On the Political Violence in Senegal
Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in Senegal. They are facing political violence as they prepare for coming elections scheduled for this Sunday. According to Global Ministries national in mission Aly Bashir, 20 people have died, hundreds have been injured, and hundreds more arrested.
Tragically, there was even violent action in a mosque in the Senegal capital, Dakar. Places of worship must be respected as places of sanctuary and not destruction. I pray that those in need will find safety with The United Methodist Church in Senegal. The faithful leadership of people like Aly is a source of hope in Senegal. He requests prayers for everyone affected by this violence. "All places of worship are praying for peace, and through your prayers we believe that God is in control and everything will be ok."
Please pray for peaceful elections and that the outcome will reflect true democracy, bringing stability back to Senegal. I am thankful that through our connection we can offer solidarity during this crisis. Please keep the people of Senegal in your prayers.
Grace and peace,
About the Senegal United Methodist Mission
The Senegal United Methodist Mission is currently composed of 19 worshipping fellowships led by eight ordained elders, including one female pastor. The Rev. Joe Bleck serves as the church's first Senegalese mission superintendent. The training of lay pastors is ongoing, with 14 persons presenting themselves for training at the last annual conference in the summer of 2011. It is anticipated that in 2012 two new missionaries will be appointed to serve the Mission under the leadership of the mission superintendent.
The ministries of the Mission in Senegal include: church planting and evangelism; community development; leadership training; wellness programs; prison ministries; and partner support relationships. One of the original programs is the Micro-Credit Program that helps people lift themselves out of poverty through small businesses. The Mission also has a well-coordinated youth ministry.
Date posted: Feb 23, 2012