Mali

Yesu Ye Barato

Location: 

  • Mali, West Africa in the villages of Solo, Manantali and Sonfara

Main Activities: 

  • KANUYAH FM SOLLO RADIO PROJECT

    KanuYah FM Sollo (Kanu = love; Yah = Yahweh; Sollo = the village in which the radio was initially installed) was installed and put into operation on 20 September 2008. Its objectives are evangelism, culture and education. With regard to culture, we broadcast no item which is in contradiction with Christianity. Everyday we spend nine hours evangelizing in six languages, namely Mandingo, Bambara, Fulani, Bozo, French and English.

    More than 300 villages spread in a very mountainous area listen to KanuYah FM Sollo. It has helped people understand many things about Christianity; they readily accept Christians, love and respect them and treat them fairly in all areas of life; this is obvious to anyone who attends naming ceremonies, funerals, marriages and other social gatherings. Christians are no longer spoken of as ungodly people in the community and in sermons by imams and other Muslim leaders. People who used to turn off their radios when Christian programs began eventually started listening and many come to our radio station to get Christian songs and a few sermons copied on their telephone cards. Although Christians are still a minority, they no longer try to hide their faith and we know of only a few of them who still have problems with their families because of their faith. Muslims may still be the majority, but now most of them practice religion under pressure, not out of faith or conviction.

    Programs of KanuYah FM Sollo – 91.0 MHz

    5 am World Programs
    6 am Evangelism
    9 am World Programs
    1 pm Evangelism
    4 pm World Programs
    6 pm Evangelism
    9 pm World Programs
    1 am Signing off

    Note: ‘’World Programs’’ includes anything not related to evangelism, from world music to world news, various announcements, stories etc.

Purpose: 

  • To provide Christian resources to the people of Mali through radio and education

Interesting Facts:
The Mandingo words literally meaning ‘’Jesus’ team of workers.’’ The Yesu Ye Baraton Evangelical Project was started in 2007 in Sollo, a village of about 1 200 people in South-West Mali

Challenges:

  • Intense persecution of Christians 
  • Reaching new areas with radio station 

Dreams: 

  • We want to build a school to educate our regions young Christian leaders of tomorrow.
  • We have already started with acquiring all the necessary licensing and land. We have started with a limited number of Kindergarten pupils and Primary School pupils.
  • KINDERGARTEN – EXPECTED NUMBER OF CHILDREN : 100

    • Six classrooms
    • An office building
    • Toilets
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL – EXPECTED NUMBER OF PUPILS : 180

    • Six classrooms
    • An office building
    • Toilets
    • A library & computer roo
  • SECONDARY SCHOOL – EXPECTED NUMBER OF PUPILS : 180
    • Six classrooms
    • An office building
    • A library & computer room
    • A lecture hall
    • Toilets
  • HIGH SCHOOL – EXPECTED NUMBER OF STUDENTS : 360
    • Twelve classrooms, in accordance with Malian educational standards
    • An office building
    • A library & computer room
    • A lecture hall
    • Toilet

Needs: 

  • A radio transmitter 

  • A place to train leaders and teach the Bible 

  • Funds to roof at least 6 classrooms 

Prayer Requests: 

  • Prayer for Christians in Mali
  • Prayer for the return of peace in Mali
  • Prayer for the success of our evangelical project
  • Prayer for wisdom and leadership as Jesus wants us to be in all we do here in Mali
  • Prayer for my son Emmanuel Dembélé who is suffering from sickle cell disease
  • Prayer for my wife who is not yet strong in faith and is often under the influence of her Muslim relatives and friends.
  • Prayer for the young at heart Christians who struggle to stay strong because of the influence of their Muslim families and friends who continuously tries to change their believes by guilt, manipulation and intimidation
  • Prayers for all our teachers to teach biblical values by example and for their families
  • Prayers for continuous clear and strong Christian programs for our Radio Station
  • Prayers to bless the school, children, teachers, workers and leaders to walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

Contact Info: 

M’Bimba Dembélé
Directeur de la radio
KanuYah FM Sollo
Tel.: +223 76 49 76 82
+223 70 91 29 12
PB: 13 Manantali
Courriel: mbimbakelefa@gmail.com