How the CBC Men, Women and Youth Department have adjusted their Programs due to the double burden of the Anglophone Crisis and COVID-19

How the CBC Men, Women and Youth Department have adjusted their Programs due to the double burden of the Anglophone Crisis and COVID-19

Men’s Department

It is very true that since March 2020, things have not been the same in the Men’s Department because of Covid-19. Our Calendar of Activities has been affected seriously in that, the mobilization and encouragement visits to Fields by the Director could not hold. So my visits to Mbem, Mbaw, Noni and Lingam were postponed to July when the situation is put under control. The CBCMD June National Council is equally postponed to July. The 2020 Men’s Week of Missions observed weeks ago was not really encouraging,
he Covid 19 Pandemic has affected the Youth Department of the CBC in diverse ways. As per our calendar of activities, all the youth capacity seminars, 3H and BB programs for March, April, and May could not hold. Even the second planning meeting towards our national youth camp could not hold, thus costing the department a lot.

Some of these activities bring in funds for the smooth functioning of the Department. We have been using mostly social media in holding our meetings and phone communication since movement is restricted. We have also encouraged youth groups in
churches or Fields who can still meet to do so under strict considering the times; but we are trusting God for a breakthrough .Celebrations to mark the
2020 Fathers’ Day take place on 14th June. Considering that the mandate of the CBCMD Exco was extended since the General Session could not hold, they are equally adjusting with a focus on vision 2020 though it seems very
difficult as most fellowships are no longer meeting. Our prayer is that God should deliver us from this pandemic so that we can switch back to our formal way of worship and implement our set target for vision 2020.

Women’s Department

The Socio-Political crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon has greatly affected the CBC Women’s Department Ministry activities for close to four years and has been compounded by COVID -19
.This has not only hindered ministry in the North West and South West Fields of the Convention but also in all the 32 Fields and Areas of the
Convention. The joy we have is that we have recorded the highest number of manuals produced and sold these last two years, an indication that the women are more zealous to grow in the things of God. Some women still meet and study their manuals with strict observance of physical distancing and observing all the hygiene rules given by the government and CBC health authorities. Some women are preparing to be dedicated in their local churches during the Founder’s day celebrations, thanks to the dynamism of some Chairladies at a time as this.

At Office level, we are coordinating the writing and editing of the 2021 Women’s manual, Young women’s manual and a neighborhood discipleship manual. We are supervising the production and sales of WD fabric and T-shirts. We are also coordinating the Women’s Empowerment Center project in Mile 3 Bamenda which has slowed down because of low cash flow. The project is closer to the second and last decking. We pray it kicks off again soon. Most of the planned activities for this year at national level have not held; the General Session, the Director’s visits to scheduled Fields, Leadership Seminars, and CNLM conference. I am happy that reports from
women in the Fields indicate that they are not just idling around. They are still carrying out women’s work using different strategies. The extended one year to the Exco is also challenging because the scheduled Executive meetings and Leadership workshops did not hold in May. Yet the EXCO will continue to do their work through social media platforms like WhatsApp groups.

Youth and Students Department

COVID-19 Pandemic has affected the Youth Department of the CBC in diverse ways. As per our calendar of activities, all the youth capacity seminars, 3H and BB programs for March, April, and May could not hold. Even the second planning meeting towards our national youth camp could not hold, thus costing the department a lot. Some of these activities bring in funds for the smooth functioning of the Department. We have been using mostly social media in holding our meetings and phone communication since movement is restricted. We have also encouraged youth groups in COVID-19 prevention rules.

All public gatherings have been postponed and only other wise very
imperative issues are handled on social media. The collaborators will still function on their post until they hand over. Other challenges we face are the fact that not all Field Youth Chairpersons have android phones. This
makes information sharing challenging. Poor network too affects information from reaching the grassroots or remote Fields. The crisis in the NW and SW Regions has greatly hindered ministry as the office is not able to visit or hold programs in some Fields because of the “no go areas”.