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Young Life South Africa

Reaching the young people of South Africa

The Lord has moved in big ways in South Africa! In 2021, Young Life leaders knew over 10,000 kids by name and almost 300 kids attended Campaigner groups each week!

In 2021, 10,094 teens were known by name in South Africa.

South Africa

  • Population: 59,227,283
  • Main languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
  • Kids Known by Name: 10,094

South Africa summary

At the southernmost tip of the African continent resides a country with a very fitting name – South Africa. Up until 1994, it was ruled by a white minority, which enforced a separation of races with its policy “apartheid.” After decades of international isolation, armed opposition and mass protests, it negotiated its way out of power. The now-democratic South African leadership is trying to encourage reconciliation and redress social imbalances, although it is difficult. South Africa currently has one of the continent’s biggest and most developed economies. Official unemployment is roughly 30% of the workforce and runs significantly higher among black youth. Of South Africa's 59 million people, black Africans make up 80.7% of the population. 34% of the population is under the age of 18. There are 11 official languages in South Africa, and Christians make up 81% of the population.

Young Life in South Africa began in 2012, and by the grace of God has grown exponentially. The Area Director of Young Life in South Africa is Pierre de Hager, a white man who grew up in a farming family during the apartheid era. The Lord did an amazing transformation in the hearts of Pierre and his wife Rentia, moving them from deep-seated prejudice to loving African teens of all colors for Christ. They have trained and mentored Young Life leaders in Zimbabwe and South Africa and oversee 68 volunteer leaders. Because of Young Life, kids all over South Africa have heard the gospel message, and about 100 kids attend Club and 300 attend Campaigners every week within 28 ministries!

Our impact

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Growth (2021)
Kids Known  by Name 2,093
10,094
382%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 110 245 716 868 805
97
-88%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 46 74 282 419 457
267
-42%
Number of Ministries 4 9 14 18 18
28
56%
National Staff 2 2 4 4 4
2
-50%
DGL 0 0 0 2 3 3 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 192 323 577 992 69 162 135%

Our ministries

Young Life in South Africa began in 2012, and by the grace of God has grown exponentially. An area director of Young Life in South Africa is Pierre de Hager, a white man who grew up in a farming family during the apartheid era. Yet the Lord did an amazing transformation in the hearts of Pierre and his wife Rentia, moving them from deep-seeded prejudice to loving African teens of all colors for Christ. They have trained and mentored Young Life leaders in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Young Life ministry is established and growing. Young Life South Africa is also registered, which was very instrumental, because leaders have access into schools and can start school clubs.

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