Igniting Communities for Jesus

Igniting Communities for Jesus

My hope for the future, for widows and orphans, is to see them empowered.

Bosco Mutebutsi

My hope for the future, for widows and orphans, is to see them empowered.

Bosco Mutebutsi

Igniting Communities for Jesus (formerly J-Life) reaches out to some of the most remote and vulnerable communities across Northern Burundi. During the civil war, rebels camped out in the forests in these areas and carried out frequent raids. Many were tragically killed and today there is a significant number of maimed adults, orphans and widows struggling to rebuild their lives.

Working with local leaders, ICJ provides holistic support to individuals and communities. Actions include constructing permanent, secure brick homes to replace leaky mud huts, making frequent supportive visits, leading transformative bible studies, providing training centres, distributing reusable sanitary towels, teaching literacy, numeracy and farming skills and helping initiate microenterprises.

ICJ work with hundreds of widows and orphans across Bubanza, Muramvya and Cibitoke provinces.

Stories from Igniting Communities for Jesus:

charlotte and christophe in their new home

Charlotte and Christophe’s New Start

When Charlotte became a widow she experienced unimaginable difficulties. With her husband’s death, she also lost her home and her family. Her husband’s family wanted to inherit her land so she was thrown out, and forced to leave her son behind. Homeless, penniless and starving, she only had the clothes

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a woman stands in the doorway of her new house

Quintuple-Whammy Good News in Burundi…

Enough of the endless stream of bad news in our Covid-19-affected world, let’s read some heart-warming encouragements! Here is a selection of transformational stories from Igniting Communities for Jesus in the community of Ciya, northern Burundi – an area decimated over the years of war but discovering new hope

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Bosco with Boudesie in front of other villagers

A Life Transformed

Boudesianne has a tragic story. After the death of her husband, with four children to provide for, she was living on the brink of survival. Thankfully, she was able to connect with ICJ who worked with her community to build a house and provide for the education of her children

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