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- Stats for Mali
On the edge of Islamic and African countries, so may have a mix of both cultures.
Top 25 Stats
Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 325.18% (5th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 34.14% (21st); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 33.60% (7th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Sub-Saharan African groups such as Malinke-Bambara, Gur, Soninke, Malinke, Fulbe (89.4%); Arab/Berber (10.5%).
French, Bambara, Fulbe, Songhai
One of the world’s poorest nation,s with 80% living by subsistence farming and fishing. Cotton is an important crop, but drought and locusts have been problems in its growth. High child mortality and malnourishment are common. About 67% of the land is desert or semi-desert, and the desert is expanding.
History / Politics
Independence in 1960 from France; Mali empire existed during the period of 1230-1400 A.D. Military dictatorship was ended in 1991 when multiparty elections started. Lots of drugs are shipped from South America through Mali to Europe. Nation is deeply divided between the north and south. In 2012-2013, a coup attempt occurred in the south, and rebels took control of the north. Strict Islamic law was imposed in the north, and 500,000 people fled. French military intervention and U.N. protection stopped the rebels.
The country's many problems present a great opportunity for Christians to serve. Mali is spiritually open and the church has begun to take root. Most congregations need to reach out and start evangelizing.
Pray that openness in the country will continue and the people’s hearts be opened to God. Pray for more outreach by the committed believers.