Population: 11.5 million (2011)
Major religion: Islam
Official languages: French, Arabic
IFES movement: Union des Jeunes Chretiens du Tchad (UJC)
Despite the presence of oil reserves, Chad is ranked as the fifth poorest country in the world. It is officially a secular country, but this secularism is threatened nowadays by the rise of Islam. Christianity is also growing in Chad but there is a need for bible-based teaching.
- 22 higher education institutions, UJC groups in 6
- no permanent staff, 14 part-time
- graduate ministry with about 100 members
- largest group in N'Djamena (around 50 members); smallest in Ati (15 members)
UJC was ‘rebuilt’ in December 2008 when students in the faltering movement received teaching at their national conference on what it means to be a living stone, as described in 1 Peter 2. Since then, the movement has grown, but more importantly students are at the forefront of ministry, organising activities and even contacting graduates and encouraging them to be mentors. In addition, UJC has a good relationship with local churches. However the movement is held back by financial restraints which means there are no full-time staff.
- for funds to be raised to enable UJC staff to be employed full-time.
- for good biblical teaching to underpin the spread of Christianity in Chad.