Muslim Population: 750 000
N’Djaména is the capital of Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world and it is the only urban centre in the nation. Half of the population of 1.5 million are Muslim.
The people of Chad live between the ancient and the modern: cooking on an open three-stone hob, while next door a smartphone rings. If someone gets enough money, he installs air conditioning in his mud hut. Someone who had tended goats 30 years ago could become a minister of government today. Of course, such a rapid social change is only reserved for a few: most struggle to maintain a simple livelihood for their family.
The big city offers more possibilities and freedoms. Questions are asked here which do not come up in the traditional village: “Why is my Christian neighbor such a ‘good person’?” “Why can’t Islam change my heart?” Individuals come to faith in Isa al- Masih and, for the first time in the history of the city, they are not alone: small groups are formed for reading the Bible together. Many Muslim parents send their children to Christian schools where they learn to know and love Bible stories.
Recently, thousands of digital memory cards with the gospel message were distributed. One young man loaded music over the text on his card. But later, he had the same dream three times in which he heard the words: “Why have you wiped the content from your card?” He went looking for the person who had given him the card and, as a result of his search, came to faith in Jesus.
WAYS TO PRAY
For the Muslims in N’Djaména: that they will find abundant life in Jesus. (John 10:9-11)
For the children attending Christian schools: that through the witness of their teachers and the Bible stories they will come to follow Jesus. (Matthew 19:13-14)
For Muslim background believers: that they will be faithful in following Jesus and experience His protection. (Hebrews 10:23)
Sourced from 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World and World Prayer Guides
This story originally posted at https://beyond.org/ndjamena-chad/, and used by permission of Beyond.org.