The Gambia MENU
- Intro & Maps (This page!) YOU ARE HERE
- Gambia Missionary * (stories, photos under “His Spirit” page – Fascinating!)
- Gambia Photo Gallery * (just photos)
- Birding Gambia
- Moringa – a simple leaf food
- Bantaba – Gambia Story-telling Place *
* This item with asterisk is found originally on another page of this website but definitely is information about The Gambia.
The header sunset photo above was made in 2009 in Barrokunda, The Gambia when I took a representative of another church in Nashville to consider beginning work in The Gambia.
I lived for 3 years in this tiny West African country called “The Gambia” (good Wikipedia article!) (and yes, “The” is officially part of the country name). It changed my life. I’ve since said that “Every American should live for 3 years somewhere in West Africa.” It might help reduce the narrow-minded, racist, white supremacist, money-first attitudes of the United States. At times, in some villages, it was like living a thousand years ago. It is still considered “Third World” but development is coming fast, mostly from China, India, and the Arab countries with some from England, Germany and Canada.
Even though the United States has an embassy there and a space shuttle emergency landing strip (The Banjul International Airport), it otherwise has shown little interest in the little country other than by Peace Corp workers and a few missionaries off and on in the 90% muslim country with most Christian missionaries from Europe. Southern Baptists closed their work there after I left, much to my great disappointment. The new conservative “bottom line” thinking Baptist leaders say Gambia is not “cost effective” comparing number of conversions and new churches to the dollars spent. So now most Baptist mission work there comes from Nigeria or Ghana which is maybe better.
I Considered Retirement In The Gambia
My last year in The Gambia I seriously considered retiring there because I loved the tropical wildernesses and friendly people so much. But it was the very corrupt and inefficient government and almost non-existent healthcare that caused me to decide it was not prudent. Then 12 years later I moved to Costa Rica in a similar tropical climate with even more birds and better preserved wilderness plus good government and healthcare. Now I have the best of both worlds! But a little part of my heart will always be in The Gambia.
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