Bambara of Mali

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Bambara of Mali

The Bambara are the largest and most dominant group in Mali. During the 1700s, there were two Bambara kingdoms: Segu and Karta. In the 1800s, aggressive Muslim groups overthrew these kingdoms, leaving only a few anti-Muslim Bambara to oppose their occupation. But today, the Bambara are majority Muslim. However, many people still follow their traditional beliefs in ancestor worship. The Bambara believe that the ancestral spirits may take on the forms of animals or even vegetables.

Ministry Obstacles

Mali is not very hospitable to Christian workers, so creative means of access is helpful.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to build bridges of trust and friendship with the Bambara, helping them with physical and material needs.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Bambara, that they will live holy lives and be a shining testimony of the Lord's goodness to their own people.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Bambara tribe may be able to care adequately for their families, as they live in a harsh environment.

Scripture Focus

"The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18

People Name: Bambara
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,247,000
World Population: 5,560,000
Language: Bamanankan
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image