Growing up, Seyum’s family was extremely poor. he has 11 siblings and his mother passed away at a young age while she was looking for Seyum during a political riot. He did get the privilege of being sponsored by Compassion International, which gave him the guarantee of food and water regularly as well as security. However, Seyum was kicked out of the Compassion program when he started having poor behavior. After his sponsorship was revoked, Seyum began living on the streets where he met a few Young Life leaders that invited him to club. After his first experience at club, he never missed a club thereafter and attended camp the following summer. While at camp he accepted Jesus, which caused him to change his lifestyle. He later moved back in with his family and started trying to live more like Jesus. As he grew deeper in his relationship with the Lord, he attended a discipleship camp the following summer.
As Seyum 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 Seyum’s completion of the DGL program and his heart to reach the lost kids of Ethiopia, he is now Associate Staff in Jimma, Ethiopia. He does ministry for teenage prisoners, which has been difficult, but fruitful. Pray for Seyum as he continues to try and introduce teenage prisoners to Jesus in Ethiopia.
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