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.
‘Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:45-48
After enjoying a fantastic Easter Monday brunch (including the rare treat of bacon!) with our Crosslinks colleagues, we read Luke 24:13-49 and thought about the amazing truth of Jesus’ resurrection, what it means for us and for everyone who believes. We continue to pray that many more Gambians would hear and come to understand this truth.
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