Young Life began in Senegal in 2009. Because of external pressure and tension within the country, ministry in Senegal has not been easy. Despite the challenges, Young Life in Senegal reached over 14,300 kids in 2019, and on average over 3,000 kids attend club.
The Republic of Senegal lies in French-speaking West Africa and has an estimated population of 16.7 million people. 45% of the population is under the age of 18. Islam, which was initially introduced to Senegal in the 8th and 9th centuries, is practiced by approximately 95% of this population. The Christian community, at less than 4% of the population, includes Roman Catholics and diverse Protestant denominations. In Senegal, the hope of Jesus has been heard by very few.
Young Life began in Senegal in 2009. It has been challenging for followers of Jesus to make inroads in Senegal, but Young Life now has a firm foundation and is growing rapidly. Young Life has been asked to leave a number of locations where they were, but because of staff's determination, Young Life has gained favor within the communities over time. Leaders are not just building relationships with kids, but also people in their communities in order to gain trust. Antoine, our key leader, continues to build his team and now over 14,300 kids have now heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the numbers continue to grow by the grace of God.
YL camp Senegal
WALT - West Africa Leadership Meeting in Senegal
|Avg. Kids at Clubs||623||698||1,039||2,524||3,303||
|Avg. Kids in Campaigners||69||176||354||1,740||2,181||
|Number of Ministries||11||11||30||55||65||
|Kids & Leaders to Camp||952||457||1,541||2,494||2,030||0||N/A|
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