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.
‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now’ (Philippians 1:3-5)
The summer: We have come to the end of a seven-week trip back to the UK. It's been full-on, catching up over cups of tea and coffee, lunch and dinner - sometimes all in the same day. It has been great to see so many of you, and very encouraging to be asked so many questions about The Gambia and our work. Thanks to all of you - family, friends and churches - who have expressed interest and shown hospitality, and apologies that were not able to meet personally with everyone over this time.
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