Changes in Mali Concerning for Christians

Header image is a 2018 photo depicting VBCI infantry fighting vehicles in Mali. Photo credit: Think Defence / CC2.0 / Flickr.

This situation remains fluid and changes on the ground develop rapidly. We are collecting more information from ministry partners and will soon publish an updated report.

Mali (MNN) — Concern surrounds Christian radio workers in Mali following weekend developments. On Sunday, the military junta agreed to surrender Mali’s president and other leaders held captive after last week’s coup. In exchange, they want three years of military rule.

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As national leaders negotiate, TWR awaits word from in-country partners. “Frankly, we don’t have word about what’s going on in there right now,” TWR’s Lauren Libby says.

“We do know that programming is still going into those local FM stations [through] the internet. But, you never know when that’s going to stop.”

Right now, it looks like military control could be the next step in Mali’s rocky transition to civilian rule. “Mali is a real hotbed and has been for the last eight or nine years,” Libby notes. Instability struck Malian believers close to home in 2015.

“We work with several FM stations in the country. [In 2015], some of the staff came out one evening, and [there] was a drive-by shooting. [Some] of the staff went home to be with the Lord,” Libby recalls.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for continued internet service in Mali so TWR partners can receive programming to air on local stations.
  • Pray for stability in Mali, and ask the Lord to protect believers.
  • Ask the Lord to guide TWR leaders and in-country partners as they decide the best course of action.