Lydia Circle Ministries

Making and Multiplying Growing Disciples




Past Trips


+120 Seminars conducted by trained leaders
Trained over 1000 women in evangelism and discipleship
300 evangi-cloths given to trained women
Planted 2 churches in rural Malawi
5000 were reached with the gospel message
+740 people became believers in Jesus Christ


January 12-January 26

Togo & Ghana

March 23-April 6


June 22-July 6


July 20-August 4


September 7 - 21


13 Conferences held in six African countries
574 Woman trained in evangelism and discipleship
1,254 people were reached by the Gospel
547 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior
500 local language Bibles distributed

About Us

"So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

Isaiah 55:11

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: train women in spiritual discipleship and evangelism. Our vision is to equip women in Africa to become spiritual leaders within their families, communities and local church.

Our Strategy

We send Lydia Circle trainers from the US and African nationals to hold conferences in rural churches. These trainers present foundational Christian beliefs that are easily understood and remembered through visual aids and tools. These visual tools assist in evangelizing as the Holy Spirit works to deliver the life changing message of Christ. The conference participants are then sent out equipped and accountable to disciple others in their community.

Our Founder

Melinda Dykstra and her husband Tim have 4 grown, married children and 3 grandchildren. In 2005 she participated in her first outreach to Zambia, Africa and became ‘hooked’ on African missions. She has since participated in outreaches held in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. Melinda has been called since 2010 to work specifically with the women in Africa through the organization she started called Lydia Circle. With Melinda’s God given talents and strong drive, U.S. based Trainers and indigenous woman leaders help her conduct training and the mentoring of African women in discipleship, emotional and physical well-being, relationships with children and husband, and how to pass on the good news of Jesus Christ to others.