Babalia in Chad

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People Name: Babalia
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 14,000
World Population: 14,000
Primary Language: Arabic, Chadian
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Sub-Saharan African, other
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Chad has many ethnic groups. Among them are the Babalia, also known as the Mubi. They live in western Chad, near both Cameroon and Nigeria. Most live in Chad’s Mayo-Kebbi Est region.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Like most people in Chad, the Babalia are farmers who grow maize, rice, millet and sorghum. Most also raise livestock: goats, sheep and cattle. They love the arts, especially dance, music and storytelling.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they are officially Sunni Muslim, the Babalia also worship their ancestral spirits. This is a common spiritual stronghold in much of the African continent.

What Are Their Needs?

The Babalia are facing multiple challenges. There are needless conflicts with neighboring tribes. An ongoing drought has made food production an issue. Fortunately, they are embracing new technology which has the potential to help them survive these problems.

Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Babalia people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.

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