Pray for: Cameroon: persecuted Christians, government corruption, adequate healthcare
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Cameroon

Population: 23,924,000

Rank: Central Africa: 8; World: 53

Languages: English and French (official); plus dozens or hundreds of others
Major People Groups: Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1%

Please pray for Cameroon's Christians, who have poor theology and biblical literacy, inadequate healthcare, and pressure from Islam in the north, east and west. Cameroon needs godly leaders with good training, unity of local cooperation and support and proper priorities.

In 1960-1961 what is now the united Republic of Cameroon gained independence from France and England, coming together under Sunni Muslim president Ahmadou Ahidjo, who ruled for a total of 22 years. It was through his authoritarian rule that Cameroon became one of the most stable countries in Central Africa, and current president Paul Biya has continued that style. Cameroon is not thought to be the most corrupt nation in the world, or even in Central Africa (that would be Somalia) but because power over so much of the government and information is so concentrated, it is difficult to know the truth. Along with the governments of Nigeria and Chad, Cameroon has been at the forefront of the fight against the Boko Haram/ISIS terrorist group, which reportedly now operates out of wilderness areas spanning the borders of northern Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad.

The most recent available census is quite old (2005), but it indicates that over 69% of the country is Christian, 21% Muslim, with the remainder of the responding population holding to traditional beliefs. However, Evangelical Christians constitute only 8-9% of the Christians in Cameroon, and reports from groups like Open Doors indicate that there is a coordinated effort to eliminate Christianity in the Muslim-dominated north.

Cameroon Government

Theoretically, Cameroon has a representative form of government, a presidential republic, with the president serving a maximum of two seven-year terms, and a Parliament consisting of two houses (the Senate, or Upper House and the National Assembly, or Lower House).

However, Biya used his party's control of the National Assembly to remove term limits and ensure that the President had immunity from prosecution for his actions as President after leaving office. Parade Magazine listed him among their list of the "World's Worst Dictators." When questioned about the legitimacy of the 2004 elections, he simply hired six former U.S. congressmen to certify his election as "free and fair."

Paul Biya, President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982

Philémon Yang, Prime Minister of Cameroon since 30 June, 2009

Marcel Niat Njifenji, Senate President of Cameroon since 12 June, 2013

Cavayé Yéguié Djibril, President of National Assembly since 1992

Christian ministries operating

in Cameroon
SIL Cameroon
World Team
Baptist Mid-Missions
JESUS Film
e3 Partners
Cry Cameroon
Open Doors
Radio Bonne Nouvelle

Cameroon Conditions

Although Cameroon's GDP is one of the highest in Central Africa, and school attendance and literacy rates are also quite high, Cameroon, like Côte d'Ivoirie, has a problem with child labor, especially in the production of agricultural products like cocoa. Estimates range widely, from one doctor for every 5,000 to 50,000 people, depending upon the region. There are only about 4,200 MDs in Cameroon, while 5,000 Cameroonian MDs practice outside the country because the workload is high and pay is low for highly educated healthcare workers.

Life Expectancy at birth is estimated at 56 years, which is among the lowest in the world.
The graph shows "behavioral" and "environmental" causes of death, at top, (such as indicators of malnutrition and nutritional deficiency, unsafe sex, pollution/unsanitary conditions) being causes of larger percentage of deaths than in western countries (where causes tend to be "metabolic" high BMI/high blood pressure, smoking/alcohol use, glucose and cholesterol)
Cameroon borders Nigeria to the west, Chad to the northeast, the Central African Republic to the east and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south.

Sometimes called "Africa in Miniature," it has all the major climates and vegetation of the continent: coastal plains, mountains, desert, rain-forests and savannahs, even an area with volcanic activity.

Although over 230 languages are spoken here, there's a distinct Francophone and Anglophone division in the country, and there are areas under Muslim control and areas dominated by a Christian majority.

There are 292 people groups, only 16% of whom are in the "Unreached" category: the Fulbe-Gey; Kanuri, Yerwa, Beriberi; Mazagway; Mandara, Wandala; Fali, North; Fulani, Adamawa; Fulani, Nigerian; Arab, Shuwa, Baggara; Giziga, South; Kotoko, Mpade; Hausa; Twendi; Kotoko, Afade and Sharwa; Arab, Turku people.

GMO OMs in Cameroon
Augustin Tchenkoua
Elizabeth Enoh Tenku
Philip Waindim
Shugu Ernest Vegah
Ndjeumen Arline
Agoa Bessala Raphael
Patrick Mba
Roland Ngwayi
Gerard Eyia
Gregoire Janvier Onana
Ernest Veyu
Claudette Nsoh
Made Simo Suzanne
Jakam Nono Francine
Michel Aime Leumassi
GMO's Stats on Cameroon

In 2015, Global Media Outreach registered 651,314 gospel visits, 101,090 indicated decisions and 45,356 discipleship visits. We have 15 Online Missionaries who live in Cameroon.

 

Who is a believer? How do you know you are a child of God?, What are the significance to know that God is testing you? What are the major steps to take to became a born again child of God? Does sickness and diseases to a a born again child come from God? If yes, is it a significant of trails or test from God? If no, Where does it came from? Thanks very much for this opportunity you have given me to express my mind to you people. As a matter facts, i really need the reply soonest. God bless. —Nkanjoh Emmanuel

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Member Prayer Requests/Praise Report from last week

Notes from 4/19 (before vacation)

Frank:

  • pray for him. He spoke at retirement community ministry on Sunday. (4/23)
  • Pray for a ministry, a seminary, in Bunia, Congo. Dr. Katya & a number of Brethren assemblies circulating. A lady from the seminary lives at Frank's retirement home.
  • Please continue to pray for John. He is manifesting the tendency of millennials toward established church.

Mike:

  • Cindy’s car not worth fixing. This is 4th time since moving here in 2015. Update: we ended up buying a new car, our first in 16 years.
  • We traveled to FL 4/25 for Emily's graduation & 18th birthday. Cindy & kids return tomorrow. Cindy isn't feeling well.

Janis:

  • Steve & Janis didn’t get to see Josh during Easter break.
  • Doctors couldn’t get him totally off steroids because of the pain. He’s not taking as many pain pills though. But fractures he has are improving.
  • Expectation - will he recover totally? Doctor surprised he survived at the beginning. He’s been on Steroids for a year (since March, 2016). There is no other option.