Top 5 People Groups
Maasina Fulani: 1,134,000
Located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Mali is plagued by instability–both economically and politically. About 80 percent of the labor force depends on subsistence agriculture and fishing. Drought, locusts, and the expanding desert make the country vulnerable to disaster, and the country remains dependent on foreign aid. About half the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 a day.
Mali gained its independence from France in 1960. After a long period of one-party rule, a 1991 coup led to the establishment of Mali as a democratic, multi-party state. Recently there has been tremendous pressure to become an Islamist state under Sharia law. A rebellion by the Tuaregs began in northern Mali in January 2012. With help from extremist Islamic rebels, a military coup overthrew Mali´s president in March. Later in the year, the political situation grew more complicated when the Islamic rebels turned on the Tuareg and took control of the north. Hundreds of thousands of northern Malians fled the violence to southern Mali and neighboring countries.
In February 2013, Malian and French forces recaptured most of the north from Islamic control. Mali has an interim president, with elections scheduled for July 7.
The famous ancient city of Timbuktu is found in the central part of the country near the Niger River. Timbuktu became a permanent settlement in the 12th century, and for hundreds of years it flourished from the trade in gold, ivory, salt, and slaves. During its Golden Age, the city also gained the reputation of being a center for scholarly studies in astronomy, mathematics, literature, and religion in Africa.
According to Joshua Project, Mali is home to 74 people groups. Most of the ethnic tribes have converted to Islam, which is blended with their traditional practices of ancestral worship.
Recent Prayerline Posts
MALI. Celebrating a graduation ceremony in spite of dangers from hostile Islamists, a native ministry’s Bible Training Institute is committed to training the next generation of leaders. Ministry workers who saw six people put their faith in Christ at a recent university campus event seek any amount to train more missionaries. Please pray for bold faith in the midst of opposition.
MALI. Ministry workers travel hours to reach prisons where inmates, most of them Muslims, listen intently to their message of repentance and hope. A gift of any amount in this 95-percent Muslim country empowers workers to present the gospel in prisons, where it resonates powerfully and travels widely after inmates are released. Pray for strength for weary evangelists, and for protection and fruitfulness ...
October 5, 2017 - Most of the women behind bars in Mali had been convicted of infanticide. One Muslim woman was not eager to say what crime she had committed. Read more.