getting learned at pastoral schools.
Please pray for the work in West Africa:
  • Niger - Please pray for revival in Niger, pray that the Lord will save many Muslim people, pray for churches to be open to J-Life Disciplemaking training and for our ministry builders and multipliers to be effective.
  • Ivory Coast - for peace and security as we face elections, for our movement multipliers as they develop and implement the vision of J-Life in their different environments and for the west central and the west as we develop pioneering works in these areas - please pray for open doors.
  • Please pray for our country leaders and their families - that the Lord will provide for their needs, keep their marriages and family structures secure and keep them strong and focused on making disciples who make disciples!
" Whoever claims to live in Him
must walk as Jesus did"

1 John 2: 6
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