Administrative support affects all other areas of ministry within the mission. When it is lacking because of home assignments or other absences, other ministries suffer. SIM Senegal is currently praying for sufficient administrative backup to provide continuity during some upcoming home assignments.
What do you do when you have a toothache? How convenient it is to have a dentist handy! What do you think the villagers in the Kaffrine region do when they have a toothache? Most opt to tough it out. When it gets absolutely too painful to stand, most choose to go to the witchdoctor seeking relief. He may heat a knife blade on hot coals and apply the side of the knife to the patient's wrist to cure their tooth pain! A few will decide to travel over the dirt roads into the town of Kaffrine if they have enough money to buy a ticket at the regional hospital.
Kaffrine is the region of Senegal with the worst rate of secondary school attendance. Only 6% of the population attends secondary school! And only 3% of the population ever attends university. Our SIM Kaffrine team has already made a difference through the scholarship project. We have seen young people baptised and growing spiritually, passing their exams, and going off to university. This encourages us, and we see a great opportunity to help more students.
Senegalese high school students always want to practice English with us. Sometimes we are greeted on the street by young strangers who ask if we will teach them to speak English! As young people are more and more globally connected, the desire to learn English is growing stronger and stronger, even in this rural area of Senegal.
A great spiritual need is evident among the Wolof here in Senegal. Most Wolof villages have no Christians, and the vast majority of the people have never read any of the Bible.
In a country that is wide open for you to share the good news with those who have never heard, ThiÃ¨s is very strategic as it is the second largest city in Senegal and growing fast. It is ethnically mixed, but most are Wolof speakers. Wolof is spoken in the markets and in most of the homes. When considering urban settings, it is the most needy in Senegal. Can you come and help? Innovative thinking is needed and a willingness to try new things.
In a country that is wide open for you to share the good news with those who have never heard, Kaffrine has to be the most exciting opportunity. One Senegalese pastor stated after observing the work in Kaffrine, "I can't believe what I'm seeing here. Here are Wolof people, sitting and studying God's Word!" There are villages requesting people to come and tell the stories from the Scriptures, but there are not enough missionaries available to tell them. Can you come and help?
Would you like to make an eternal difference in the lives of Senegalese youth? Would you like to show the love of Christ amongst the next generation of Senegal?
Missionary Kids' education is one of the greatest challenges in placing missionaries worldwide. Bourofaye Christian School is the only boarding school in Senegal which offers the possibility of boarding/educating elementary school children. In the past, this school has enabled several SIM families to work in rural areas reaching out to the Wolof people by educating and caring for their children. The school is run by WEC and is located in a rural area which is 30 km from ThiÃ¨s and 200 km from Kaffrine.
Our team's vision is to glorify God in Senegal by proclaiming the Gospel; planting, strengthening, and partnering with churches as we:
- evangelize the unreached and disciple believers into churches
- minister to human need
- equip churches to fulfil Christ's commission
Our Wolof Church-Planting team shares the vision to establish mature Wolof-speaking churches in both rural and urban areas where the Lord leads us as a team.