Young Life in Cote d’Ivoire has seen an amazing 53% increase in the number of kids reached, 11% increase in kids coming to club and 21% increase for kids in discipleship groups in 2019.
Cote d’Ivoire gained its independence from France in 1960, yet has remained closely tied to the French. In 1999 the country’s first-ever military coup overthrew the government, resulting in a civil war that began in 2002. This left the country divided, with rebels holding the north, government forces in the south and peacekeeping forces as a buffer. In 2007, an agreement was signed by both parties to dismantle the buffer zone, integrate rebel forces into the national armed forces and hold elections. This has proved difficult to pursue, so several thousand UN peacekeepers and several hundred French troops remain in Cote d’Ivoire to support the transition process. Of Cote d’Ivoire’s 26 million people, almost half of the population is Muslim. Only about 20% of the country is evangelical Christian. As one of the most prosperous of the West African states, Cote d’Ivoire is the largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer of coffee. Cote d’Ivoire is a multilingual country with over 78 languages spoken. The official language is French.
Since its start in 2012, Young Life in Cote d’Ivoire has grown enormously. Over 33,500 kids have been reached. Leaders are praying for a deep love for Christ to reach more kids; with 32 ministries and 245 volunteer leaders, Young Life in Cote d’Ivoire is swiftly expanding. Experiencing some opposition from schools and in neighborhoods, leaders must be bold in their faith in order for more and more kids to hear the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Young Life leaders in Cote d’Ivoire are certainly living up to this expectation. In March of 2015, leaders were all set to have a weekend camp with kids from the cities of Grand Bassam and Bounua, until gunmen opened fire at a nearby resort, killing several people and injuring many. Parents were scared and were no longer willing to send their kids to camp. Yet faithful Young Life leaders prayed diligently and went door to door asking parents to reconsider. Many agreed, and that weekend 63 kids said yes to Jesus.
YL on the beach!
HEY from Cote d’Ivoire YL!
Hello from YL camp!
|Avg. Kids at Clubs||533||971||1,653||2,286||2,538||11%|
|Avg. Kids at Campaigns||133||290||527||850||1,026||21%|
|Number of Ministries||11||15||30||38||32||-16%|
|Kids & Leaders to Camp||528||327||351||414||0||N/A|
Young Life is growing rapidly with 32 ministries and 245 volunteer leaders. Such growth is sometimes met with opposition. In March of 2015, leaders were all set to have a weekend outreach camp with kids from the cities of Grand Bassam and Bounua, until gunmen opened fire at a nearby resort, killing several people and injuring many. Parents were scared, and were no longer willing to send kids to camp. Yet faithful Young Life leaders prayed diligently, and went door to door asking parents to reconsider. Many agreed, and that weekend 63 kids said yes to Jesus.
Three soccer camps have been held in the last year in Grand Bassam and Bonoua for Wyldlife age kids.
Cote d’Ivoire had its first Capernaum camp in August 2017.
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