"WE SHARE..." Andrew from Gambia
We introduce you to the practical devotional 5-minute read called "We share...", which is written by our fellow students and volunteers. Our dear brother in Christ, Andrew from the Gambia, shares his memories of his time spent in Lithuania, as he was a part of Lithuanian Christian Student Fellowship.
EXPERIENCE My name is Andrew P. Mendy. I am from the smallest mainland
continental African country called The Gambia. I came to Lithuania in 2015 as
an international student after I won an Erasmus - Kite Scholarship to study in
Europe. I pursued a Master in English Studies (literature, linguistics and
culture) Degree for two years.
During my stay in Lithuania, my connection with
LKSB (IFES Lithuania) has been a blessing to me in various ways. Firstly, upon
my arrival in Lithuania, I decided to connect with the IFES family in the
country since I was a member of the IFES movement in my county called
FES-Gambia. The results of a Google search revealed the existence of an IFES
group including the contact details of the the general secretary. I sent her an
e-mail to which replied and volunteered to take to church (International Church
of Vilnius), the following day being a Sunday. She indeed kept her promise.
Another area of blessing from my connections with LKSB was in the area of
mentors. It is a tradition in Vilnius University that international students
are provided mentors whose responsibilities include showing them (mentees)
around so as to get them familiarise with their new environment and the way of
doing things. Since I was late to arrive for the commencement of the academic year,
and the mentor assigned me was not going to be available at the time of my
arrival, a member of LKSB, also an international student, volunteered to help
me around. She took me to my university for registeration, took me to the mall
(Akropolis) to buy appropriate cloths for the winter, helped me open a bank
account and also helped me get a bus card. Without her help, life would have
been more challenging for me. I would have been forced to figure out most of
these things for myself.
Finally, living far away from home and in a very
different culture, especially as a Christian, can be very challenging.
Lithuania is no exception. It can be depressing to spend long hours indoors;
so, healthy social interactions are a necessity if one is to thrive as a Christian
student in Lithuania.
Apart from church, LKSB was the sole source of my
numerous social engagements. The prayer meetings, the Bible studies, the camps
and the many social evenings were very refreshing after long periods of
university work. These meetings were also opportunities for meeting both local
and international students and to share the rich experiences of our diverse
Are you an international student (Christian and non-Christian) and
would like to make your stay in Lithuania a memorable one? Would you like to
continue to grow in your faith through prayer, Bible study and other social
gatherings within a multicultural setting, or may be you are searching for God?
I recommend LKSB. There, you will have the people and resources to help you in
your pursuits within a very sociable environment; you will have the opportunity
to be blessed and also be a blessing to many.