I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as an Associate in Missions to the nation of Senegal.
Senegal rests at the westernmost tip of the African continent. With roughly 330 miles of coastline, it is a beautiful country with both desert landscapes to the north and grassy savannas to the south. It boasts seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, along with 674 species of birds and 188 species of mammals. It is also home to a large pink lake where 60,000 metric tons of salt are harvested per year.
But Senegal’s greatest treasure is its 17 million people. Among its roughly 20 ethnic groups, French is the official language, although others like Wolof are also widely spoken. It is a country with vibrant traditions in music, storytelling, and cuisine. Hospitality, called teranga in Wolof, is also a point of pride in Senegalese national identity.
90+% of the population are Muslim and over half the population of the country is under the age of 15. While the country has seen improvements, public health, poverty, and illiteracy are still points of great need. Humanitarian workers have provided help, but God sent something even better. He sent a church.