Profile: Kayes, Mali

July 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM


(Join us as we take a closer look at each of our ministry partners from the viewpoints of the ministry directors. Three to four ministries will be profiled per month, so check back often to learn more about the Luke Society's 42 ministry partners.)

Profile: Kayes, Mali




Ministry: Bethesda Health Center
 Kayes, Mali
Director: Indielou Dougnon
Established: 2001
Employees: 13



Q&A with the Director

Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: To provide quality health care in the name of Jesus; to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to the sick; evangelism and church planting; vaccinating children to age 5 and women of childbearing age.

Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: The lack of Christian medical staff in my area of service. We are the only Christian organization in more than 42 villages and more than 100 Fulani and Moorish hamlets. This is a heavily Islamized zone and people have not been introduced to the Gospel.

Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: Aite is located north of the Kayes region and not far from the Mauritanian border. The climate is Saherian. The population is Muslim — almost 99.99 percent with less than 10 Christians in the whole area. The economy is based on agriculture and livestock. Because of the drought, the vast majority of young people go into exodus to support their families in the country.

Tribal groups: Soninke are the majority and are indigenous; the Fulani are the breeders and mostly came from Mauritania as refugees 20 years ago; the black Moors, who are a minority, live in the hamlets. They are strongly Islamized and hostile to the Gospel.

Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: We are the only Christian organization and the only denominational health center in the area. We share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ with the sick. We share the Gospel and pray for the sick in the name of Jesus.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: To come to the aid of the most needy with love and compassion in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: My vision is to come to the aid of the needy. They are very remote and landlocked because of the bad state of the road. They are poor and need primary care.



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