Chad is a landlocked country just south of and including part of the Sahara Desert with an estimated population of 8 million. Economically and politically, Chad is among the poorest nations in the world and has a history of internal strife.
The people of Chad face frequent shortages of food and difficulty in finding water during the dry season, which lasts from November through April. Social concerns include the difficulty of getting an education and finding a job other than subsistence farming. Diseases, especially malaria, are frequent; and for many outside of the cities, treatment is hard to find or beyond their means.
Our LB Church in Chad is composed of people from 15 different ethnic groups of animistic backgrounds, who function well together in a Synod of over 700 congregations.
Our CLB/LBIM plan is to place missionary teams to plant culturally relevant, indigenous and reproducing churches among at least five of these unreached people groups. In the next five to seven years, we are praying the Lord of the harvest to send out people of various skills and gifts to accomplish this task. We are pleased that God has called several families to be a part of this vision for ministry among the people of Chad. We are partnering with our sister Chadian LB Church to form multinational teams.
Chad at a Glance
- Area: 1,284,000 sq. km.; desert in the north, dry grassland in the center; and brush in the south.
- Population (2012): 11,900,000
- Languages: 141
- Official Languages: French, Arabic
- Literacy: 14%
- Christian: 27.78%
- Bible Translations: 9 Bibles, 18 NT
- Missionaries To Chad: 295 in 23 agencies from 23 countries
- Note: Chad has more totally unreached peoples than any other African country: 72
data: Operation World (21st edition), Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk, 2001
LB in Chad
- Ministry Area: Central and Southern Chad
- First LBIM missionary to Chad: Left the States in 1918
- Languages: 12
- Church Statistics: 653 congregations, 300 additional meeting places, 124 pastors, 886 lay pastors, 101,737 average Sunday attendance
- Schools: 1 Seminary, 11 Regional Bible Schools
- Missionary Involvement: Church Planting, Evangelization, Church Leadership Training
- Bible Translations:
- 5 Bibles (Moundang, Fulfulde, Musey, Masana, Tupurri)
- 4 NTs (Musgum, Peve, Gidar, Zime)
- 1 NT in preparation (Kera)
Danny and Mandy
Danny and Mandy and their boys are currently living at the Lutheran Welcome Center. Their focus over the coming year is learning the language of the unreached people among whom they will be living and ministering. Pray with them as they seek the Lord’s will as to the location of where they will settle into full-time ministry. They have been with LBIM since 2013.
- Danny, February 23
- Mandy, December 12
- Zeke, June 24
- Theo, August 3
- Jonah, February 25
- Samuel, April 2
- Moses, April 28
Jeremy and Sallee
Jeremy and Sallee, along with their daughters, serve as administrators of the Lutheran Welcome Center, a guest house and conference facility designed to provide a place of rest, renewal and gathering for missionaries in Chad. They became part of the LBIM team in June 2015.
- Jeremy, July 30
- Sallee, June 23
- Olivia, November 12
- Abigail, March 6
Nathanael and Carrie
Nathanael and Carrie and their family are living in a village in Chad among an unreached people group. They continue to study the language as they settle into their home and learn to live, garden and build relationships with their new friends. They have been with LBIM since 2012. They are currently on a one-year home assignment in the States.
- Nathanael, September 24
- Carrie, April 27
- Selma, Feb 11
- Cyril, May 14
- Adelynn, April 23
- Talitha, September 14
Paul and Teresa
Paul and Teresa and their boys are living in a new mission community. There they hope to partner with Chadian families in a new education ministry and witness to Christ and his kingdom. Pray for them as they continue to build relationships and learn a new culture and work. They have been with LBIM since 1997.
- Paul, January 13
- Teresa, April 19
- Titus, May 10
- Micah, September 12
Dave and Sonja
Dave and Sonja and their children are in the process of preparing for service as missionaries among an unreached people group of Chad. They will spend the next year in Albertville, France, where they will study the French language before heading to Chad.
- Dave, April 9
- Sonja, January 10
- Nate, July 1
- Eva, June 15
- Boeden, June 1
- Ivan, December 28