The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God

By July 10, 2019 Documentaries

The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God

“…no one comes to the father except through me.”


The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God

In a place where Islam rules, Christian missionaries must build relationships, even becoming like family, or risk their Muslim friends ever understanding the truth of who Jesus is.

TV Airings:
Friday July 26th 10:00p US Eastern, 22:00 UK
Saturday July 27th 2:00p US Eastern, 14:00 UK


The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God

The Sereer tribe of Senegal, West Africa has a heart of giving to the needy, praying reverently, fasting and a genuine desire to please God. But because they are in an area that is historically immersed in the traditions of Voodoo and is dominated by modern Islam, the very sad fact is that very few people have heard the truth about Jesus. The documentary, The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God, follows a group of Christian missionaries who explore the culture, lifestyle and belief system of the Sereer tribe as they share the truth of the gospel.

Since 2004, the people of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC have committed themselves to investing in the lives of the Sereer people. The church regular sends small groups of believers to share the truth of the gospel in the remote villages of the Sereer tribe.

It is equally important, however, that the missionaries demonstrate the love of Christ, as well. Through selfless acts of feet washing, performing daily work responsibilities, doing health examinations and even joining families for dinner, the people of Rocky Creek Baptist Church have built genuine and trusting relationships and have become like family to the Sereer villages. Such trust opens the opportunity for non-judgmental discussions that introduce the truth about Jesus Christ into the hearts of people who have practiced other religions for all their life.

It is deeply ingrained in Sereer culture to avoid conflict and be respectful of other people’s beliefs. But there is an obvious deeper connection as the Sereer people truly believe that even though they may believe different things, they feel as though they are on same path to the same God. They truly believe that they can get to the Father without Jesus Christ. They commit to living a religious life pleasing to God but disregard the need of a relationship with Jesus. The truth remains, however – Jesus is “…the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:16)

The Sereer captures life transforming moments of salvation as the truth of God’s word is sown into the hearts of the Sereer people.