The Maba of Chad
Location: Mostly Eastern Chad and some in Sudan. The Maba are one of the largest non-Arab people groups in Chad. They are the dominant tribe of the Wadai mountains. The Wadai region is hot and dry most of the year, characterized by broad flat grasslands and plateaus.
History: Long ago the Maba overthrew the Christian Tunjur dynasty in Wadai and formed the backbone of the Islamic Wadai Empire, which dominated Eastern Chad in the 1800s. In modern Maba society, chiefs and members of the royal class still possess a high degree of prestige and power, although the French abolished the sultanate in 1912.
Culture: Although they are Muslims, people live in fear, using amulets and charms to ward off evil and sickness. They are primarily farmers, growing millet and wheat, as well as raising horses, goats, sheep, and chickens. The Sultan serves as head of state of the region and rules through governors and district chiefs. The Queen Mother is highly esteemed and has great influence.
Religion: Folk Islam
Latest Prayer Updates:
I recently went to a circumcision party in a nearby village which I have rarely visited. Of 15-20 children 6-12 yrs old surrounding me to look at my camera, nobody had been to school. Nobody had heard of Adam and Eve or Abraham. It wasn’t clear whether they attended religious classes but maybe they just didn’t understand. They listened with interest to the Genesis recording in Maba telling the story of God’s covenant with Abraham and the sign of circumcision. None of them spoke Arabic. Maba scriptures and recordings are so necessary. Please pray for more workers for the Maba, more scriptures to use and wisdom how to use what we have amongst such people who are perishing without Christ. Pray for a better future for these children and that God will work in their hearts to give a hunger for God even though they rarely hear of him.
Success comes at a price
I mentioned B, a new Maba MBB missionary, previously. Positive news is that he is helping record an audio version of portions of Genesis (already translated) and hopefully other scriptures available for testing. There has been one lady turn to Christ but her family is trying to have B evicted from his house. Pray that God will help him in all these circumstances and that the audio project might come to fruition soon and bring glory to God