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Young Life Democratic Republic of Congo

Reaching the young people of DRC

Young Life began in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008 and the Lord has worked in powerful ways. Despite political and economic hardship, Young Life in DRC has grown rapidly! We have 218 ministries with almost 1,100 volunteer leaders!

In 2022, 55,942 teens were known by name in DRC.

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Population: 92,337,393
  • Main languages: French, Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili
  • Kids known by name: 55,942

DRC summary

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was established as a Belgian colony in 1908 and gained its independence in 1960. It became the official “Democratic Republic of the Congo” in 1997 and is still full of significant political tension and strife. From 1994 to 2003, more than five million people died as a result of civil war, and many eastern areas are still plagued by violence as various rebel groups continue to operate there. DRC is the poorest country in the world and is still experiencing the effects of constant militant-led conflicts, widespread rape, exploitation and corrupt government. DRC is made up of almost 90 million people and over 200 African ethnic groups. 48% of the population is under 18 years of age. The main language is French, yet Lingala is a commonly used trade language as well. Nearly 80-90% of the population is Christian--split up between Catholicism, Protestantism and other Christian denominations.

Since 2008, we’ve developed the ministries of Young Life, WyldLife, Capernaum, Young Life University and YoungLives. We have reached an amazing number of kids with the help of a strong team of volunteer leaders. The strength of our leadership is sacrifice; a team ready to sacrifice their own lives to seek and bring kids to Jesus Christ. The security situation in the DRC does not always allow us to openly practice our faith within Young Life so we desperately need prayer.

Our impact

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Growth (2022)
Kids known by name 50,576 64,948 55,942 -14%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 9,766 12,082 11,801 10,715 12,514 17%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 5,315 5,972 4,579 4,854 7,534 55%
Number of Ministries 161 175 174 203 218 7%
National Staff 15 14 14 14 14 0%
DGL 16 14 10 8 7 -13%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 4,316 45 0 6,047 7,713 28%

 

Our ministries

Since 2008, we’ve developed the ministries of Young Life, WyldLife, Capernaum, Young Life University and YoungLives. We have reached so many kids with the help of an amazing team of volunteer leaders. The strength of our leadership is sacrifice, a team ready to sacrifice their own lives to seek and bring kids to Jesus Christ. The security situation in the DRC does not allow us at times to openly practice our faith within Young Life so we desperately need prayer.

The ministry of Young Life is evolving in the DRC by the grace of God. Beginning in 2007, Young Life in the DRC is now celebrating 15 years of existence. In 2022, Young Life leaders knew nearly 56,000 kids by name.

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