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Africa: A Continent of Great Diversity

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. It covers about 20 percent of Earth’s total land area. With 1.1 billion people in 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world’s human population. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign countries. Africa’s median age is about 20 while the worldwide median age is about 30. It straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures, and languages.

Population: 953,000,000

Spiritually lost: 755,000,000 (79%)

Unreached people groups: 1344

  • Serving in Senegal since 2010
  • Mission focus: training teachers for ministry to the deaf
  • Angela Bednarczyk
  • Teachers trained since 2010: ???

Senegal: Angela Bednarczyk

After a lifetime in education, including 20 years as a teacher, researcher, and program supervisor at The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, Angela Bednarczyk was searching for a new mission for her retirement years. On a church mission trip, while staying at the Tribal Mission Guest House in Dakar, she noticed a calendar for The LeEcole Renaissance Des Sourds, a school for the deaf also located in Dakar, and decided to arrange a visit. In turn, this led to an invitation for Angela to come back to Senegal to offer literacy training for their teachers for two weeks in February 2011. See below for more.

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The success of that training led Angela to decide to return as an IOM Associate Missionary at the school starting in September 2011.

The school interested Angela not only from her background in education but also because on her trip to Senegal in 2010, she was to meet for the first time the World Vision deaf child she had sponsored through World Vision for four years. While discussing the needs of Angela’s World Vision child, the school administrator became aware of the many educational gifts Angela had to offer and invited her to return to help train her teachers to create a more visual learning environment; the invitation was readily accepted. The school currently serves 35 students with five classrooms, five teachers, and a deaf teacher in training; all multiplying Angela’s experience several times over.