Fitsum Debub* – Ethiopia

Area Director

Growing up, Fitsum started attending Young Life when a friend invited him. He continued showing up at club because he admired the way the leaders loved each other and he appreciated how his leader treated him. The following summer, he met Jesus at Young Life camp and had fruitful conversations with his leaders about what it means to follow Him.

As Fitsum traveled back home after camp, he did not tell his family about his decision to accept Christ from fear that they would not accept his decision. After three years of keeping his faith a secret from them, they found out that he was following the Lord. His family persecuted him and his parents kicked him out of the house. For the following year Fitsum lived with his Young Life leaders. After a year of being separated from his family, Fitsum’s parents reached out to him and asked him to move back in with them. They had decided that he was still their son and they loved him even though he wanted to continue to be discipled by his leaders.

As Fitsum became deeply involved in Young Life while in high school and matured in his walk with the Lord, he was invited to participate in the Developing Global Leaders (DGL) program. The DGL program is an opportunity for selected students to gain a university education while they learn from a mentor and serve as a volunteer leader in a local Young Life club. Due to Fitsum’s completion of the DGL program and his desire to reach the lost kids of Ethiopia, he was invited to go on Young Life staff and is currently an area director in Bahir Dar, a city in the Northwest region of the country. Pray for Fitsum as he works to introduce kids to Jesus in Ethiopia and lead and love them like his Young Life leaders did.

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