Malinke

  • 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 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

Reality and Worldview

To his surprise, he saw a man dressed in a white robe. The man in white was surrounded by fire and sitting on a mat.

By: George Tooray
June 01 2021, 9:24 am | Comments 0

Creative People

I pray that some day Mr. Keiter will give his heart to God, the source of his creativity.

By: George Tooray
May 01 2021, 8:30 am | Comments 0

A Worker with God

Please stop and pray for Nama and the many Malinke people who are frustrated with Islam.

By: George Tooray
March 01 2021, 4:59 pm | Comments 0

Women’s Ministry

Not too long ago, my husband encouraged me to start a community ministry. Prayer is the DNA of our team, so we sought God’s leading.

By: Theresa Tooray
December 01 2020, 3:56 pm | Comments 0

Land Acquisition

Those whose houses where demolished were relocated, but they were not pleased to let go of their ancestral land.

By: George & Theresa Tooray
October 01 2020, 3:43 pm | Comments 0

Komba’s Struggle

One night, Komba went running out of his house screaming that people were after him and wanted to kill him.

By: George Tooray
July 01 2020, 5:01 pm | Comments 0

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