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Cameroon Mission Initiative
The Cameroon Mission Initiative reaches out holistically to meet not only the spiritual needs of the people it serves, but also their physical needs. The Cameroon Mission Initiative is planting new congregations, increasing HIV/AIDS education, preventing malaria, holding eye clinics, and creating microcredit programs to address health and economic needs. Lay and ordained pastors in Cameroon are deeply committed to the mission of the church and the mission initiative is enriched with a strong, vibrant youth ministry. They plan to be established as a provisional annual conference or a district of an existing annual conference by 2020.
A dedicated core team of United Methodist missionaries, a supportive cabinet, and local partners are critical resources for this emerging church. Partnerships with U.S. conferences and churches also provide a vibrant support network. Bishop Benjamin Boni of the Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area provides episcopal oversight for the mission.
The United Methodist Church is one of the newest denominations in Cameroon. Influenced by the work of local leaders, the church is grounded in a holistic approach, spiritually and physically, in its outreach. The denomination was initially registered as a nongovernmental organization providing relief due to difficulties registering as a church, making the development of local leadership more challenging. Additionally, the lack of mission facilities also hinders its ability to hold worship services or organize clinics and schools.
Missionaries have played multiple roles in Cameroon, such as preacher, teacher, church planter, entrepreneur, healer, organizer, agronomist, and evangelist. View current missionaries in Cameroon on the right sidebar.
In Mission Together Partnerships
The In Mission Together coordinator provides training for U.S. churches to develop healthy partnerships as they move from short-term ministry to long-term relationships that build the capacity of the church in Cameroon. The coordinator also connects the church in the United States with ministry in Cameroon and assists with communication between the two. The In Mission Together interim coordinator for Cameroon is Patrick Friday (firstname.lastname@example.org). Share your prayers and get real time updates by joining the Facebook group page for this Mission Initiative. Visit the page and click on “Join Group” to become a part of the conversation.
For more information or to become involved please contact Rev. Eunice Iliya, regional executive for Cameroon (EIliya@umcmission.org), or you can give to the Cameroon Mission Initiative, Advance #00344A.