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
“People used to call me a rascal. Now they tell me that I’ve become a serious young man.”read more
I was overwhelmed by the children’s fervent intercession for their village.read more
Government officials thanked hospital staff for improving the health of women and children.read more
I started to tell her stories from the Bible. She kept asking for more.read more
We see a lot of child laborers in our ministry to migrant household helpers.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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