Why should we invest in the Chadian Surgical Center?
This is an excellent question, given that there are many needy places in the world today and many people groups who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus. It’s also a risky place to invest, since other investments in Africa have been lost in the current climate of instability and Islamic rebellions in the neighboring countries of Sudan and Central African Republic.
Annually our Christmas Eve offering at Grace looks to support worthy projects outside of our local church needs where the good news of Jesus needs to be seen with acts of compassion and words of truth about our greatest need: eternal salvation. If you gave to this special offering, thank you for investing in this Gospel proclamation project!
Chad is a country where there are many ethnic groups who are unreached with the Gospel and some are unengaged. “Unreached” means there is not a local church in the culture. “Unengaged” means there are no Christians going to tell them about the good news of faith in Jesus. This is a very serious situation given that Jesus commanded His disciples to go in to all the world to make disciples (Matthew 28:19,20). Therefore, it should be a priority to go to people who have no one telling them about the Gospel.
Unreached and unengaged people groups exist in our world today for logical reasons. There are barriers that make them hard to reach, leaving them inaccessible. One barrier is that Islam is the predominant religion in Chad. Another barrier is that the people groups without governmental power live in persecution and neglect for essential resources, and this forces them to exist in isolation from other groups.
Jesus never promised that the task of making disciples of all nations would be easy or without risk. In fact, He reiterated the risk of such an endeavor. There is no guarantee that our investment will be free from damage caused by those who do not agree with Christianity. However, one of the ways to facilitate Gospel proclamation is to compassionately care for people’s needs while sharing the Gospel at the same time. The surgical center will attempt to do this in an area where there is currently no available medical assistance.
Giving to the financial needs of this project is an important way for many people to experience personal involvement. However, there are other paths for participation in its success. Consistent prayer for the Chadian evangelists and their churches is needed so they will proclaim the good news with power and clarity (Colossians 4:2–4). Medical education and training will be needed to prepare the Chadian workers for their role in providing quality, compassionate care.
If you would like to receive updates and requests for prayer for the Chadian medical work or if you would be interested in finding out how you could serve as a short-term medical trainer, I’d love to hear from you. Just send me a message to indicate your interest.
Dan Green and Nancy moved back to the US after missionary service in Brazil with Encompass World Partners for 15 years. They were involved in evangelism, church planting, and leadership training. Dan grew up on a farm in Indiana, while Nancy comes from northeast Ohio. Dan studied at Purdue University (Agronomy), OSU (Soil Chemistry), and Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. They have four children and five grandchildren. Dan enjoys gardening, camping, and international travel.