Christ in the Schools

May 11, 2015

by Frank King, Communication Manager, Samaritan's Purse Canada

Evangelism and discipleship program being taught to children in Senegal, Africa.

Senegaltgjclass6Christians are making an impact for Christ, even in nations like Senegal, which is predominantly Muslim. And one of their most important tools is Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes packed by Canadians like you.

Amet Fall, who was invited to teach The Greatest Journey in a Dakar school where shoeboxes have been distributed, explained that Operation Christmas Child is becoming well known in the poorest slums of Dakar, the capital city of this west Africa nation.

In fact, schools where shoeboxes are distributed often experience a growth in enrollment because parents know their children could receive these once-in-a-lifetime gifts. And in many cases, these children ask to participate in The Greatest Journey, a 12-week voluntary, follow-up discipleship program that some schools in Senegal are inviting Christians to teach.

“I insist on education, and Pastor Ahmet teaches how Satan brings trouble and how to avoid his schemes,” said Issa Sagna, a Muslim who leads a parent-teacher association at Ecole Avenir et Dévéloppement de l'Enfant (Future and Development of the Child School).

The Greatest Journey is a 12-week voluntary,
follow-up discipleship program that impacts
children around the world.

Issa’s two daughters attend the school and, along with more than 220 other students, also attend classes for The Greatest Journey. Almost 3,000 students throughout Senegal are taking The Greatest Journey today.

Around the world:

  • More than 19,000 teachers have been trained to teach The Greatest Journey since 2010.
  • Over 200,000 students have graduated.
  • More than 123,000 of those students have publicly proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ at their churches or in some other manner.


Senegaltgjclass5Back in Senegal, Issa has a simple explanation for why he permits his Muslim daughters to learn about the life, ministry and person of Jesus Christ: “What we have in common is God,” he said.

When you pack shoeboxes with toys, clothes, school supplies and hygiene items, you are meeting a child’s immediate needs while also creating opportunities for God to bring more children (and their families) into a relationship with His Son.

Almost 3,000 students throughout Senegal are taking
The Greatest Journey today.