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“The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” Rom. 8:26

Wednesday, April 30

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Cameroon

 

An African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It is in this light that the Presbyterian Church, Buea Station decided to have a special day for fathers and sons. The idea was essentially for the church to be a part of shaping families—and therein the society—by teaching and guiding its young men in the way they should go (Prov. 22:6).

The program for the day was put together and coordinated by young adults in the congregation. It had two objectives:

     • For our men to arise and become godly fathers
     • For fathers to mentor their sons

The program consisted of a six-hour retreat, in which I spoke from the perspective of a father; Dr. Ronald Gobina, a young adult, spoke from the perspective of a son; and Rev. Aboseh Ngwana, the parish pastor, spoke as the spiritual father of the congregation. We then watched the movie Courageous, after which both the young men and the fathers shared from their experience. After making a pledge to consciously work at building their families, the fathers and sons were blessed during a worship service. Sons then had the singular privilege of being served by their fathers at a table fellowship.

Our next plan is to hold a similar event for mothers and daughters.

The harvest we shall have will depend on the seeds we have sown!

—Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Asana, moderator, Presbyterian Church in Cameroon

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church in Cameroon: Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Asana, moderator • Eglise Presbyterienne Camerounaise: Rev. Dr. Richard Ondji’i Toung, general secretary • Council of Protestant Churches in Cameroon: Rev. Philippe Nguete, general secretary • Network Fighting Hunger in Cameroon (RELUFA): Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo, coordinator

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, with RELUFA

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Vera Greene, BOP
Alan Greenstine, BOP

Let us pray

Righteous Father, let your Word be the foundation of our lives, our families, and our homes; guide our young men to maturity in every aspect of their lives. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Exodus 15:22-16:10
Second Reading 1 Peter 2:1-10
Gospel Reading John 15:1-11
Evening Psalms 9; 118

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