ACATBA leads the Bible translation and literacy work in its own country, working closely with evangelical churches. They got started back in 1993, and today they're involved in over 10 translation projects throughout the Central African Republic. 

Updates & Stories

Following fighting between rebel and militia groups in Bangui last week, the French disarmament operation began on Monday and is still in progress. There are currently many displaced people in Bangui seeking refuge from violence and in need of humanitarian assistance. Our colleagues with SIL International continue to report that the situation in their neighborhood remains calm.

  • Please continue to pray for an end to violence and for peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic.
  • Pray that humanitarian aid will reach the people most in need and that peacekeepers will be able to restore law and order.

Today we mourn the loss of Elisée Zama, a Bible translator who was killed during the fighting this week in Bangui, Central African Republic. Elisée was shot while trying to get his family to safety at a hospital compound. "Within a two-month period, ACATBA is experiencing the loss of a second translator," writes their director.

Unrest continues in Bangui: "This morning the fighting ceased, with the attackers having pulled back from the city," he writes. "Now pillaging and executions are happening. Everyone is staying in their homes in fear of being the next victim. ... There is only the Lord...

  • Pray for safety and an end to violence. Pray Psalm 91 over our brothers and sisters in the Central African Republic.
  • Pray for comfort for Elisée's family. He leaves behind a widow and several young children. Pray for the ACATBA leadership as they prepare for Elisée's burial under very difficult circumstances.

Fierce fighting has erupted in the Central African Republic, where supporters of former president Francois Bozize attacked the capital on Thursday. The attack came just hours before the United Nations voted to send African and French troops to intervene. Pray with us for our colleagues at ACATBA and SIL International who are based in the capital.

  • Pray first for safety. For now, all of our colleagues are staying inside their homes. At least 16 people have been killed in the latest fighting, according to the BBC, but the number may be much higher.
  • Pray for an end to the fighting—for both the immediate situation and long term. Pray for God's peace to reign in this country that has already endured so much.
  • Continue to pray for God's protection, provision, and strength during this ongoing crisis. Pray that our colleagues' faith during this incredibly difficult time will bless and encourage others in their country.

Unspeakable horrors continue in the Central African Republic, where our partner ACATBA is working to translate God’s Word amidst a now-yearlong crisis. “Thousands of people are dying at the hands of soldiers and militia gangs,” reports The Guardian. “The US estimates that nearly 400,000 people have been displaced.”

  • Ask God to “do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” in the Central African Republic (Ephesians 3:20). Pray for peace, safety, forgiveness, healing, and strength—for both ACATBA and the country as a whole.
  • Pray for Bible translation to continue despite these unbelievable difficulties. Pray for the leaders, translators, and support workers, most of whom are Central African.
  • Thanks to everyone who donated recently to Where Needed Most, we’re sending additional funds this week to help with ACATBA’s most pressing needs. Among those is repairing their generator, which recently broke down—leaving ACATBA with only three to four hours of electricity each day from the city. Praise God for providing these funds, and ask him to continue meeting our colleagues’ needs.

Keep praying with us for peace in the Central African Republic. The situation is now seemingly calm in the capital of Bangui, and the government has put into place a new plan for disarmament. But in the countryside, many people are still suffering at the hands of rebel groups.

  • Pray for protection and peace—of body, mind, and spirit—as our colleagues continue serving in a difficult situation.
  • Pray for deep, meaningful impact from a trauma healing workshop held last week in Bangui. Five Christian organizations, including our partner ACATBA, came together to learn and heal in the very midst of this crisis. Pray for the participants, many of whom are returning to areas that are still unsafe.
  • Praise God for times of respite and restoration. Some of our colleagues, including the director of ACATBA, have enjoyed rich spiritual retreats recently.