The Gambia, the smallest country on mainland Africa, is a new field for BIMI. A nation of only two million people, The Gambia is uniquely located within the West African country of Senegal, occupying narrow strips of land on each side of the Gambia River as well as a small stretch of coastline. Affectionately known as “the smiling coast of Africa,” The Gambia is one of only a handful of English-speaking countries in Africa. However, there are dozens of local languages such as Wolof, Mandinka, Pulaar, and Jola.
The economy in The Gambia is primarily made up of farming, fishing, and trade. However, many people are without jobs and are forced to solicit funds in exchange for small jobs or food. With a median age of 19.9 years, many Gambian youths migrate every year into other countries in hope of a better future.
The spiritual needs far outweigh the material needs though. The Gambia is predominately an Islamic country deeply rooted in years of tradition and customs. With a Mosque located in every city, town, and village, The Gambia needs willing laborers to take the Gospel to this tiny nation. There have been relatively no Baptist church planting efforts within the country and yet the people are open to discussing spiritual matters. Our greatest priority is establishing a Gospel presence within The Gambia and seeing souls come to know Christ as their personal Savior. Will you pray with us for The Gambia and for the Gospel to be made known here? Our prayer is to see more laborers join the work that God is doing in the hearts and lives of the people here in The Gambia.