The Spiritual Need in the Gambia

The Gambia is a small West African country that makes up little more area than the banks surrounding the Gambia River. The Gambia is almost completely surrounded by Senegal except for its small Atlantic coastline to which the Gambia River flows.

About 90% of the Gambia’s two million people are Muslim. There are small numbers of Roman Catholics and Protestants, and an even smaller number of evangelical believers making up less than one percent of the population. It is understood that Islam and Christianity are commonly syncretized with African traditional religions.

Even though the official language of the Gambia is English, evangelism must be done in the local language in order for it to be effective. The Wolof people group are predominant in the Gambia’s capital city, Banjul, making Wolof speakers widespread throughout the country and a particular focus of the ABWE ministry team. Some Wolof Muslims have come to faith in Jesus Christ, and many others are hearing God’s word on a regular basis.

Evangelical Missions To Gambia

The heart of ABWE's focus in the Gambia is ministry to Muslims and unreached people groups. Our vision is to share the gospel, plant churches, and disciple and prepare Gambians to become the future leaders of local churches in every region.

We are having great success through medical missions work in the Gambia, and also in the areas of agricultural support, literacy development, radio ministry, and education. Wolof speakers regularly request more information about the Bible’s teachings, which we can provide in their language. A willingness to learn the language and culture is important in leading Wolof and other Muslim people groups to Christ. Working alongside Gambian leaders, missionaries will help them develop strong, healthy churches throughout unreached communities—but in order to have repeat contact with many people, we desperately need more workers who can help respond to the growing hunger for truth.

God has opened many doors to serve as a missionary in the Gambia—will you help us introduce more people to the love of Jesus?

We’d love to get to know you and discuss how God is calling you.

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