I’m scrolling through some video clips and contemplating bedtime when I overhear, “That might be something Jenni would want to shoot.”
“Shoot what? Where?” I’m instantly curious and excited because so far every time someone has said that it has turned out to be fun. I know it means leaving the house and seeing more of the country.
This time it’s a pastor who knows of a village outside Sandiara that needs help with their water supply. If you know anything at all about the developing world you know this is a DIRE need in so many places.
And so the next morning John, Jason, Bill, and I are piling into Pastor Joquel’s pick-up truck, along with his friend and translator, Jeremy. Bill and I get in the back out of necessity, but also because it’s cooler and I can shoot better b-roll from there. This deal turns out to be one of the highlights of the whole week.
The place we are headed is called Gorou. Several years ago an NGO came in and provided the generator and water tower to supply enough water for household use and crop irrigation. But they did not train anyone locally on maintenance of the equipment and after they left, the generator broke. You can imagine how this ended. If that were the end…
There are about 10,000 people in the area currently depending upon an expensive water supply coming to them from a city miles and miles away. They want to get the generator running again so they can afford to irrigate crops. This is not a unique story. Needs of this sort abound in this region, and this was not the most interesting part of our morning. I was quite taken with Nathan.
Nathan was in line to become chief of his village but he became gravely ill and passed the leadership mantle to his son. Then someone showed up and prayed for his healing in Christ’s name. A healing miracle did indeed occur, and as a result he committed his life to Christ. His whole family became believers and many people in the village as well. Pastor Joquel planted a church there that is attended weekly by so many people the government felt it important to come install a toilet. Really.
Nathan showed us a piece of property on which the church wants to build a school. The people here want to work, they want to farm, they do not want to move away or send their children away to school or to be dependent upon outsiders or the government to sustain them. Stories like this are abundant in this area and it is why eMi decided to locate in Senegal, and specifically Mbour. We want to be close to the needs and to be able to build relationships, stick around, walk and do life alongside the people here. Relationships are vital to the Senegalese. We must be close to them geographically if we are to be close to them relationally.
Below is a recording of Nathan’s testimony.
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Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with EMI to draw us closer and to make Himself known.