Our partner ministry’s vision is to establish new churches in people groups unreached by the gospel, primarily among the well known desert nomadic Tuareg people.
TNT (Tahanint N’Massinag E Tinbuktu, which means "Merciful Grace of God for Timbuktu" in Tamasheq) encourages new believers, helping them become rooted spiritually, socially, and economically in this difficult environment.
TNT’s vision is to establish churches among the tribal groups living in the “Belt of Misery,” the extremely impoverished camps on the outskirts of Timbuktu. It is the only government-recognized Christian humanitarian outreach in the city.
TNT serves the community through holistic witness: starting schools for poor children, developing water projects, establishing medical clinics and providing vocational training for men and women.
‘Elijah House’, TNT’s centre for poor children - some of whom live on the streets - provides meals, tutoring and an opportunity to learn about Jesus.
Our partners also take practical help such as clothing and clean water to the nomadic Tuareg in their desert encampments.
These projects help many who are spiritually and physically impoverished, and demonstrate - in word and deed - the love and compassion of God for Mali and its people.
Opening Our Eyes on Life
The touch of Christian ministry in this context is demontrated by the account of 30-year-old Mohammed.
"We used to be nomads," he recalls, "but because of successive droughts we lost all our animals. There were days when my family did not have even one daily meal.
"One day, I visited my cousin. I saw him absolutely transformed. He was a tailor and his wife was selling donuts in the streets. They ate easily and were far more at peace than us. He told me, 'If you want to have mercy, real help, and know the truth on everything, go to the Christians. They have a center that will open your eyes on life.'
"Today, I am a graduate of that center. I know how to read and write and make clothes, and I received Jesus as my Saviour. Thank you so much to all who contributed toward such blessings for the poor."
Nouh Ag Infa Yattara grew up in a staunch Muslim home in Timbuktu. In third grade, one of Nouh’s friends showed him a pen that he had received from local missionaries for memorizing Scripture.
Nouh too wanted a pen that didn’t leak. His contact with the missionaries eventually led to his conversion. When his father learned of this, he disowned Nouh and his mother tried to poison him. Nouh’s baby brother drank the milk and remains crippled in one leg to this day.
Despite many obstacles, he has served the Lord for more than 20 years, pastoring the church in Timbuktu and later founding TNT.
Nouh is married to Fati and has three sons.
(Click on the links to see details of the projects of this ministry partner)
121008 - Elijah Youth Centre
121009 - Vocational Training for Men