Young Life began in Mali in 2009 and the Lord has worked in powerful ways. Despite political and religious challenges, Young Life in Mali has grown to reach over 16,700 kids in 2019, through 90 ministries and 10 national staff.
Mali is a large west African country with Islamic radical rebels controlling the northern, mostly desert regions, and relative peace in the southern region. After gaining its independence from France in 1960, Mali suffered droughts, rebellions, a coup and 23 years of military dictatorship until democratic elections in 1992. Among the 25 poorest countries in the world, Mali is a landlocked country that depends on gold mining and agricultural exports for revenue. With a population of over 20 million people, over 90% are Muslim and Christians make up less than 5% of the country. Half of the population is under the age of 18. French is the official national language, although there are 13 national languages spoken in Mali in addition to French.
Since beginning in 2009, Young Life Mali has reached over 16,000 kids. With 357 volunteer leaders, we have seen an answer to prayer for leader recruitment and engagement. Christianity is not widely accepted in Mali which makes ministry challenging. Yet, nearly 4,600 kids attend club each week to hear the truth of Jesus Christ. Over 1,000 of these kids have joined a small group Bible study and continue to grow in their faith, despite the inevitable the possible persecution they will face because of it.
These two kids representing YL Mali
A fun YL club in Mali
Girls at the YL Outreach Camp
We love YL!
|Avg. Kids at Clubs||1,000||2,937||2,525||4,690||4,904||
|Avg. Kids in Campaigners||300||592||442||983||1,215||
|Number of Ministries||16||37||46||66||85||
|Kids & Leaders to Camp||1,430||2,556||3,912||2,021||2,028||0||N/A|
Since Mali is an incredibly dangerous place to proclaim Christianity, we are so thankful for the staff and leaders who are faithful to His calling despite the danger. Over 4,500 kids, many of them Muslim, attend club each week to hear the truth of Jesus Christ. Over 1,000 of these kids have joined a small group Bible study and continue to grow in their faith, despite the inevitable danger and persecution they will face because of it.
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