Soninke in Mali

Unreached of the Day  10/18/2021

Soninke in Mali

pronounced: suh-NING-kay

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.

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 gospel recordings can be useful. Those who are spiritually open can join Bible studies and discipleship groups.

Scripture Focus

But my (Paul’s) life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the good news about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24

Scripture Prayer

Pray that today’s people group would experience God’s wonderful grace and begin to tell others about Him.

Prayer Focus

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!



People Name Soninke
Pronunciation:suh-NING-kay
Country Mali
10/40 Window Yes
Population 1,735,000
World Population 2,746,100
Language Soninke
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image