The Gambia, West Africa represents some of the biggest miracles of my life and in some ways it was the happiest three years of my life up until that time. (Costa Rica is now the happiest!)
It is also one of the most story-filled times of my life, represented by the Bantaba I am sitting under in Ballen in above photo. How I got there is the first and biggest miracle and story, described in the first Menu item below along with the other Gambia Stories filling in the many spiritual, nature, and cultural adventures of my three years living in West Africa. From a child watching Tarzan movies to a college student “surrendering” to missions, I dreamed of Africa and those dreams came true here.
Photo at left of me on a termite mound at Bird Safari Camp, Janjanbureh. And the feature photo at top is me with a group of men from a Jola village upriver when on a “Prayer Walk” through Jola villages.
MENU – Gambia Missionary Stories
- How I Got to Gambia
- Required IMB Biography 1999 *
- Charlie Doggett: Missionary, by Gomer Lesch 1999 *
- Missionary Learning Center – 1999
- Gambia Photo Galleries – 1999-2002
- Senegal Photo Galleries – 1999-2002 + 2009 trips
- Gambia Scrapbook 1999-2000 *
- Gambia Scrapbook 2001-2002 *
- Journal – 2000 – 2002
- The Bantaba – Story-telling Place
- Gambia Newsletters (All 33 issues for 3 years) Many Stories!
- Weekends as Tarzan
- Thanksgiving Adventure 2000
- Christmas Adventure 2000
- Birding Gambia *
- Funeral of Steve Jones 2001
- Miracle Leaf Story 2001
- LifeWay in Gambia 2001
- First Baptist Nashville 2001
- Christmas Adventure 2001
- LifeWay in Gambia 2002
- Jason In The Gambia 2002
- The Big Last Week in The Gambia 2002
- The Return Debriefing 2002
- Revisiting Gambia June 2009
- Revisiting Gambia November 2009
Gambia Photo Galleries
- 2009 November – Gambia Barrokunda w/ Garry *
- 2009 June – Gambia Mission Trip, with FBC Nashville *
- 1999-2002 – Gambia Missionary Galleries *
- 1999-2009 – Senegal Galleries *
* Starred items appear first on another menu and are simply linked from here and not a sub-page of this page.
I’m starting this heading at the end of 2020 with the article from January 2021 Christianity Today about Christians getting involved in the government of The Gambia and will add one on the overthrow of Jammeh 3 years ago if I can find it.
- Christianity Today on Gambia Christians influencing the Muslim-majority Government, January 2021
- Jammeh Goes into Exile, BBC-2017
- Jammeh Refuses to Leave after Losing Election, BBC-2017
“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”~William Burchell
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