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

About the People

Approximately 3.5 million strong, the Malinke are spread across much of West Africa. There are populations of Malinke in Guinea, Senegal, and other countries including Mali. Almost 100% 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 had to return to the States in 2007, they left behind many useful resources including a complete set of Bible studies produced in Bambara, the local language, along with audio Bible stories recorded both 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

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

The Somono

We need to go to the unreached and throw out our nets so that we can make a big catch for the Lord.

By: George Tooray
June 01 2020, 8:25 am | Comments 0


He felt destined to work for God but did not know what shape his work would take.

By: George Tooray
February 25 2020, 3:23 pm | Comments 0

A Malinke Funeral

Please pray for us as we bring the freeing gospel to the Malinke people. May they learn that good deeds will not save them, only belief in the Lord Jesus, the Savior of the world.

By: George Tooray
November 01 2019, 9:38 am | Comments 0

Rainy Season

Please pray for the people who are now homeless and displaced. They are badly in need of shelter, and accommodations for them are hard to find.

By: George Tooray
October 01 2019, 11:02 am | Comments 0

Water Crisis

Over the years, people in Kangaba have attempted to dig wells, but most efforts were in vain, and many diggers lost their lives in the attempts. Even wells that do find water tend to dry up for part of the year. We are grateful for our donkey that helps us haul our water long distances to our home.

By: George & Theresa Tooray
June 01 2019, 4:23 pm | Comments 0

Ansumana’s New Identity

He was a thief, a drunkard, and a womanizer. “Would God ever forgive me?” he asked.

By: George Tooray
April 01 2019, 1:37 pm | Comments 0

Trading on the Sabbath

Please pray that Neyma will continue to be a light that draws her family and her community to Christ.

By: George & Theresa Tooray
March 01 2019, 11:51 am | Comments 0

The Praise Singer

I still wasn’t catching God’s hints, so He sent Kuyaté to me a third time.

By: George Tooray
December 01 2018, 3:20 am | Comments 0

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