Mark and Mands Vernon

Mark and Mands Vernon are serving at Servants of the Word school of ministry in The Gambia.

90% of people in The Gambia are Muslim and nearly half of the people groups are classified as unreached with the gospel. The need for Christian witness is great. 

The evangelical church comprises 0.8% of the population and is growing. Bible teaching, training and evangelism are a priority but resources to equip this young church are scarce. 

Mark and Mands first visited The Gambia in 2004 and have been praying for it ever since. Mark returned for a week in 2016 with a Cornhill team and they visited together in January 2018. On this visit, Mark and Mands saw first-hand the small, faithful and fruitful gospel work taking place amongst students, local churches and church leaders. They witnessed the huge opportunities and a real sense of openness to the gospel. Mark and Mands came home from The Gambia with a settled conviction and a heart to serve there. 

Mark and Mands are currently focussing their time on learning the most common local language, Mandinka. They will then be involved in discipleship, evangelism and training with Servants of the Word school of ministry, as well as student ministry and a local church.

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About The Gambia

Population
1,750,700
Evangelical Christians
1%
Main religion
Islam
Main languages
English
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