Tuesday, 10 December 2013

A Terrific Time in Tombel

Since coming to Cameroon, we have been encouraged to be able to work with the Church of Christ here, to help to strengthen and build faith, and be part of their efforts as well. Last week, I (Jeremiah) had the opportunity to go to the town of Tombel, about 3 1/2 hours away, for the Annual Gospel Lecturship, a convention/camp for Brethren from all over Cameroon.

There were over 300 people who came. It was a time of good lessons, fellowship, prayer and encouragement, largely organized and funded by Cameroonians themselves. In the evening, there was outdoor preaching, in the afternoons, door to door evangelism. I was able to help meet 5 people who gave their names and phone numbers for the local brethren to follow up with Bible studies.

Two good friends- Andy Leroy on the left translating into French, and Christopher Omam on the right preaching about Hypocrisy. It has been a blessing getting to know and work with these gentlemen.

I was blessed to be able to help with Bible reading and say a few prayers, but what I enjoyed the most was the time I had for great discussions and to meet new people from all over the country. Sitting with 3 men I admire and enjoy- Christopher, Brother Tabe Moses, and Andy Leroy.

Some of the Buea Brethren (and Sister) who went for the lecturship. These are members of the Buea College of Biblical Studies. I really appreciate their faith and zeal for the Word of God and count them all as friends. 

One of the main reasons I went was to get to know these dear folks... Janet and Paul Kee. They have been in Cameroon for over 30 years. I was able to meet them at the camp, and it so happened that they were on their way to Buea the next day and so we had them over for diner. What a treat getting to talk to them, to glean from their experience and insight and to share with those who have raised their children in Africa, and sacrificed much to see the Lost become the Found.

I was extremely encouraged by the Lectureship.  We are planning next year to go as a family. While the church here has much growing still to do and much maturing, it is encouraging to see the efforts they are making and to be able to come alongside and help Equip, Empower, Educate and Evangelize; building faith and seeing God's transformational power do it's mighty work. 

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