* * Let’s boost the effectiveness of the mission in Senegal by helping them to purchase their first vehicles! * *
True Parents teaching was first introduced to Senegal in 1975 when many foreign missionaries were sent out . Since then there has been a group of very faithful and dedicated Senegalese members who have persevered through many difficulties. [See link at the bottom of this page to read the testimony of the first missionary to Senegal.]
True Mother came to Dakar, Senegal in January 2018 and hosted a conference for 1200 parliamentarians, religious leaders, tribal and traditional chiefs, university professors, and women and business leaders from all over Africa. She was received at the same level as a head of state by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, and, in a face-to-face meeting with him, was able to present True Parents’ vision for Africa and the world.
During the conference, she visited Goree Island, a former slave-trading crossroads, and offered a tearful prayer to liberate the victims of slavery. Click here to see the video and transcript of her prayer.
The conference was an amazing victory, and, because of the incredible response True Parents received from several high level religious leaders and the president of Senegal, Mother Moon declared that all providential organizations would establish their headquarters in Senegal. As the movement in Senegal is still very small, the members were extremely surprised when True Mother designated Senegal as the central nation in Africa.
[There was a full house of 1200 dignitaries who listened to Mother Moon’s speech]
In order to unify African nations, much foundational work must be fulfilled at the level of unifying the numerous tribes and ethnic groups in Africa. This will take many steps, but the African members are already working hard to explain blessing activities to religious and tribal leaders.
The Senegalese members are absolutely determined to fulfill the responsibilities given to Senegal by True Parents, so they are working very, very hard even though their circumstances are quite challenging.
[Inauguration of Senegal chapter of Professors World Peace Academy, Dakar, Senegal, July 2018]
For many years the members have had to rely solely on public transportation to get around as no member owns a vehicle. The national leader has expressed that their most urgent need is for a van to transport volunteers and VIPs to activities as well as to bring members to the church center for Sunday services. The purpose of this fundraising effort is to raise $55,000 to purchase a 15 passenger van for the center and a car for the national leader. These vehicles are essential for the members to be able to fulfill local providential activities as well as being viewed as a substantial and credible organization. In the developed world, we take these tools for granted; in Senegal the members have learned to very graciously and humbly tolerate the handicaps caused by their absence.
We feel that America, as the elder son nation, is being called on to support the work in Africa. Senegal truly needs our love and substantial support. Please make a donation to support Senegal! Help our brothers and sisters to purchase these two vehicles!
Justin and Patricia FleischmanRead a testimony of the early years of the mission in Senegal.
[The title picture in this campaign page shows Senegal members standing in front of the completed FFWPU church center after the African Summit. The church center was also used as a training center and dormitory for volunteers who assisted during the Summit events.]
Note: As of this writing, donations are not tax exempt. If this status changes, you will be notified and this posting will be updated.
All donations will be forwarded to Family Federation of Senegal, minus sponsors’ mobilization expenses.