Cameroon Mission Initiative
The Cameroon Mission was established in October, 2005. Pastors and lay delegates from 19 congregations met in April 2006 for the first Annual Meeting of The United Methodist Mission in Cameroon. Status as a "mission" puts Cameroon under episcopal authority, namely that of Bishop Benjamin Boni of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), who presided at the annual meeting. Ten lay and local pastors and 14 lay evangelists received appointments for 2006-2007.
A United Methodist presence in Cameroon, a French and English speaking country in West Africa, goes back to 1999. The Rev. Charles Garrod, a retired pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, contacted the General Board of Global Ministries about the possibility of such an initiative. The idea had come from Cameroon citizen Victor Ayuk Enow who was a student at Calvin College at the time and had joined The United Methodist Church when Rev. Garrod was pastor in Grand Rapids.
8/9/10: This first group of pastors includes one woman--unusual for Africa.
by Elliott Wright
3/4/10: United Methodists in Yaoundé worked with volunteers from the US and with public health authorities to hold an ecumenical, interfaith eye clinic that served more than 700 people.
- Cameroon United Methodist Mission Holds First Annual Meeting, Global Ministries, May 1, 2006
- A New Mission in Cameroon, New World Outlook, July-August 2002.