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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Suumoolee from The Gambia!
We arrived in The Gambia on 12 September and here is a short update based on our first two and a bit weeks.
The new school year started at Servants of the Word on Saturday 15th. The photos show an inside view and discussion time in the shade of the mango tree. We have been sitting in on some classes to familiarise ourselves with the teaching material and style. It has been good to start getting to know the students, they have some great stories and we will introduce you to a few of them in future updates.
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