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Mali

Mali

World Watch List Rank 29
World Watch List Score 66/100
Leader President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Population 19.7 million I 461,000
Main Religion Islam
Government Semi-Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2019 24
Persecution Level Very 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.

PRAY 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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