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Join the Neem* team in Chad

Could you use your skills to join a team in Chad, working among the unreached Neem* people? You will show them Jesus’ love as you communicate the gospel with them through your words and through your actions.

Background

The Neem* people are largely subsistence farmers living in hundreds of villages around a regional centre in the north of Chad. The regional centre, a major market town, is also a very influential centre for Islam in the country.  The identity of the Neem* people is strongly linked with being Muslim although many folk practices persist. There are a few individuals who have become Christians but we have yet to see a more collective movement of Neem* people towards Christ. Churches which exist among the Neem* people are almost entirely made up of southern Chadian Christians who have moved north for work. There is little in the way of outreach although some attempts are being made to reach the Neem* people through Christian schools.  

Vision & Strategy

The aim is to see reproducing, Bible based, self-sustaining churches throughout Neem* people communities, being led by the Holy Spirit, sharing the gospel, making disciples, and working hand in hand with other local believers. The team will seek to make disciples of Christ among the Neem* people through bold proclamation of the gospel, intentional discipling to spiritual maturity, encouraging the formation of reproducing Neem* churches, and catalysing local believers to do the same by encouraging missional living. 

Ministry & Type of Work

There are countless opportunities available for workers to serve in this team, all of which would be carefully engaged in with the ultimate goal of blessing the community with both the love and message of Jesus Christ. A few examples:

  • Local community centre – team could help teach and train young people in English, French, music, sports, drama, basic healthcare or anything else that the community would find useful. There could be the possibility of starting a library as there are so few books available in the community.
  • Teaching English – English is in huge demand in Chad. Opportunities exist to teach in local schools including government-run and Christian schools.
  • Healthcare – There is currently a small government hospital in the team’s town that would be an ideal location for medical work in the community, providing a way to build relationships with the local people. Through working in the hospital (including mental health services), health in the community – working with children with special needs, teaching informally in homes and (perhaps) in a community centre and helping in the church school, the team will seek to develop relationships with local Neem* people that lead to opportunities to share the gospel and engage in the study of the scripture.  
  • Agriculture – the vast majority of people in this area live off the land, there would be opportunities for people with experience and understanding in the area of agriculture or development to come into the community and work alongside local people to help in this area.

The team also seeks to help catalyse and mobilise the believers in local churches to think and live missionally where they are, among the unreached people groups around them.

All workers will seek to actively participate in the local church – to encourage, challenge, teach, motivate and provide missional opportunities for the believers. Local churches are aware of and have welcomed the team’s desire to come and do this work.

 

Qualifications & Experience

All personnel on this team will be required to be at a Level 3 in French prior to arrival on the field. Study of the language of the Neem* people will follow once team members reach a Level 3 in Chadian Arabic. Team members will need the appropriate professional qualifications to fulfil their assignments and have the support of a sending church. 

FAQS

Yes, you must be a born-again Christian with an active and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and agree with AIM's statement of faith. AIM is an evangelical Christian mission agency. We work in partnership with the African church to reach Africa's unreached peoples with the good news of Jesus Christ, and to develop leaders for the fast-growing church.

Yes. The Bible makes it clear that the church sends missionaries (e.g. Acts 13) and has an ongoing pastoral responsibility for them. As much as AIM is a key partner in the process and facilitates ministry in Africa, we will not accept into membership anyone who does not have a positive recommendation and support from their church. AIM will discuss your application with your church leaders – after all they know you better than we do – as together we seek to discern that this is God’s calling for you.

Listen to Tim Matthews, one of our Mission Advisors, talking about the churches role in sending missionaries:


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Interested? Get in Touch

Hi, my name is Debbie. If this opportunity interests you, or you have any questions, please do get in touch.​

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Long term ( Over a year )

Our passion is to see Christ-centred churches among all African peoples. Currently there are over 1,000 people groups in Africa or 316 million people, who are waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Our vision is to engage with these unreached people, partner with churches in Africa to raise up gospel workers and equip African church leaders to strengthen the church. Could you play a part?. LEARN MORE

Chad

Chad became independent from France in 1960. Since then, its politics have been characterised by violence, coups and insurgencies. It is a secular state with freedom of religion. Muslims are dominant in government, trade and the army, although they are only just the majority religion (approx 53%). LEARN MORE

Healthcare

We long to see Health Professionals practising, modelling and mentoring competent, compassionate medicine, but doing so in places where they will influence unreached people groups for Christ. LEARN MORE
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