Young Life Kenya

Reaching the young people of Kenya

Since beginning in 2005, Young Life in Kenya has reached over 161,708 kids through 252 ministries, including high school/middle school students, teen moms, teenagers with disabilities and college students.

As of 2019, 161,708 teens and counting
have been reached in Kenya.

Kenya

  • Population: 53,640,543
  • Main languages: English, Swahili
  • Kids reached by YLA: 161,708

Kenya summary

Kenya is named after Mount Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa. The land that is now considered Kenya was first settled around 2000 BC. In 1890, the British colonized the land until 1963, when Kenya officially became an independent republic. Kenya’s population of approximately 53.5 million is made up of mostly Christians: 47% Protestant, 23% Roman Catholic and 12% other. However, about 10% of the population identified as Islamic and another 5-10% participates in their indigenous religion. 45% of the population is under the age of 18. English is the official language of Kenya, yet almost every Kenyan speaks Swahili. The Kenyan people are a diverse mix of urban and rural, traditional and modern. In Nairobi, one will experience a bustling business district, yet if one travels to a more rural area one will commonly experience warriors armed with spears, driving their cattle to protect them from lions at night.

Kenya celebrated its 15th year in ministry and is one of the largest in Young Life Africa. They pioneered Hands on Training (HOT) which has been replicated in other countries as a way to help leaders see and do Young Life ministry in all its forms – contact work, club, discipleship group and camp.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Growth (2020)
Avg. Kids at Clubs 9,095 12,102 13,230 14,405 16,362
23,815
46%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 3,770 6,171 7,119 8,470 9,431
10,975
16%
Number of Ministries 112 125 136 162 182
252
38%
National Staff 14 18 21 28 27
32
19%
DGL 34 27 25 30 32 25 -22%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 13,910 16,228 17,818 18,325 17,602 0 N/A

Our ministries

Because not all teenagers attend school, Young Life in Kenya is community-focused, and leaders reach out to teens within their own neighborhoods. The Lord is doing incredible things through Young Life Kenya. Every single week over 23,800 kids attend outreach clubs in their communities, and nearly 11,000 of them are involved in small group Bible studies.

We have WyldLife clubs run by volunteer leaders and senior Campaigners. Most of the WyldLife clubs are in primary schools and others are in neighborhoods.

Currently we have active college and university ministries.

We have ministries in Nairobi that are reaching out to teenagers with disabilities. In some other places, teenagers with disabilities attend other regular clubs and participate alongside other kids. We are looking forward to having special initiatives for the Capernaum ministry in every metropolitan in the coming years.

We have active neighborhoods that are engaging themselves with teen moms’ ministry. Leaders who are helping with this important ministry are receiving hands-on training.

We have leaders who visit the prisons, especially the juvenile section. This is mostly during the month of May when we engage our generosity month. Leaders and Campaigner groups get to visit these facilities and offer services there. We are praying and looking forward to organized ministries in these facilities!

Prayer Opportunities

Pray for commitment and sustainability of current leaders.

Pray for the development of 250 new leaders to enable us to achieve the 2019 Forward plan.

Pray that we are able to raise our target of $18,000 locally for the 2019 Forward plan.

Pray that we are able to have YoungLives leader mentors in every neighborhood for our 2019 Forward goal.

Pray that all leaders may have the spirit of discipleship to effectively follow up on teenagers (Campaigners) who have given their lives to Jesus.

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