Building a Bridge of Hope in Chad
Saving countless lives physically and spiritually.
Every year, 10-20 people tragically die by drowning in the Salamat river that swells and drains seasonally in Chad, Africa.
Children make the treacherous crossing daily to attend school, with many children unable to attend without a reliable, safe way to cross. Between 80-90% of Chad’s livestock passes through the Salamat (a minimum of 600,000 cattle per year). In recent years, nearly 2,000 cattle drowned crossing the river and a number of nomads as well.
The people who live along this river are mostly Muslim, with only 16% of Chad’s population Christian. In order to build spiritual bridges for the Gospel in Muslim majority countries, missionaries must build trust over time, demonstrating Christ’s love through holistic expressions.
For 20 years TEAM has engaged in community development in this region, focusing work on well drilling and preventative medical care within isolated, rural villages. Through trusting relationships the community has expressed their heartfelt need for a bridge that will provide safety and economic well-being for those living and traveling through Chad’s Salamat region.
Our overarching purpose is not only to meet physical needs but also to address the profound spiritual poverty in the region. By building this bridge we will also be establishing a strong foundation of trust with the Muslim people, opening doors for the Gospel. Together, our gifts of prayer, work, and finance (at any level) will build a pedestrian bridge that will serve as a monument signifying God’s love and care to this remote community for generations to come.