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SAGU hosts 5K run for Senegal school

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Submitted by Christina Freeze Public Relations Coordinator Southwestern Assemblies of God University 

Waxahachie - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Student Missions Association (SMA) partners with SAGU alumna Amy Farley to host a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 29. All proceeds will go toward the building of a school for the Tukulor people in Matam, Senegal. 

“Once I return to Africa in June, I will be partnering with the national church in Senegal to build a team of Senegalese for each church plant,” Farley shared. 

“Each team will consist of a pastor, school director, and two teachers. We will add teachers as the school grows each year. 

“The school will operate as a community center for the town as well as a meeting place for the church plant.” 

Although Senegal has improved education over the years, the illiteracy rate is still high. Sixty percent of the Senegalese over the age of 15 are illiterate (NationMaster). 

“Even though many of the schools are private, the Senegalese make great sacrifices to see that their children receive an education. School attendance in urban areas is much higher than that of rural areas like Matam, many times because of the lack of resources. 

“The school will be meeting a huge educational need in the town,” stated Farley.   

The Matam Project is SMA’s fall giving project. Along with hosting the 5K, SMA will be selling t-shirts and collecting donations during SAGU’s daily chapel time. 

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The 5K will begin and end on SAGU’s campus: 1200 Sycamore St., Waxahachie, TX 75165. Sponsorship costs include: $20 (run/walk), $30 (run/walk and t-shirt) or $45 (run/walk, jersey and water bottle).

For more information about the Matam Project or to register for the 5K, visit www.matamproject.com.


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