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Senegal, a country of more than 13.6 million people, is one of The Alliance’s newest fields. Evangelical Christians number about one-tenth of 1 percent of the population. An Alliance team entered the country in 2006 to begin working alongside African sister churches and Alliance World Fellowship regional leaders.

Today, the Alliance Africa Regional Office is located in Dakar, the country’s capital city, along with the Dakar Working Group and Dakar Academy—the latter, a boarding and day–school program (K–12), largely serves the children of international workers. An Alliance team also serves in St. Louis, Senegal, a dense population center of the largest unreached people group in the country.

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National Church

No organized C&MA national church

Dakar Working Group

The Dakar Working Group is composed of International Ministries; Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), the relief and development arm of The Alliance; and CAMA Zending (Holland) and marketplace ministries staff. The team partners with existing national churches, ministries, and workers, including The Breath of Life Center, the city’s sole evangelical clinic, the International Christian Fellowship of Dakar, and other creative-access ministries. This diverse team serves in Dakar and outlying areas through a variety of means, including work in:

  • Medical services, agricultural assistance, well digging, and solar engineering
  • Pastoring, prison ministry, discipleship and church leadership development, healing and deliverance ministry, and prayer mobilization
  • Professional development, business coaching, and teaching
  • Media and communications

Team Initiatives

  • Evangelize and disciple key professional people in Dakar
  • Establish a church-planting team to minister among the largest, most powerful unreached people group in Senegal, numbering 5 million, of which there are an estimated 200 Jesus followers
  • Initiate a cell-group, church-planting movement in Senegal

Dakar Academy

Team Initiatives

  • Minister to and care for third-culture kids, mostly the children of missionaries, who attend the school and live in the dorms
  • Utilize the gifts and talents of students to share the good news in towns and villages throughout Senegal
  • Build churches in Senegal through third-culture student involvement

St. Louis Team

Through partnering with an established evangelical church in northwest Senegal and workers with another mission, the team seeks to develop a church-planting movement in the region, primarily among the country’s largest people group. Alliance team members serve with this small group of Senegalese believers to accomplish the work to which God has called them, including administering a young women's training school, a health clinic, a Christian reading room, kid’s clubs, and a vocational training school for young men.

In addition, the team ministers to nearly 300 street boys, who are among the thousands roaming Senegal’s streets. Relinquished by parents who can’t afford to feed them, these youngsters are given to local religious leaders, who require them to beg for their daily bread. Alliance workers seek to develop relationships with these boys and their teachers, providing medical check-ups, warm clothing, and hot meals to the youth.

Team Initiatives

  • Incarnate Jesus’ love through serving in the aforementioned areas of health and education
  • Proclaim His truth through conducting Bible studies, often using chronological Bible storytelling
  • Demonstrate His power, seeking opportunities to pray for God’s healing, deliver the demon-oppressed, and interpret dreams and visions

The Alliance at Work in Senegal

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Demographics

Population
Population—13,635,927 (July 2014 est.)
Infant mortality rate—52.72/1,000
Life expectancy—60.95
Capital City
Dakar (3.035 million pop., 2011 est.)
Geography
Slightly smaller than South Dakota, Senegal (75,955 sq. mi.) is mainly a low-lying country with a semi-desert area in the north/northeast and forests in the southeast.
Languages
French (official)
Wolof
Pulaar
Jola
Mandinka
Ethnicity/Race
Wolof—43.3%
Fulani—23.8%
Serer—14.7%
Jola—3.7%
Mandinka—3%
Soninke—1.1%
European, Lebanese—1%
other—9.4%
Economy
Per capita income—$2,100 (2013 est.)
Inflation—0.8% (2013 est.)
Unemployment—48% (2007 est.)
Literacy rate—49.7%
Government/Political Climate
Senegal gained independence from France in 1960. A multiparty democracy, the republic experienced a peaceful transfer of power to the former opposition in 2000, later defeated in a 2012 runoff election. Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation.
Religion
Muslim—94%
Christian (mostly Roman Catholic)—5%
indigenous—1%

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