Teaching and Preaching in Cameroon

A Team of 10 Ministered to Thousands

by Dale Fisher

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The team of 10 U.S. ISOL team members gathers with smiles.
The ladies proudly adorn their new Cameroon dresses.

While I was in Fundong, Cameroon, the Lord provided an amazing amount of ministry opportunities for me and my ISOL team of 10 U.S. teachers. See in this photo's front row (left to right) are Marla, Barbie, Callie, Pat , and Lee. In the rear row (left to right) are me, Jim, Alan, David, and Alfred (not pictured). All of the ladies and Jim are from a church in Loveland, Colorado, while Alan's dad, David, lives in Modesto, California, Alan lives in Colorado Springs, and Alfred lives in North Dakota.
The 10 of us ministered at an orphanage and spoke at these seven different conferences for members of the Cameroon National Baptist Convention (CNBC). As you'll see beneath my account of the seven conferences are a number of local ministry activities we participated in and enjoyed.

  1. The Pastor's Conference
  2. Childrenís Workers Training
  3. Youth Conferences
  4. Mentorís Conference
  5. Teaching at the Baptist International School of Theology (BIST)
  6. Menís Conference
  7. Womenís conference

Let me highlight important features of all seven conferences.

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Here's Cameroon's Pastor Romanus, a dedicated pastor
who walked for four days to attend this pastor's conference.

1. Pastor's Conference  The seventy-seven Cameroon pastors who attended this conference are committed. For example, Dale Fisher teaches "family devotions" to a number of Cameroon pastors. Pastor Romanus (in the photo to the right) didn't fly or drive to the conference. Instead, he walked for four days from his remote village of Fura-Awa, while Pastor Bernard walked eight hours from Akeh.

The conference went well for our team's four speakers. I felt that my talks on Sonship, family devotions, and inductive Bible-study methods went very well.
Mrs. Barbie Murphy leads a session on Sunday school teaching
during the Children's Workers Training portion of the conference.

2. Children’s Workers Training  Twenty-five students attended this week-long conference, targeted to train Sunday school teachers and others who minister to children.

3. Youth Conferences  Six youth conferences were held during the final two weekends. The youth decided that attendance would be better if their conferences were more local. They were correct. Pat gets up on a public transport motorcycle on route
to teach at a distant youth conference.
The combined attendance for all six youth conferences was 1,313.
Alfred spoke at a number of these conferences, as did Callie and Pat. Here's a photo of Pat riding on a motorcycle (public transportation in Cameroon) to go to a distant youth conference that was so remote that most cars canít go there during the rainy season now in progress. Unfortunately, the driver hit a bad spot in the road and the bike went down. Fortunately, Pat suffered only a few cuts and bruises for her heroic effort.

4. Mentorís Conference  Alan and Jim taught the 10 leaders in the Mentorís conference. This training was for leaders who supervise others.
Part of the content was a class called "Pray, Care, Share," which is a relationship-based evangelism strategy to be used in a person's neighborhood with people he knows or is getting to know. It starts off by asking the person if you can pray for her or him and then doing that. Later, you look for opportunities to show care for that person, and you do that as well. Finally, it comes to the point where you share the importance of Christ in your life with your neighbor.

5. Baptist International School of Theology (BIST)   During the second teaching week, I taught Dale (right) gives this Bible-school student a complimentary copy
of "The Master Plan of Evangelism."
Bible-school students are taught evangelism and discipleship by Dale. a 20-hour class on evangelism and discipleship. Each of the 16 Bible-school students I taught received a free copy of "The Master Plan of Evangelism" textbook (as shown in the right-hand photo) that a home Bible-study group from my church had donated to these students.

6. Menís Conference  The night before our second week of teaching started we got a big surprise. One of our hosts said that the menís three-day conference would run from Monday through Wednesday and we were to be the speakers. This was the first time we had heard this. Each of us was already fully scheduled for the next three days to teach at a womenís conference, the BIST classes, and at the Mentorís conference. There were no other teachers available to lead the men's conference. Pretending to be a balloon man giving the gentlemen free balloons,
Dale introduces everyone to evangelism.

After a little thinking and prayer, we decided to try to do it anyway. I switched my BIST class venue from the Bible school to the church that would host the menís conference and taught the men the same evangelism and basic follow-up material. Alan and Alfred also volunteered to teach a few sessions so we filled the open men's conference slots effectively. Fortunately, because God is good, we made it through this challenge and the men appreciated our teaching very much.
Godlove (right) practices sharing the four spiritual laws
with another man.
Two men eagerly learn how to share their faith using the "Four Spiritual Laws" booklet.A number of team members had, on their own, brought with them several "Four Spiritual Laws" evangelistic tracts and gave them to me to use for the Menís conference. This worked out really well. Monday morning and afternoon and Tuesday morning, I taught both groups; the men's group and the BIST students. I presented the basic Campus Crusade evangelism training, instructing the men to share their faith using an evangelistic booklet titled "The Four Spiritual Laws".
Tuesday afternoon, I presented a class titled "How to Follow Up with a New Believer" but had only one set of study notes, which I gave to a man called Godlove, who was an officer in the menís group. The amazing thing was that 21 men approached him, borrowed the follow-up notes, and photocopied them at their own expense.
All in all, there were 76 from Cameroon who attended the menís conference.

7. Womenís Conference  With 201 women attending, this was our biggest single conference.

To see our five Colorado lady leaders, as well as the Cameroon women's smiles, hold your cursor over this photo.

Singing is a big part of the worship experience with the Kom people
in Cameroon. It was a most-enjoyable part of the closing ceremony
of the women's conference.

For the ladies, this was only the third women’s conference that the denomination has had in its entire existence. This year, five ladies from a church in Loveland, Colorado, took part as the speaking team. My thanks go to Marla, Barbie, Callie, Pat , and Lee. Can you find them in the above large-group photo? Try placing your cursor over any portion of that wide image.

Here are some of the other ways we enjoyed ministering
to the many Cameroonian people.

A delighted Dale enjoys preaching to many in a local Baptist church. Preaching in Local Churches  On August 15, I preached to approximately 200 worshipping people at the local Cameroon National Baptist Convention church, in Kikfuini. My message, titled "Battling a Giant", was taken from 1 Samuel 17, which featured David battling Goliath.
The following Sunday, I preached to a smaller congregation at Njinikijin. All totaled, the four of us on our ISOL preaching team delivered nine sermons at local Cameroon churches.

Here's another version of how Cameroon orphanage children
happily hold their new, cuddly Beanie Babies,
compliments of the ISOL mission team.
This young Cameroon orphanage child safely stores
her new Beanie Baby doll using the traditional Kom style.
Giving away Beanie Babies to the children at the orphanage ISOL ministry team members gladly donated a number of adorable Beanie Baby dolls to young children at the local orphanage. The dolls were leftovers from our recent Kenya mission journey.
The wise orphanage staff members suggested that I spread out some of the biggest Beanie Babies on a table and let the 10 oldest orphans come in, look at them for a minute, and each take the one they wanted. This was a wonderful idea. Repeatedly, I added more Beanie Babies for the next group to came in and make their selections. This went on until all the orphans had each chosen a Beanie Baby.
These two photos were taken the day after the evening's "giveaway."

School classes are held on Sunday afternoons in the courtyard of the Imam's compound.
When Dale visited the school, approximately 10 children were learning verses
from the Koran.
Visiting a Koranic (Muslim) School of Unreached People who live up the road. School classes are typically held every Sunday afternoon in the courtyard of the Imam's compound. When I visited the school, approximately 10 children, boys and girls, as shown in this photo, were learning verses from the Koran — reading them aloud, memorizing them, and reciting them.

The Fon was indeed delighted to receive the head-flashlight
that Dale had given him this visit.
Experiencing the ďFonĒ (a.k.a., king of the Kom tribe)  On Saturday, August 16, we visited the Fon, which is always a memorable event. Because we were late, due to our guide not showing up at the scheduled time, we simply flexed and had a good time.
Our visit was short this year because the customary palace lunch wasn't being served so were in the courtyard but not sitting near the Fon. Last year there was a big meeting of about 40 quarterheads and other officials in full Kom dress regalia, so it seemed very tame this year.
The Fon was cordial, but we didn't stay long because he was ill. I gave him our collective monetary gift and acted as the spokesman for our group, since I was the team leader. I also gave him a framed 5-by-7-inch that photo I took of him last year. He really liked it.
I reminded him that I'd given him a wind-up flashlight three years ago. He said that it broke and asked me for a replacement. I happened to have a Harbor Freight $6 head-flashlight (as shown in the photo) in my backpack so I presented it to him. He tried it and liked this gift equally as well. When I showed him how it worked, a big smile came across his face and he crossed himself as Catholics do. We later learned that he is Catholic.

Dale obviously enjoyed the local waterfall
that he discovered in Fundong this year.
Discovering a local waterfall  I discovered a waterfall in nearby Fundong. I enjoyed its majestic power and beauty. Even though I've been to Fundong three times previously, this was the first time I visited the big waterfall, just below the city center and marketplace. It was really full and gushing. When you enlarge this photo, you'll see the mist above my head that was blowing from the falls. Gee: Why didn't I go before? I will definitely go again!

Warmly in Christ,

another Christian fish with a cross