Mamane’s Journey – An African Muslim Youth Learns of Christ

When all was quiet, she locked the front door, picked up a stout stick, and woke Mamane. With a steely, even voice, she said, “One of three things is going to happen tonight. Either I’ll kill you and have to go to prison on account of you, or I’ll leave home for good to avoid shame from my friends, or you’ll stop being a Christian and we’ll live in peace again!” She held the stick above her head and prepared to swing.

Torn between his desire to please his family and his belief in Christ, a Fulani youth has to make a choice. Does he understand the impact it will have on his relationships, his community, his future? Will he be able to hold on while others try to make him let go?

The story of Mamane is really a story about the love and power of God. It is about what can happen when people begin to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and respond to it by faith.

Based on a true story, Mamane’s Journey gives a first-hand perspective on the value of Christian missions today. Pencil sketches by Tabitha Eckert add cultural insight to Mamane’s unique world.


Sue Eckert and her husband Tim spent 15 fulfilling years among the Fulani people of Niger Republic with SIM. They and their seven children had the privilege of knowing and loving Mamane and his family. Although she used to protest when Mamane called her “Mama Sue” because it made her feel old, Sue now counts it as an honor. One of her happiest moments in Niger was listening to Ladday sing a song she composed herself in traditional Fulani style. The name of the song was “Fulani People, Let’s Go to Jesus.”