Cameroon

Cameroon was added to ITEMís list of countries in which Bible and theology seminars are being conducted in 2009 when Pastor Bob Allen from Washington State went there to work with Pastor Joel Ngoh and conduct ITEMís Institute in the Foundations of Church Leadership. Dr. Steve Van Horn, ITEMís founder and president, conducted his first seminar in the country in 2011. Pastor Joel is providing very capable leadership and the future of ITEMís ministry in Cameroon is bright.

Dr. Van Horn, ITEMís founder, conducted his first seminar in Cameroon on his 40th trip to Africa. ITEMís Cameroonian coordinator, Pastor Joel Ngoh, is a disciple of Nathan Chiroma, ITEMís Nigerian Coordinator. Joel is pictured here on a busy street in his home town of Bamenda, Cameroonís second largest city.
ITEM trains hundreds of pastors a year in groups ranging from 50-150 in size. The pastors listen intently because, for many of them, it is the first training of any kind they have received.
ITEMís extensive set of Bible and theology notes are a unique feature. For many of the pastors who attend the seminar, the notes serve as a resource as they move forward and study the Bible on their own for personal growth, in preparation for the sermons they preach, and as a tool to train others.
Rooms are usually full. The size of the group is determined by the amount of financial resources which are available. It costs ITEM $25/pastor ($35 if you include the costs of the trainer) and that provides four days of training, a daily lunch, 80 pages of notes and pays for all of the preparation and administrative costs as well.
Dr. Greg Trull helped with the lectures at the seminar. Dr. Van Horn is privileged to have pastors or professors accompany him on many of his trips. This lightens his load but also helps to demonstrate the needs of the churches in Africa and the pastors who serve in them.
It is a joy and a privilege to be appointed by God to stand in front of groups of untrained pastors and help them discover and understand what God has said to each of them through His inspired Word.
Pastors are given short breaks between each lecture and at lunch. They use these times to fellowship, relax, and discuss the lecture they have just heard.
Dr. Greg Trull, the Dean of the School of Ministry of Corban University (Salem, Oregon) and Seminary (Tacoma, Washington) assisted Dr. Van Horn at the seminar in Bamenda and is seen here interacting with one of the pastors during a break.
A trained pastor is the central figure when it comes to transforming the worldview in Africa. The traditional worldview includes witchcraft, animism, spiritism, and ongoing relationships with the spirits of ancestors. ITEMís goal is to help believers replace the traditional worldview with a biblical one.
This is the group that was trained in Bamenda, Cameroon. Dr. Van Horn and Dr. Greg Trull of Corban University and Seminary, in Oregon and Washington, are wearing the shirts and hats given to them as gifts by the pastors who attended the seminar.
ITEM is committed to training trainers in each country and setting up a network to continue the training and follow up throughout the year. This is the planning meeting in Bamenda where pastors and leaders from around the country were brought together to discuss the project.
The markets are a busy place, especially on the weekends. This is a picture of a local market in Bamenda. There is also a downtown area but this is where most of the people do their shopping.
This picture was taken out of the back seat of a car. This is another example of the busyness around the market.
It is always fun to visit the local handcraft market and negotiate the price. Sometimes you get what you want for the price you are willing to pay. Sometimes you donít. Dr. Trull bought this soccer jersey for his son. But the real purpose of the picture is to get a view of the line of small shops behind him. We stroll from booth to booth listening to the sales pitch at each one.
People do what they need to do to get produce to and from the market. This overloaded truck is one example. This is typical.
Africans are very resourceful. Notice the scaffolding. It is made of heavy tree limbs tied together with straps.