• Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

Approximately 3.5 million strong, the Malinke have spread across much of West Africa. There are populations of Malinke in Guinea, Senegal, and other countries, including Mali. Almost 100 percent of the Malinke people are of the Muslim faith. Kangaba, Mali, is a very significant place to the Malinke people. In the 1200s, a great king known as Sundiata Keita (the original Lion King) raised the Malian empire to greatness. Sundiata Keita made Kangaba his capital and built a sacred hut there that still stands today. Kangaba was known as the seat of the Malian empire’s spiritual power.

Imagine living your life in fear of the evil eye and other spiritual forces. Imagine living in a country twice the size of Texas, but with only three Seventh-Day Adventist churches. Imagine living your whole life in such spiritual darkness that you never hear the name of Jesus spoken. Such is the lot of the Malinke of Mali.

About the Project

Since 1996, there has been an Adventist Frontier Mission project located in Kangaba, Mali. Phillip and Naomi Polley, with their children, spent 12 years nurturing relationships among the Malinke. Homer and Debbie Curry, with their family, also spent some years in Kangaba. The efforts of these families bore fruit. For a time, there was a small company of believers worshiping every Sabbath in Kangaba. Although both families returned to the States in 2007, they left behind many valuable resources, including a complete set of Bible studies produced in Bambara, the local language, and audio Bible stories recorded in Bambara and French. Neil and Holly Lovitt also served on this project from 2008-2016. Now the Tooray family, just finishing up their training, will continue the work in Kangaba.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 3.5 million
  • Language: Malinke
  • Religion: Islam

Frontier Stories

A Visit to Manikura

We praise God for this opportunity and pray that He will use us to reveal the wonderful love of Jesus to the people in Manikura.

By: Seth & Sonya Miller
May 01 2023, 11:08 am | Comments 0

Kalilou’s Threat

Please join me in praying for Kalilou. I would like to see a happy end to his story. He could see, like Saul, that this Jesus he is fighting against is the LORD of all and the only One that can help him.

By: Seth Miller with Fernand Bonnet
April 01 2023, 10:20 am | Comments 0

The Hidden Treasure

Abdullah acknowledges that a life spent in the mines is dangerous, with many nefarious activities.

By: George Tooray
April 01 2023, 10:18 am | Comments 0


Please join us and the brothers and sisters of the congregation in prayer for Sister Mariam, Brother Yaya and the many who regularly face intimidation and persecution.

By: George Tooray
December 01 2022, 4:31 pm | Comments 0

Hospitality Backfired

No act of kindness shown in His name will fail to be recognized and rewarded.

By: George Tooray
November 01 2022, 8:58 am | Comments 0

Angry Spirit

Samako animists are held captive by their beliefs and suffer greatly.

By: George Tooray
September 01 2022, 11:19 am | Comments 0

A Soothing Testimony

We too often underestimate the power of prayer, a touch, a kind word, a listening ear, or the smallest act of caring, which can potentially change lives.

By: George Tooray
June 01 2022, 9:31 am | Comments 0

“Yes, I Am.”

I cannot find the right words to express the joy I have in my life. I know that God has a plan for me.

By: Theresa Tooray
April 01 2022, 3:17 pm | Comments 0

A Time for Everything

Whether they were for him or against him, the people of Kangaba were very touched by his sudden death and many reflected on the fragility of life.

By: George & Theresa Tooray
January 01 2022, 12:27 pm | Comments 0

Give Time to Time

Trying to prove how powerful he was, the healer started predicting things that would happen to Amina’s family, and she became afraid to return home.

By: George Tooray
September 01 2021, 2:12 pm | Comments 0

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