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Mali’s First Sister Missionary Hoping to Make a Big Difference

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On June 6, Sister Habiba Yakouba Outarra made history when she began her missionary training at the Ghana Missionary Training Center. She is the first sister missionary and only the second missionary ever called from her home country of Mali, in West Africa. 

There are only 132 members of the church in Mali. For many of them it takes a lot of sacrifice to make it to church each week. Sister Ouattara told the Africa Newsroom that, “Sometimes it takes members three or four taxi rides and many hours to get to the church building,” but she added that “many people are still faithful in attending.”

In 2017, Sister Outtara and her mother and younger sister were baptized, becoming the first family to be baptized in Mali. In order to be baptized they had to travel 40 hours on a bus each way to Accra Ghana.

A lot has happened since then and she is now blessed to be serving as a missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thanks to the support of family, branch members and her friends outside of the church.

You can read more about Sister Outtara’s journey to becoming the first missionary from Mali here.

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Kaitlyn Hall
Kaitlyn Hall
Kaitlyn is a student at Utah Valley University, where she is studying Public Relations. She served her mission in San Diego California and Chile. Kaitlyn loves sports, country music, being in the mountains and eating chocolate chip cookies.

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