Frequently Asked Questions

Why the name "Desert Tree Ministry"?

How is your project funded?

Isn't it dangerous over there?

What are your biggest needs?

What is the weather like?

What types of food do you have to eat?

Why the name "Desert Tree Ministry"?

"The palm tree, beaten by the scorching sun and the fierce sandstorm, stands green and flourishing and fruitful in the midst of the desert. Its roots are fed by living springs. Its crown of verdure is seen afar over the parched, desolate plain; and the traveler, ready to die, urges his failing steps to the cool shade and the life-giving water.

"The tree of the desert is a symbol of what God means the life of His children in this world to be. They are to guide weary souls, full of unrest, and ready to perish in the desert of sin, to the living water. They are to point their fellow men to Him who gives the invitation, 'If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.' John 7:37." Education page 116

How is your project funded?

This project is funded primarily through donations from individuals and churches.

Isn't it dangerous over there?

Yes, it is dangerous over there. Life is also dangerous in more developed countries. Thousands of people die in car accidents in the United States every year, yet we are accustomed to the risk and accept it as a part of everyday life. Whether we realize it or not, we all depend on God for His protection and sustaining power every moment. The safest place for you to be is where God calls you, no matter where that may be.

What are your biggest needs?

Our biggest need, and our most scarce resource is people. We need more people to help. We also need prayer partners to commit to daily praying for us and the work in Chad. Please visit the How to Help page for more information.

What is the weather like?

November through February is the coolest part of the year. Around January the temperatures can get down into the upper 50s (Fahrenheit) at night and climb to the mid-80s in the day. March through May is the hottest part of the year, with temperatures often above 110 degrees F in the day and in the 90s at night. Dry season starts around November and lasts until April; this season is very dusty and brown. Wet season is from May to October.

What types of food do you have to eat?

Foods that are available locally include rice, sorghum, millet, peanuts, black-eyed peas, white flour, sugar, salt. During certain seasons mangoes, guavas, papaya, tomatoes, lettuce, and pumpkin are available.