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About This Area

Youth for Christ’s History in the Area

Ministry in this area began first in Europe in the early 1940’s when Torrey Johnson, the founder of Youth for Christ, took the first Youth for Christ Team overseas to Europe. Included in this team was Billy Graham. The team had successful ministry in England, rapidly followed by other countries nearby.

By contrast,Youth for Christ has been one of the late-comers to the Middle East and North Africa area, now joined with the European area. With a tremendous diversity of cultures, religions, languages, and economic resources in a relatively small geographical space, the Middle East is not only rich with history, but is also tremendously relevant to current global issues.

A hotbed of political and cultural activity and conflict, the Middle East is constantly in the international media and presents key challenges and opportunities. Specifically, the Arab culture, Islam as a predominant religion affecting most facets of daily living in many countries, and the contrasts that live side by side such as Western and Eastern cultures, modern technology alongside tents; the new and old.

What Youth for Christ is Doing Now

The Europe, the Middle East & North Africa team is focusing on supporting and helping consolidate the work of indigenous national ministries. This includes the first pan-European training, conferences for National Directors, visits, communication with churches, networking, encouragement and mentoring. Some of the ministries that are most powerfully reaching youth with the Gospel are a traveling coffeehaus bus, big conferences with Christian speakers and artists, school clubs, and local centers.

Area Prayer Needs

  • Wisdom, personnel and funding for moving forward in this area.
  • Continued networking and relationship building with all the area nation churches and individuals.
  • Spiritual health, wisdom, and provision for each of the National Directors as they lead their country’s ministries.

Explore YFC International

  • Training » Training and Leadership Development
  • YFC University » Quality online courses on the Bible, Ministry, and the Christian Life.
  • YFC Coaching » Assisting YFC Staff to grow and become more effective in bringing out the best in those around them.
  • YFC Women » an interactive community for the women of Youth for Christ
  • YFC World » STAFF ONLY

Recent Stories...

  • Bolivia Opens School of Life Ministry A new schools program has enabled Youth for Christ to have direct contact with 120 students in a school in the city of La Paz. (Youth for Christ International)
  • Are You Anxious? Worry is defused by prayer. Stress is deflated by petitioning God. Anxiety is deflected into a “plegaria” – a plea to God for help. (Youth for Christ International)
  • 20 Years in Prison? Fernando shares the story of a youth in Colombia who was sentenced to 20 years in prison. But watch to find out what happened when the teen met Jesus. (Youth for Christ International)
  • Hands and Hearts in El Salvador A new partnership with an organization called "Ana's Hands" has opened doors to present the Word of God to kids off the street. (Youth for Christ International)

Recently Updated Sites...

  • Youth for Christ International Reaching Young People Everywhere (May. 27. 2016.)
  • EPray Global An exchange of prayer requests and praise reports sent via email from our YFC staff and young people around the world. (May. 27. 2016.)
  • Swaziland Reaching young people in Swaziland (May. 27. 2016.)
  • Pakistan Serving Young People in Pakistan (May. 27. 2016.)
  • Poland Reaching Young People in Poland (May. 27. 2016.)