Every day #TeamGambia begins their day with a time of worship, prayer, fellowship, and teachings in the Word. Today, students were taught a lesson on the ‘orphan heart’.
Awe Star is a unique ministry because not only do students learn skills in evangelism as they daily go out and engage a foreign culture with the gospel, but they are simultaneously taught to go deeper in their personal relationship with Jesus through discipleship.
Our first ministry site today was a little later in the day because of it being Friday. Friday is a special day in Islamic countries, as it is the day the whole nation stops and every male is expected to go to the local mosque, ceremonially wash, recite prayers (women pray at home) and sit for a 2pm preaching from the Iman (Islamic preacher) of that mosque.
As the nation of Gambia stopped, our students prayed. They prayed “Thy Kingdom come, in Gambia, as it is in Heaven!” They walked diverse areas in groups, prayer walking and taking claim to streets and compounds for the glory of God. When Friday services were finished, #TeamGambia didn’t waste one minute getting back out and boldly sharing the gospel!
This time in the ‘Bakoteh’ fish market, as one team member shared the gospel with a group of students, they paused and asked, “Have you ever heard this message before? This ‘Good News’ that Jesus loves you, died for you, and wants to save you from your sin?”
The response of the students reminded the team of the vast lostness in the hearts of the people. “No, we have never heard this before! We have never heard that Jesus loves us or that He came and died for us - this is the first time!”
They continued to ask, “ so you are saying that if that Good Prince (Jesus in drama) did not die for those people of the land and rescue them from the prison, that they would have to stay in prison forever? That they could never be free?”
Our team member responsed, “That is correct. They could never escape their prison, and neither can you nor I, apart from a relationship with Jesus!”
Gambia is a nation with 16 unreached people groups, many that have no or little scripture translated in their language. Even if they had the scriptures available to them, many cannot read or write. Most of those our team engage with have never been prayed for by a Christian - or anyone else - until our students pray for them. Most have never interacted with a Christian and have never heard the gospel before.
Please pray as #TeamGambia continues ministry tomorrow, traveling to even more markets. Pray for those first encounters- that they will be powerful and bold, and that the veil of darkness will be lifted from the people’s hearts. Pray that many would come to believe Jesus as they hear the Gospel.