It is difficult to imagine the hopeless, spiritual darkness of those individuals who have never heard of Jesus. When they are part of an unreached people group, not only have they not heard, but no one living around them has heard either—no one in their family, no one in their community and often, no one who speaks their language.
In the country of Chad, West Africa, there are 73 unreached people groups. These large tribes represent over 7 million unreached peoples—half the country’s population—who live each day in the spiritual shadows of Islam and spirit worship. They will only hear about Jesus if a believer goes to them. If Chad is to be reached for Christ, we need to send soul winners to the places where these 73 tribes live. But one major problem prevents us from doing that. There are simply not enough trained pastors and church planters to send.
I’m writing this article because we can help to meet this urgent need if we work together. Will you help train and send Spirit-filled soul winners to the 73 unreached people groups in Chad?
The average life expectancy in Chad is only 42 years for people in the southern half of the country, where most of the unreached tribes live, including the Kuka, Medogo, Bilala and others. That’s a very short lifespan in which to hear about Jesus. Time is running out for them. The key to reaching them for Christ is to train and send workers from the Bible school. However, the school is in jeopardy of closing due to financial issues. It is truly a miracle each semester when the school is able to open again and admit students.
Let me describe the situation in more detail. Our schools all over Africa almost always manage to operate with fewer comforts and amenities than we have in the States. But the conditions in Chad are worse than in most countries. Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half the population lives in poverty. The average salary in Chad is less than $3 per day—even less in the rural areas.
Most students are able to pay only a few dollars for tuition, which does not provide the income needed to sustain the school. The Chad AG churches wish they could support the school, but they do not have the resources either. None of the teachers at the Bible school receive a salary! My friend, John Walada, is one of only three teachers on the campus. He is a missionary sent and supported by the Togo Assemblies of God. The other two teachers are Chadian nationals who believe so strongly in training pastors to reach their country that they are willing to live 100 percent on faith, without a salary for their services. Miracles are needed on a regular basis!
“Every day we ask God to perform a miracle for the AG Bible Institute,” John told me recently. “That the school is open is God’s miracle, day after day. We will continue [to train leaders] despite the difficulty. We will never stop God’s work because of financial difficulty.” John, the other teachers at the Bible school, and the rest of the Chad Assemblies of God desperately want to take the gospel to Chad’s 73 unreached people groups. They know, as we do, that trained leaders are the hope for their country.
Given the urgent spiritual need and the desperate financial situation in Chad, we have designated the Bible school as a major project that needs our immediate attention. I come to you today to ask if you will send the most generous contribution you can to help us reach our goal of $19,000 to support the Chad Assemblies of God Bible Institute in Moundou. Remember, the Chad AG churches cannot afford to send their pastors to Bible school. Instead, the pastors must come for training, believing that God will provide. The teachers too are making immeasurable sacrifices.
You can be part of the miracle that the leadership and students at Chad Bible Institute depend on each day! God will use your gift to help sustain this school, train Spirit-filled leaders, and ultimately send soul winners to 73 unreached tribes in Chad. Thank you for blessing the nation of Chad through your giving. Please add Chad to your prayer list. Your intercessory prayer is critically needed.Give now