TRANSFORMING LIBERIA THROUGH JESUS CENTERED LEADERS

Helping Teens Find Their Purpose

TRANSFORMING LIBERIA THROUGH JESUS CENTERED LEADERS

Helping Teens Find Their Purpose

Reaching the young people of Liberia

Young Life thinks the world of kids. We believe that they deserve to know ​what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults who come sharing that hope as well as fun and lasting friendships with kids. Young Life is also all about fun. From club and camp to campaigners and other activities, teenagers will have a blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends.

We are grateful to the Almighty God for the wonderful things He has done and the greater things He will do. The Lord keeps adding to our numbers daily. We have reached over 182,000 kids through 33 staff and 24 Developing Global Leaders [learn more]. We are now in new areas across Liberia.

182,957
reached in Liberia and counting…

Liberia

  • Population: 4,972,042
  • Main languages: English
  • Kids reached by YLA: 182,957

Young Life Camp Liberia

Impact one. together we can impact many.

Young Life leaders all over Liberia pursue teenagers. They walk alongside them, learning their names and stories, sharing the hope that Jesus offers. One way they do this is to invite them to camp where they are greeted with joy, served with love and for three days are able to just be kids, having fun, laughing and playing games. It is here where they are introduced to the God who loves them and invites them into a relationship that will change their life for eternity. Kids in Liberia want to go to Young Life camp and we don’t want any of them to miss out because they can’t afford it.

You can make a difference in the lives of teenagers in Liberia.

GIVE today, JOIN the challenge and TOGETHER we can help change thousands of lives and impact eternity!

$50 sends a kid to camp, $600 fills a cabin, and $7,500 + MATCH sponsors an entire camp.
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Developing Global Leaders

Most college and university age students in Liberia can’t afford an education and with the high levels of unemployment, a lot of them live in poverty. The Developing Global Leaders program pairs up sponsors with high level Young Life Leaders. When someone gives to a Developing Global Leader it provides educational funds, life-skills mentoring and Young Life ministry training.

Sponsor a student on your own or with a group. Either way you’ll be impacting the life of a student in a developing country through a university education and Young Life training – something that wouldn’t have been possible without your financial help.

Many of these individuals have a strong desire for higher education and also want to impact their communities for Christ, however, finding the resources to do so is difficult. Many would have to choose one or the other because of lack of money, time, etc

The Ebola Crisis

How Young Life “Joined The Fight” Against Ebola

Watch the video to See how Young Life in Liberia “Joined the fight!” against Ebola and also provided hope for those who survived. Most ebola survivors lost most of their family members and where outcasts in the society. People feared that they were still contagious even though they were 100% cured. Young Life Liberia went after those outcasts in society and provided a camp specifically for survivors of the Ebola crisis. These kids laughed, met other survivors, and experienced love. Some of the kids who were at the camp are now Young Life Leaders in their community.

Liberia summary

Liberia began as a settlement for freed African-American slaves and was established in 1847 (“liber” means “free” in Latin). With a population of almost 5 million, there are dozens of ethnic groups and over 20 languages spoken. Over 85% of the population is Christian, and the remaining individuals are either Muslim (12.2%) or identify with a traditional ethnic religion. Liberia is a low-income country that relies heavily on foreign assistance. In the 1990s and early 2000s, civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia’s economy. In 2013, the Ebola virus attacked West Africa, and over 4,000 people in Liberia alone died. Deaths occurred as soon as two weeks after symptoms emerged, and the virus was transferred quickly within communities.

Despite the dire effects of the Ebola virus, Young Life ministry has grown deeper and stronger in Liberia. So far in 2019, 182,957 kids have been reached through over 1,000 volunteer leaders in 117 ministries. Over 17,000 kids attend club each week and hear the miraculous news of Jesus. Even though outreach and sports camps had to be postponed during the crisis, YL staff and leaders held Ebola Survivor camps in Liberia and Sierra Leone to reach lost kids in their countries for Jesus. These camps provide opportunities for those who have lost their friends and families to the Ebola virus to experience a loving community once again. Stigma, trauma, and rejection were all wiped away by the love of Jesus exemplified in their fearless Young Life leaders.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 26,640 67,136 109,201 130,917 182,957 40%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 5,108 8,033 10,681 13,214 17,802 35%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 347 1,089 1,920 3,030 4,164 37%
Number of Ministries 56 62 85 104 117 13%
National Staff 13 19 24 27 33 22%
DGL 17 22 23 24 24 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 3,675 5,586 8,944 9,235 0 N/A

Our ministries

Our goal is to increase the average number of kids at club by 30%. Our region was able to raise $9,357 locally. The city government of Monrovia was the highest single donor. They donated $1,000 to take kids to camp and provided vacation jobs to 10 volunteer leaders. We have over 80 ministries across Liberia.

Current ministry

We have three YoungLives ministries.

We currently have one deaf ministry.

We have over 4,000 kids coming each week. We also received 80 Bibles from the Samaritan Purse. We distributed the Bibles to Campaigner kids including teen moms.

Prayer Opportunities

Kids across Liberia would come to follow Jesus.

A partnership between the Church of Liberia, youth-related alliances, and Young Life will be established.

New and committed leaders would be raised up in Lofa, Nimba, Bassa, Maryland, Sineo, and other parts of Liberia.

More staff sponsorship.

The 24 DGL students as they recruit and train new leaders and volunteers.

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