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Strategic discipleship in Chad wins Muslims to Christ

August 17, 2007

With the help of Christian Aid supporters, Save Africa Project, an indigenous ministry in Chad, has found strategic methods of sharing the gospel with the Muslim majority.

According to SAP, Islam is spreading rapidly in Chad due to the growing number of Islamic humanitarian organizations that promise valuable resources to members of Chad's poor, uneducated class.

In contrast to these affluent Muslim organizations, indigenous ministries often lack the resources needed to continue gospel outreach.

house in Chad.

This year has proven especially difficult for Chadian ministries, as the cost of goods has significantly increased due to the country's politically volatile environment. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced, as domestic rebel groups, along with the Sudanese militia, invade and destroy communities.

Yet in the midst of the turmoil, SAP is winning Muslims to Christ. Last year, SAP collaborated with several churches located in strategic Muslim regions. SAP workers then trained members of these churches as native missionaries.

Christian Aid donors also provided SAP with a small building to use as a covert meeting and training facility for gospel workers conducting Bible studies with Muslims. A congregation of 12 Muslim-background believers is now meeting together in the building.

Women receive information about healthcare.

The building has also provided a place for SAP worker, Tabitha, to conduct a women's ministry. She began working in a public health center, but moved to this building when the staff suspected her of sharing the gospel with the center's patients. A trained nurse, she prays for $4,000 to expand and make room for a simple clinic, opening more doors in the community for the gospel.

Tabitha now teaches women preventive healthcare, such as the importance of water treatment. Many diseases, such as cholera and diarrhea, are a result of poor water maintenance. She also teaches women how to sew and knit to generate income for their families. She is currently praying for additional sewing and knitting machines ($200 each) for her women's classes.

SAP has also begun using the building for family and marriage counseling, as more people learn of the power of Christ to change lives.

SAP workers are so grateful to Christian Aid donors for the support given through the years. With the help sent through Christian Aid, the ministry has greatly expanded to impact many more lives for Christ.

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