Young Life Uganda

Reaching the young people of Uganda

Young Life in Uganda has continued to grow since its beginning in 2005, and over 140,000 kids have been reached with the gospel message this year.

140,666 teens
reached in Uganda and counting…

Uganda

  • Population: 45,646,220
  • Main languages: English, Swahili, Kaliko, Mvuba
  • Kids reached by YLA: 140,666

Uganda summary

Situated in east-central Africa, west of Kenya and east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo lies the tropical country of Uganda. The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures, complicating the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. Dictatorial regimes, guerrilla war and human rights abuses characterize much of Uganda’s recent history. This majority agriculture region has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world, and Uganda has been both a source of refugees and migrants as well as a host country for refugees.

Young Life in Uganda has continued to grow since its beginning in 2005, and over 140,000 kids have been reached with the gospel message this year. Every week, an average of over 21,000 kids attend outreach clubs in their communities, and over 6,000 have joined a small group Bible study. With over 24 national staff members and 284 ministries, the future looks bright for Young Life in Uganda. Many former Young Life kids are now stepping up and becoming Young Life leaders as Leadership Trees continue to grow.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 76,100 94,854 133,898 147,898 140,666 -5%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 15,135 16,326 17,798 20,468 21,833 7%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 3,106 3,463 5,487 6,479 6,209 -4%
Number of Ministries 162 176 230 245 284 16%
National Staff 12 13 19 19 24 26%
DGL 3 9 9 12 10 -17%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 7,386 9,482 15,119 15,181 0 N/A

Our ministries

Every week, an average of over 21,000 kids attend outreach clubs in their communities, and over 6,000 have joined a small group Bible study. With over 24 national staff members and 284 ministries, the future looks bright for Young Life in Uganda. Many former Young Life kids are now stepping up and becoming Young Life leaders as their Leadership Trees continue to grow.

Over 70,300 kids attended club in 2019 and 78,265 kids are known by name.

It has over 2,338 students attending club weekly across the country in over 10 Universities, with enthusiastic volunteer club leaders. This year Young Life College students had two community outreaches, one to a public hospital (government hospital) in Eastern Uganda- scrubbing hospital floors, drainages, praying for the sick and they loved it. Then they went to Mbarara, the western part of Uganda reaching out to the market place with the love of Christ sweeping and cleaning litter from the market area.

These are kids that do not attend school. We had two camps of 400 campers each in 2016/2017. They had fun and loved every moment of their time at camp.

WyldLife is still growing and going forward, we hope to have camps for WyldLife. So far about 597 kids attend club weekly in ten areas across the country.

We have over 6,000 kids meet weekly. The challenge is still getting Bible study guides. However, God has supplied us with wisdom and created a study guide book for the session.

We have a DGL student who is studying a course related to Capernaum and she is passionate about this ministry. We are praying for wisdom on how to support her and have this ministry reach out to those kids.

This ministry picked up steadily in 2016/2017. We had a women leaders’ camp in January of over 437 ladies. Women have always been part of the general ministry statistics. However, going forward our intention is to increase women involvement at all levels of ministry in Uganda. We have two women coordinators who sit at the national office to think and dream for the women ministry in the country and it’s our prayer that these two will get on paid staff.

Prayer Opportunities

Pray for Simon and his team as they train and equip leaders to reach others with the gospel. Pray that in our own personal lives we would be fervently devoted to growing in God’s word, and to be in prayer for what He is doing here in Uganda.

Pray that hearts would be receptive  to the gospel. Pray for various outreaches in the community, and that they will be fruitful.

Pray that hearts would be receptive to the gospel. Pray for various outreaches in the community, and that they will be fruitful.

Pray for spiritual breakthrough in relationships that we have had with people over a period of several years.

Pray that God would guide and equip us to do His work among the people.

Pray for safety  of travel – for crossing borders and the government to grant permission as needed. Pray for opportunities to begin new ministry in South Sudan.

Pray for great vision and passion for Jesus within the DGL students.

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