April 18, 2021
Fatou, a member of the proud Mouride Islamic sect, felt like she was dying. So, she did what many of the Wolof people of Senegal have done for generations.
“The blood disease was taking over my body. I was Muslim, and in my culture, you see the marabouts, or Islamic sorcerers for help. I spent tens of thousands of dollars on various marabouts, without being healed.”
Things changed after she moved to New York City, where more than 20,000 Wolof people now make up the city’s largest West African Muslim ethnic group. (There are some seven million Wolof people across the world.)
“A friend of mine invited me to church. I was only interested because Jesus performed miracles in her life; so I went.
“Then God appeared to me in a dream and said I needed to read the Bible to have the answer for us Muslims who have been oppressed. I read the Bible, and I trusted Jesus to heal me and save me from oppression and sin. I rejoice that I’ve now been healed and saved!”
Fatou didn’t know any Wolof Christians, so she began boldly sharing her faith with her neighbors.
“I don’t care if they kill me,” she said. “I have to share Jesus with my people.”
Within two years of her conversion, more than 15 of her Wolof friends and family members have become followers of Christ in the U.S., France, Italy, and Senegal.
Today, there are no Wolof-speaking churches in North America.
- Pray that the first Wolof church in North America will be founded soon.
- The Wolof are the most influential West African Muslim ethnic group in NYC and Senegal. Pray that God uses them to spread His light to other West Africans.
- Pray that like Fatou, more Wolof will exchange their sorcerers for the healing power of Christ (Acts 19:19).
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