• 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

Rebooting the Malinke Project

Please join us in prayer for these people as we study the Bible and point them to Jesus Christ, their personal Savior.

By: George Tooray
July 01 2016, 11:15 am | Comments 0

People Don’t Fit in Suitcases

It is the people we know in Mali, our friends, whom we miss the most.

By: Holly Lovitt
February 01 2016, 11:21 am | Comments 0

A Joyful Noise

We want Sabbaths here to be noisier and noisier!

By: Holly Lovitt
December 01 2015, 11:21 am | Comments 0

Fortune Telling

In their world of shell-throwing witchdoctors and fortune-telling phone apps, may they see and know that God wants them to put their trust in Him for their future.

By: Neil Lovitt
November 01 2015, 6:59 am | Comments 0


No matter how busy I am, people are always more important.

By: Holly Lovitt
August 01 2015, 8:11 am | Comments 0

Kids of Kangaba

Each and every child is infinitely precious to God.

By: Holly Lovitt
August 01 2015, 6:24 am | Comments 0

Prodigal Donkeys

Praise the Lord that He cares about all lost things!

By: Holly Lovitt
July 01 2015, 11:59 am | Comments 0

Deliver Us From Frustration

God works in amazing ways.

By: Holly Lovitt
May 01 2015, 1:02 pm | Comments 0

Changing Times

Kangaba is experiencing growing pains.

By: Holly Lovitt
April 01 2015, 4:07 pm | Comments 0

Gospel Memory Cards

We thanked God for giving us such an incredible resource.

By: Holly Lovitt
March 01 2015, 7:53 am | Comments 0

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