Young Life Mali

Reaching the young people of Mali

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 85 ministries and nine national staff.

16,713 teens
reached in Mali and counting…


  • Population: 19,662,463
  • Main languages: French
  • Kids reached by YLA: 16,713

Mali Summary

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 14.8 million people, 95% are Muslim, and Christians make up only 2% of the country. French is the official national language, although there are 13 national languages in addition to French that are spoken there.

Since beginning in 2009, Young Life Mali has reached over 16,000 kids. With 188 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, over 4,900 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.

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Growth (2019)
Kids Reached 8,120 12,018 7,512 12,424 16,713 35%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 1,000 2,937 2,525 4,690 4,904 5%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 300 592 442 983 1,215 24%
Number of Ministries 16 37 46 66 85 29%
National Staff 4 5 8 8 9 13%
DGL 0 2 2 2 4 100%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 1,430 2,556 3,912 N/A N/A N/A

Our ministries

Mali is an incredibly dangerous place to proclaim Christianity, and we are so thankful for the staff and leaders who are faithful to His calling despite the danger. Almost 5,000 kids attend club a week to hear the truth of Jesus Christ, many of them Muslim. 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.

We are involved in the following city towns and villages in Mali: Bamako North, Bamako Middle, Bamako North. Selingue, Segou, Djene, Sevaré, Mopti, Bandiagara, Koro, Douna, Koporopen, Bara, Kayes, Didiéni, Kolokani, Sikasso, Koutiala. We have more than 66 ministries in those places. Praise the Lord for the new ministries that are starting in Kayes, Diéma, Kolokani and Didiéni.

Prayer Opportunities

Pray for more female leaders engaged in the ministry.

Pray for the growth of volunteer leaders, team leaders and staff.

Pray for our clubs, camping season, program leaders and kids.

Pray for new areas to be reached in our ministry map.

Pray for DGL students Ruti, Mark, David, Aissata, Jean and Astan.

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