The CBC Executive President visits the Fields
The CBC Executive President, Rev.Dr Ncham Godwill, has -`since January been criss-crossing the country to touch base with the Christians and institutions of the church in the fields. The message of the EP to the fields has been three-pronged, namely, to encourage them towards renewed vigor in proportionate giving, contribution to the CBC Development Fund, and the need to be faithful and loyal to God.
The EP’s pastoral and working visit to Ndop had a special skew for two reasons. The first reason is the recent Bangolan chieftaincy crisis that had an adverse effect on the Bangolan Baptist Health Center. The second reason is the worsening enrolment of Baptist Teacher Training College Ndop due to the protracted Anglophone crisis.
Rev.Dr Ncham therefore brought words of comfort and encouragement to the staff and leadership of the Bangolan Baptist Health Center. He said everything rises and falls with leadership. He said his presumption was that the leadership of Bangolan Baptist Health Center was doing a great job; otherwise the health facility would not have survived the confusion generated by the chieftaincy crisis in the area. He urged the staff of the health center to do their best in providing health care as a means of drawing multitudes to Christ. Dr Ncham encouraged the health workers to be loyal even in trying moments. Loyalty, he posited, is most evident when the risks are higher.
The Bangolan Baptist Health Center is picking up gradually but reassuringly after the recent chieftaincy crisis that disrupted the flow of activities in the Fondom in general and affected service uptake at the Baptist Health Center in particular. Rev.Ncham lifted the patients in that facility to the healing hands of God in prayers. The Chief of Post for Bangolan Baptist Health Center, Mr. Nkeng Godlove, pledged on behalf of his team, to take very seriously the EP’s message of love, loyalty and commitment.
The Executive President’s second stop was at Baptist Health Finkwi Babungo, where he encouraged the staff to participate in the development of the CBC by supporting the CBC Development Fund. The staff gave him a wooden stool of leadership and pleaded that he should use every means within his competence to help mobilize resources to complete the building project at the health facility. The multi-room project is envisaged to provide better health care to the indigenes of Babungo and neighboring communities. The EP challenged the staff of Finkwi to see their services as an opportunity to fish souls for heaven, and not just as a job. The Chief of Post of Finkwi Baptist Health Center, Mr. Menang Innocent, appreciated the EP’s message and pledged to encourage his staff to embrace the CBC Development Fund.
Conscious of the miserable situation of the CBC teachers, the Executive President held a meeting with the staff members of Baptist Teacher Training College and Baptist High School Ndop. He told the teachers that the solution to their problems would come from a gentlemanly agreement rather than a legalistic approach. BTTC Ndop which used to have hundreds of students in the good old days had only eight students in 2017/2018 academic year, making the institution a disaster in economic terms. The Principal of BTTC Ndop, Mrs. Mbah Grace, said the teachers were depending on God’s miracles for their survival.
The Executive President also met with the Ndop Field Administrative Council members. He admonished them to ensure that all pastors are well paid and supported adequately so they may do their pastoral work effectively and efficiently. Mrs. Mbapa Beatrice, Vice Principal of Government Bilingual High School Ndop and member of the CBC General Council, congratulated the EP on his initiative to move to the various fields to explain the development path he has designed for the CBC.
The EP’s last meeting grouped the pastors and appointed deacons OF Ndop. He met with them at Fountain Baptist Church Bamunka. He reminded them of the mission statement of the CBC, that is, “Proclaiming the Gospel Holistically in Cameroon and Beyond in Obedience to the Great Commission”. The Administrative Assistant to the EP, Rev. Ngala Godlove, gave a power- point presentation of the projects financed by the CBC Development Fund. The EP then explained the urgent need for Christians and churches to support the CBC Development Fund through donations and term deposits. The Ndop Field Pastor, Rev. Menang George described the EP’s visit and message as a very timely intervention to give the Christians and institutions assurance in a perilous moment in the life of the nation.
By Emmanuel Bah Tokoh