Jonathan (Jon) Gowin grew up in Gambia and neighboring Senegal, West Africa, as the son of missionaries. After earning a degree in theology and missions, and a second degree in agriculture education, he returned to Gambia and served as an agriculture missionary for 10 years.
In January 2021, Jon and his family will return to Gambia to serve with Bethany Gateways. As a Bethany Gateways missionary, he will be working with Indigenous Mission of West Africa (IMWA), a Gambian-based mission that is actively engaged in evangelizing and discipling upcountry where the needs are greatest.
Jon will be involved in various aspects of IMWA’s mission and church work, including evangelistic outreaches, discipleship programs, and missions training. He is also studying online to earn an M.Div. from the North American Lutheran Seminary, and he is pursuing ordination with the NALC.
Jon is fond of saying, “The best ones to reach Gambians are Gambians themselves,” because they don’t need to adjust to the culture, learn the language(s), etc. Gambian Christians have caught the vision for home missions, and Jon is privileged to join with them in doing the work of the Great Commission.
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