Young Life Spoken Here

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Liberia is Africa’s first republic, established in 1822 by Americans to settle freed American slaves in Africa. The population is approximately four million with 86 percent Christian, 12 percent Muslim and 2 percent holding indigenous beliefs. From 1999 to 2003, Liberia was ravaged by a civil war in which more than 300,000 were killed and three million displaced.

James Davis, Agnes Tali, Rancy Barsaye, Paul Kangar, Marvalous Richards and their team of volunteers began Young Life in the capital city of Monrovia in 2004. In addition to traditional work in schools, they began ministries in neighborhoods, to homeless teens and even in former child soldier re-entry camps (where young boys and girls who fought in the war — ages nine to 19 — were brought for months of counseling and job training).

More recently, Liberian Young Life staff trained leaders in the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, and reached out to kids and families battling the Ebola virus during the crisis that hit West Africa last fall. James Davis and his team provided vision and leadership in rebuilding communities after Ebola and Young Life has been applauded for its work by government officials and visiting doctors. Recently, the United Nations Global Ebola Response jet flew Liberian Young Life leaders to Sierra Leone to assist with two Ebola Survivors camps. Over 800 Ebola survivors experienced healing, restoration, joy and forgiveness through the love of Jesus and Young Life leaders at camp. Young Life Liberia’s response in the Ebola crisis has multiplied ministry; hundreds of young people who were desperate for hope have been hopeful again and are experiencing Jesus in an unimaginable way.
  • ​​​Kids ​Reached: 26,640
  • Volunteer Leaders: 262
  • Staff: 13​
  • 20 Developing Global Leaders​
  • 59 Ministries​
  • 5 Ebola Survivors camps
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