Area: 10,689 sq km
A narrow, 400-km-long riverine enclave that virtually divides Senegal’s Casamance from the rest of the country.
Population: 1,750,732 Annual Growth: 2.78%
Official language: English Languages: 23 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Young people have flocked to Banjul and are increasingly subject to Western culture at the expense of their traditional values. Ministries include GAMFES(IFES), with several groups meeting, SU and YFC. The first YWAM DTS took place in 2008. Pray that God would raise up a new generation of Christian young people who will lead their peers into a lifestyle of godliness. Most youth work is in the capital and outlying areas, though WEC also has ministry inland.
Pray for specialized Christian ministries:
a) Prison evangelism is particularly fruitful. Pray both for conversions and for integration of converts into their communities and churches upon their release.
b) Bible translation continues for Mandinka and Jola Fonyi. None of the indigenous Gambian languages has a full translation of the Bible; pray for an accurate assessment of the needs and for wide distribution of existing portions and NTs. The Mandinka Bible and Jola NT should be ready in 2011.
c) The JESUS film has been shown all over the country in seven languages. Pray for the ongoing dubbing into new languages and the fruitful use of this key resource.
d) Christian radio. Chronological Bible teaching, The Way of Righteousness, is recorded in Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, Jola-Fonyi and Hassaniya and is broadcast on national radio. CMF has a radio ministry in Manjako focused on evangelism and discipleship. A number of African-originated churches also have radio ministry in English. Pray for more broadcasts in local languages.
e) Christian TV programmes. Abiding Word Ministries, the Gambia Christian Council, the Network of Biblical Storytellers and others have gained wide acceptance for the gospel through their much-appreciated weekly TV programmes. Pray for lasting fruit.
f) GRN offers gospel material on tape in 16 language groups of the Gambia.
For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of The Gambia.