Young Life thinks of 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 35 staff and 21 Developing Global Leaders [learn more]. We are now in new areas across Liberia.
Liberia began as a settlement for freed African-American slaves and was established in 1847 (“liber” means “free” in Latin). With a population of over 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. Just under 50% of the country's population is 18 years old or younger. 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 1,400 volunteer leaders in 135 ministries. Over 22,000 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, Young Life staff and leaders held Ebola Survivor camps in Liberia and Sierra Leone to reach lost kids for Jesus. These camps provided 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.
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.
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|Avg. Kids at Clubs||5,108||8,033||10,681||13,214||17,802||
|Avg. Kids in Campaigners||347||1,089||1,920||3,030||4,164||
|Number of Ministries||56||62||85||104||117||
|Kids & Leaders to Camp||3,675||5,586||8,944||9,235||8,870||0||N/A|
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.
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