I have now been in Senegal for 2 and a half weeks and have made a couple of visits outside of Dakar to some remote villages. My first Saturday here I went for the day to help encourage some ladies living in the village. It was really great to spend time with them under the tree, and help crack open peanut shells with them. We also taught them how to do tie-dye! This was my first experience in a village, and my first experience ever doing tie-dye! It was a lot of fun! This program was done outside of the church and a devotional was also given to these women, many who are not of the Christian faith. Most of the women are Muslim and it was very encouraging to see that a lot of them wanted prayer before we left! Some of them even claimed that they were healed! God is so good!
This past weekend I went to the village again for outreach. This was a very HMS style ministry event! We woke up and were on the road at 5am on Friday morning and drove out to the village, set up camp and then did 4 VBS programs in various surrounding villages. Some of these villages are unreached villages. The children were very excited to have us there and do some games and dramas with them. They were also very attentive while we did the "Evanga cube" with them. Saturday we also did 4 VBS programs. These were in 4 different villages. The children were so beautiful! There was one little girl that was up in my arms and she didn't want me to let her go when we were leaving... It really broke my heart! So precious! Both evenings we did a "campaign" service in villages and this was for the whole village, men and women, boys and girls. It was a time of singing, puppets, dramas, and the Word. One of the villages we had the campaign in was one that was in bondage; a place where the devil has been at work for a very long time. The weekend ended on Sunday morning at a village church. It was amazing because we were singing and speaking in English, French, and Serer. It is a wonderful thing when God brings people together to worship Him from all walks of life, and from all over the world!
This past week I have been learning a lot of different things! I have the privilege of learning 3 languages while I am here. On Wednesdays I will be taking a sign language course, which is done in French. This will help me while I volunteer in the Deaf School on Thursdays. On Friday mornings I am learning both French and Wolof (a local language). I am hoping and praying that it will come easy for me, because I need to be able to communicate with people while I am here.
Some prayer requests that I have are that the Lord will continue to give me strength and health while I am here. I also would like prayer for direction in my future ministry. I am praying that the Lord will reveal what it is He wants me to do in regards to ministry and missions when I graduate. The Lord has been so good and I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me, the prayers are a HUGE help! I also want to say a big thank you to those of you who have supported me financially to come overseas. You have all been such a blessing.