The Godpod Project

Dear Friend,

Because of your support people in the Bamileke Bantu Tribe of Cameroon are hearing about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We recently received several powerful testimonies from individuals of the community whose lives have been forever changed by the message they received through AWR programs.

Tsakeng Justin and his wife belonged to another faith. Tsakeng started listening to AWR messages in the Yemba language, which is spoken in several western Africa countries. He was so touched by the Advent message that last year he accepted the truth and became a baptized member of the Adventist church.

His wife did not share his enthusiasm and has not been so supportive.

However, Tsakeng has not let that stop him from fellowshipping with other believers. He wanted to start a small group of Sabbath school learners in his home, but his wife objected. His wife has tried many methods to discourage him. First, she hid his church clothes, then his Bible. So Mr. Justin attends church feeling untidy and without his Bible.

Tsakeng and his wife have children, but she prevents them from attending services with him. Recently, she refused to give him food to eat. So Tsakeng has purchased a stove to cook for himself.

The Bible worker who visits the tribe has met Tsakeng’s wife, finds her very unfriendly, and has received death threats from her. He is concerned for his safety when he visits Tsakeng’s home.

None of these challenges have stopped Brother Tsakeng in his faith. In fact, he does everything he can to share the message in his community.

“At last I’ve found the real message, the real truth, and I remain a member of the Adventist church although my wife’s threat.”

We seek your prayers for Brother Tsakeng and other believers whose faith is tested daily.

We heard from another listener in that region named Honore, also a part of the Bamileke Bantu Tribe.

The messages he heard touched him deeply. In previous years, he had tried to baptize himself. When he heard AWR’s message in his own language, he was convicted by the teachings.

Honore shares:

“I was convinced that I should ask to be baptised into the Adventist church. On the day of my baptism, there was heavy rain at the lake. I was greatly relieved that they didn’t postpone my baptism. So it was under a severe rain storm that I received the real baptism into the Seventh-Day Adventist church in the Dschang community.”

Honore has made it his mission to be a witness in his community, using the shop he owns to share the gospel.

“In the evenings I share the AWR messages over loudspeakers so that the message of the good news can be heard by the whole village.

My store has become a meeting spot for the local Seventh-day Adventist Bible worker. We are in the process of preparing for an evangelism campaign to take place in the front of my store.”

A little more about the people of Bantu... Did you know they often worship the dead? Indeed, they need the gospel in a mighty way!

We are working to produce content for this region in the Ghomala language. When we started programs in the Yemba language, many baptisms came as a result. We believe the same thing will happen, if we obtain the support to begin producing programs in the Ghomala language.

Your continued support allows the message of hope to travel to this area of great need. Thank you for your faithful monthly support.

Your gifts will make it possible to begin producing Ghomala programming, so that Christ’s saving message can be heard in these remote locations of the world.

Maranatha!

Dowell Chow

President

October 2014: The President of AWR visit our Bible workers in Cameroon

The President of AWR, the village chief, and some new believers

 Bible Worker, Mathias Fongang, introducing the godpod in the village Bafou, in Cameroon.

Mother Madeleine,(90 years old) received one of the first godpod that Bantu Hope Ministries in partnership with Adventist Word Radio send to Cameroon in April 2013.

After few months listening to the Bible message loaded in the godpod in her own dialect, Mother Madeleine,(90 years old) turned away from ancestral worship and gave her live to the Lord.

Mother Elizabeth surrounded by other new baptized christian who recieved the good news through the Godpod project.

To date, Bantu hope Ministries and Adventist World Radio have distributed over 180 Godpod.

 

The Ancestors did not Punish the Metenou

 

The Bamileke people in Cameroon are reputable for their strong attachment to their traditions anchored in ancestral worship, a belief that the deaths are not dead.  The Bamileke people lives to cater to the spirit of their ancestors; the Bamileke live in fear that if they disobey their ancestors, they will be severely punished.

Early 2012, Bantu Hope Bible worker, Mathias Fongang, started sharing the Three Angels' Message in the Taguiméa neighborhood, in Cameroon. Brother Metenou and his wife were the first to be convicted and decided to turn away from ancestral worship and to give their lives to the Lord. By October, the Metenou opened their house to start a new Bible study group that meet every Wednesday. But many people in the village did not like it.

 January 14, 2013 will be forever carved in the memory of brother Jacques Metenou and his family. This Monday started as an ordinary day. In the morning, the Metenou family held their worship as usual, and they dressed their 2 children  for school.

At 7am, Jaques Metenou and his wife, both members of the Adventist Church, went to work in their field. At 4 pm, when the couple returned, they were surprised with the excitement in their neighborhood, very unusual. Soon, they learned that their house was on fire ... As they rushed home, the couple found that their house was on fire, and it burned down to the ground. They lost everything, everything they have acquired during their lives: kitchen utensils, furniture... nothing was spared by the flames. One consolation: the children were safe. Metenou's wife hugged them and praised the Lord.

 The couple did not understand because they had not lit a fire before leaving in the morning. What happened? Whence came this destructive fire? Why did God  allowed this fire? What will they-become? These are questions which jostle in their mind.

But the neighbors have all found their answer: for them, the Adventist Church is responsible for this disaster. Indeed, in this village strongly turned to the worship of ancestors, the coming of the Adventist Church is resented because it teaches people to worship God alone. The neighbors believe the Metenou are being punished for turning away from ancestral worship.

 

 

Today, while waiting for God to help them rebuil their home, the Metenou family live temporarily with a brother.

If the Holy Spirit impresses you to help the Metenou family rebuild their home, Please click of the button below to proceed with your donation. 

The Godpods are in order!

The Adventist World Radio has graciously allowed us to use their recording studio in the city of Younde to produce the content for our godpod project. Bible worker Mathias Fongang has already made many trips to the city to translate and record the scripture-base messages approved by the SDA church into the "YEMBA" dialect. Despited the equipments breaking down constantly, the project is moving forward. By mid-July, we will have about 90 hours of recording and will move forward with our first order of the godpod in the "YEMBA" dialect. Thanks for your prayers and your generous contributions to help reach the illiterate population with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ before probation closes. 

 

Picture above: Bible Worker Mathias Fongang and Elder Bakari, director of the communication, PR & Religious Liberty Department of the Central African Union Mission, during a recording process of the godpod content in the "YEMBA" dialect.

Picture above: a group of people worshiping in Bafou/Lepia, a newly created congregation. Bantu Hope sent Bible worker Mathias Fongang in the village Bafou in 2010. Since then, many people have turned away from ancestral worship to give their life to the Lord. On May 2012, after 9 more people gave their life to the Lord during an evangelism seminar conducted by Pastor Michel Fopah and Bible Worker Mathias Fongang, the church decided to create a new congregation to accommodate the new believers.

Picture Below: A group of young people during Bible study. We are reaching effectively the young people and those who are able to read. But, with the high illiteracy rate in the village, we need the godpod to reach those who cannot read. They too deserve to have the opportunity to know the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

If the Lord is inspiring you to do something, take action now!

 

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Congo R. D. Chapter

 Partners to the godpods Project:
  1. Adventist World Radio
  2. South Central Conference Ministerial Department
  3. South Central Conference Men's Ministry
 Bantu Hope Ministries is Member of:
  1. ASI since 2010
  2. Outpost Center International since 2012
  3. Riverside Chapel SDA Church in Nashville, Tennessee.