Young Life Zambia

Reaching the young people of Zambia

In 2019, Young Life in Zambia reached over 800 kids. Almost 200 kids attend weekly outreach clubs in their local communities to play games, connect with leaders and hear a gospel message. Almost 50 of these kids also attend weekly Bible studies in order to grow in their faith. With one incredible national staff member, 17 faithful volunteer leaders and six ministries, Young Life in Zambia is poised for growth.

804 teens
reached in Zambia and counting…

Zambia

  • Population: 18,113,298
  • Main languages: English, Bemba, Lusaka
  • Kids reached by YLA: 804

Zambia summary

The colors used in the flag of Zambia are rich in symbolism: green stands for the nation’s lush flora, red for the nation’s struggle for freedom, black for the Zambian people and orange for the land’s natural resources and mineral wealth. In 1964, Zambia gained independence from Britain, and has struggled to develop a consistent political system. Zambia is said to have over 70 languages, and its poor and youthful population represents nearly 70 different ethnicities. Zambia is made up of mostly Protestants and Roman Catholics. There is a 50% unemployment rate, and 60.5% of the population was below the poverty line as of 2010.

Young Life launched in Zambia in 2013. In April of 2016, Young Life Africa held its first ever camp in Zambia. Area Director Banji Simasiku and her team welcomed 100 kids who experienced the best time of their lives and heard the life- changing story of Jesus Christ. Associate Regional Director Nkosi Sampindi bussed up to camp with a team from Zimbabwe to do program, speaking and work crew. Martin Wamalwa, Kenya regional director, helped Banji train and organize the camp. This was an all-Africa effort and is the culmination of four years of God’s work. The result - all 100 kids said “yes” to Jesus! These kids will now return home with their leaders and begin discipleship training with these kids, beginning their Christian walk.

So far in 2019, Young Life in Zambia has reached over 800 kids. Almost 200 kids attend weekly outreach clubs in their local communities to play games, connect with leaders and hear a gospel message. 49 of these kids also attend weekly Bible studies in order to grow in their faith. With one incredible national staff member, 17 faithful volunteer leaders and six ministries, Young Life in Zambia is poised for growth.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 240 712 560 732 204 10%
Avg. Kids at Club 35 210 213 223 191 -14%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 0 20 40 114 49 -57%
Number of Ministries 1 3 5 5 6 20%
National Staff 0 1 1 1 1 0%
DGL 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 0 89 170 0 0 N/A

Our ministries

Young Life launched in Zambia in 2013. In April of 2016, Young Life Africa held its first-ever camp in Zambia. Area Director Banji Simasiku and her team welcomed 100 kids who experienced the best time of their lives and heard the life- changing story of Jesus Christ. Associate Regional Director Nkosi Sampindi bussed up to camp with a team from Zimbabwe to do program, speaking and work crew. Martin Wamalwa, Kenya regional director, helped Banji train and organize the camp. This was an all-Africa effort and is the culmination of four years of God’s work. The result – all 100 kids said “yes” to Jesus! These kids will now return home with their leaders and begin discipleship training with these kids, beginning their Christian walk.

We have two WyldLife clubs. We have struggled with raising committed leaders, which affects our desire to add even more ministries at a rate we would prefer. However, we will keep pushing forward for the sake of Christ and all kids everywhere.

Young Life club ministry in Zambia began with 2 schools in mid-2015, and Campaigner ministry has been growing steady ever since. We do Young Life ministry only in the city of Ndola and currently have 8 ministries.

Prayer Opportunities

We keep praying to you, Lord of the Harvest, to send us more workers and leaders into your field (Matthew 9:38).

Thank you Lord that Young Life is finally in Livingstone and Lusaka  cities.  We pray You continue to grow and strengthen these new ministries.

We ask for help and guidance from the Lord in reaching the next town of kids in Zambia.

We ask the Lord to help us grow deeper in Christ with Campaigners and leaders.

May the Lord guide us and help us grow supportive teams for our ministry, including intercessors, regional team, mentors and also partnerships with more churches that support us. We’re grateful for those you’ve raised so far.

May the Spirit yield us to His will.

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