Moges Berassa – Ethiopia
Moges was one of the first kids identified by Chuck as a potential leader as Young Life was getting started in Ethiopia. Moges stood out because of his leadership skills and his faith, but at first Moges was not very attracted to Young Life. The kids of Kore were tough, the work was hard and he already had a job as a youth leader in an international evangelical church. While Moges loved Chuck’s friendship, he did not feel attracted to the work. But Chuck pursued Moges, telling him stories about Jesus and explaining familiar verses in a way he had not heard before: “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Moges was very familiar with this verse, but it sounded different coming from Chuck who loved him and was his friend; he heard it in a way he had not heard it before. After hearing this, Moges started to feel a call to love these kids, which he equated to as his “neighbors,” in the way Jesus would love them. This call was confirmed by other mentors in Moges’ life and in a dream that one of Moges’ sisters had about him. In 1999, Moges joined Young Life as a volunteer leader and started working in the Kore and Ayertenna Young Life outreach clubs. Chuck, and later Steve Larmey, were both mentors to Moges as he learned leadership skills and challenged him as a leader. Moges had not expected to stay with Young Life long term, but discipling kids to become followers of Christ became his passion. Moges now serves as the senior regional director for Young Life Ethiopia and has committed to giving his life to his work.
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