Area: 1,240,192 sq km
Landlocked state. Dry southern grasslands merge into the Sahara Desert. The Niger River runs through the southern part of the country.
Population: 13,323,104 Annual Growth: 2.40%
Official language: French. Trade languages Bambara, Fulbe, Songhai Languages: 60 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The consolidation of the gospel is an answer to prayer:
a) The Church is taking root in a number of the cultures and peoples of Mali as believers persevere and second-generation Christians emerge.
b) A diversity of ministry sees church planting, development work and all types of holistic approaches bear fruit. Most missions combine outreach with works of compassion, since both are clearly needed.
c) Partnerships have formed for all Protestant ministries in Mali - Association des Groupements d'Églises et Missions Protestantes Évangéliques au Mali (AGEMPEM) - and for the evangelization of seven of the largest or most strategic peoples in Mali or West Africa generally: the Bozo, Fulbe, Malinke, Soninke and Tuareg.
The number of Christians has not increased by enough to even keep pace with Malis rapid population growth evangelicals fell from 0.91% of the population in 1990 to 0.69% in 2010. Most growth is biological, and many who make decisions for Christ return to their former religion. This could be addressed with better follow-up through evangelism activities, discipleship programmes, pastoral training and Bible schools, but lack of funds to train for and support such ventures is a real problem. There are nearly 700 evangelical congregations, but most of them are not actively engaged in evangelism and outreach, despite many in Mali being spiritually open. Pray for boldness, passion and a burden for the unsaved to awaken in the churches and for a new wave of evangelism such as happened in the 1980s.
For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mali.