Cameroon Mission August 2012 Updates

Growing up I listened to this song in the church as a young man, “little is much when God is in it” and for the complete hymn, here are the rich words of this amazing hymn:

In the harvest field now ripened
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark! the voice of God is calling
To the harvest calling you.
In the mad rush of the broad way,
In the hurry and the strife,
Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
Give to them the Word of Life.
Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem too small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.
Are you laid aside from service,
Body worn from toil and care?
You can still be in the battle,
In the sacred
When the conflict here is ended
And our race on earth is run,
He will say, if we are faithful,
“Welcome home, My child - well done!”
Chorus
Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown - and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ Name.

It was while I was in Cameroon that the wordings of the chorus of this hymn came to mind. You wonder what must have brought this to my mind. That is what I want to share with you in the pictures that here following. But before I do that I want to let you know that God is in every ‘little’ thing that is done in his name.

A couple years back I was dreaming and wondering how can our small church reach beyond our immediate community and begin to spread the love of God abroad, especially to the Oku people in Cameroon, a community that like many in the least developed world is stricken with poverty and no end in sight. That dream one can say was something very little, but now that we look back, as little as it was, God has been in it and it is no longer that little again.

Without talking about numbers and figures, not that they are not important, they are, at least to us. But think with me for a moment: what is the true cost of putting a smile, a genuine smile on someone’s face. We are talking here of people who have for years lost hope and lived lives of waiting only for the worst. That is what you need to keep in mind here, that the little we have been able to do in Cameroon is really much as God is in it through and through.

Yes, we have given out a total of 54 goats to 18 widows and women in the village of Oku in Cameroon. We have also in the last school year supported 13 students ranging from middle school, high school and seminary. Come next school year that begins in September, we will be supporting 15 students - paying their school feels, buying books, uniform and other school needs. That is the little we are doing and how much is God in this, very much.

I just returned from Cameroon where I was blessed to meet with the widows and students. There was one thing that I could not miss, the change in their countenance, the confidence in their voices, the smiles on their faces, and then the hope in their voice, a hope that is not only inspired by the possibility of a changed material status, but one that communicates “I know God loves me. Thank you for being God’s messenger of love to me.” That is good news no amount of money or material wealth can buy. That is the good news of the little that we are doing in Cameroon to the glory of the one who is very much in it because it honors his name and obeys his command.

 

Above to the left is a picture of the students we support, just some not all of them. To the right are Pastor Eric and Gilbert getting reading for a working session with the students and some of their parents. (Gilbert, an elementary school teacher ‘standing’ is on the grown in Oku and meets frequently with the students for counseling, encouragement and Bible study). He also meets monthly with the women for both Bible study and some form of thrift and loan. They meet one a month, contribute something like a quarter and give to one person so that it can help them take care of their immediate needs as well as their animals.

Below to the left is one of our students, a seminary student Pastor Denis Nkaimbi expressing his appreciation. To the right is a grandmother expressing her joy on behalf of her grand son.

 

Seen on the left pastor Eric is being served “Fufu”, a local staple. To the right a cross section of the widows.

 

Pastor Eric with a new born baby, child of the pastor of Bethel Baptist church Ngashie Oku, the host church to our ministry in Cameroon, and to the right are pastor Eric and the mother of the child.

 

These are but a few of the many enriching memories I brought from Cameroon. If you are interesting in seeing and hearing more, come join us at the next Seasoned Adult luncheon in August 2012 at Victory Baptist Church, 1930 Sycamore RD, DeKalb, Illinois, 60115, or call us at (815) 756-6212. In the main time check our Newsletter for our first successful story of the scholarship scheme.