The dust kicked up in the air as our car made its way down the boulevard that was teeming with cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles all maneuvering their way through the directionally complicated and congested city streets. The African sun pounded with intense heat off the city streets of Douala, Cameroon. We had traveled through the night to arrive in time for our scheduled frontline pastors meeting. The room was filled with African leaders, national missionaries working among unreached people groups, and pastors from across West Africa. We met them and listened to their stories about the ministries they had established to reach unengaged and unreached people groups in their unique context. Many had traveled a great distance to receive training and encouragement. The stories of their work gripped my heart, knowing the great sacrifice they make each day and the risks they take to share the Gospel in very dangerous and hostile regions across West Africa.
Investing time, money, and resources in these leaders has the greatest return on investment because they speak the language, they understand the culture, and they don't require great financial support to carry the gospel to their region. One of the pastors we met in Cameroon was Raymond Gobum from the north part of the Kaduna State of Nigeria. He had traveled to Cameroon to participate in our training. Pastor Raymond is creatively reaching the Muslim Hausa Tribe by teaching them the practical skill of agriculture so they can feed themselves and their families. His witness among them is strong as he works to lead them to faith in Christ. Through diverse efforts like Pastor Raymond's, the Gospel is shining in the darkest places in our world. We are giving leaders the help they need to spread the glorious light of God's word.
Throughout our stay in Cameroon, we rolled up our sleeves and pressed in to help bring these indigenous pastors and missionary leaders the tools they need to help them be more effective in their work. We conducted pastoral training and discipleship workshops, and we crafted marketplace workshops to teach business principals as a means of seeing the Great Commission integrated into the missional marketplace space. We worked with university students from Beau Cameroon to encourage the NextGen leaders to participate in the transformation of their nation. As these Kingdom leaders bring the light of God to the darkest places on earth, they often fight off discouragement, loneliness and a lack of resources they need to be effective. The greatest threat on the global church is not persecution or the lack of money for ministry - the greatest threat on the global church is pastors and leaders who do not watch their life and doctrine closely, and who do not persevere in the preaching of God's word. This is why we work to equip indigenous leaders for the Great Commission.
When you partner with Global Advance to bring training, tools, and fresh vision for the assignments of indigenous leaders, you are offering a lifeline to these frontline leaders. At our Frontline Pastors training events, these leaders often receive food, lodging, transportation assistance, training that strengthens their doctrine, training materials, books, Bibles, encouragement for the preaching of God's word, and regional friendships that can serve as a resource of hope. We are seeing great fruit from working with these frontline leaders. As a result of our teaching, strategic planning and training, 45 leaders in Cameroon made a commitment to plant a church with in the next 12 months. And not just anywhere, but among regional, unengaged and unreached people groups.
Thank you for helping us serve these hidden heroes of the faith.
Ken Janke Director of Programs and Partnerships.