Foreign missionaries have been serving in Cameroon since the mid-1800s. The CBC was birthed as a national church organization in 1954 from the fruit of missionaries sent by foreign organizations to plant the gospel . Since then, the CBC has maintained strong and mutually edifying partnerships with national and international organizations.
The CBC currently receives missionaries from five international organizations: the North American Baptist Conference (NAB), Converge, World Team, ReachGlobal, and Global Outreach. These missionaries primarily serve in areas of church planting, health, theological education, community development and bible translation with a focus on training, mentoring and capacity building.
The CBC believes that the kingdom of God knows no gender, ethnic or racial distinction and that the Body of Christ is global and one. Because God chooses to give different gifts to His people in order to build His Kingdom there will always be a place for missionaries from elsewhere to serve in Cameroon.
Greater kingdom ministry through healthy global partnerships.
Engage with, equip and encourage the Convention to shine the Gospel and fulfill her God given vision in Cameroon and beyond.
Take the things you heard me say in front of many other witnesses and pass them on to faithful people who are also capable of teaching others.
2 Timothy 2:2
Calvin James Hohn
Director, Cooperating Missions
Calvin first moved to Cameroon in 1989 to serve as the CBC TEE and Crusade Ministries Coordinator for two years. He returned in 1999 with his wife, Susanne, to engage in discipleship, leadership mentoring,and community development ministry. Since 2008,Calvin has been serving as CBC Director of Cooperating Missions. He holds a BA in Religion & Sociology and a MA in Intercultural Studies. When not in Cameroon, Calvin, Susanne and their two daughters reside in Western Canada.
Cooperating Missions Department In Action
How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Those Who Bring Good News
Programs and Services
How Will They Hear Unless Someone Is Sent
Our Department facilitates the deployment of expatriate missionaries that serve alongside national personnel in a variety of ministries:
- Church planting amongst least reached people groups
- Bible translation in partnership with CABEL and SIL
- Medical training through Pan African College of Christian Surgeons (PACCS) and Christian Internal Medicine Specialty (CIMS)
- Theological education and Pastoral training through the CBC’s seminary
- Community development
- Administrative & financial support services
- Expatriate missionary children’s education
- Support to CBC’s crisis relief programs
- Member care and support to expatriate missionaries
- The conflict in the NW and SW Regions has curtailed much of the ministry of some personnel of the department. Some have either transferred elsewhere in the country or returned to their home country, not knowing when or if they can ever return. Prayer is needed for wisdom for those who have remained in the midst of the conflict and for those who have left, to know when to return.
- The department used to facilitate and host more than 300 international volunteers annually. Due to the ongoing conflict in the NW and SW regions, and now COVID-19, the number of volunteers have drastically dropped to no more than 15 annually. Pray for both the conflict and the pandemic to be resolved so that volunteers can begin to return.
- Pray for a growing collaboration between the CBC and expatriate missionaries serving amongst least reached people.
- Pray for international mission organizations as they seek God for new ministry paradigms in a changed world due to the global pandemic.
Department of Cooperating Missions Annual Report 2021
The Department of Cooperating Missions continues to champion the ministries of the Cameroon Baptist Convention by providing personnel, volunteers, expertise and resources. Following examples of partnership in Scripture and throughout Church history, we continue to serve the church in Cameroon because we believe that greater Kingdom influence can be realize by joining our efforts together. The year 2021 presented continual challenges of movement and insecurity due to the on-going conflict, as well as challenges with the on-going global pandemic. While COVID-19 may still not seem very prevalent in Cameroon, it has drastically affected international travel and the countries where our missionaries and volunteers come from. Many of our needed volunteers have not been able to obtain visas to come as Cameroon’s boarders remain closed except to essential visitors. With much gratitude for the continued generosity of Christians and churches abroad, we were able to continue relief efforts in partnership with the CBC Crisis Relief Committee. Since the establishment of the Cooperating Missions relief fund in November 2018, we have raised and distributed more than 147,000,000 FCFA. Assistance with medical bills of conflict victims and facilitating Trauma Healing and Resilience workshops were the primary focus of the Crisis Relief committee and fund in 2021. The church has an opportunity to play a significant role in bringing healing to communities and the nation. It is a privilege to partner with the Convention to see individuals not only find healing from their personal trauma, but also become healers and peacemakers in their communities. This, all while we cry to God for an end to the war.
The following pages provide brief reports of how the Good News is being spreading in various corners of Cameroon through the ministries of our Cooperating Missions missionaries. Whether mentoring national missionaries, medical personnel, and young church planters, translating scripture in order to place mother-tongue Bibles in people’s hands or serving administratively, we are grateful for the opportunities to engaging with Christ’s church in Cameroon. May you be encouraged by how God is growing His Kingdom in Cameroon through our partnership
click the link to get the full report https://cameroonbaptistconvention.org/resources/