OUR FOUNDING STORY

Twelve21’s unique perspective comes from the privilege we have had to work in churches in both North America and Africa.

About Yusuph

Twelve21 Global’s president, Yusuph Emmanuel, draws on his experience growing up as a street kid in Tanzania, East Africa. He understands the hardships children face who don’t know where their next meal will come from. He also understands the difficulties of living without quality healthcare and accessible education.
Because of first-hand experience in a non-Western environment, Yusuph leads Twelve21 from a different mindset. He understands the culture in his home country and leads Twelve21 Global accordingly.
Yusuph’s unique perspective comes from working with churches in both North America and Africa. He has experienced mission trips from the perspective of the indigenous church member as well as the foreigner. He sees what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to planting lasting, self-sustainable churches.
God gave Yusuph a passion for developing, equipping, and encouraging pastors to plant churches that multiply. We match each church we plant with a trained, ministry-minded pastor who continues the work even after we’re gone.

Church-planting, education, and healthcare make up the core of Twelve21 Global because they represent the heart of the kingdom. As we continue walking the path set before us by faith, we pray that God would establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17).

We invite you to join us!

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