Christian lifestyle publication, J-Star Blomag, is a true demonstration of how God can turn a test into a testimony shares owner and writer, Mvokazi Mjayezi. “I experienced the trauma of being molested when I was between the ages of 6-8 years old. That drove me to find an escape in reading, which lead me to start writing down my feelings and thoughts into journals.” The journals soon became short stories, which lead to novels and finally inspired her to start J-Star – an online blomag, which is a mash up between a blog and a magazine.
God began speaking to Mjayezi, as a teen, through prophetic words about a friendship ministry. A few years later He revealed His plan – He wanted her to start a magazine. “The vision God gave me for J-Star is that it is a friendship ministry in blog magazine style. Everything about it is personal — a testimony of what my contributors and I have been through, are going through and will go through.” She explained. The blomag is focused on encouraging its readers to reach for the greatness that God has destined for them. “He then gave me the name J-Star, which means Jesus Star. I ran with it after that and here I am today!”
The blomag offers Christian adults the latest news and views regarding living single, fashion, beauty and other relevant topics, and boasts weekly features such as You Can by David Molapo and Vanessas Corner by Vanessa Goosen, the former Miss South Africa semi-finalist who was used as a drug mule in 1994 and ended up spending 16 years in a Thai prison.
The blomags’ 1st issue was published on December 16, 2014 and was a realisation of a dream birthed in her heart since 2013, when God had spoken to her at her desk, at work. Mjayezi had then begun to plan the magazine and approach contributors and in 2014 she discerned that the time had come for her to leave her full time job and focus solely on her project. “I just went for it, trusting God to provide as I go, and He has!” she shared passionately.
The up and coming entrepreneur explained that it wasn’t always easy, as God prepared her and her husband, Sinethemba, for the big things He had planned. “Stripping is painful and is a very hard process but we pushed through when it seemed like it would never happen because of finance and other limitations.” They had faced many challenges together, but clung on to faith and the words that God had spoken over their lives. Mjayezi shares that the release of the 2nd issue is in itself a miracle because of the road it took to get there.
The magazine will be published bi-monthly with plans set to release an issue every month in the future. The 2nd Issue will be released digitally on February, 28 2015 and will also be available in print in March 2015. “We are very excited about Issue 2! A very special well-known couple, who works in the music industry, will be gracing our cover. The issue will also hold exciting and encouraging content.”
Mjayezi foresees a bright future ahead for the blomag. She was recently invited to feature on local radio station PE FM’s Saturday morning show. “I will be on air every Saturday between 10h00 and 11h00, where I will be chatting about all things J-Star!” She believes that it is a door that has been miraculously opened and that many other doors will also begin to open for the publication. “I see J-Star becoming a global brand, ministering across the globe to men and women!” she shared.
Christian writers who would like to get involved by volunteering are encouraged to contact the magazine. There is specifically a need for male writers who are excited about writing about topics that will appeal to Christian men. There is also a call to businesses, who would like to buy advertising space, especially Christian businesses who would like to sow into fertile ground. “We need businesses to come and advertise their products and services in the magazine,” shares Mjayezi. “J-Star is young and happening with content that is a living testimony of what people go through on a daily basis!”