News from the Gambia – 2nd Convocation!

Manhee writes recently about the 2nd round of graduates from the Christian Studies Program at the University of The Gambia:

I believe we are writing the history of the Gambian Church together, so we should be encouraged by this. I keep hearing that there are still a lot of public schools that teach only Islamic subject, but not Christian ones, only because there are not enough teachers who can teach the Bible. We are producing teachers to fill the gap, as well as pastors.

Pastor Benjamin (left) is crucial to the Christian Studies Program, as well as Layne Turner (GS-US & third from left) and Manhee Yoon (GSC and far right).

Layne Turner (serving with Global Scholars USA) is Manhee’s colleague (and friend) in the Christian Studies Program. He writes of the convocation…

Dear Friends and Family:

The 13th Convocation Ceremony of the University of the Gambia was held on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. This was the second time that Christian Studies graduates were included in this great event. This year there were 7 graduates. COVID restrictions in place, so only a few family members of the graduates were allowed to come to the ceremony. 

It was a grand occasion as the President of The Gambia, his Excellency Adama Barrow, gave his convocation address. He is also the Chancellor of the University. 

After the ceremony the Christian Studies graduates and the department faculty and some family members of the graduates met at a nearby restaurant for a time of remembrance and celebration. Each student was given the opportunity to share what he or she is presently doing (they finished their studies last summer) and what their plans are for the future.  The students also expressed appreciation for the sponsors who provided the scholarships that they received. It has been a long four years and for some five, but they made it to this day so there was much rejoicing.

Thank you for your part in making this day possible. Your prayers and financial support are a key part of what happened on Saturday.

For His glory,


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