Soninke in Mali

Photo Source:  Link Up Africa 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Soninke
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,936,000
World Population: 3,021,200
Primary Language: Soninke
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.01 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Soninke
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Soninke live in compact villages along the Senegal River where it enters the western border of Mali. Due to the influence by a large nomadic tribe known as the Fulani, the Soninke have become farmers and herdsmen. The Soninke have one of the highest rates of labor migration in West Africa. Much of the male population is absent from the home doing migrant work, which often lasts from two to four years.

Ministry Obstacles

Among all the Soninke in Mali, there are only a few believers. Those who put their trust in Jesus are severely persecuted by Muslims; therefore, evangelism is difficult.

Outreach Ideas

Believers can reach the men while they are in migrant camps. The JESUS Film and GRN materials can be useful. Those who are spiritually open can join Bible studies and discipleship groups.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray that God will give the small number of Soninke believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Ask the Lord to send forth laborers into Mali to share Christ with the Soninke.
Pray that Christian broadcasts will soon be made available in their region.
Ask the Lord to bring forth a vigorous Soninke church for the glory of His name!

Text Source:   Keith Carey