The Gambia

The Early Years

When Pastor Ralph arrived in The Gambia in November 1996, he was moved by the many Gambians he encountered who needed medical assistance. Pastor Ralph, a friend of Dr. Hamilton’s and knowing of his medical missions to Central America, contacted him and asked him to consider organizing a team to The Gambia. This challenge took three years to bear fruit, but in 1998, with the encouragement of Pastor Rob Scribner from The Lighthouse Church in Santa Monica, the first Lighthouse Medical Mission Team, composed of 17 individuals, departed for The Gambia.

Ten years ago pioneer Pastor Ralph Bowen established The Lighthouse Church in The Gambia. To celebrate this anniversary, an 11 member Medical Mission Team journeyed to Banjul in November of 2006. Over the course of one week, an estimated 1,500 people were treated.