Lead Like Jesus South Africa held their first ever official Ignite student leadership training event on January 23, at the Acts Christian Church in Johannesburg. This is the first of five confirmed Ignite events planned for South Africa throughout 2016.
Designed specifically for high school students, Ignite focuses on character development and challenges young leaders to learn to love and serve others as Jesus did. By doing so, they can have a greater impact in their homes, schools, churches, communities and the world.
“The sessions were a wonderful growing experience for the participants, as well as the facilitators,” said Krystle Luchmon, who helped to host the January event along with her husband, Ramlan. “The sessions encouraged a deeper, more authentic relationship with God.”
Throughout the Ignite event, students were given the opportunity to learn and grow through group discussions, self-examination and practical and interactive lessons.
“Ignite was a fun, dynamic experience,” said Daniel, who participated in the event. “[It provided] a way forward, a way to help people. It was a good experience in learning that we need to deal with ourselves first, so we can change the world next.”
One of his fellow attendees shared, “It’s because of this course that I was only able to identify my weaknesses and how to deal with them in such a way I can be the light to world and spread God's Word.”
According to Ramlan and Krystle, the youth in attendance were excited to take what they’d learned and implement it into their daily lives. “The best feedback we got was that they have knowledge which they can apply and can be used at school, with family (cousins/relatives), as well as with their online friends and local community.”
Krystle is quick to point all the glory to God for the transformation she witnessed in those who attended this first South African Ignite of 2016.
“We once again felt the move of God during the Ignite encounter,” she says. “We can (as always) attribute this fully to the intercessory prayer and preparation.”