Children's Worker in the Gambia
WEC have initiated a ministry, in partnership with the local church, among orphans and vulnerable children in Fajara, with the aim that every Gambian child might grow up in a safe and loving family, with an opportunity to know God as their heavenly Father.
We are training the church members in awareness in their community, and equipping them to take opportunities to help families care for their children, as part of their 'World Without Orphans' vision.
We are needing social workers, welfare consultants, child psychologists, and experienced parents. You will support and counsel families and children, offer training on child awareness in churches and topics like foster care, child safeguarding, trauma healing and community care.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
You have experience of working with children and their families either in the community or in a church setting. You love children and want to see them grow up in healthy loving families.
You are competent and confident in offering training or counselling. You are happy to work both independently, but will also be a willing team player, contributing to WEC's church planting vision.
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This position is unsalaried, as all WEC personnel look to God to provide their personal needs.
The Gambia is a country in West Africa that is entirely surrounded by Senegal except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa.
The Gambia is a very small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering Gambia River. The Gambia is less than 50 km wide at its widest point. It is the smallest country on the African mainland. Banjul is the Gambian capital and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.
Gambia has a tropical climate. A hot and rainy season normally lasts from June until November, but from then until May, cooler temperatures predominate.
The Gambia has a market-based economy characterised by traditional subsistence agriculture. There is also a significant tourism industry.
A variety of ethnic groups live in the Gambia, each preserving its own language and traditions. The Mandinka ethnicity is the largest, followed by the Fula, Wolof, Jola, Karoninka, Serahule, Serers, Manjago, Bambara, Aku Marabou and others.
The cuisine of the Gambia includes peanuts, rice, fish, meat, onions, tomatoes, cassava, chili peppers and oysters from the River Gambia that are harvested by women.
[Source Wikipedia. more here]
There are 30 people groups in the Gambia and 16 are unreached groups.
The Gambia has a population of just over 2 million. 84% of the Gambian peoples have little or no access to the hope of the gospel.
The largest religion is Islam at 84.4%. 4.8% profess to be Christian and of those 0.7% are evangelical.
[source Joshua Project]
Please pray with us for:
-freedom and harmony between religious groups
-the evangelical church which is small
-the peoples yet to hear of the hope of the gospel: Mandinka, Fulani, Jola and Wolof
-young people -Christian radio projects
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]
WEC in the Gambia
WEC has been registered with the government as an NGO in the Gambia since 1966. We have established different social programmes in order to contribute to the development efforts of the government and other stakeholders.
WEC Gambia co-operates with different Government departments, NGOs and charitable organisations to support national development efforts and capacity building through its holistic ministries.
We have projects in agriculture, medical work, education and youth, and literacy.
WEC is looking for committed believers who are willing to contribute to the development of The Gambia and support the local church in outreach, discipleship, training and mercy ministries.
We need people willing to:
– live a simple lifestyle
– serve others and respect people, regardless of their cultural or religious background
– commit to life-long learning, because understanding people and establishing relationships (both in social projects and church life) takes time
– commit to local language learning and cultural studies
– be willing to work in a multinational team
– be flexible and humble
– be financially self-supporting.
Gambia welcomes short-term mission. It is best to stay at least six months, however, one to two years is more rewarding. So the longer you come, the better!
WEC handed over the running of the Sibanor clinic to Evangelical Church of the Gambia in 2017. WEC continues to support the ECG church particularly in helping to recruit ex-patriate clinical staff (doctors, nurses, laboratory and pharmacy staff).
Nicola has used her medical training to serve in Gambia for many years. Read her story
More about WEC in Gambia