Kagoro People Group, Mali
HOW ARE WE INVOLVED?
We have been actively involved among the Kagoro people for many years now and have seen amazing miracles among these people, however the work is not done. Although we have witnessed the first baptisms among this people group along with planting a national pastor to shepherd new believers, there are many Kagoro who are still in need of hearing the Gospel.
WHO ARE THE KAGORO PEOPLE?
The Kagoro of Mali are located in the Kaarta-Bine and Gumbu regions in the central part of the country. They are a sub-group of the Mande and are closely related to the neighboring Bambara. Although the Kagoro speak their own native tongue, many also speak the more Common Bambara as a second language.
As the largest ethnic group in Mali, the Bambara are among the most powerful and influential groups in the country. They can be found in the middle valley of the Niger River. Two Bambara kingdoms, Segu and Karta, existed during the eighteenth century. Militant Muslims overthrew these kingdoms in the nineteenth century, but a few Bambara warlords continued resisting until the French arrived forty years later.
WHAT ARE THEIR BELIEFS?
|The belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena||The custom of venerating deceased ancestors who are considered still a part of the family and whose spirits are believed to have the power to intervene in the affairs of the living|
WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS?
Recently there has been political unrest in Mali which affects the entire country including the Kagoro. Also, the recent drought in Mali has caused serious problems for the Kagoro in their agricultural activities. As more schools add an emphasis on literacy there is a desperate need for Christian teachers who would find many opportunities of ministry in Mali. Prayer is the first step towards seeing the Kagoro reached with the Gospel and no longer being an unreached people group.