Profile: Segou, Mali
November 03, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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Profile: Segou, Mali
Ministry: Mission Saint Luc
Location: Segou, Mali
Director: Dr. Bourama Sidibe
Q&A with the Director
Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: Our ministry has five important components: Disciple-making, evangelism and discipleship; leadership trainings; church planting; health consultations and care in the clinic; and health education in the clinic, schools and community.
Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: The immense needs of the Gospel in Mali where the majority are Muslim. The heavy burden that I have in my heart for the holistic transformation of my own people who live in ignorance and blindness concerning the true living God. The opportunity that medecine offers as a tool to preach and teach the Gospel and to care for people in need. The rarity of vision in the area of indigenous mission in Mali. For many, Christians see mission as a matter for Americans or Europeans. Obedience to the call for ministry I received from God since 2002 in medical school. The privilege to be part of those who impact their generations by the Gospel of Christ Jesus.
Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: Tthere are some major tribal groups: Fulani, Bambara, Bozo, Somono, and the Djawando, who live alongside the Fulani people and speak the same language. The main religion is Islam. It represents more than 99 percent of the population. The main employment of the population is fishing, farming, trade and stock farming. The majority of the population is extremely poor and the young people like rural migration. Our region is in the middle of Mali. Every year there is a festival in Segou called Festival sur le Niger. The region is hot almost all throughout the year, but it is extremely hot in April, May and June.
Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: We witness about Christ by many ways. In the clinic we have as our approach: praying for patients; individual conversations with patients; the projection of "The Jesus Film" and other Christian films; and the distribution of audio materials. In the community it is by: the projection of "The Jesus Film" and some other Christian films; by making Discovery Bible Study groups; sharing Christian literature; and medical brigades. We show Christ by the way we care for patients and people in need with love and compassion.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: I enjoy the transformation of people who leave the darkness for the light in Christ Jesus with new perspectives in life through our efforts in evangelism and discipleship. I enjoy the new hope described by the joy on the face of those who were desperate because of their sufferings and burdens in life when they came to us for the first time. I enjoy the freedom and the sense of responsibility and the support given to me by Luke society in the exercise of my ministry.
Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: My vision for the future is to have a Christian hospital with appropriate equipment and qualified staff to effectively and holistically respond to the needs of the population. To build more disciples and more churches. To develop more leaders and more changes in communities in the area of health promotion.