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The Global Prayer Digest is a daily devotional encouraging prayer for Unreached Peoples. A ministry of Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission), this devotional is available as a daily subscription from the GPD website (see link above).
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(This story illustrates aspects of the lives of this people group.)
Ayo (age 11), and his sister, Sabah (age seven) were hot, hungry, and tired. Their responsibility was to lead the family’s herd of goats to a distant source of water since the source close to their fields was dry.
Child labor is common in Chad, and the Bua people are sadly part of this circumstance. It is reported that school attendance of children aged five to fourteen is 39 percent, and 53 percent are working children.
Though some are farmers in south-central Chad most Bua people are nomads who herd cattle, sheep, and other livestock.
Bua people need to improve the quality of their life skills, educational opportunities, and medical care. They desperately need disciples of the Lord Jesus to come to their side with needed help.
They were forced to become Muslims about 200 years ago. Most are now animists with some following folk (i.e., animism tainted) Islam. It is difficult to imagine the confusion and fear that these dear people for whom Christ died must live under! They need their own Bible translation, because they do not understand any of Chad’s Arabic dialects very well, and they speak their own Bua language.
Pray that in spite of their nomadic lifestyle, they will be found easily by those sent to tell them the gospel. Pray for development of auditory and visual Bible resources that are understandable to the Bua people.
Heb 2:18, NLT
Since He Himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.
Pray that the strength the Bua people gain from their nomadic lifestyle will be used by God to help strengthen others when they become part of His family.
(This story illustrates truths about this people group.)
Kaia sat nursing her baby, Chidike, enjoying the beautiful sunset. She remembered when his father named the baby, “Strength of the spirits.” He said, “May our son live up to his name all of his days.” She smiled at the child and tried to imagine him having the strength of the powerful spirits.
Fagnia people live in isolation on the savannah plains north of the wide Chari River. They are very proud of their identity, and they are known for their hunting skills. They are said to be related to the Bua people who live on the other side of the river.
There was a time when wild animals were so plentiful, one could almost catch them with bare hands. Currently in order to survive dangers posed by armed militias, the Fagnia people are forced to resort to farming millet and raising chickens in less secluded areas.
Almighty God has given mothers a special connection from their hearts to His heart. Perhaps He will speak to Fagnia children through their mothers to raise up a “David” among them to lead this people group into God’s truth. At present, no churches or Bible resources exist in the language of the Fagnia people.
Pray urgently that workers will soon bring God’s word to the Fagnia people. Pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to Fagnia mothers, who can teach their children about their heavenly father.
Is 49:15, NLT
Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? Even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
Pray for the Fagnia people to understand that God loves each one of them even more than they love their own children.
Imagine what it would be like to live in an increasingly arid place where your ability to grow necessary food is becoming more difficult. For comfort and help you can only call upon false gods and demonic spirits. What would you do?
This is the circumstance of the Bulgeda people of Chad. They are farmers and herders, living on the edge of existence as the Sahel Desert continues to creep into their homeland like a stalking animal. Where will they go?
They have no comfort in their spiritual lives, fraught with fearful animistic spirits, witchdoctors, and Allah, a distant, impersonal god. What must it be like to fear and serve these gods? Where is hope?
No Bible resources exist in the language of the Bulgeda people. How will they be reached with the good news that the Almighty God has made loving provision for them by paying the full penalty for their sins? Who will tell them? The needs of these people are many, as are the opportunities to help in practical ways, earning the privilege to speak God’s truth to them.
Pray for workers with the right skills to go to the Bulgeda people and show them the lovingkindness of the One True God. Pray that through the teachings of Christ they will gain hope and strength to accept their many trials.
Col 1:4-5a, NLT
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven.
Pray for the Bulgeda people to hear the word of the Lord and take comfort in being part of His family!
What would it be like to have your life totally dependent on erratic rainfall? This sad situation applies to the Jaya people of the land-locked African nation of Chad. Chad lies a 1000 miles away from the nearest ocean. That fact makes trade with other nations challenging. They have to depend on going through international borders and having good relations with these countries.
The severe droughts of the 1970s and 1980s make the hard lives of the Jaya people even more difficult. They try to grow grains like millet and raise some livestock. They are subsistence farmers like 80 percent of the rest of the country. As Sunni Muslims, they do not eat pork. No Bible portions exist in their Jaya language. Only a little over 50 percent can read and write. Without the blessings of modern medicine or access to clean water, the average lifespan of the Jaya people is less than 50 years of age.
Pray for the Lord to shower the Jaya people with His mercy and blessings for their physical needs. Pray that the Lord will thrust out workers to help the Jayas with their spiritual and physical needs. Pray that the tiny group of Jaya followers of Christ would be trained and built up in the Lord so that they can begin a disciple making movement.
1 Pt 3:18 ESV
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
Pray the Lord would bring the Jaya people of Chad to Himself. Pray for them to have a spiritual hunger that will drive them into His loving arms.
The Jegu people live in the desert; It’s hot, windy, and dry. Summer days frequently soar past 100 degrees, and the coldest of the cold days never dips below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The four to eight-inch annual rainfall is never enough. No one would voluntarily move there, even missionaries, but to the Jegu people who are born in the Sahel Desert of Chad, it is home.
There are only 4,000 Jegu people, which means they don’t make it anywhere near the top of any lists for mission outreach or Bible translations. They are therefore unengaged and unreached. Because there are no Christian materials in their language, the gospel message that is presented to them will most likely be in a language which seems foreign to them.
The view of the stars is often best in an arid area, so it is possible that the Jegu have spectacular night skies. Psalm 147:4 says, “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.” Our God knows each of the innumerable stars in the heavens. Conversely, He also knows each of those who are few in number—the 4,000 Jegu people.
Please pray that our all-knowing Father will send workers to speak his name to these people. Pray that they will have a hunger to know the God who created the beautiful stars they see above them every night.
Gen 15:5-6, NLT
Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Pray for the Jegu people to have the gift of faith in the God who gave us the stars to amaze us with his creative beauty!
(This fictional account portrays life in a Karbo village.) “B” looked forward to today. This was the day his father had agreed to let him quit school. In B’s estimation, school was a waste of time. And he was just about right. The school didn’t have any of the supplies necessary for his needs, and even his teacher could barely read. He also couldn’t explain things in ways that made sense to the students. So today, B was going to borrow his father’s bicycle and earn some money by making deliveries. He would take some bags of millet to barter with Arabs. In exchange, he would receive some tools made by the Arab blacksmiths. B would also take a portion of millet as a gift to the village chief, the one who held the religious power in their community. That way, B’s family would find favor with the chief. There was no health clinic in the village and the family needed the chief to pray for B’s mother, who had been sick for weeks.
B is one of the Karbo people of central Chad. They are Muslim, and very few people in their region have accepted Jesus.
Please pray for God to send faithful teachers and medical workers to live among the Karbo people and disciple them. Ask that God would bring physical well-being along with spiritual life to them. Ask, too, for gospel resources in their language.
Heb 1:8-9, NLT
But to the son He says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil.” Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.
Pray that the Karbo people will understand and embrace their true God.
(This fictional account portrays life among the Mahwa people.) Today’s sun would make Arafa’s clothing and headscarf feel like an oven. It was her job to go to the village pump to fill her family’s pails with the day’s drinking and cooking water.
Arafa loved books. She was fascinated by the squiggles on the page that translated mysteriously into sounds that had meaning. She cherished the precious hours she spent at school. Now, there was even a village library; she had never been there, but she longed to go one day. Imagine—a room full of books! The library and the water pump had been the projects started by a foreigner who came to live among them. Arafa knew that several villagers had become friendly with the foreigner and started going to his house every week to listen to stories. Maybe he had books, too! It was Arafa’s dream to be invited, but she doubted her parents would let her go.
The Mahwa people are few in number—only 15,000. They live in central Chad, and they are Muslim. Being a small people group, they are open to help from outsiders.
May the Mahwa people have a powerful spiritual thirst that will be satisfied by God’s living water. Pray for God to send messengers of his good news who will show them the ways of Christ that lead to abundant life.
Heb 2:9, NLT
What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, He is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.
Pray for many from the Mahwa people to taste and see that the Lord is good!
The Apostle Peter described Christians of his day as “a lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Pet 1:19, NLT). One of the many spiritually darkened places are Lisi villages in northern Chad that need the light of the gospel.
The Kuka, Bilala, and Medogo peoples in Chad’s Yao State are collectively called the Lisi. They are over 99 percent Muslim and speak Arabic as a trade language.
The Lisi are mostly farmers, but some also raise livestock. While the women generally tend to small farms, the men are engaged in hunting and trading at local markets. While the Lisi practice polygamy, the men are restricted to four wives by Islamic law.
They live in clusters of huts run by a chief and village elders. Lisi children are able to marry once they reach puberty. Life expectancy is only about 52 years.
The Lisi people lack educational and medical facilities, and their literacy rate is low. The believing remnant need Christian materials in their own language. Most of their friends and families have never heard the gospel. There is a great need for Christian workers, broadcasts, and evangelistic literature.
Pray that God would raise up intercessors to boldly break through the spiritual bondage of the Lisi people. Pray that Christian workers would be raised up, equipped by the Holy Spirit, and sent to Lisi villages. Ask him to raise up a disciple-making movement among the Lisi peoples.
Jn 8:12, NLT
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Pray that all of the Lisi peoples will seek and find Jesus, the light of the world.
The Ubi people, also called “Hadjeray,” are considered mountain peoples because they descended from groups in the surrounding plains that fled to the mountains to escape invading neighbors. Estimates state that the Ubi number from 1100 to 3000. They live in six villages of Guera Province in central Chad.
The area where Ubi people live receives more rain than other parts of the province, resulting in a more fertile agricultural climate. Therefore, the Ubi produce millet and sorghum in quantities that allow them to sell the excess to bring cash for items that include tea and sugar. In addition, Ubi men take lots of time to weave colorful mats from palm fronds, which they sell at large local markets.
The Ubi are 100 percent Muslim. Indeed, they take pride in the new mosques built of concrete and metal in two of their villages. These materials are considered a luxury in Chad whose villages typically consist only of mud and thatched huts. There are no Ubi Christ-followers. No Bible translations, JESUS Film, gospel recordings, or radio broadcasts exist in the Ubi heart language.
Ask God to stir prayer for the Ubi and other mountain peoples of Chad. Pray for dreams and visions that reveal Christ to the Ubi people. Ask for gospel materials in the Ubi language and prepared workers to bring Jesus to the Ubi people and their neighbors. Pray for a disciple-making movement to begin among the Ubi of Chad.
Ps 90:2, TPT
Long before you gave birth to the earth and before the mountains were born, you have been from everlasting to everlasting, the one and only true God.
Pray for the soil of Ubi hearts to be softened so this mountain people of Chad can receive the true revelation of God in Christ.
(This story illustrates truths about this people group.)
“Mr. Onami, we are so happy to have the wonderful water! If you had not given UNICEF your land, they could not have dug the well, and we would continue to be sick. My children are feeling so much better, and they are now able to be in school. May Allah bless you and your family.”
Kya, a Mahamid Chadian widower with five children, was very grateful. Mr. Onami responded, “I’m so thankful that you and others in the village are all doing better. I knew if I did not give the land to UNICEF, we may never have another chance for this good water. I hope this will stop the fighting over water. Too many have died.”
There are over 26,000 Mahamid people who live in the Batha region of eastern Chad. Most of them are nomadic herders. The women grow vegetables and sell them in the markets. Inadequate access to safe water has led to poverty, sickness, and violence. The recent well diggings by UNICEF has greatly improved their lives.
The Mahamid people are Muslim and are not open to the gospel. But the JESUS Film, parts of the New Testament, and gospel recordings are available to them.
Pray that God’s word will be clearly accepted and understood by the Mahamid people and that they will respond by coming together to worship the Lord.
Heb 10: 21-22, NLT
And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Pray that, like the Samaritan woman at the well, the Mahamid peoples will crave and receive the pure and living water that only Jesus Christ can offer.
(This story illustrates truths about this people group.)
Knowing that her ill son Abdo must be able to help the other Baggara men to herd their cattle, Yusra offered him a special drink. “Abdo, I took some blood from our biggest cow and mixed it with the milk. You must drink this so you will have the strength to work.”
The estimated 26,000 nomadic Baggara peoples are spread from the Lake Chad region eastward to the Nile River in the countries of Sudan, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic. Each year, their herds are moved south to the river lands during the dry season, and north to the grasslands during the rainy season. Before changing locations, the Baggaras usually plant sorghum, sesame, millet, and beans in their fields, and they harvest the crops upon their return to the area. The women are responsible for milking the cows which is a staple of the Baggara diet. They also build dome-shaped tents which are their homes, tend to the children, go for water, prepare the daily meals, and trade their milk products. In addition, some Baggara men have a reputation for violent activity, especially in Sudan.
Hemat Baggaras mix spirit worship into their Islamic faith, and parts of the Bible and the JESUS Film are in their language.
Pray that God will provide his servants with the Holy Spirit empowerment to reach the Hemat Baggara so that they can know his saving grace.
Heb 13:14-15, NLT
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
Pray that the suffering Hemat Baggara people will embrace the savior and find a spiritual home where they can offer praises to him all the days of their lives. Pray that through a relationship with Christ, the Baggara communities will be blessed and transformed.
(This story illustrates truths about this people group.)
Thrilled by the unspoiled natural reserve of Zakouma, Jamie was enjoying her first visit to Chad. She had joined other visitors as they prepared to enjoy their evening meal under the spectacular starry night. After tasting the rich mutton-vegetable stew flavored with cinnamon and turmeric, she asked Moswen, the camp director, “who had made this tasty dish”? He answered, “Her name is Neema, and she is the first Bon Gula person to work for us. Her village is located deep in the forest, and these people usually are very isolated. The Bon Gula are the only tribe allowed to live on the Zakouma Reserve because of their attachment to the spirits in certain mountains on the reserve.”
The 3,000 Bon Goula are spread out into five small, remote villages in the southeastern end of the Zakouma Reserve. Their primary livelihood is through farming and raising chickens and goats. Although they identify as Muslim, they are strongly adherent to their traditional animistic Marghai religion which includes ritual offering to sacred snake gods. Only recently have a few of them left their villages to seek employment. There are no followers of Christ among them.
Pray that God will send his servants to share the joy of salvation through Christ with the Bon Gula people. Pray that they will soon study his word and apply it to their lives so their communities can be blessed.
Heb 4:13, NLT
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Pray that the Bon Gula people will accept this verse and recognize that they are only accountable to the God of creation.