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Alumna builds schools and community center in SenegalWaxahachie, Texas — April 25, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Amy Farley is an Assemblies of God (AG) missionary in Senegal, West Africa. She recently opened a community center in Ndar and works with the Matam Project to build schools in northern Senegal.

Farley says, "I've always wanted to do something big-- something significant. But I am realizing more and more that it is often the small things that are most impactful. My favorite part of my job is just loving the kids and seeing their smiles."

Farley opened the community center in Ndar in January 2013. The center offers English classes, art, sports, music and kids clubs. She says, "The community center is a place where kids can come and feel safe and loved. It provides an avenue for building relationships."

The Matam Project began as an initiative to build a school in Matam for the Tukulor people, an unreached people group in northern Senegal. The project now includes building schools in the villages of Podor and Ndiam. In addition to providing education, the schools will also serve as bases for pastors to plant churches.

Eventually, the schools will be staffed and run completely by the Senegalese. Farley says, "It takes at least 4 years for the schools to become completely self- sustainable. For each school we must raise $100,000 to buy land and build." The school in Matam, the first school to open, is set to open by September 2013.

In 2011, the SAGU Southwestern Missions Association (SMA) chose the Matam Project as its Fall 2011 giving project. SMA partnered with Farley to host a 5k run/walk in October 2011. By December 2011, SAGU students and sponsors had raised $24,105, the most that SAGU has ever raised in one semester.

Farley is from Fort Worth, Texas. She began attending SAGU in Fall 1996 and graduated in Fall 2000 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and an associate's degree in Bible. The Assemblies of God World Missions appointed her as a full-time missionary in 2007.

Farley believes SAGU prepared her for cross-cultural ministry. She says, "Dr. Goodrich's Religion and Cult Awareness course challenged me to 'own' my faith. Goodrich reinforced that everything must line up with the Word of God. Everything in life, everything in ministry, and everything I believe must line up with the Word of God."

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.