ISM Update

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After two difficult years in a leadership transitioning period, we praise God that ISM is going forward strongly once again. Our annual retreat allowed our staff and to finalize our strategic plan for 2016-2020 and design our annual work plan for 2016. We shared our strategies for with the local workers and we discussed them together.

The latter half of 2015, we received three containers of medicines. These gifts have helped a lot in our ministry in Senegal, especially in the area of access to medicine for low income people.

At the village level, we hired a new worker for the Wolof Zone to replace Mr. Kante who left us to join another organization in northern Senegal. We are looking for a committed woman to assist our women’s ministry director. We hired a new worker to start a new work among the S people. For the first time, we organized training for local leaders in the Fatick area. This initiative contributed to building a good understanding of common ministry in a pastoral couple.

Last year was marked by the Ebola epidemic that claimed thousands of lives in three West African countries. But thanks to the vigilance of Senegal’s epidemiological surveillance network and through the protection of God, Senegal was not affected.

Despite the threat of terrorism, Senegal has not been touched for which we thank God. The controls are multiplied at the airport, in public places and at border levels to ensure the safety of people. Emergency phone numbers are given to the entire population to report any suspicious activity to security services.

The Government of Senegal has set an economic growth policy called “Plan Senegal Emergent.” It helps all people in the country with a focus on key areas of investment to bring about change. We give thanks to God for the leadership of our nation and may God continue to provide wisdom.

 

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