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:

From Disgrace to Dignity

For many years Mariko felt like a second-class citizen. He felt unworthy of dignity and inferior to other people around him. “I questioned my manhood and my ability to provide for my family,” he said. Mariko had worked as a labourer for his landowner for many years. But things turned for

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A beautiful sunset in Burundi

A Brother’s Love

Like many children in Burundi, Vincent had an unbelievably tough start in life. Conflict and war meant his family’s only hope of survival was to leave everything behind and flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo to find shelter in a refugee camp, alongside thousands of other Burundians. Tragically, the

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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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