“When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” —Isaiah 59:19b
For more than 30 years it was a dream of mine to come to New Paris and see the work and help out. Life has kept me very busy and, until recently, I could not make the trip. Since I don’t drive, I came by train. This is the most amazing and wonderful thing I have ever gotten to do in my 60-plus years! This is my first time to volunteer and, God willing, I will be here many more times.
This place is here all for the glory of God! It is truly the work of the Lord. I love every minute helping with the mailings, and it is great to help pack booklets for the world! Everyone has been so nice and helpful. There is a real spirit of Christian harmony here. I love that every day there is chapel for all. The tour was amazing, too!
At home in Pennsylvania, I like to read, decorate, work with plants, work in the church, and watch my little nieces. I am widowed and don’t have a lot of family nearby. I try to see them when I can. My two little great nieces, Adrianna (4) and Annabella (1), are the joy of my life. They are real gifts to me, as are their momma and daddy.
WMP Partners Around the World
Ibrahima D. Senegal
The West African nation of Senegal is described as spiritually both open and closed. While there is religious freedom and tolerance, Islam dominates the lives of 90% of its 16.5 million people. Over the past six years, WMP has provided shipments of Scripture booklets in multiple languages for believers to use in sowing the seed of the gospel through Ibrahima D., WMP’s national coordinator for Senegal.
WMP: Please describe your background and current ministry.
Ibrahima: I grew up in a Muslim family in Mauritania. I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ when I was 13 years old, after my family was forced to leave Mauritania and settle in Senegal in desperate conditions. As my family situation worsened, I prayed to God, asking that if He would deliver my family from their troubles and potential break-up, I would testify that He is the only true God and follow Him whatever the cost. The Lord answered my prayer. Since then, my only desire has been to announce salvation in Jesus to all Senegalese. When I heard about Every Home for Christ for the first time, I left teaching and chose to evangelize my country with EHC! The idea of God using me to reach out to my own people with the gospel, sharing with and encouraging the broken hearted, perfectly matched my deeply-entrenched yearnings.
WMP: How does the availability of free literature affect evangelism in Senegal?
Ibrahima: In Senegal, people avoid being seen publicly with Christians or going to church. Having literature at home, in the office, in cars, in the fields, etc. allows them to look for the truth without persecution from their parents or family. If they find the truth and accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord, then the church grows secretly. It would be difficult for churches to evangelize publicly without literature. Literature guarantees that the gospel remains in a family, doing its work, available to be consulted by anyone at any time. Literature allows people to teach themselves and discover truth and grow in their spiritual life. Literature in Arabic, French, Wolof, and Serere is needed. [Note: WMP does not currently have material in the Serere language. Work has begun on a booklet in Wolof.]
WMP: How long does a shipment of WMP literature last?
Ibrahima: Even those who like literature do not accept everything that comes from Christians or churches, so we need to form relationships with non-Christians to assure them before the distribution. This takes time. As we want to do our work well and not be in a hurry, it takes two or three years to use a shipment.
WMP: How would you describe the effectiveness of WMP material?
Ibrahima: WMP booklets are more complete and more appropriate for Bible studies and follow-up for believers. The only problem is the languages. It would be great if we could have these tools in all the languages listed above. We also need New Testaments in Arabic and French, 20,000 for each. All the Scripture booklets will be used in Muslim areas. In home-to-home campaigns, open-air evangelism, and street film-projection, every participant will receive one of each booklet. We will leave one copy of each in every home visited. [Note: In response to Brother Ibrahima’s request, WMP’s most recent shipment to Senegal included 20,000 copies each of The Gospel of John, How to Know God, and A Bible Study on Genesis in Arabic as well as 46,900 New Testaments in Arabic and French.]
Ibrahima has a special burden for the Wolof people in Senegal—99% of whom are devout Muslims. The few churches in Wolof communities typically do not have Wolof Christians, but only foreigners and people from other minority groups. A translation project to provide WMP’s booklet, How to Know God, in the language of 5 million Wolof-speaking Senegalese is in process and awaits final corrections from the field. Please pray for the completion of this much-needed title in Wolof!