The Dar Sila Initiative seeks to establish an indigenous, culturally sensitive, reproducing community of disciples in each of the main people groups in the Dar Sila region. We aim to help with the physical and spiritual needs of the population, building friendships by using many avenues.
We currently have three adults (one single woman and one family with two children) working in this initiative with four others on the way (two single women and one family with four children). We also work alongside the local evangelical church.
The Dar Sila Initiative seeks to establish an indigenous, culturally sensitive, reproducing community of disciples in each of the main people groups in the Dar Sila region.
In order to achieve this goal, we aim to help with the physical and spiritual needs of the population, building friendships by using avenues that may include programs for education, agriculture, technical training and healthcare.
A Quick Look At the Dar Sila Initiative
TEAM has launched a new ministry based in the town of Goz Beida, the political and economic center of the Dar Sila region. This region of close to 300,000 people in eastern Chad has three large language groups, including the predominant Daju, the Kajakse and Arab people, plus multiple smaller ones. There is also a significant refugee population from the Darfur region of Sudan that numbers between 50,000 and 100,000. All of these people groups are Muslim and unreached by the Good News.
Working in cooperation with the local evangelical church, we want to serve people in the Dar Sila region. The area is currently experiencing calm and peace for the first time in many years, and there is a greater openness in these areas of Chad to share the Good News than there has been in the past.
The immediate goals of the Dar Sila Initiative are to:
1. Build on the established presence in the town of Goz Beida.
2. Deepen and start new relationships with people so that there is a natural avenue to live out our faith.
3. With relationships being the core of what we do, implement ways to serve the people through programs that may include education, agriculture, technical training and healthcare.