Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal

We are thankful for:

  • the many ways in which these countries have moved beyond their colonial histories, especially the scars related to slave trade
  • this area’s distinctive music and cultural practices of storytelling (griots)
  • economic and educational advances that have lifted some out of poverty
  • promising transitions into democracy and changes in government leaders
  • the persistent, faithful witness of churches in the midst of other faiths.

We pray for:

  • those people in these societies who continue to live in abject poverty
  • an end to policies, systems, and cultural practices that continue to exploit and marginalize some groups
  • the fair election of more just government leaders who respect the rights of all people
  • faith communities witnessing and working together for the common good.