Official Country Name:Republic of Chad
Region:West and Central Africa
Official Languages:Arabic, Standard
Religious Demographics:Christian ±35%, Evangelical ±10%, Muslim ±52%, Unevangelized ±45%
Number of Evangelicals
A Nation Seeking Peace, on Earth as it is in Heaven
A landlocked country in central Africa, The Republic of Chad fell to French colonial rule in the late 19th century. French Protestant churches were established, and in 1964, the Chadian Association of Baptist Churches was officially founded. This association operated independently from the French-ruled nation, setting the precedent of a separate church and state in Chad today.
The nation gained its independence from France in 1960 under the leadership of François Tombalbaye. Tombalbaye was not supportive or tolerant of the large Muslim population in the North of Chad and reflected in his policies and leadership. This resentment sparked a civil war in the nation in 1965. Source: Chad history
Following the civil war, Chad experienced tensions with its border shared by Niger, Central African Republic, and Sudan. Rebel groups in both Sudan and Chad were accused of helping refugees from the opposing country illegally cross the border to flee their home country and escape the law. Source: Chad history
Today, though Chad still sees religious hostilities, the nation is secular and attempts to protect the practice of worship for all religions. The nation's religious leaders often share interfaith dialogues, visit each other's religious ceremonies, and act harmoniously with other religions.
The nation ranks low on the Legatum Prosperity Index with the fourth lowest score. Chad scores moderately in access to the unreached, low in sending, and moderate in religious freedoms. When considering all these things, we Praise God for the work He has done and will do in Chad. We rank their mobilization potential as Moderate.