George Bataringaya – Rwanda
George grew up in Uganda as a refugee after his family fled the ethnic violence in Rwanda. Rejected by his father, he had to raise himself in the bush. He lived much like an animal; he did not know how to relate to people. He could not look them in the eye or speak to them because he thought he was worthless. His sister was part of the rebel forces that ended the genocide, and she invited George back to Rwanda. However, George struggled with addictions and had to steal to survive. A friend invited him to church where he gave his life to Christ. He was freed from his addiction and learned he was not worthless, but very valuable. George was invited to the African All Staff Conference in Tanzania; he was eager to learn about reaching kids through Young Life. His passion is to share the gospel with street kids; George also has a sports ministry in Kigali where he serves as a regional director.
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