- Revival, peace and stability.
- Availability of land for use by communities.
- Release of resources for Kingdom building.
- For unhampered and accurate translation work for many languages with no Bible.
- For missionaries who will leave urban Gambia to travel upriver to unreached tribes.
- For nominal Christians to deepen in their relationship and knowledge of God.
- For the unreached Muslim majority to discover a genuine life in Jesus.
Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal
2 120 418 (2017 est.)
No answer 0.1% (2013 est.)
373 865 ( 2017)
LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
Lord, we pray for continued freedom for the people of Gambia to spread the Gospel. We pray for revival, peace and stability in this nation. Father, as You own everything, we ask of you to release the needed resources in order for Your Kingdom to be built in the Gambia. Will You also make land available for communities to use to the glory of Your name, Lord Jesus.
We pray also for unhampered and accurate translation work for many languages with no Bible. We bring before You, the missionaries who will leave urban Gambia to travel upriver to unreached tribes. Father, we pray also for nominal Christians to deepen in their relationship with You and for them to have a clearer knowledge of who You are.
Lord God, we pray for the unreached Muslim majority to discover life in Jesus. We pray this In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
State of the Church
The constitution protects religious freedom which is upheld by established laws and government policies. There have been no reports of recent societal abuses of religious freedom and the law protects individuals against the abuse of religious freedom. Two qadi courts are established for questions regarding marriage, divorce, and inheritance for Muslims and follow traditional Islamic law. Major Christian and Muslim holidays are recognized by the government.
Although many people will call themselves either Muslim or Christian, the reality is that the indigenous beliefs are mixed with the different religions. Many Christians will still go through certain initiation traditions which has Animism links to it.
The Gambia shares historical roots with many other west African nations in the slave trade, which was key to the maintenance of a colony on the Gambia river, first by the Portuguese and later by the British. Since gaining independence in 1965, the Gambia has enjoyed relative stability, with the exception of a brief period of military rule in 1994. On 18th February, 2015 the Gambia celebrated 50 years of Independence.
An agriculturally rich country, its economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.
The Christian community represents about 8 percent of the population. Residing in the western and the southern parts of the Gambia, most of the Christian community identify themselves as Roman Catholic. However, there are smaller Christian groups present, such as Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and small evangelical denominations. Many people from both Muslim and Christian background mix their faith with indigenous beliefs.
Due to immigration from South Asia, there is a presence of Buddhists and followers of the Baha'i Faith.
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- INcontext ministries – http://incontextministries.org/
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- Unreached people groups – http://www.joshuaproject.net
- The voice of the Martyrs – http://www.persecution.com/
- Jul-Dec, 2010 International Religious Freedom Report – http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2010_5/index.htm
- Operation World – http://www.operationworld.org/african-countries