Multiplication at the speed of relationship

Three generations of YLI leaders.

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 18:8

In June, I spent four days with our upcoming YLI Interns and Coaches in Northern Ghana.  We were camped out in a rented house which afforded us the space to plan, pray, talk, eat and also enjoy some relaxed time together.  The group in this photo includes original YLI Coaches like Vincent, Naomi and Jonah, second generation Coaches, and new young leaders who are now coming from all over Ghana and northern Nigeria.  Out of this group, our next YLI Coaches will emerge and begin to raise up the fourth generation.

With each generation of apprenticed leaders and disciples, YLI’s geographic sphere of influence has expanded.  Collectively, YLI leaders now have direct influence into nearly every West African country!


We’ve learned that discipleship happens no faster than the speed of relationship.

We made an intentional decision long ago not to measure discipleship training effectiveness by the number of people who complete our training process, but rather by the observable fruit in their lives.  Personal stories of transformation and the impact these young people are having in their world are very encouraging!  

This is what I have witnessed this year: 

  1. New disciples are being produced and reproduced.
  2. YLI groups are forming to listen to God’s voice and respond to God’s calling.
  3. New churches are being planted.
  4. Fulani Muslims are continuing to come to know Jesus.
  5. Villages are enjoying safe water for the first time.
  6. School children are being educated and fed.

It is young leaders who have been discipled into a Jesus way of life who God is working through to create this impact. Multiplication and discipleship are show processes at the beginning, but as we see in YLI, it accelerates over time. Thanks for reading!

Author: Ash Zook

Executive Director Young Leaders International PO Box 1088 Carrollton, GA 30112