ChristianHub Praying for Africa

Chad | Month 10

Prayer Points

  • Former President Déby had been in charge of Chad from 1991 until he was killed in 2021. His rule was filled with corruption, cronyism, and tribalism. With his death, the government was dissolved and a military council (led by Déby’s son) took control, with promises of a future election. Conflict between the Muslim north and the more Christian south persists. Rebels and bandits plague the nation from inside Chad but also from Darfur, C.A.R., Nigeria, and Cameroon. Economic growth, human development, and Christian ministry are all held back by these factors, and Chad remains one of the world’s poorest nations. Pray for a new government that will lead with integrity, transparency, justice, and balanced concern for all of Chad’s regions and peoples.
  • Many Muslims have heard the good news! New groups of believers from Muslim backgrounds have emerged. Bible storytelling and Chadian Arabic Christian radio help spread the gospel in culturally relevant ways. Violence in nearby Darfur at the hands of other Muslims caused some to question Islam, and left them open to the loving ministry and witness of Christians. Still, Islam grows in numbers, and in financial and social influence. Pray that Christians will learn to reach out to the Muslims around them.
  • The least-evangelised. There are more unreached peoples in Chad than in any other African country. A number of agencies, cooperating admirably, are making progress with previously unreached peoples. The major people-cluster challenges:
    • The Saharan peoples (all Sunni Muslims) are politically dominant. They live predominantly in the northern deserts, Tibesti Mountains, northern shores of Lake Chad and the larger towns. Efforts by TEAM and one or two others to reach them are still in the early stages of progress. Only a handful of Christians are known in these groups, who are among Africa’s least evangelised.
    • The Guera-Naba cluster live between N’Djamena and the Guera Mountains and are almost entirely Muslim. They include the Bilala, Kuka and Medogo – collectively known to some as the Lisi. There are some agencies beginning work among them.
    • The 21 smaller people groups from the Chadic cluster. They are concentrated in the Guera Mountains. Rapid Islamization is occurring (although they also retain much of their animism). The Evangelical Assemblies (AET) are the main church in this area. Some peoples related to these 21 groups are solidly Christian, and they have a force of 40-plus village evangelists and local missionaries. WBT is involved in several translation projects among these peoples.
    • The Sara-Bagirmi. The Barma (linguistically closely related to the Bilala) were pioneered by WEC, the Lutheran Brethren and AIM, but there are only a handful of known believers. To their east, along the Chari River, live a medley of smaller people groups; some have been pioneer evangelized by EET-AIM, but much work remains to be done.
    • The Shuwa Arabs. Some are urbanised, some rural and some nomadic or semi-nomadic. They are influential in Chad; theirs is the main language of communication in the country. Little outreach is directed specifically toward them; WEC is attempting to make some beginnings.
    • The Adamawa Fulbe and the nomadic Mbororo Fulbe are responding to the gospel in the south, but much more needs to be done.
    • N’Djamena, the only city in the country and the nation’s focal point. The city and outlying areas account for around one million people. Most of Chad’s ethnic groups can be found – and evangelized – here. There are a host of congregations in N’Djamena, most focusing on their own ethnicity. There are also several French-language, multi-ethnic churches. AMI has a work among street children, and the IMB and others have a well-regarded study and culture centre that serves as a platform for a variety of ministries. Pray for missionaries working in N’Djamena and for others to be called. Pray also for the thousands of Christians in N’Djamena – for their effective witness and for the calling of some to cross-cultural outreach.
    • Refugees from Darfur number up to 250,000. Most are from the Ouaddai-Fur peoples, many of whom are disillusioned with Islam. Their situation will likely persist for some years to come and presents an unprecedented opportunity for many to know Christ.