James Fred – Liberia
After his parents’ divorce when he was two years old, James was raised by his father and stepmother. Unfortunately, his stepmother was not a nurturing woman. As a child, James had to work to pay his school fees because his father was unemployed. He gave his life to Christ when he was 15 and was introduced to Young Life in 2009. Since then, James has been an active participant in four different Young Life camps and took several kids to the first central Liberia Young Life camp. James wanted to be devoted to full-time ministry, so he studied education and theology. He volunteered diligently, introducing kids to Christ and helping them grow in their faith. James was selected to join the DGL (Developing Global Leader) program in 2012 and as the team leader in northern Liberia he became more enthusiastic for Christ and kids. As a DGL person and team leader, James was required to direct ministry to secondary school kids. Also, as a DGL, he developed leaders, trained and coached them. He lost his father just before coming to a RIKA (Leadership Training) which was a difficult time for him.
In ministry he leads club and the leadership team, and he also speaks regularly at club and builds relationships with young people by nurturing them in their faith. Today, James has an outstanding leadership team that is leading kids to Jesus. James graduated from the DGL program in May of 2019 and has the huge responsibility as an area director in Liberia.
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