Chad is an ethnically diverse country in central Africa with an estimated population of 15 million people—made up of 141 unique people groups. Geographically it is divided into three distinct zones, the Sahara Desert in the north, the Sahelian belt through its center, and the Sudanian Savanna in the south.
Chad is rated in the top tier of poorest countries in the world. Statistics show that 47% of Chad’s population live below the poverty line. The United Nations Human Development Index ranks Chad as 186 of 195 countries in the world due to multiple factors—including a high infant mortality rate (10%), a low life expectancy (51 years), minimal access to safe drinking water (51%) and a low literacy rate (41%).
Of the 141 people groups in Chad, 75 are considered unreached, all of them are Muslim. The majority of these people groups live in a context where they have little or no contact with the Gospel.
The Lutheran Brethren first sent missionaries to Chad in 1918. By God’s Grace, and through the faithful service of those called to go and those called to send, the Gospel was proclaimed, people came to faith in Jesus Christ, and a sister church was born. We praise God for the Lutheran Brethren Church of Chad. It is composed of believers from 15 different ethnic groups, all of them from animistic backgrounds, and together they function as a synod of over 900 congregations.
In recent years, LBIM has been transitioning—though still playing an active role in the support of our sister church—we are now partnering with her to form multinational teams to bring the Gospel to the many remaining unreached people groups in Chad.
Our CLB/LBIM plan is to place missionary teams in at least three of these unreached people groups over the next five to seven years to plant culturally appropriate, biblically grounded churches that will in turn make disciples in their own communities and beyond.
Our missionaries live in community with these unreached peoples, sharing their lives and sharing the Gospel message. We minister holistically and contextually—meeting both physical and spiritual needs—in relevant and tangible ways. Our missionaries proclaim the Gospel in both word and deed, and through our ‘Living Waters’ ministry we install water wells in needy communities and maintain an ongoing commitment to evangelistic ministry among them.
We are excited to see those responding to this call, and continue to pray the Lord of the harvest to raise up and send people with various skills and gifts to be used for God’s glory in the nation of Chad.
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 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, 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 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.
- Nathanael, September 24
- Carrie, April 27
- Selma, Feb 11
- Cyril, May 14
- Adelynn, April 23
- Talitha, September 14
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 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