There is no
Biblical literature available in the Wolof language.
Just one version of the Bible is available in the language. Please
pray that readable versions of the Bible as well as Christian Wolof
literature will become available so that the Wolof will be exposed to and
better understand the Word of God.
The literacy rate is very high among Wolof people.
Pray for their education so that they may be able to read and be
better equipped for their search for Truth.
There are few Christians in Wolof society, primarily because Islam
and Wolof culture are very tightly intertwined.
This makes it very difficult for a Wolof to live his/her Christian
life without emotional and/or physical consequences.
Many times, sons and daughters are disowned or one’s spouse will
divorce him/her, often meaning that the Christian will also be separated
from his/her children. Pray
for the blessing of those Wolof Christians who are in these circumstances
and that Christ will show Himself through these Christians, ultimately
giving honor to our Father and drawing others to Him.
There are several missionary groups around the city of Dakar, where
the majority of the Wolof live. Even
though these missionaries are trained to speak Wolof, living in a country
where the culture is in ways, still foreign, it is often difficult to
adjust to their ways of living. Pray
that the Lord will help these missionaries to adapt to what the land has
to provide them and that He will give them His peace as they follow His
guidance so far from their homeland.
vulnerable when in a land that is unfamiliar to them. Pray that the Lord
will protect them from harm.
There are many
cultural barriers that missionaries struggle to understand and tear down.
Pray that these missionaries will, through Christ, come to
understand and love the Wolof as only He can and that through His love,
others will be drawn to Him.
Pray that God
will send messengers to help spread Jesus’ Gospel to the Wolof in
Senegal and other parts of the world.
continuing unity among the various mission groups working with the Wolof.
Pray that God
will bless the agriculture in West Africa so that the crops necessary for
people’s existence and livelihood will be plenteous.
Pray that those
working with the Wolof will wholeheartedly and patiently trust God for the
fruition of their labor.
religious leaders among the Wolof, that they will come to know Christ as
their Lord and Savior and that they will in turn, influence and direct
others to Christ.
for A, a young Wolof lady who, because of her faith in Christ, has
suffered both emotionally and physically, having been beaten in the past
and separated from her former husband and children for several years.
Pray that A will continue to experience strength and peace from her
Lord and that the Lord, through His love shown to all involved in this
situation, will draw people to Himself.
for M, a young Christian lady who is not Wolof, but who knows the language
and has close Wolof friends. Pray
that the Lord will mightily use her to lead others to Christ.
for O, a believer who has been struggling with how he should tell his
family about his faith without tearing down family ties.
Please pray that the Lord will give him wisdom in this situation
and that he’ll have the strength and courage to obey what the Lord has
him to do. Pray also for his
family, that they will come to know Christ and that they will guide others
to Him as well.
is a sports/English ministry program that is being planned that will use
Americans to teach Senegalese high school students English and particular
sports. Pray for God’s
guidance and blessing upon this program and that through it, valuable
relationships will be built and ultimately, that these high school
students will come to know Christ.
jamm lay laaj” is a Wolof proverb, which translates to ”The soul
aspires only to Peace”. Finding
peace in life is important to all peoples, including the Wolof.
Pray that the Wolof will find the true source of peace, Jesus
is hostility between people groups of West Africa.
Pray for the dissolving of this hostility as well as the associated
tension and dangers.
for the 30% of Senegalese at or below poverty level and struggle with
meeting their daily needs.
economic situation and lack of employment have forced many Senegalese to
search for non-traditional and odd jobs where available.
Please be in prayer for their well being.
that any preconceived ideas that certain Wolof may have about Christianity
may be dissolved and that the Holy Spirit would convict them of the truth
The JESUS film is a portrayal of the life
of Christ made available in Wolof on both audio and videocassettes. Pray
for the effectiveness of the JESUS film and other evangelistic tools among
for open doors for the gospel to be preached in this predominantly Muslim
Ask the Lord to give the Wolof believers
opportunities to share the love of Christ with their own people.
Pray that media channels would be opened up to
believers to share God’s Word to the Wolof.
Please remember to pray for the Wolof
on their Muslim holiday, Tamkharit. Tamkharit marks the beginning of the New Year on the Muslim calendar and
falls on the 9th day of the first Moslim month. The celebration starts at
sunset when a special meal has been prepared: usually couscous with
chicken, beef or lamb. At the end of the meal, when only couscous is left,
milk is poured over the grains and eaten. A piece of meat saved from
Tabaski is also served since it is said to bring good luck. Everyone eats
as much as he can and invites less fortunate individuals to share, for no
one must go hungry on this night so that a prosperous year may be ensured.
After the meal everyone makes a wish while dropping the couscous bowl. A
verse from the Koran is recited 1,111 times to ensure forgiveness of one's
remember to pray for the Wolof people on their Muslim holiday, Gamou.
Gamou, also called Maouloud,
celebrates Mohammed's birthday and is celebrated on the eleventh day of
the third Muslim month.
Please remember to pray for the Wolof on
their Muslim holiday of Korite. On Korite, Muslims
of Senegal welcome the end of Ramadan with a great celebration. The
holiday takes place the morning after the sighting of the new moon.
Please remember to pray for the Wolof on their Muslim holiday,
Tabaski. Tabaski is celebrated in honor of the sacrifice Abraham was willing to make in
fulfillment of God's will. Two months and 10 days after Korite marks the
time of this feast. Tabaski is a very important holiday in Senegal; the
head of the family often saves up for months in order to afford a ram to
be sacrificed. After morning prayers at the mosque the head of the family
slaughters the ram by slitting its throat and letting the blood drain into
a hole in the earth. After he skins it and divides it among neighbours and
family he is offered the grilled liver. With the remaining meat the women
prepare a big feast. Everyone tries to obtain new clothes for this
holiday. Moslems who are able, make their pilgrimage to Mecca at this time
to coincide with this feast.
remember to pray for the Wolof during the festival of The "Magal"
of Touba. This day commemorates the return of the "saint" Amadou
Bamba from exile and is marked by a mass assembly of the faithful
(approximately one million) at the tomb of Bamba. This is an occasion for
the Khalife General (grand marabout who is the present head of the
brotherhood) to exhort the faithful, and for the faithful to touch the
very ground where Bamba walked. Most of the transport in Senegal is
requisitioned for this immense prayer gathering leaving the streets of
Dakar virtually deserted. Today, even brotherhood members from Europe and
the US come to Touba for the Magal.
Please remember Sai Doo, a Wolof electrical engineering student.
Pray that the Lord will bless him, enabling him to perform well on
his final tests. Also, pray
that the Lord will continue to guide him in the area of employment upon
for the churches in and around Dakar, Senegal.
They are few in number and some of the few that exist lack
financial support and a place of their own to worship in.
Pray that God will bless the ministry of the Christian churches toward the
local Wolof population.
Pray for the pastors and leaders of the
local churches, that they will be strengthened and upheld by the Lord
daily in their respective ministries to their churches and communities.
Pray for their guidance and that the Lord will speak through them
mightily when as they deliver their messages to their respective
The Wolof people believe strongly in
dreams. Ask the Lord to use this for His glory, that He would put
dreams in their minds, and a longing in their hearts for
Pray that the shackles of spiritual
bondage to this folk Islam will be broken, and the Wolof will be free to
follow Jesus Christ.
Many Wolof have been told about Jesus Christ, and they even believe that
what they hear is true. Yet
they continue to lack the faith to accept this truth for themselves.
Please pray that God will increase their faith in Him.
Ask the Lord to keep the country of Senegal
open to the gospel. If it
becomes an Islamic State, it will become increasingly difficult for
Christians to share the gospel with the Wolof.
Many Wolof have heard the gospel through a method of Bible
teaching called storying. The Holy Spirit has used this in his
work in their lives and many have responded, accepting Christ as
their Savior and Lord.