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The Sahara Project By James Ray There went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched (1 Samuel 10:26). I n 1968 Dr. Dan Truax surveyed the central Sahara region of Africa with the hope that something could be done about that neglected mission field. That was the beginning of what became known as the “Sahara Project.” Dan Truax's vision was to place two missionary families on the 10 major oases of the desert. Tabernacle Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina, committed to provide funding for these stations. Station No. 1 was built at Agadez, followed by a station at Aderbissinat. In presenting the task, Dan Truax left nothing of the hardship to imagination. He said, The climate of the Sahara makes it an uninviting place to do battle with the en- emy. Temperatures sometimes soar to 140 degrees with ground temperatures of 175 degrees during the day and sometimes fall- ing below freezing at night. The vastness of the desert makes it a lonely place to work. The Sahara is 3,400 miles long and 1,500 miles wide. Over 4 million people live in the desert, and most of them live in extremely harsh conditions. The nomadic way of life of the people of the Sahara makes it necessary that those who do missionary work there should be men of stamina and endurance because to reach nomadic people, it is necessary that the missionary become a nomad him- self—with no permanent dwelling place for many months at a time. This takes men and women of spiritual backbone and physical endurance. No sissies need apply. 1 For Information on Africa Contact Eric Bohman, Africa Director of BIMI Ron Bragg, International Representative for Africa 1 Dan Truax, “MISSIONGRAPH,” BIMI . . . Into All The World, October-December, 1968, 4. NATIONS • 3