IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Central African Republic

In this often missiologically neglected region, God is at work. However, Francophone Africa is challenged by instability, conflict, corruption, poverty and suffering. Longing to see the church grow in depth and maturity and have a transforming influence on the region, we thank God for students and graduates of the indigenous national movements who are living for Christ in this challenging context.

Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the richest countries in Africa in terms of resources, yet it faces serious problems of poor management and leadership. Large parts of CAR are under rebel control and provinces are poor; everything is concentrated in the capital city .

Although Islam is spreading rapidly, about 80% of the population claim to be Christian. However there is a huge gap between being called a Christian and behaving as a Christian. This gulf is reflected in the high levels of corruption in public and private administrations.

The GBU groups in the Central African Republic are characterised by a great love and commitment to each other. Training in biblical studies and prayer nurtures in students the strong desire to know God more, and gives them the assurance of a hope for the future. One result of this commitment is the impact on indigenous fund-raising, which has grown five-fold since 2010.

The GBU is known and accepted all over the country by public and private spheres as well as churches. As part of a vibrant Christian witness, GBU students need to be examples of academic excellence for the future of CAR: the many political and military crises have caused a chronic lowering of academic standards, which could harm the future of the nation.

View from the inside

Yvan Baguida is the General Secretary of the GBU CAR. He says, ‘I am in this ministry because God has used it spiritually and professionally to shape and transform my life. My joy is seeing young people of my country intimately meeting Christ early in their lives for the advancement of God’s kingdom.’

Yvan is always inspired by Jeremiah 1: 5-10: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ A major challenge for him is to find full-time team leaders who are responding to this calling from God and not merely working for the wages. He prays that ‘God will open their eyes to deeply understand their mission like Daniel, David, and Joseph, who in practical ways influenced their contemporaries because they had a close relation with God.’

Please pray:

  • for students to live out Christian values in every area of life, including their studies
  • for God to raise up more faithful staff workers.