English- and Portuguese-Speaking Africa (EPSA)

Student ministry in the EPSA region has seen tremendous growth and now has more active Christian students than any other IFES region. Two of its movements – Ethiopia and Kenya – have more than 45,000 students. But there are challenges too: corruption, social injustice, political instability, poverty, and terrorism are everyday concerns for many students, as well as for their society at large. Students need wisdom and courage to live distinctively in this context.

IFES has established the Institute of Staff Development and Training to support staff as they work to help vast numbers of students navigate these challenges. Staff often step into leadership positions with little experience or training. This eight-week program provides intensive theological study combined with practical, contextualised ministry training to help them better serve their students.

Maintaining strong spiritual foundations will be vital for the continued growth in breadth and depth of campus ministry in the coming years.


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EPSA Snapshots

  • 24
    Affiliated movements
  • 3
    Pioneering movements
  • 1,489
    campuses with IFES ministry
  • 242,637+
    students involved in EPSA groups
  • 305
    staff workers
  • 45,000
    students involved in FOCUS Kenya and EvaSUE Ethiopia (largest IFES movements)

Regional Staff Team

  • Zelalem AbebeRegional Secretary
  • Duncan ChiyaniAssociate Regional Secretary for Southern-Africa sub-region
  • Lawrence GomezAssociate Regional Secretary
  • Simon MasiboAssociate Regional Secretary