The Chicken Farm — Where the Church Began in Mali

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There is a chicken farm in the village of Mountougoula, about 1.5 hours from Bamako where some very important things happened.   It was in this place that Elder Bednar, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, came to organize the first Branch in Mali.  I think Heavenly Father picked a good place to begin His work here in Mali.  It’s not too different than a stable with animals long ago, or a grove of trees or a mountain top.

23 May 2017  Elder Bednar visits with the members.

3 June 2017 Authorization was given to create the first Branch.

9 July 2017  The Bamako Branch was created and the Farako Group  (at the chicken farm) was organized.

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23 May 2017 Sabbath Meeting with Elder Bednar
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23 May 2017 Sabbath Meeting with Elder Bednar
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Bamako Branch Organized by Elder Vinson 9 July 2017
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John and I attended church here at the chicken farm 17 November 2018.

Here is this building today:

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The Mountougoula Group now meets in a quiet rented building about 25 minutes from here.  But this is where it all started.

This was the first baptismal font in Mali:

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First baptismal font at the chicken farm. Photo taken Jan 2020.
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Baptism held at the chicken farm on 17 November 2018. These new members were baptized in the wooden font.

Today we came to Mountougoula so Pres Sekou and Elder Lewis could conduct some tithing settlements here.   We spent the day here and they were able to meet with 5 of the members.

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(Missing a photo of Issiaka Ouattara.)

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Elder Ikpeti and Elder Sulu also came, along with Frere Mbaya.

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While the interviews were taking place, the Elders and I visited with members of the four families living at the chicken farm now.  It was a peaceful day and I enjoyed it very much.

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This is my friend, Oumou.  She has completed a law degree!  Her husband Barai works here at the farm.  She taught me how to help her clean this calabash of rice.  We sat together for a couple of hours picking out the chaff and little rocks.

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Gathering firewood:

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The women brought us some food:

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There is Always laundry to do!

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I gave the Elders a tour of the farm and told them the history of what had happened here.

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Here are the chickens!

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Once a day all the eggs are collected.  When the 3 young boys came to gather the eggs, I stayed to help.  It was better than Easter morning!  The eggs are beautiful, big and many are still warm.  We put the eggs into the plastic trays.

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Today we gathered all of these beautiful eggs!  108 flats!

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Next they are transported to Bamako, over bumpy dirt roads.

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I bought a flat to bring home!  1,750 cfa = $3.00.

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And that was how we spent this interesting day in this historic place.  I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Author: Ann Laemmlen Lewis

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