J-Life Country Leaders
Last week David spent in Kenya with the J-Life Country Leaders from East Africa. The countries represented were Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan. Each year, J-Life has a International Summit in February, and all 25 J-Life countries come for a week of discipleship, mentoring, business meetings and fellowship.
Later in the year, West Africa and East Africa have their own “mini” summit. It is good for them to get together to encourage one another in the discipleship work that they are doing. So during the regional summits, the same kinds of things happen that occur at the International Summit just on a smaller scale. They get to focus on their region and what discipleship ways work in their area.
Each country gets a chance to share what is happening in their J-Life ministry. Some big God stories come out during this time. The guys are going into a region in Kenya that is considered dangerous because of armed bandits and cattle rustlers live. And have had many of the criminals come to faith in Jesus and are currently working with leaders in the area to disciple the new believers. Please pray for these new believers and the leaders that are discipling them.
Each day starts with devotion, prayer and a time of worship. Worship in Africa is not like worship in western countries such as the UK or USA. There is singing and dancing and uses of flags or banners waving around. They are not afraid of the Holy Spirit taking over and leading their showing Jesus their love and devotion and praise to Him. Then they go into a time of focusing on each country. Usually one or two J-Life countries per day.
David meets with some of the J-Life country leader specifically to mentor them in their walk with Christ, best business practices and marriage issues. Many of our guys are newly married or married with many small children. As many of us know this is stressful time. David also speaks to them about their financial support. Each of us, including them, raise their own support. Many of them have side businesses to help raise support or their J-Life country and their families.
Please pray for these countries as they move into new areas and new discipleship opportunities.