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.
‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.’
As we look back over the last term there are so many things to be thankful for. We started to use the Tubakuta campus, welcomed the first batch of five, then eight, now ten students; completed and opened the student dormitory; were kept safe whilst travelling through to the end of the rainy season; saw 28 people baptised at the beach; moved into our hut in November; and celebrated at an official opening ceremony and Graduation Day on 14 December (pictured above).
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