The Alliance entered Mali, home of the fabled city of Timbuktu, in 1923. Many Alliance missionaries labored faithfully for more than a decade in this spiritually arid climate before seeing a single convert. Today, less than 1 percent of the Malian people follow Jesus. Yet through God’s grace and the prayers of His people, Alliance workers and their national partners are building communities of faith among previously resistant groups, including the Bozo and the Gana people.
The Alliance mission and the national church are proclaiming the hope of Jesus among prostitutes, prisoners, subsistence farmers, and villagers throughout the country. The Bamako Ministry Center is reaching out to university students and professionals, and the Koutiala Hospital ministers Jesus’ compassion to countless women and children who would otherwise die without ever hearing of the Savior’s love for them.
The Alliance at Work in Mali
Mai’s story illustrates the impact of Koutiala Hospital’s life-giving work in Mali.read more
Forsaking the ancestral religion that kept them shackled in fear, demonic curses, and sorcery, Senufo villagers find freedom and restoration in Christ at a small church on “unwanted land” near the Burkina–Mali border.read more
Hundreds have come to Christ in 20 villages—5 in Burkina Faso and 15 in Mali.read more
Storytelling is an effective evangelism tool in Africa, where most people tend to be oral learners.read more
“What would I say to this person who’d committed such a horrible act?”read more
- Infant mortality rate—116.8/1,000
- Life expectancy—45.1
- Capital City
- Bamako (1,323,200) pop.
- Almost twice the size of Texas, Mali (478,764 sq. mi.) lies in the Sahara Desert. The only fertile area is in the south.
- French (official)
- numerous African languages
- Mande (Bambara, Malinké, Sarakole)—50%
- Tuareg, Moor—10%
- Per capita income—$900
- Literacy rate—46% (2003 est.)
- Government/Political Climate
- Republic. Rule by dictatorship ended in 1992 with Mali’s first presidential election.
- indigenous beliefs—9%
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