The Abu Sharib in Chad
The Abu Sharib is non-Arab people who live in eastern Chad along the border with South Sudan. They are a subgroup of the Tama, a people representing six distinct language groups, who live in Sudan and Chad.
Many Tama are subsistence farmers who live in permanent settlements and some raise livestock.
WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE?
The Abu Sharib converted to Islam centuries ago and are very devoted followers of their religion. Many of them also mix witchcraft and the worship of spirits into their daily lives. Around the time the rains are expected, sacrifices are made before the seeds of their main staple, the millet, is sown. With that they ask for Allah’s blessing of enough rain and a good harvest. These sacrifices probably go back to practices of pre-Islamic traditions, but today all the Abu Sharib profess to be Muslims.
Only a handful of Abu Sharib have heard about Christ, and no known believers or church planting movements exist among them. In addition, the Bible has not yet been translated into their language. As a result, they are completely isolated from the gospel.
- The Abu Sharib are a totally unreached people group. Adopt them put them on your church bulletin and prayer list. Use the internet to find more about them and pray specifically for the Abu Sharib.
- Search your heart? Is God calling to go and serve? If so contact the OM office and someone will help you!
- Pray that they will become open to hear the Gospel and that “the feet of those bringing the Good News” will come to the heartland of these people.