Flags of some of the 20 countries we’re looking to be involved in this year (2017)
ICY Africa is African led & supported from the U.K. by David and Linda Isgrove and the trustees of ICY Ministries Ltd (Charity number 54254 Company Registration number 08442840). ICY Ministries Ltd is the outreach charity arm of ICY.
Mission Statement: Transforming African communities and nations for Jesus by empowering young people in their local settings to express the Kingdom of God.
Vision: To raise a new generation of servant leaders of integrity who are agents for positive change and transformation in their communities and nations
Process: To use the ICY Diploma in Missional Leadership validated by Springdale International (part of ForMission College) as a tool, to put into young people strong missional leadership foundations encouraging them to make an impact in their communities at whatever level and to train others (disciple) who train others who train others ….
We believe that we are at a turning point amongst young people in Africa. For too long in many countries in Africa there have been many evangelistic drives by churches and organisations that have brought many into the Kingdom but no further. As a result, there can be a superficiality in their walk with God. However, when Jesus called those around him to be disciples, he trained, empowered and sent them out “to do the works that I do” (John 14:12). Our call is to bring the Kingdom of God into every area of individual’s lives through in-depth discipleship – and we find young people are thirsty for more reality and experience of this Kingdom living .. for more integrity, justice, hope, healing and empowerment.
The ICY training programme, that forms the core of what we started in Kenya, is one of the tools to bring young people into a closer walk with Jesus and to be more like Him, bringing hope and restoration of individuals and community.
These are exciting times as the demand for ICY Africa’s presence grows each year in Kenya, and other neighbouring countries such as the new Republic of South Sudan, D R Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania (and Zanzibar), Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and now Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and Liberia. Later this year will see us possibly starting in Botswana, Lesotho and French-speaking countries such as Gabon and Angola.
Join us in this Kingdom adventure. Contact me, David Isgrove, ICY Director for Africa (in the UK) or Joe Bonga, the ICY African Director in Nairobi.
Here are some more details
Because our team is wholly African we believe we can offer the most authentic, affordable, effective and flexible mission trip opportunities to those wanting to go and serve in Africa. Basically you go when you want and stay for as long as you can. There is no program devised around you. You simply join the African team in whatever they’re doing. That’s why we can be so flexible, and you can be so effective! What’s more you live, eat, and travel African. And that is why it is so authentic and affordable!
You can get involved in the established slum ministry working with everyone from babies in orphanages to young adults. Or be involved in Sports Ministry. In between there’s the schools, prison, camps and specialist girls’ ministries. Or you may prefer to head out to the bush and join the team pioneering a model of long term rural youth training discipleship. You can help with our work in schools called “skills for living” or Advocacy Work. We’re alos now starting to reach into Higher Education.
We’re growing – first just in Kenya, then D R Congo in 2013. In 2014 we held an International Conference in Western Kenya for 75 leaders and trainers from 8 countries – Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, D R Congo, South Sudan and Kenya. In 2014 we had nearly 9000 take the Diploma in Missional Leadership. Nearly 3000 graduated. In January 2015 about 400 graduated in 3 centres in D R Congo for the first time. We’ve never seen such joy!!
Then in 2015 we saw 10,360 young people in Kenya mentored and trained as leaders: over 3000 of these became Christians ‘on the way’. Around 2000 in D R Congo, 400 in Rwanda, and many more in Uganda, South Sudan, Tanzania and the countries listed above. In Burundi we’ve started a rapidly growing Sports Ministry to help counter tribal conflicts amongst young people. This seems to be becoming a movement!
In 2016, the numbers of young people reached doubled to over 25,000. Our vision for 2017 is to reach 40,000 young people.
Hundreds have done a mission trip with us and fallen in love with Africa. Visit the ICY Africa Facebook page to ask them about it, or to click one of the options on the right for more information, to view videos, contact us or apply.