The Soninke live in compact villages along the Senegal River where it enters the western border of Mali. Due to the influence of 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.
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.
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 that God will give the small number of Soninke believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
* 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!
"Those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south." Psalm 107:3