Assoumane Mahamadou was holding down a good job as a nurse in a well-established hospital. People told him he’d be crazy to leave. But his conviction to open a new Christian medical clinic in Madaoua, Niger, was one led by faith.
God blessed that vision with the formation of a new ministry in 2012. Three years later he’s on the cusp of cutting the ribbon for a new clinic building across the street from the space he has been renting since starting the ministry. The ministry staff continues to grow as well.
Mahamadou has a nature of taking an idea and running with it. When the building he was renting wasn’t big enough, he expanded it with a maternity ward. He already had started work on a new clinic by the time the Luke Society started participating in his ministry.
Mahamadou also has other areas of ministry outside the clinic. He regularly preaches in the local congregations. He also does visits to the local prison to offer medical care and Bible study programs to inmates.
Nurse Assoumane Mahamadou’s enthusiasm is contagious. Not only does he live his life with vision, but he acts on that vision in faith. Though he has a quiet personality, Mahamadou is resolute about serving the Lord and people. He has methodically expanded services to the needy with little outside support. His dedication to ministry and desire to see it grow has led to exciting expansion opportunities.
Population: 18 million
Size: 1.3 million sq. km, or about twice the size of Texas.
Borders: Burkina Faso and Mali to the west; Algeria and Libya to the north; Chad to the east; Nigeria and Benin to the south.
Religious groups: Muslim, 80%; other, 20%
Primary language: French
Literacy (age 15+): 19.1%
Physician density: 0.02 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 63%
Life expectancy: 55.1 years
Infant mortality rate: 84 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Uranium ore, livestock, cowpeas, onions.
Climate: Desert; mostly hot, dry and dusty; tropical in the extreme south.
Terrain: Mostly desert plains and sand dunes; flat to rolling plains in the south; hills in the north.