MISSION: Senegal – Video Highlights 3

Another installment of video highlights from the ministry time in Senegal…

Here is a little of the “off roading” style experience as we turn off the main road to head to Dialandinghoto for leadership training time…
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MISSION: Senegal – Video Highlights 2

More video from our recent ministry in the Sedhiou region…

It was my privilege to bring a word of greeting and pray before the Operation Christmas Child gift distribution for the village school at Bamakounda…
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MISSION: Senegal – Video Highlights

Here are just a few of the video highlights of the recent ministry trip to Senegal.  We’ll post more later…

Here was my first introduction to the Senegalese country side:
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SENEGAL: The Kellys

The Kellys are our SBC-IMB missionaries. They are serving in Sedhiou, Senegal.  They are attempting to reach the Mandinka people group with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I had the privilege of meeting them while in Senegal.  They have a great heart for God and the Mandinka people throughout the Casamance region.  The work is slow and difficult.  Almost 99% of the Mandinka claim a form of Islamic belief which many also mix with the animistic religious practices of their cultural past.  In essence, to be Mandinka is to be Muslim.

Please pray for this family and their ongoing ministry in West Africa.

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MISSION: Senegal – 4-6 May

OK, so while sitting on this long play ride let’s update the last two days in Senegal…

Wednesday: We left Tambacounda in the morning for our drive to Dakar. The temperature continued to get better (cooler) the closer we got to Dakar. The day’s journey was less ‘eventful’ as far as events along the road. That was good.

What made this day great was the conversation from within the vehicle. The encouragement and mentoring which was taking place was a blessing. I always enjoy being around Roger and ministering alongside him as well as God using him in my life, too. Sharing with Joseph and Jefferson talking about doctrinal issues from end times (yes, Joe & Bud, I was once again representing the minority [but right 😀 ] position!) to marriage to pastoral leadership, just to name a few, was a blast!! I have made two new life-long (eternal life-long) friends. What a blessing these men are. Continue reading

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MISSION: Senegal – 2-3 May

Well, I’m now sitting at our hotel for the night in Tambacounda. Tomorrow we head in to Dakar. Let’s recap the last two days…

Monday: We began our day making a “quick” (nothing here is quick…or “on time.” We are on Africa time, as Pastor Ngor says, and that is OK) stop at Bouno. But before we left Sedhiou, we went to the market for food supplies for lunch at our second stop that day. We got truly fresh meat! (Also, this day we saw a house where a young boy had strung up and was cleaning a monkey for meat. When a people are in survival mode all food resources are used.) From there we went on to a wonderful time of ministry in Dialandinghoto. Continue reading

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MISSION: Senegal – 30 April & 1 May

Last night was tiring…but it was a good tired! We made our way back to Bamacounda (in Jefferson’s vehicle this time) and with Pastor Immanuel’s help were able to distribute Christmas Child boxes to the school kids of the village (I have a picture of the school in this post). Many, many kids. One interesting and important thing about how the boxes are bring given–before we get started, the team works with the school leaders to compile a list of the names of the students. When gifts are given the child is called by name to receive the gift. They are given special attention and significance through this ministry opportunity.

We came back to teach the people of Pastor Ngor’s church to share their testimony. Very difficult…and very beneficial. One young man did not ‘have a story’…Pastor Ngor lead him to surrender his life to Christ as Savior & Lord!!!! GOD IS SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!! Continue reading

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MISSION: Senegal – 30 April

Good news on fuel issue. Jefferson got our fuel reserves and has heard that the dispute between the drivers of the trucks and the companies over wages could be resolved as soon as Monday which will be very good.

This morning we got into our taxi (with Jefferson out at Kolda) and made two visits to share the Gospel. In Kountoubu we were able to meet with the tribal chief and a few men and ladies. The building of relationship was good, but this opportunity for a Gospel witness was limited. I have a picture of me with them below. Our second stop was Bamakounda. Again our adversary, the Devil, was obstructing us. A group from US Aid was meeting with the chief for some kind of business at the time we had planned to meet with them. We made our connection and will return this afternoon with OCC gift boxes for the kids and an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them. Continue reading

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MISSION: Senegal – 29 April

[UPDATE: Pictures added below.]

A very full day. We began with two more OCC gift visits to schools in Sedhiou. At the first one, I had the privilege to share the Gospel so that the parents of those kids had opportunity to hear the truth. I believe God planted seeds which will come to fruition in a number of these lives. Roger told me that the vast majority of the families of those children have become influenced by Islam. Please pray that the only true God of peace breaks through to them.

We also were introduced, by Pastor Ngor to three government officials–the Secretary of Education, the Commander of the military, and the Regional Prefect (like an area governor). These relationships are important in keeping doors of opportunity open for continuing and further ministry. Continue reading

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MISSION: Senegal – 28 April

Today we made it to Sedhiou. We drove in from Tambacounda. An interesting mixture of nice and not so nice roads.

Once here we had an awesome privilege. We were able to help Pastor Ngor of the church here in Sedhiou distribute Operation Christmas Child boxes to children in a nearby school. I’ve included pictures with this post. It was so cool to see the other side of this wonderful ministry of which we have been a part. (Karen, the blessing of being able to give a box like we have packed was wonderful. Thanks for keeping up this great ministry.) Continue reading

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