Mission:Chad-Helping Africans Help Themselves
In 1998, a plea went out from a Chadian pastor, Pastor Ngarndeye Bako, to the Christian Church in America. Pastor Bako was in graduate studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, when his cry for help went out. Like the Macedonian who nearly 2000 years ago implored Apostle Paul to "Come, help us!", Pastor Bako urged his American counterparts to help his Chadian brothers and sisters. He was particularly burdened for the nearly 500,000 orphans in Chad who do not have the love of one or both of their parents due to disease, war, famine, HIV/AIDS or strife. Orphaned himself at the age 2, Pastor Bako at that time was the pastor of an evangelical church in the southern Chadian city of Moundou. His heartfelt plea was heard by two people who heard God ask, "Whom shall we send?", and were willing to respond, "Here we are, send us!" After a year of prayer, God brought partners along in the work, and those two persons became four, and then six, and soon 20 orphans were receiving support from a small group of dedicated believers who saw Christ in the people of Chad. From that small group, Mission:Chad was born.
Soon after Pastor Bako's return to Africa in 2001, he was asked to become the leader of the EEMET ("The Alliance of Evangelical Churches and Missions in Chad"), an association of many Protestant denominations in the country. Even with his new administrative duties, Pastor Bako did not forget his dream of helping the orphans of Chad and continued to ask his American friends for help.
In an effort to increase awareness in the United States of the plight of the Chadian people and to grow the resources needed to make a difference, Mission:Chad was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and received certification in June 2004 from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to Mission:Chad are therefore tax deductible, with 100% of contributions going to the areas designated by our donors. The Board of Directors does not receive any compensation for their work.
Mission:Chad stands as a testament to what God will do through His people who have said "Yes" to His call. We invite you to say "Yes" to God, too, and partner with us in making a difference in the lives of those living in Chad, and especially the orphans in need of Christ's love. It is our desire that Jesus Christ would be glorified in Chad through this ministry.
On January 7th 2007, God's faithfulness to the orphans of Chad was demonstrated in the dedication of the orphanage center in Moundou, called 'Village Altonodji" that means "the orphan needs your love". On October 1st 2007, forty three most needy orphans moved to Village Altonodji.
Please see the Mission:Chad website for recent updates. www.mission-chad.org