Julia leads Young Life in the Kiwanja neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
Three words that best describe Julia: social, interactive and loving. Julia is always smiling.
Julia’s faith story: “I have grown in the church all my life, I have received my sacraments, grown in the teachings of the church, retreats and recollections. I am also a member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement. I am a Youth mentor in my church; Sunday school teacher and I also assist as catechist in my local church. I am involved in several prayer groups in my church too. A lady called Madam Ngunjiri leads a prayer group that I go to. This lady will always kindly request us to pray for a group which was doing a great ministry to the young people. One day as we were praying she prayed for Martin Simiyu and James Mungai who were leading this ministry. Immediately the two names clicked into my mind because they were our youth animators in the church. I went and looked for Martin and I wanted to know more about Young Life because I had been praying for it. He explained to me what Young Life was all about. I fell in love with the group, joined the group, got trained… and eight years later I am still in the group and growing stronger and stronger.
Julia works as a teacher in the Kiwanja neighborhood. The neighborhood borders one of the largest and fastest growing universities in the country, Kenyatta University. The area faces challenges such as youth drug addiction as well as early pregnancies and marriages among the teenage girls. The neighborhood is known for its thugs as well as having a reputation for its illicit brewing of cheap illegal and dangerous liquor. Because of these factors, many young men and women have turned to drinking and promiscuous lifestyles.
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