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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The Gambian evangelical Church is small, and committed believers are few. Active Christians are usually overstretched in their ministries; the need is great for discipleship and leadership training. Many pastors work in the Greater Banjul area, but few feel called to go into the hinterland, where there is less development and few amenities; financial support is difficult to maintain for those who are willing. Pray for Gambians to have a vision to reach their own people; pray for wisdom in knowing how to support those who do move into more isolated areas. Pray that the indigenous Church might be set free by the Holy Spirit from the restraints of fear and lack of confidence; pray that Christians might minister powerfully and effectively to their fellow Gambians.
Ministries concentrating on the non-Christian majority are few. WEC and the ECG Church have planted congregations of believers from Muslim backgrounds. The House of Wisdom specifically trains these MBBs in spiritual development and self-sustainability. Pray for new believers from Muslim backgrounds to become strong in their faith and able to witness to their extended families; pray also for more Gambian Christians to gain a burden for reaching their compatriots with the gospel. Pray that those reaching out already might be wise, effective and fruitful in their labours.
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