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Senegal Mission Initiative

The strong lay and clergy leadership lead the Senegal church closer to self-sufficiency each year. They plan to be established as a United Methodist provisional annual conference or a district of an existing annual conference by 2020.

There are 19 churches and six faith communities in Senegal, with eight ordained pastors and 12 lay pastors. The congrega­tions in Senegal are vibrant and the government partners with some of the work of the mission. Leaders from Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, the General Board of Global Ministries, and mission partners train pastors, educate children, raise funds to purchase land for the new mission center, and purchase land for church construction. In addition, an agricultural missionary is working with the communities around the churches to develop gardens and provide training. A young adult intern and a National in Mission support these efforts.

Global Ministries began its work in Senegal in 1989, deploying missionaries to help start social programs in a mission in this small francophone country on the west coast of Africa. Bishop Benjamin Boni of the Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area provides episcopal oversight for the mission.

Challenges

The United Methodist Church is one of the minority denominations and remains largely unknown in Senegal. It collaborates with Muslim leaders, who represent 80 percent of the population. Some programs are familiar because the mission was initially set up as a nongovernmental organization. Growth has been slow and poverty within the membership has made it difficult to support the mission financially. There are a few ordained pastors and no worship center in Dakar, the capital city.

Missionaries

Missionaries have played multiple roles in Senegal, such as preacher, teacher, church planter, entrepreneur, healer, organizer, agronomist, and evangelist. View current missionaries serving in Senegal on the right sidebar.

In Mission Together Partnerships

The In Mission Together coordinator provides training for U.S. churches to develop healthy partnerships as they move from short-term ministry to long-term relationships that build the capacity of the church in Senegal. The coordinator also connects the church in the United States with ministry in Senegal and assists with communication between the two. The In Mission Together coordinator for Senegal is David Phipps (imtwestafrica@gmail.com). Share your prayers and get real time updates by joining the Facebook group page for this Mission Initiative. Visit the page and click on “Join Group” to become a part of the conversation.

Be Involved

For more information or to become involved please contact Rev. Eunice Iliya, regional executive for Senegal (eiliya@umcmission.org), or you can give to the Senegal Mission Initiative, Advance #12594A.

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Missionaries in Senegal

Gibson, William (Bill)
#3021475 - William (Bill) H. Gibson, Jr. is a missionary serving as mission director of the United Methodist Mission in Senegal.
NShikala, Makobo David
#3021869 - David Makobo N’Shikala is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as an agriculturalist with the Senegal United Methodist Mission, based in Dakar.
Senegal Mission Initiative (PDF)​