People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Malian of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 14,530

ROP3 Code: 106177
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Malinke-Bambara
Language: French - (fra)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Mali

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 3,200

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 3,000

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, MD - 2,900

  Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD - 1,800

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 1,745

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Brief Profile

The Malian are a cluster of several people groups who originated from Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa.

The majority of Malian people have a high sense of national identity and often when asked who they are will answer as being from Mali or Malian. Exceptions do exist, as is the case of people who distinctly pride in being known as the Bambara, Jula, and Soninke people.

Many Malians practice of polygamy exists in Muslim countries and is still maintained in the Malian community.

Malians speak French as a first or second language. In addition, they also speak English, Bambara or other African languages.

The majority of Malian people adhere to Sunni Islam.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will send Christians to be friends with Malian people sharing Christ with them in both word and deed.
  • Pray God will work in the hearts and minds of Malian people via dreams and other miraculous means in order to understand and receive Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will create unrest in their hearts that leads to seeking out Christians for understanding and accepting the message of the Gospel.


Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.


Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Bible - French
The Biblica translation of the Bible for the French language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesBronxNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY3,200
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL3,000
United StatesTemple HillsWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaMD2,900
United StatesBaltimoreBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD1,800
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC1,745
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA1,100
CanadaOttawa-GatineauOttawa–GatineauON170



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