World Horizons has a growing team working in Chad, a nation with more than 200 ethnic groups and 120 different languages and dialects. The north is dominated by the Sahara and occupied by Muslims, while the south is lush, tropical, and mainly occupied by Christians and animists. The nation has been ripped apart by civil war; unification and reconciliation are desperately needed. 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. Medical care and services are greatly lacking in this Central African nation, and with the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, Chad has the fifth highest death rate in the world.
A Muslim minority group, the Zaghawa, control the majority of the government, trade, and armed forces, but thankfully they support religious freedom within the nation. However, dissenting views are rare on broadcast media, as government control prevents Christians from holding airtime. Chad is one of the few Muslim nations that welcome mission workers, and many Muslims are craving to hear the Good News. However, in the past thirty years Islam has increased, as have concerns that religious freedoms may disappear.
Chad has more people groups living within its borders that have little or no access to the Gospel than any other African country. World Horizons’ team in Chad is committed to seeing Chadians coming to faith in Jesus through friendship evangelism initiatives and compassion ministries. They are also involved in the discipleship and training of local believers, equipping them to go and share their faith across the Central African region. We are looking for people who are flexible, committed and show perseverance and have a sense of humour. A willingness to learn French is essential.