Who Are We

Wayne, Hilary & Adelaide Denny. Preparing to Serve in Leadership Training in Senegal, Africa. God has called us to take advantage of a unique window of religious freedom in Muslim Senegal by equipping church leaders who have a heart for reaching their country and the Muslim world.

We should be jealous. . . for the honour of His name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.” John Stott

Monday, February 25, 2008

So, how's the support going?

Many have asked about how support raising is going. We're currently at 40% of our monthly support (with 34% already coming in). We also have 39% of our outgoing expenses raised.

Also, the 39% does not include the monthly support that's already coming in. The monthly support that's already coming in goes towards current ministry expenses and also outgoing support. So, in reality, the 39% is actually much higher.

The past few months have been very exciting. Our monthly support has gone up 12% since the beginning of the year and we also had $23,000 of one-time gifts that people gave in just one month!

Please continue to pray for our support. And keep an eye on the financial section on the right side of the blog that lets you know how our support is going (you may have to scroll down some).

I would like to close this post with a verse and a thought. In 3 John 5-8, John discusses the need to support those who have gone out for the sake of "The name". In verse 8, he says, "we ought to support such people, so that we become coworkers with the truth." The phrase I want to highlight is "coworkers with the truth." For those of you taking time to support us by giving, praying, and keeping us in your hearts by wanting to hear about us, you are coworkers alongside us in Senegal. It's not my ministry in Senegal. You play an irreplaceable role in what God is doing in Senegal, all done for the sake of His Great Name.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Street kids in Senegal

I ran across an old segment on NPR (click here to hear it) about street kids in Senegal. We hope to have some ministry with the talibe boys mentioned on the program. The segment is about 5 minutes long.

Even if you don't have time to listen to it, lift the kids in Senegal up in your prayers.

Monday, February 11, 2008

You must be kidding...

Do we really need to come back to Denver again for more training? This is what we were thinking in January. On our recent trip to our mission board (WorldVenture) in Denver, we had 3 days of training, which once again made us thankful for WV. We weren't very excited about going and weren't sure why we needed to go, but after being there, we were reminded that we still need some help.

We looked at some extremely practical ideas about transitioning and the stress that comes with it. We discussed how raising Addie overseas presents huge blessings and challenges. One insightful story during our time came from anther missionary in our group who grew up overseas and attended a U.S. military elementary school. He mentioned to our group about an assignment where the class was to write a paper on, "Why I love my country." This missionary kid didn't realize until half way through the paper that it was supposed to be about America; not the country he was growing up in.

The term that describes a challenge MK's face is a third culture kid. This is a kid who grows up in a country where they are definitely different from those in that country. However, their parent's home country isn't necessarily "home" because they simply haven't grown up there. It's obvious to see where the challenge lies, but God has been also reminding us of the benefits that come with being a third culture kid. Our God is so great that any one set of cultural values is not able to fully appreciate Him. We know this to be true as our culture does not always treasure the justice of God, and yet we know this aspect of God is true. So, we do value God's justice. But the more I am influenced by American culture, the more I feel like I need to apologize for His justice. And yet I don't apologize for His love because we do value that.

No single culture fully appreciates all aspects of God and each culture will not be inclined to appreciate the same aspect. Growing up in the south, I was not always inclined to appreciate the diversity of ethnicities in God's creation; and yet Revelation 5:8 tells me it's important. I'm very excited that Addie will grow up appreciating God through different cultural lenses. Will there be challenges, yes! But most certainly there are benefits also and we look forward to seeing how God continues to work in all of us through our journeys.