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 60 million is comprised of many religious groups including Muslim (50%), Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (40-45%), Protestant (5%), and indigenous beliefs the remainder. The main language is Amharic and English is widely spoken. The people are industrious and many work in agriculture. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia and is the largest export crop.
Young Life Ethiopia was pioneered by Chuck and Linda Reinhold and has ministered to kids in Ethiopia for over 7 years in the cities of Addis Ababa and Debre Zeit. Currently, 7 staff leaders and 45 volunteer leaders run 15 clubs in 22 high schools for over 6,000 kids. Political instability makes holding club meetings difficult at times. In the face of opposition, Young Life leaders continue to meet together and do contact work to bring Jesus to Ethiopian high schoolers.