Monthly Archives: July 2014

Settling in Cameroon. (Part 9) Third term holidays are here !!!!!

After more than nine months of study, students have at last gone for holidays. Some, who wrote public exams are awaiting their results while others are using the holidays to partake in some economic activity that would enable them pay for their school fees and books for the coming academic year. Yet, some other students are using this time to travel and spend their holidays in other towns.

Whatever, they use it for, many students and parents agree that it is a welcome relieve from the usual hustle and bustle of the school time. This also is the time many young girls come out with different types of hairstyles and clothing all destined to seduce guys.

Some churches like the witness chapel church here in kumba have started organising holiday classes for kids in order to teach them christian principles. For other students, they attend the regular holiday classes. I wish all students a nice holiday season and may God bless you all with good results.

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Punctuality.

Punctuality can be defined as the act of something happening or being arranged at the correct time. It is not being late in whatever you do. Cameroonians are notorious for being late in whatever they do or organise. The act of coming late to occassions and appointments is so rampant that it has become the norm. It is not uncommon to be invited to a birthday or marriage that is said to start at 1600 hours but that would actually start at 2200 hours. Cameroonians call this late coming , ” african time”.

I remember while still resident abroad, that i was invited to a wedding to be a witness. My friend from a south American country was getting married to a danish woman and i had to be at the mayor’s office at 1200 noon which was when the occassion was scheduled to begin. Being a Cameroonian with my “african time” in my head i suspected the occassion was going to start at 1400 hours.

To my utter surprise, when i called my friend at 1330 hours that i was on my way coming, my friend told me the occassion was already over and that they had already returned home. I wondered in disbelieve how this could be possible. Instead of going to the mayor’s office, i went to my friend’s home and found him and the wife preparing the reception hall. I then, understood, that i was in a different society where time is respected. This was a different society where being on time was the norm.

I have since made punctuality a habit in my daily routine. Not only when i go to church but wherever else i am invited, I go there in time in total disregard of the “african time” syndrome. I have come to realise that we can only change our society by doing things on time because time is money. What do you think about this? Are you punctual? Write your comments below.

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Settling in Cameroon (Part 8) Wakekeepings banned in kumba Municipality.

So, recently, i was listening to lakeside city radio- one of the principal radio stations here in kumba – and there was this anouncement that wake keepings with corpse have been banned in kumba municipality. Given the way africans and mostly Cameroonians honour the dead it was a surprise and courageous decision; one in which the general population was considered.

My curiousity led me to start questioning the reason for such a decision. I used to remember the years before i travelled abroad how roads used to be barricaded because of wakekeeping programs in the city of Douala. Not only did it lead to traffic jams but it slowed down economic activity for somebody who is already dead. Other cities have passed this ban and many more are planning to do so.

I equally realised that this decision was taken for health concerns because dead corpses can transmit diseases to those spending the night too close to them. A new trend has, therefore, been started of making wakekeepings without corpse. The usual ‘ashuabis’ and other traditional regalia have not however disappeared. What do you think of this decision? Write your comments below.

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False Prophets.

A prophet is a person who carries a message from God. He is a vessel that God uses to transmit his message to a petson or to a nation. A prophet can also be defined as someone who knows the day to day details of God’s plan. You are called to the prophetic. You do not need to go to any school or pass any examination to become a prophet. Several prophets existed during biblical times from major prophets like Isaiah and Jeremaih to minor ones like Hosea and Joel.

The prophetic ministry has been made popular by prophet T.B Joshua of the synogogue church of nations and today many individuals have joined it. It is even said that right now 5 out of every 10 Cameroonians are prophets. The good thing about this is that the kingdom of God is expanding and the bad thing is that there are lots of false prophets out there. The difficult economic situation and the lack of jobs is pushing a lot of persons to the prophetic ministry whether they have the calling or not.

It is not unusual nowadays to be accosted by individuals in the street or in church who claim they have a message for you from God. They would convince you God has given them a message that they should tramsmit. I have noticed they target mostly women because women are most easily convinced. As soon as they have delivered their fake maessage from God, they expect to be rewarded either immediately or in not a distant future. How do you know a true prophet then?

The bible warns us to be careful about false prophets and to watch what they do in order to know whether they are false or not.(mathew 7:15) Unfortunately, the persons coming to prophesize to us are completely strange to us. It is, therefore, difficult to know them intimately. The only way to judge their prophesies is to observe whether their message comes true or not. (Jeremaih 28:9)

The bible warns us not to pay attention to false prophets who live among us or any other person who claims he can predict the future. (Jeremaih 29:8) They tell lies in the name of God and so should be shun However, in Jeremaih 23:28, God encourages a true prophet who has his message to proclaim it faithfully.

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Are you a church prostitute?

One of the principal requirements of keeping up your relationship with God is to attend a living church and associate with other christians brothers and sisters. Going to church keeps your faith alive, encourages you to share ideas with other christians an puts you in the presence of God. In addition, listening to the gospel in church helps renew your mind and increase your faith in God.

There are many churches out there today. From traditional pentacostal ones like catholics, presbyterian churches to born again ones like Witness chapel, redeem church. This seemingly limitless choice has pushed many christians to hop from one church to another in seach of salvation. What, then, are the reasons that propel christians to change churches?

The greatest church prostitutes are christians in search of signs and miracles. They are so much obssessed with miracles that they would hardly stay in a church devoid of them. Another catergory of church prostitutes are power hungry individuals. They want positions in church and when they do not get them, they leave to another church where they would occupy that position. Other reasons that christians cite for leaving churches are lack of peace and order, too much demand on them for money and a pastor who is too proud or greedy. Disagreement, misunderstandings and distrust between a pastor or prophet and a member of his congregation can lead this member to leave for another church.

Although nobody cautions you to stick in a church your entire life, it is advisable to worship in one ministry.

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Do you have a vision for your life?

Do you have a vision for your life?

The oxford advanced learner’s dictionary defines a vision as the ability to think about or plan the future with great imigination and intelligence. A vision is, therefore, how we see or picture the future. If you can imagine how your life would look like 5 or 10 years from now then you have a vision. It can be something as simple as seeing yourself as a lawyer, doctor, businessman notwithstanding your present condition.

Most people go through life without having a vision for their lives. And because of this they go through life not knowing what they want nor how to go about having it. Other people think they cannot amount to anything in life because they did not go to school or because they came from a poor family. To them, there is even no need to have a vision because nothing works in their life.

Friends, i want to tell you today that no matter the family you came from, despite the fact that you did not go to school, if you have a vision and you are committed to it, it would come to pass. I used to have a friend who graduated from the University of Buea with a Bsc in computer scienves. He decided to change careers because he could not get a job. For some people they would have said it is too late to go to school or that they do not have the money but my friend was undetered. He saved some money by doing odd jobs in town and he used this money to register in the accounting department of the university of Buea.

Upon graduation, he sat for the accounting exam ACCAD, and passed it and he was recruited to work in standard chartered bank in Douala. Today, he is an accountant at a standard chartered branch somewhere in the middle east.

So, friends, whatever vision God has laid in your heart, start doing it now. Let nothing stop you. And i would not be surprised in 5 years time from now what you would become. I wish you all a happy day.

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Abortion.

Abortion can be defined as the deliberate ending of pregnancy at an early stage. It is mostly performed by young single and married women between the ages of 12 anf 45 years who are of child bearing age.

There a number of reasons that can compel a woman to terminate a pregnancy. The principal one is because the baby is unwanted. Many young girls who are sexually active sometimes get pregnant. Most often, this child is not wanted by the girl either because she is too young to take care of a baby, she is going to school, she does not want to jeopardise her chances of marriage or she does not have the means to take care of a baby. Another reason is because of the health of the mother. If the doctor realises that the health of the mother would be in danger if she gives birth, he might decide to terminate the baby. Finally, some married women do it too when they become pregnant too soon after their last baby.

Abortion is normally performed in a hospital or clinic by a qualified doctor. However, young women, because of lack of financial means or the need of secrecy decide to do it at home. They, therefore, usually use traditional concortions or outlawed drugs to do away with the foetus. I heard young student doctors are experts in this domain.

Abortion is not without counsequences. It can lead to barenness, death and other complicated diseases. Many young women have died while trying to commit it. Some young women are unable to have kids today or have so many miscarriages because of the number of terminated pregnancies they had.

A number of solutions have been tried to do away with this social ill. In some developed countries, it has been legalised and is thus done in hospital by a qualified doctor. In Cameroon and many other countries, it is still punishable by law. The government is using sensibilisation of the youth and penalties to keep it under control.

The bible clearly condemns abortion. In timothy 2:22, the bible says we should be beware of youthful lusts. Young women should hold on to their virginity until they get married by shunning immoral habits and bad friends. The word of God should be the guiding principle in their lives.

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