Mark and Mands Vernon served 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 were involved in discipleship, evangelism and training with Servants of the Word school of ministry, as well as student ministry and a local church. They returned to the UK in July 2020.
‘Praise the LORD, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name… For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.’ Psalm 103: 1, 11
Many of you have asked how COVID-19 has affected life in The Gambia... We are thanking God that so far the number of recorded cases has remained very low (17, with seven active as of 3 May). The government declared a state of emergency on 15 March – all schools and colleges were closed and all gatherings limited to a maximum of ten people. There’s not a full lockdown because people here go to work and go to the market so that they can eat each day, but the maximum occupancy of taxis and minibuses has been reduced to encourage social distancing. Mark was pulled over by the police last week when he’d allowed four passengers to travel with him to town from our village (an elderly lady had been determined to climb in behind two other ladies… and fortunately he was let off with a warning).
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