Zan Gula in Chad

Zan Gula
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People Name: Zan Gula
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 13,000
World Population: 13,000
Primary Language: Zan Gula
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

On the foot of a hill towering over the otherwise flat horizon live the Zan Gula.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The rough terrain of the Guera region makes it necessary for the Zan Gula to work hard for survival. The soil is hard, and the seeds must be planted with the hot, burning sun overhead, so that when the rains fall in July there will be a harvest of millet for the whole family to eat. The harvest is stored in a granary formed from the clay soil, so there will be enough to eat until the rains fall next year, and the cycle begins all over again.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Although they call themselves Muslims, the animism is still very much alive, including animal sacrifice, witchcraft, secret societies, idol worship, belief in and appeasement of ancestral spirits, spiritual healing and all the rest of it. A small church of Christians from southern people groups exists in Zan village. Their pastor is a Chadian from another people group, supported through churches in the United Kingdom. An evangelist-nurse from yet another Chadian ethnic group is also part of the team. Their desire and vision is to see the Zan Gula come to know the only Savior. Though the soil of the Zan Gula's hearts has been hard, and their labors toiling, it is encouraging to see some Zan Gula express interest in the good news.

What Are Their Needs?

The Zan Gula people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Zan Gula people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for more workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.

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