YOUTH FOR CHRIST INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES

aka Youth For Christ   |   Englewood, CO   |  https://yfci.org/

Mission

Youth For Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.

Ruling year info

1995

International Director

Dave Brereton

Chief Financial Officer

John Bastian

Main address

PO Box 4555

Englewood, CO 80155 USA

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EIN

84-1188718

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We desire to give young people hope for the future to reach the full potential that God has in mind for them.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

YFC Albania

Youth for Christ Albania is a young ministry, but with the vision and desire to change the lives of many young people in Albania. They share the gospel with young people and they are doing this through evangelistic sports tournaments, youth alpha courses, and special events.

Youth for Christ also has a drugs and alcohol awareness ministry to students in public schools.

They are committed to prayer and discipleship, and are working in partnership with other churches and organisations to raise up a new generation of young leaders.

Population(s) Served

Youth for Christ in Australia can focus on what we are called to do. We are compelled by the love of Christ to reach the youth of Australia. We focus on the age group of 12-24 years, and we create opportunities to connect with young people in order to share the Gospel with them and make disciples. As a movement we are vision driven and follow the leading of God’s Spirit, therefore we are dynamic and flexible. We are mobilising an army of young people who have a passion for reaching their peers with the message of the Gospel.

Youth for Christ has nine regions around the country, with over 35 missionary staff and hundreds of volunteers reaching young people through peer to peer evangelism, school and afterschool activities and programs, events and camps. For 60 years, we have been building genuine, honest relationships with young people. Given that only one in five young people are ever likely to wander into a church, we choose to actively go into their world, sharing honestly about our own lives and giving them an opportunity to find new life in Christ.

Population(s) Served

Over 32 local ministry centres throughout the country are reaching Brazil’s youth by means of bible clubs, school assemblies, camps, Youth Guidance, rallies and all media possible, including radio, television, and publications. Their prayer initiative, “Arise Deborah” is one of the most vast in Youth for Christ with over 50,000 mothers all over Brazil signed up to pray for their children and the youth in their areas daily.

Population(s) Served

The team in Uganda is committed to evangelism and discipleship of its young people. Their current ministries include gospel outreach and crisis pregnancy counseling.

Outreach ministry takes place in school, church, sports, university and leadership development programs. They challenge youth to commit their lives to the Lord, abstain from sex until marriage and live exemplary Christian lives.

Counselling and care for girls who are faced with crisis pregnancy and who have been rejected from home. There is a scholarship program which helps the young mothers, and their children, go back to school and also Operation Hannah encourages families to pray for their children and the nation.

Youth for Christ has been in existence in Uganda for 19 years, reaching youth with the love and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the years, programs have targeted the needs of young people i.e. gospel programs, sex education HIV/AIDS, crisis pregnancy. However, towards the end of 2007 there was a change in ministry strategy in order to be more effective in reaching youth.

Beginning 2008 the focus changed to building lasting relationships. This strategy was incorporated into the existing programs and new programs were also developed (i.e. life skill education and leadership development).

This has proved to be very effective. This is because there is now more time with the youth to build trustworthy relationships and they are discipled for a longer period. All staff and volunteers are excited for the many more years to come building lasting relationships with young people that through it many will come to know and live for the Lord.

Population(s) Served

Young people in Britain are being reached through:

1) More than 70 Local Centres: Local Youth for Christ Centres tackle the real issues facing young people today, such as: family breakdown, binge drinking, bullying and self-worth. Activities such as: drop-in youth clubs, school lessons, social-action projects and detached youthwork on the streets.

2) Yfcone: Youth for Christ’s unique approach to mission is to reach young people with young people. Teaching young-adults how to use their individual gifts in music, sport, leadership, dance, youthwork, and communication, to share their faith with their peers, and place volunteers in teams located around Britain.

3) Resourcing over 1000 Churches: to reach out to their local young people with relevant youth resources and evangelistic activity holidays. Mettle, a new resource, enables churches to reach and disciple 14-18 year olds with fresh, ongoing material.

4) Reflex: is the nationwide initiative helping Young Offenders in custody to build a fresh start. Youth for Christ is investing in young people on the fringe of society, building their self-esteem by encouraging creative reflection and positive expression. Care is also provided for ex-offenders, meeting them at the gate after their release and helping them to find a place to live, a job and a church.

Population(s) Served

Young people are being reached through high school clubs, home clubs, leadership training schools, sports events, career guidance seminars, music teams, talent contests, village outreaches and youth magazines.

The largest Community Development project to date has been the Ragpickers Project. Ragpickers and street young people are not unusual in Chennai city. Through a survey, Youth for Christ found approximately 25,000 of these socially abused young people inhabiting alleys, pavements and digging into the garbage dumps. These kids have been driven to this unwholesome way of life, either due to broken homes or due to the viciousness of a foster-parent. They leave their homes in a bid to become self-sufficient.

The Ragpicker Project’s aim is to rehabilitate at least 20 ragpickers a year, build their self-image and help them to be self-reliant. It also provides nutritious food and give lessons in hygienic living so that they can have a healthy strong body. This teaches them to be self-reliant and to lead a life of dignity.

Basic education is provided in areas such as math, English, Tamil, and general knowledge. Training in basic vocational skills like electrical work, tailoring, carpentry and cooking are also a part of the program.

Short-term mission teams have helped Youth for Christ build the main youth living centre where 21 boys currently live. The Centre has been functioning since 1996 and 126 boys have already been rehabilitated. Some have reconciled with their families and have returned home to help their parents financially.

Population(s) Served

Youth for Christ has developed ministry to young people in Japan in recent years following the response to the Tsunami. Because of your support Youth for Christ staff and volunteers were able to help thousands of families after the tragedy.


Youth for Christ has found a good place to start a café in the disaster area. A company in Osaka is willing to help the project by offering a house and some facilities for the project, which will enable the team to do some business there cooperating with local Christian workers and some of the local Youth for Christ staff.

The café will offer a good community space, and will serve as a place of worship on the weekends. Additionally, high school students will gather at the café to have some small events every month. There is also the potential to start some English classes, music events, weekly meetings and so on.

The rebuilding of the disaster area is very slowly. Youth for Christ aims not to simply replace what was there before, but to rebuild a new community.


Youth for Christ has already started Aichi Kibo Gakuen school. The six students (15-16 yrs) are doing very well; two of them have become Christians.

Thank you for praying that God will use the students mightily in the future. Pray also that Youth for Christ would be able to start another class next year, and start a Bible school for young teens. The aim of the Bible school is to teach the students how to read the Bible and apply it to their lives. The main purpose of this school is to raise young Christian leaders.

Population(s) Served

Youth for Christ is able to minister to youth on the entire island through:

-sports clubs

-youth counseling by phone and in person

-Gospel films available to churches and other ministries

-weekly meetings in a juvenile correctional center

-Project Serve

-Youth Guidance programs

-Discover Jesus Mission – the evangelical outreach arm; a weekend evangelism event with speakers, music, and more, held in different cities each year.

Population(s) Served

Young people who are suffering because of poverty, homelessness, war, poor medical care, corruption, and AIDS are learning about the hope that Jesus Christ offers. Youth for Christ has local ministries in Lubango, Namibe, Huambo, Cunene and Kuito. They are reaching young people through school ministries, outreaches, clubs, training on abstinence, correspondence Bible Courses and Bible studies.

Population(s) Served

Young people in Benin are being ministered to through:

-English training
-music and drama teams
-street evangelism
-sports ministry
-school and university clubs
-farm ministry
-hygiene training for mothers in villages
-help for street children and much more.

Youth for Christ in Benin was formed in 1989.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Young People Impacted by Direct Ministry

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Increasing

Number of Local Ministry Centres

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Increasing

Number of Full-time, Part-time & Volunteer Staff

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Increasing

Number of Churches that Partner with Youth for Christ International

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Increasing

Number of Young People in follow-up and discipleship

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Increasing

Number of Young People Impacted by Media Ministry

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Increasing

Number of Registered Prayer Intercessors

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Nations where Youth for Christ Ministers

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Youth for Christ is a worldwide Christian movement working with young people around the globe. Motivated by our own faith we give young people everywhere the opportunity to be followers of Jesus Christ. Youth for Christ is made up of tens of thousands of full-time, part-time, and volunteer indigenous staff in more than 100 nations working together in giving every young person an opportunity to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Youth for Christ reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who are characterized by godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, boldness in evangelism and commitment to social involvement.
EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP

We are committed to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all young people and always seek to do so with urgency, using the most culturally acceptable means. We are further committed to provide a ministry of discipleship for each new believer, and to work in partnership with others who desire to accomplish the same mission.

SCRIPTURE

We are committed to the Word of God as the foundation and final authority for life and ministry. We discipline ourselves to study it diligently, apply it daily, and teach its truth to young people.

PRAYER

We are committed to pray and fast for the salvation of lost young people and for the empowerment of God's Holy Spirit in taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.

CHURCH

Believing that the Church is the expression of the body of Christ, we are committed to work in partnership with the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

PEOPLE

We are committed to people. We believe that young people, volunteers, board members, ministry partners, staff and their families are important first as individuals, and all are vital in the fulfilment of the mission.

MOBILISATION

Knowing the size and urgency of the task, we are committed to mobilise all the available resources of young people, adults, prayer and finance to accomplish the mission.

INTEGRITY

We are committed to a life of integrity through personal and organisational accountability in lifestyle, relationships, finances, ministry management and responsible evangelism.

The wisdom and value of investing in a new generation of leaders has become indisputable. Today Youth for Christ continues to develop young leaders as a key element in its strategy for reaching young people everywhere and giving them the opportunity to be followers of Jesus Christ.

We have Youth for Christ ministry happening in 110 nations around the world. We have 3.85 million young people impacted by direct ministry around the world. There are 265,863 young people who have responded to the Gospel. There are 1,127 local ministry centres all across the globe that represent Youth for Christ in one way or another. Youth for Christ International has 59,436 full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff. We have partnered with 14,068 churches in our ministry. Our hope is to continue to grow into even more nations around the world, which will in turn help us to reach all of the nations around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Financials

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YOUTH FOR CHRIST INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Howard Stevenson

USA


Board co-chair

Dean Rueckert

USA

Sue Koh

Australia

Abraham Mantey

Ghana

Alfred McDonald

Jamaica

Alfons Hildebrandt

Germany

Koekoes van As

Botswana

Nthenya Macharia

Kenya

John Bastian

USA

Jozef Gabor

Austria

Neil O'Boyle

Great Britain

Fernando Trivino

Colombia