An experienced TEAM Chad missionary is leading this initiative and will work alongside the local evangelical church.
The Dar Sila Initiative seeks to establish an indigenous, culturally sensitive, reproducing community of disciples in each of the main people groups in the Dar Sila region. In order to achieve this goal, we aim to help with the physical and spiritual needs of the population, building friendships by using avenues that may include programs for education, agriculture, technical training, healthcare, and counseling.
A Quick Look At the Dar Sila Initiative
TEAM is launching a new ministry based in the town of Goz Beida, the political and economic center of the Dar Sila region. This region of close to 300,000 people in eastern Chad has three large language groups, including the predominant Dar Sila Daju people and the Kajakse and Fongoro people, plus several smaller language groups. There is also a significant refugee population from the Darfur region of Sudan that numbers between 50,000 to 100,000. All of these people groups are Muslim and unreached by the Good News.
Working in cooperation with the local evangelical church, we want to serve people in the Dar Sila region. The area is currently experiencing calm and peace for the first time in many years, and there is a greater openness in these areas of Chad to share the Good News than there has been in the past. There are many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the area that are providing short-term assistance to the Darfur refugees, but a relatively small amount of assistance goes to the local population. There is a need to address and help implement long-term solutions for all of the people in the region.
The immediate goals of the Dar Sila Initiative are to:
1. Establish a presence in the town of Goz Beida, including a guest house.
2. Explore and research the best ways to serve the people through programs that may include education, agriculture, technical training, healthcare, or counseling.
3. Build ongoing relationships with the people so that there is a natural avenue to live out our faith.
4. Bring in short-term, service-orientated teams and begin to build a long-term, multi-faceted team.
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