The Time Is Now
In Chad, we have a wide open door to serve Christ in a Muslim environment. Christian missions are welcome and are able to work openly. We have many opportunities to serve people in Jesus’ name, through urban outreach, teaching English, working with students, helping the poor, using the media and much more. We work with several unreached peoples in the north. Chad has the rare distinction of being a place where you can work with Arabs on a missionary visa. There are so many unreached peoples here and, for the moment, a great freedom to work.
Estimates of the population vary from 10 to 12 million. The number of ethnic groups varies from 120-200, depending on definitions used. Population density is much greater in the South and diminishes as you go North.
French and Arabic are official languages. In practice, the language usually needed to speak to officials is French. The language of everyday life in much of the country is Chadian Arabic (also called Shuwa). There are at least 120 local languages.
These are a few snippets from what workers have written
“I met “Jose” in the city. He heard some of our gospel tapes. He said that in 1971 an illiterate Muslim farmer in his village experienced Jesus as a great light descended on him. To this day that old man still preaches that Jesus is the only way. A group of Jesus-followers has formed that continues to meet weekly in the village. Jose was thrilled when he heard the messages on the tapes in June which correlate with the messages God revealed to them. Are these Jesus-followers true believers? I pray the Scripture portions in their language that we’re putting in their hands will help them become founded and mature. Could it be that God is using our prayers to plant a biblical church in their village?”
“The Disabled – I continue telling the OT stories each weekend to the disabled men, women and a few children. At end of Jan. I gave a sample prayer to receive JC. Since then one fellow, “Saul”, told me he wanted to talk with me one day if I had time. Later when we talked, he told me how he’s taking these stories to heart.”
“Pray for “Hal”. Yesterday I went to his home to visit. He eagerly listened as I re-told the Creation and Fall, etc. When finished I asked if I could pray for him. After the Amen, he asked me if he too could pray! And he prayed that God would show him more light.”
“A seeker “Charlie” came by several times. We are reading and discussing the book of Matthew together. You should have seen the look of amazement and joy on his face when he heard the Jesus film in his mother tongue!”