The Gambia Gap Year Team is serving in Fajara in the west of Gambia from January to May.
The team is led by Ed and Sarah Tulloch and includes Bobby Barnardo, Chad Usher, Dan Evans, Tom Clarke, Sophia Chitty, Grace Gregory, Eleanor Sansbury and Lucy Williams. The team are working alongside GamFES - the Gambian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. They are getting involved in student campus ministries as well as teaching in local schools. They are also serving at a local church and studying the Bible in weekly seminars.
Thank you for praying! We were thankful for safe and smooth travels and a warm welcome from staff at GAMFES (Gambian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) and are really enjoying settling in!
Our first observations of our new surroundings are that the weather is always sunny, the food is tasty, the people are very friendly and the beach is beautiful! We were grateful to have our first few days here to settle in and explore the local area (with our helpful tour guide Ed who stayed here almost three years ago) and have an induction from GAMFES, whose offices are across the road from us. We are already learning one of the local tribal languages, Wolof, (with mixed success!) and are getting used to being referred to as 'toubab' (white person) in the street! Chad's name has caused some amusement among the locals as in Wolof it translates as 'last born', though he has now started explaining the Old English meaning of the name; 'warrior'.
As part of our induction we learned about the origins of GAMFES and the SMILE team. It's exciting to hear about the way God has used these ministries in The Gambia to further his kingdom. Already we have heard testimonies of people turning to him from all sorts of backgrounds and look forward to hearing many more.
While walking to and from the beach we have met lots of people who stop for a chat. Dan and Tom have found that football is an easy conversation starter (and have even found some fellow Liverpool supporters!). Ellie and I met some Gambian girls at the beach yesterday who we hope to keep in contact with. At the weekend we had our first team fitness session starting with a run – in which Bobby and Lucy outran the rest of us – followed by improvised circuits led by Grace! (video evidence is available on Instagram) Tonight we plan to try out some ultimate frisbee at the Medical Research Council compound near us.
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