Saturday, March 08, 2008

Yesterday I received an update from Dave & Mary Decker, who serve Christ in Senegal with the missions organization Serving in Missions (SIM). Two parts of the report stuck out to me, first an update on Kaffrine, Sengal, and second a call to prayer for an upcoming Muslim Summit in Dakar:

"This past rainy season was disastrous for the Kaffrine area. The rains started late and ended early, and many crops didn’t get the water they needed to fully mature. Fields of millet that would normally stand 10 feet high stopped growing at 5 feet, the immature stalks preparing to form grain but then drying where they stood.

"As a result of this failed rainy season, some organizations are warning of food shortages as early as March. At the moment, if you were to visit Kaffrine, you wouldn’t see any signs of famine. But all the organizations around us as well as in West Africa as a whole are warning of widespread food shortage as food runs out in the next few months. This has been verified as we’ve talked to our friends and local government officials as well as the World Vision office here in Kaffrine. [For more background on the famine in West Africa, go to
http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=76323.]"

And then about the Summit they wrote: "From the 8th-14th of March the Organization of Islamic Conference Summit will be meeting here in Dakar. There are expected to be at least five thousand delegates, nearly 40 heads of state, and many who are part of the traveling entourages of these people. This OIC Summit has been in the works for the past several years, and many preparations are going on, including construction of new roads and hotels-- not all of which have been completed. We don't quite know what to expect, though we are sure the traffic will be more hectic than usual! Please pray with us for God to work in the hearts and minds of these leaders, and to reveal His truth to them."

Please join me in lifting these dear missionaries in prayer, as well as the countries they serve (Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, & Liberia). Pray that the gospel will take root in West Africa, and that revival will spread across the land.

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