Pray for the unreached Neem* people

Who are they?

They are one of the largest non-Arab people groups in Chad with a population of around 450,000 people. Living in north eastern Chad with Neem settlements stretching into Sudan, they speak a language that’s distinctively different from neighbouring groups. Known for being a conservative people, they have a strong sense of identity and are resistant to change. They have a reputation for being wary of outsiders. Even today there is a mixed attitude in rural areas to modern-style education, although with the arrival of satellite TV in the towns, mobile phones and other forms of exposure to the outside world, traditional worldviews are being challenged. Younger people are much more open to change.  

What do they believe?  

The Neem people strongly identify themselves as Muslim although some know little of Islam’s beliefs. Thus, their Islamic practices are blended with traditional African religious rituals. Many people live in fear, using amulets and charms to ward off evil and sickness.

What is being done to reach them with the gospel?  

A small team of AIM missionaries began work among them in one of their larger towns in 2015, and another organisation also has a team which has started work among the Neem. In 2020 the AIM team moved to a more rural location, with the aim of meeting Neem people in their heartland. We’re currently looking to add more workers to our team. Could God be calling you to go, or to share this need? 

*The name of the people group has been changed for security reasons.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

For the next couple of days a group from a local Chadian church will visit a Neem* village to share the gospel while doing acts of practical service to share God’s love. Please pray that through this many will hear and understand the good news of salvation in Jesus, and that the church will be able to follow up with those who show interest in knowing more. 

There is currently no Bible in the Neem* language. Genesis has been translated but not published. John’s gospel has been translated but needs checking. Pray for more people to work on Bible translation. Genesis is being recorded as audio. Pray that the Old Testament stories would resonate with this traditionally agrarian people and they would see how God longs for his people to return to him. Give thanks that there are forty audio Bible stories available, sharing the gospel from creation through to Pentecost. Pray that many Neem* people would hear these stories and, hearing them, want to know Jesus better. 

*The name of this people group has been changed to protect local Christians and those ministering among them. 

Please pray for more people to join the team reaching the unreached Neem* people with the gospel. To join the team, applicants will need to have good French and then go on to learn Chadian Arabic and then the Neem language. Pray for people who are good at languages or willing to persevere! Find out more about the opportunity here. (https://eu.aimint.org/opportunities/neem-team-in-chad/) 

*The name of this people group has been changed to protect local Christians and those ministering among them. 

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