Leadership Changes at CCC/CECPES “When I am gone, you should talk less of me, but sing of My God’s Sovereignty”- Rev. Dr. Ndongndeh

Leadership Changes at CCC/CECPES “When I am gone, you should talk less of me, but sing of My God’s Sovereignty”- Rev. Dr. Ndongndeh

By Akem Olives Nkwain Rev. Mbuh Julius, erstwhile head chaplain of Nkwen Baptist Hospital in Bamenda is the new Supervisor of the Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) and Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education (CECPES) in Bamenda. He took over the baton of leadership recently from the outgoing Director, Rev. Dr. Ndongndeh Godlove Nkwain who moves on to other pursuits. This was in a brief and symbolic event at the conference lounge of the centre. Chairing the handover, Mr. Warri Denis, Chief of Administration and Finance (CAF) appreciated Rev. Ndongndeh for his services at CCC/CECPES and the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services at large. He qualified him as a daring leader. “If our social services are relevant to the current dispensation, it is because Rev. Ndongndeh took the risk to align the services to the needs of the time. [For this] I congratulate him,” said the CAF. We shall work hard to consolidate the achievements thus far, and why not improve, as well as scale up the services to meet the ever growing demand, he added. Rev. Dr. Ndongndeh was at the genesis of CCC/CECPES way back in 2009 at Mbingo Baptist Hospital. He says though it was a journey into the dark, the programmes offered at the centre has gained grounds and being sought after by all. “Our services have touched lives of thousands both from within and without the region. During the Anglophone crisis, the Clinic did a lot in trauma counseling and has since then been the center of consultancy to many practitioners around,” bragged the scholarly Psychotherapist in his handover notes. In terms of training, CCC/CECPES has trained well over 1000 Cameroonians including social workers who are today being used by both the CBC and national/international Non- Governmental Organizations. Our students included but no limited to pastors and seminarians taking units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for ministerial, academic and/or personal reasons, said Rev Ndongndeh. To the incoming, the CAF pledged the support of the administration. “Rev. Mbuh though you are new to this office, you are not new to the service. We will give you the necessary support and didactics you need to function well,” he said.

As Rev. Ndongndeh moves on to other ventures, he used the occasion to implore the staff of CBC Health Services, who were now more to him like family, to talk more of his God whose sovereignty enabled him to accomplish what he did during his stay at CCC/CECPES. “I covet your prayers as I serve God in similar ways elsewhere for the benefit of the larger Church of God. I promise to remember you in my prayers as God prompt me to do so,” he said. Referring to the words of William Carey, an American Missionary to India, who once said, “When I am gone, talk less of William Carey, but more of William Carey’s God,” Rev. ​Ndongndeh said. “I therefore similarly urge you that when I am gone, you should talk less of Rev. Dr. Ndongndeh, but sing even on roof tops about Rev. Dr. Ndongndeh’s God who was sovereign, compassionate, caring and humanitarian in the real sense of the word. I sincerely love you all and will miss you dearly,” he crowned. The new Supervisor of CCC/CECPES, Rev. Mbuh Julius is an experienced hospital chaplain. Before coming to Nkwen Baptist Hospital, he served as head chaplain of Mbingo Baptist Hospital for several years.