Personal ministry funds
A pastor of a small church in Thies described a challenge for Protestant Christians that had grown even more challenging in recent months. Senegal is 97% Muslim, 3% Roman Catholic, and much less that 1% Protestant. Muslims are buried in dedicated Muslim cemeteries, and Catholics are buried in Catholic cemeteries. Muslims do not allow Christians to be buried in their cemeteries. Until recently, Catholic churches in the city of Thies graciously permitted the few Protestant churches to bury their dead in Catholic cemeteries. That changed in early 2023. Catholic cemeteries were filling up, and they informed Protestant leaders they would no longer have space for non-Catholic burials.
There is one other option. Thies (population ~500,000) has a small municipal cemetery that accepts all people. Usually, only the indigent without a religious family, criminals, and foreigners are buried there. No one who wants a respectable burial desires to be buried there.
To be accepted and respected by this highly religious Muslim culture, Protestants need a place for a respectable burial for their deceased. For Muslims, a proper burial is especially important, and they disregard anyone who does not think likewise. Cremation is regarded as desecration of the body and disrespect toward the deceased. No one does it, and it’s not even available.
We are collaborating with the alliance of Protestant churches in Thies to purchase a plot of land that will become a cemetery for the dozen or so small Protestant churches in Thies. Most of the pastors are bi-vocational and the churches struggle to pay them decently for their dedicated pastoral work.
The alliance has located a six-acre plot of land just south of Thies that would make a nice cemetery. The alliance churches will maintain and care for the cemetery once it is purchased and a cement block wall is built around it (to keep out roaming sheep, goats, donkeys, cattle). We are helping them raise the funds to purchase the six-acre property. The property, registration, and taxes for the purchase will run to about $30,000.
Thank you for your generosity to Christian brothers and sisters in Senegal who cannot say “thank you” directly on this side of heaven! You will hear from them, though, when we all embrace in the new heavens and new earth that our Father God is preparing for us.
Help us train and coach vocational students in Disciple Making principles and practices so they can start Discovery Bible Studies in the communities wherever they find employment.
Young adults in Senegal often struggle to afford the schooling or technical training required to qualify for better paying jobs. Christian teachers, particularly, are in a position to be role models and have a positive influence on Muslim students and their parents. This project currently provides scholarships for young adults who desire to become preschool and primary school teachers. The scholarship pays for a one-year teacher training program that certifies participants to teach in Senegal’s public and private preK-6 grade schools. We also want to prepare these new teachers to lead Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) with their colleagues and others in the communities where they teach. So, in addition to their vocational training, they receive training in Disciple Making Movement (DMM) principles and practices. Full scholarships of $1300 for the one-year program are wonderful, but contributions of any amount help us send certified Christian teachers to schools throughout Senegal. Our goal is to equip 10 newly certified Christian teachers each year, sending out 150 teachers in 15 years.
Christian Hospital Outreach
Amount needed: $ 12,000
Need by: December 31, 2024
Project #: 662995
Hôpital Barthimée is a small Christian hospital providing quality health care in a low-income Muslim community. Competent health care offered with Christian love demonstrates to Muslims the grace and mercy of Jesus. At Barthimée, Muslims encounter Christian doctors and hospital staff. Chaplains pray with patients and comfort them with Scripture, while always on the lookout for Muslims open to hearing more of the Bible and more about Jesus. The Christian Hospital Outreach Project finances two Christian chaplains at Hôpital Barthimée, supports a fund for the poorest patients who cannot pay for their health care, and helps to buy much needed equipment to diagnose and treat patients.
Help us comfort patients with prayer and encouragement from the Scriptures while seeking Muslims with a soft heart toward Jesus and an interest in the Bible. Support for two part-time chaplains costs about $850/month.
Building Tomorrow Today Scholarships
Amount needed: $ 1,623
Need by: June 30, 2020
Project #: 664005
Young national Christians are the future of the church and the best hope for reaching this 99.9% M*sl*m people group with the Good News. Yet, their inability to read and write well is a significant liability. But public schools here are plagued with frequent teacher strikes, poor facilities, and large class sizes.
A great alternative is small, inexpensive private schools that already exist. The education is significantly better than in Senegal’s public schools, yet most parents simply cannot afford better schooling for their children. Many families spend 90% of their meager income on rent, food, and clothing, leaving little for medical needs and school expenses.
We are partnering with a national church to provide scholarships for the children of low-income Christians. At a very reasonable cost, we can help the small national church in this mostly Muslim country grow in intellectual, economic, and ministry capacity. The Church of Jesus Christ will be stronger tomorrow because of our investment in them today.
Please join our Building Tomorrow Today scholarship program. Scholarships cover school fees, basic supplies, and a school uniform.
We currently have two students in need of a sponsor. To sponsor a specific child, please contact us at BTTF@gmail.com.
Few West African Muslims know what the Bible teaches. Many believe the Bible has been changed or corrupted and Muslims should avoid the Bible because it might lead them astray or deceive them. There are few evangelical Christians in this country where 97% of the population is Muslim and nearly 3% are Roman Catholic. Among the most cost-effective ways to reach Senegal’s 16 million people are radio broadcasts and social media ads. Millions of villagers do not have electricity or televisions, but every adult listens to a small battery-powered radio. Christian radio programs in local African languages reach a large and widespread audience. Many new Christian radio programs need to be written and shaped. Native speakers will then be employed to record the programs for radio broadcasts. Then airtime must be purchased in cities around the country for long-term broadcasting. Young people in Africa are drawn to the internet and social media sites like Facebook. Focused ads need developing to connect interested Muslims with a clear and appealing website where they can learn more about the Bible and Jesus. At the appropriate time they can connect online with a Christian from their language and cultural background.
Help us develop and promote Christian radio programs and compelling social media in local languages to cast a wide gospel net to reach a diverse array of people.