Making and Multiplying Growing Disciples

2019 Outreach Results

  • 13 Conferences held in six African countries
    • Togo
    • Ghana
    • Kenya
    • Tanzania
    • Zambia
    • Malawi
  • 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

2020 Mission Trips

Upcoming Trips







Past Trips - 2019

Togo and Ghana

Togo & Ghana

January 12-January 26

  • 70 women trained during two Lydia Circle conferences
  • 110 people accepted Christ
  • Woman’s hygiene kits distributed


March 23-April 6

  • 60 women trained during two Lydia Circle conferences
  • 21 people accepted Christ
  • Women’s hygiene kits distributed


June 22-July 6

  • 150 women trained during two Lydia Circle conferences
  • 22 people accepted Christ
  • Women’s hygiene kits distributed


July 20-August 4

  • 197 women trained during two Lydia Circle conferences
  • 226 people accepted Christ
  • Women’s hygiene kits distributed


September 7 - 21

  • 187 woman trained during four Lydia Circle conferences
  • 415 people reached with the Gospel message
  • 205 people accepted Christ
  • Women’s hygiene kits distributed

What are the trips like?

Lydia Circle Ministry trips are normally 14-16 days long with several conferences being held in each country. The national church pastors organize each event and prepare the logistics for each conference.

What do you do on each trip?

Our Lydia Circle Ministries’ conferences are usually 3-4 days. Each day the women start out the day with training in discipleship, we have lunch together and then in the afternoon we go outside into the nearby community and put our new training into practice by sharing the gospel message by using our evangelism tool, the evangi-cloth. Each afternoon we wrap up our day by the women coming back to the church and giving testimonies about how people responded to the gospel message that they shared. The conference finishes up with each woman receiving a Bible, Training book, Evangi-cloth, and necklace of completion. A special gift of a woman’s hygiene kit, made by the women at North Metro Church, is given to each woman who participates in the training.

  • Pray that God will go before us and prepare hearts and minds to hear his word.
  • Pray for the pastors who are organizing and preparing the area for a conference.
  • Pray for the woman who will come to a conference.
  • Pray for safety in travel for the women attending and also the Lydia Circle trainers.
  • Pray that all needs for Bibles, evangi-cloths, and teaching supplies will be provided.
  • Pray that Lydia Circle will be a blessing to the women in the rural places of Africa.
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Our Purpose

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.

"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
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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.