Population: 12.8 million (2011)
Official language: French
Major religion: Islam
IFES movement: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Scolaires du Sénégal (GBUSS)
Senegal is a country of contrasts – arid desert in the north and lush tropical forest in the south. It is known for its political stability. While officially there is freedom of religious expression, 90% of the population is Muslim and it is common that new Christians suffer persecution from relatives.
- 5 universities and many other higher education institutions
- 15 groups with around 120 members; groups are split when they reach 12 members
- 10 part-time staff, 2 volunteers
- graduates support student groups
- around 20 high school groups
- largest group in Dakar (123 members, 15 groups)
GBUSS thanks God that they are seeing fruit from their work with high schools: dynamic leaders and students interested in bible study. Developing the high school ministry is a strategy to involve more Senegalese students at university level: currently most university GBUSS members are international students and GBUSS is trying to redress the balance.
The movement has a strong staff team who work well together. Among challenges that they face is the refusal of the private universities to allow the movement to start groups and a lack of finances which threaten training events for student leaders.
- for increasingly committed GBU members, especially the Senegalese students;
- for finances to provide good discipleship training events for students;
- for the ministry among students to be more visible on campus.