One of the most unreached people groups in the world — and eight others — has suddenly been made reachable. And you’ve probably never heard of the place these people call home. The Setting Traditionally closed-off and isolated, Dar Sila, Chad, was forced to open its doors when civil war broke out in neighboring Sudan. Suddenly, the region was flooded with a mass of Sudanese refugees trying to escape the atrocities of war, as well as well-meaning aid workers. But most aid organizations only helped the refugees, while the host population watched their already-sparse supply of natural resources dwindle. The…Read More
The people of Dar Sila, Chad, lack doctors, schools and basic infrastructure. So, when their region was hit by wave of Sudanese refugees, they didn’t have much to offer. Over a decade later, short-term aid workers are coming to help refugees, but few offer relief to the local people — who are also struggling to get by. On top that, this region is 99 percent Muslim, which means they have no one to hear their prayers. But right now, Dar Sila is experiencing peace for the first time in many years, which is creating openness to the Good News and…Read More
“Come, follow Me, and I will make you killers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) No, that isn’t an excerpt from a new zombie-themed version of the Bible. But it was — ever so briefly — part of a (unpublished) Kwong translation of the Book of Matthew. “They don’t have a particular word for ‘fishing’ in [Kwong], so they just say, ‘I’m going to go kill fish,’” explains Mark Vanderkooi, a TEAM missionary to the Kwong people of Chad. In over 25 years of translation work, Mark and his wife, Diane, have repeatedly learned that creating a literal Bible translation is much…Read More
Video Transcript: Scott Downing has been drilling wells in southeastern Chad for over three years. He works with local Muslim men to find safe sources of drinking water. It improves the villagers’ health. And it shows the love of Jesus. Scott says, “I’ll probably say it a number of times, but it’s really just a tool for us to be with people. So we don’t want it to be all-consuming, and the equipment be so cumbersome that it drives our ministry. We just want to use it as a tool to be with people. “We call it ‘mat time.’ We’re…Read More
Why would you learn to read in your own language when you could learn French or Arabic instead? For generations in Chad, the answer has been that you wouldn’t. Schools push their students toward success by teaching all classes in Arabic or French. Local languages are used for conversations in the village. But when a neighbor girl asked Rivers Camp for help with her homework, the TEAM missionary quickly saw that the plan for success was failing. When Rivers asked the girl to read a French sentence she’d written in her notebook, “she read beautifully,” Rivers says. “The problem was,…Read More
Naomi Duff and TEAM missionary Anne Hoyt are reaching out to women in Chad’s sex industry and helping them realize their true worth as daughters of God. Today, Naomi shares some insight into what they do and how the Vulnerable Women Initiative in Chad is helping these women find hope, healing and purpose through Christ. It’s the third day that Rita is in labor. I rush her from the hospital to a specialized mother and child unit. N’Djamena traffic is at its worst at 7:30 a.m., so we crawl along, but every bump in the road produces a gasp of pain from…Read More
Water. We swim in it, drink it, cook with it – and for the pure joy of it we turn on the sprinkler and run through it. A lack of clean water can have huge implications for a community – and they go way beyond thirst. The lack of sanitation cuts lives short and the trek to collect water can steal a person’s most productive hours – keeping generations ill, undereducated, and impoverished. The answer, it would seem, is to access the water that is already there: drill a well. While well drilling projects are becoming popular and are transforming…Read More
Massive. Diverse. Ready. The country of Chad is often called the last frontier of Africa. Landlocked in the northern region of Central Africa, Chad faces many challenges, but the opportunities for outreach and community development are immeasurable. The country encompasses over 130 ethnic groups – each with its own language, culture, and need to hear the gospel in unique way. By building deep, long-term relationships, TEAM missionaries are transforming lives and growing the church in Chad through programs for education, agriculture, clean water, healthcare, social justice and more.
Chad is one of the poorest, most troubled countries on the continent of Africa. This challenging and diverse country also presents one of the greatest opportunities for outreach. You can make a difference right now, right where you are. We encourage you to pray for Chad and the TEAM missionaries who are sharing the love of Jesus to this predominately Muslim nation. Pray also for more “people of peace” – men and women who are open and accepting of the ministry efforts of TEAM missionaries.
Want to know more about Chad? Visit chad.team.org, or download a copy of the latest Horizons magazine which features inspiring stories about what God is doing in Chad!
Imagine that you and your family’s native language is English — in fact, it’s the only language you speak. It’s the only language spoken in your entire neighborhood, the neighborhood you grew up in and your parents grew up in before you. It’s the beginning of the school year, and you drop your child off at your local public elementary for her first day of school. All the signs welcoming her are in Japanese. So is all the class instruction. Everything, in fact, is in Japanese. As she learns about colors and exotic animals in other parts of the world,…Read More