Making and Multiplying Growing Disciples

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2019 Mission Trips


January 12 - 27


March 25 - April 5


June 22 - July 6


July 20 - August 3


August 10 - 24


September 8 - 21

What are the trips like?

All our trips are 14-16 days long with many conferences being done in each country. The national church pastors organize each conference and prepare the logistics for Lydia Circle Ministries.

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 for our families here in the states, while we are gone.
  • Pray for good food and accommodations in unknown places.
  • Pray for good health for us throughout the 2 week trip.
  • Pray that all connections of the air travel as well as the ground transportation will be in goodtime.
  • 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 Africa 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 evangelising 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 ministries. She has since participated in outreaches held in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Melinda is now called to work specifically with the women in Africa, training women in discipleship and evangelism.