Isn’t this tree amazing? Last week I got back from a PGA trip among a Jola people group in southern Senegal and Gambia. On this PGA trip was the first time I saw what is called a silk cotton tree in English (though Google just told me it’s also the great kapok tree I remember reading about in elementary school!). It is called a fromager in French, the name of which makes it sound like its fruit should be cheese. (However, Wikipedia just taught me that it’s called that since its wood is used to make containers for cheese.) I fell in love with this huge tree, which makes even the towering baobab look small!
What a great and awesome God who could make such an awesome tree. Sadly, the people who live in this village and well over a hundred surrounding villages, don’t know this awesome God. Through our research before and on this PGA trip, we talked with over a hundred people of this Jola people group, very few of whom knew our awesome God. Since the people group is so big, even though we met a few believers, it appears they constitute less than 0.05% of the people group.
During the trip, we talked to many of the believers who are members of this Jola people group and others in the area, we talked to village chiefs, and we talked to lots of ordinary people. The whole time God led us and protected us. He brought us through many border checks and police checkpoints, through encounters with bugs and other “creepy things,” through meetings and questionnaires. He is our amazing and awesome God!