Area: 1,284,000 sq km
Desert in the north, dry grassland in centre, thick bush in the south. The sea is 1,000 km distant.
Population: 11,506,130 Annual Growth: 2.81%
Official language: French (only spoken by the educated), Arabic (perhaps 30% of Arabic speakers are fluent) Languages: 133 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The need for a stable and just government is as urgent as ever. The current regime is noted for violence, corruption (Chad frequently picks up the dubious honour of being the worlds most corrupt nation) and tribalism, heavily favouring the Zaghawa. The complex patchwork of tribes, and the ethnic and religious fault lines between north and south, make stability hard to attain. The constant threat from bandits and rebel groups from within Chad and from Darfur further destabilizes the situation and hinders both socio-economic progress and Christian ministry. Pray for a government that is representative of both north and south, honest and committed to the betterment of all of its citizens.
Christian specialized ministries:
a) Bible translation and literacy programmes. Pray for rapid progress and for Chadian believers called to these ministries. The Chadian organization ATALTRAB (WBT) is assuming a greater share of the remaining work as well as giving literacy training to Christian peoples who have Bibles but do not use them (many Christians are illiterate). There are 22 Scripture translation projects currently active. The whole Bible is available in only 12 of Chads 120-plus languages. The NT in Chadian Arabic (Chads most widely used language) is nearing completion, and OT work is well underway. Pray for the ministry of the large WBT team, The Bible Society (particularly distribution) and for the key contributions of WEC, AIM, TEAM and others.
b) The JESUS film, widely used in Arabic, is also available in 11 other languages. The Chadian Arabic version is well received.
c) GRN has prepared Christian audio resources in 104 languages and dialects, working from a base in Northern Cameroon. Many more recordings and languages are planned. Audio Scripture Ministries, Faith Comes By Hearing and Megavoice also contribute to this vital work, made all the more strategic by the oral culture and low literacy rates. Pray that these recordings may be widely and effectively used.
d) Storying. The transmission of biblical truth through the development of series of stories (and occasionally songs or poems) is culturally appropriate and being greeted with great enthusiasm by several peoples and language groups.
e) Radio is the medium of choice in Chad. Local Christian radio run entirely by nationals is very well received in the capital. Pray for an expansion into other locations. Pray for more materials and contributors, especially for programmes in the languages of the unreached. Pray also for finances; at this early stage, the projects run on the tiniest of budgets. TV beamed from abroad may become the primary medium of the future, but as of now, radio still retains primacy.
f) Medical ministry is vital in Chad both a huge opportunity and a challenge. From primary healthcare for the poor and refugees, to raising awareness and care related to HIV/AIDS, to Christian-run hospitals, the opportunities to be a blessing and a witness to the peoples of Chad, although very difficult, must be taken up, both by expat and by national believers.
For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Chad.