Ethiopia is a land of antiquity; it is the oldest independent African country dating back to 5 B.C. with ties to King Solomon. Ethiopia’s population of approximately 85 million is comprised of multiple religious groups including Muslim (34%), Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (44%), Protestant (18%), with indigenous beliefs making up the remainder. The main language is Amharic and English is widely spoken.  The people are elegant, industrious and have a deep warmth commonly found in African cultures. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia and is the largest export crop; the Italian influence in Ethiopia perfected the coffee drink and it continues to be one of the pleasures of Ethiopian culture.

Ethiopia is second only to the United States in the number of kids reached by Young Life.  Young Life has a rich history in Ethiopia dating back to 1999 when Chuck and Linda Reinhold, Young Life veterans from the United States, moved to the Kore neighborhood of Addis Ababa. Currently, Young Life is active in schools and neighborhoods throughout Addis Ababa and in 24 different town and villages around Ethiopia.  Over the last seven years Young Life in Ethiopia has grown 34% per year and currently over 15,000 kids attend Young Life outreach clubs every week and almost 7,000 kids are involved in weekly discipleship groups.  Over 7,000 kids and leaders will attend outreach and discipleship camps with Young Life in Ethiopia this summer.

The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. To achieve our mission, we build Christ-centered leaders for the next generation in Ethiopia. These Kingdom leaders pour themselves into kids, transforming them to serve the Church, education, business, healthcare, politics: every sector of society. We believe the hope for Ethiopia is change from the inside out, a change that will be ushered in by these Jesus-centered leaders.

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Young Life Africa / Middle East Division, P.O. Box 70065 Prescott, AZ 86304