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Young Life Burundi

Reaching the young people of Burundi

Young Life ministry in Burundi is in a development phase. The first Burundi leaders were identified and trained in 2013 as the Holy Spirit led.

589 teens
known by name in Burundi and counting…

Burundi

  • Population: 12,347,864
  • Main languages: French, English, Kirundi
  • Number of ministries: 10

Burundi summary

Burundi is an east-central country in Africa, one of the few countries whose borders were not determined by colonial rulers. Its neighbors are Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. With more than 12 million people living in Burundi, it is estimated that more than 70% of the population lives in poverty. 64% of the population is under 25. The vast majority of Burundians are Hutu, traditionally farming people. However, power rests with the Tutsi minority, who has historically controlled the army and most of the economy. Since Burundi gained its independence from Belgium in 1962, ethnic conflict between these groups has plagued this country. Genocides occurred in both 1972 and 1993, and the country is still rebuilding from such violence and ethnic strife. The principal languages are Kirundi and French. Swahili is also spoken.

Young Life in Burundi is in the early stages of formation. The first Burundi leaders were identified and trained in 2013 as the Holy Spirit led. The global pandemic has severely affected our ministry in Burundi, but we continue with 10 ministries. In 2018, 82 kids and leaders attended their very first camp! Burundi is a difficult place to do ministry, yet we are confident that the Lord will provide, for it is a place that yearns to know the good news of Christ.

Our impact

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021  Growth (2021)
Kids Known by Name 2,409 589 -76%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 288 473 753 895 1,041 272 -74%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 101 207 272 393 338 81 -76%
Number of Ministries 5 9 13 13 21 10 -52%
National Staff 0 1 1 1 1 1 0%
DGL 0 0 0 3 3 3 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 42 0 82 0 0 0 0%

Our ministries

Burundi has 113 volunteer leaders and 10 ministries! Burundi is a difficult place to do ministry, yet we are confident that the Lord will provide, for it is a place that yearns to know the good news of Christ.

Young Life leaders knew almost 600 kids by name in Burundi. About 270 kids are meeting weekly at club and just under 100 attend weekly discipleship groups.

Prayer Opportunities

Pray for supernatural grace upon Burundi so that youth may continue to know Christ.

Pray that many leaders would have the desire to spread Christ’s Kingdom.

Pray for the empowerment of current ministries and clarity in establishing new ministries.

Pray for wisdom in the development of the Young Life team as well as the country.

Pray for courage and love in preaching the gospel to youth who do not know Christ.

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