Mali

Islamic militants remain a threat, despite having signed a peace deal with the government in 2015.

Mali

World Watch List RankWorld Watch List Score
2468/100
LeaderPopulation
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta19.1 million | 425,000 Christians
Main ReligionGovernment
IslamSemi-Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2018Persecution Level
37Very High Persecution

Mali is predominantly Muslim and one of the least developed countries in the world. Most Christians live in the south of the country and many face increasing pressure due to the threat of Islamic extremist groups, like al-Qaeda, from the north. Threats of attacks and kidnapping are common; feelings of insecurity and anxiety even more so. Missionaries constantly risk abduction.

Muslims who convert to Christianity struggle to live out their faith. They often have to keep it a secret from their families. Living conditions mean that acts of private worship are easily detected, and refusing to take part in Islamic rites could lead to persecution. The extended families of a Christian convert are likely to pressure them to deny Jesus. They fear that if their family contains a Christian, they will be excluded from the wider community.

HOW WE HELP

In partnership with the local church, Open Doors is serving the persecuted church in Mali by:

  • Providing Bibles
  • Supporting persecuted Christians through socio-economic empowerment projects
  • Persecution awareness and caring for new believers.

PRAYER POINTS FOR MALI

  • For God's strength for Christians displaced from their homes in northern Mali. Pray for grace to love their neighbours
  • Discipleship training for believers and servant leadership training for pastors
  • For BMBs who find it difficult to live out their faith because family and community are hostile
  • Violence has increased substantially as a result of terrorist attacks. Pray for peace over this country.
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