by David Kadalie, Pioneering Director for Africas Area

Two years ago, Brian and Melissa Verdugo shared in an interview that they had a heart to pioneer in Africa. The American couple had been with Youth for Christ in the USA for many years, and were working in South Africa at the time.

At the time of the Verdugo’s interview, the Africa area of Youth for Christ had just launched their strategy to pioneer Youth for Christ in ten new nations. For years, staff in Africa had been trusting God to start a work in the Seychelles. In their discussions with Brian and Melissa, the leadership felt God leading to challenge them about the Seychelles.

Since then, Brian and Melissa have made a scouting visit to the island, they have done the required research and made contact with local church and community leaders, mobilised prayer support, attended Africa’s first Competency Conference in South Africa, went back to the USA to raise support, moved to the Seychelles, had Youth for Christ registered on the island, formed a board and are now establishing the Youth for Christ ministry and working with the local churches to reach the island’s youth for Christ.

Thank you for continuing to pray for Brian and Melissa and the work of Youth for Christ in the Seychelles.