[Photo Courtesy of the West Africa Division]

West-Central Africa

Nearly 2,000 Baptized After a Harvest Campaign via Zoom

This is the partial assessment of a harvest program held via Zoom by Dr. Kingsley Anonaba from June 6–12, 2021 at hundreds of reception points and among several hundred small groups in Cameroon

Cameroon | Abraham Bakari

The eyes shining; the smiles of happiness at the corners of the lips; the air of surprise; these describe the reaction of the majority of those who learn the news of the provisional result of 2,316 baptisms. The Amazing Truth Bible Lectures is a continuation of a well-planned program. For six weeks, beginning May 1, 2021, the entire Adventist Church in Cameroon had been studying the 28 fundamental beliefs.

The harvest followed with powerful messages on the theme "The Risen Savior”. Presented from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, these sermons were broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook. They were followed and watched in a dozen other countries, including Gabon, Chad, Rwanda, Ghana, and Nigeria, thanks to the good French translation by Pastor Sessou Selom.

The last day’s message, which was Sabbath, June 12, 2021, emphasized the spiritual disciplines of prayer, meditation on the Word of God, and witnessing, to which all newly baptized converts should commit. According to the non-consolidated report, besides the 1,912 baptized, hundreds of backsliders have come back to church. Addressing all of them, the speaker said, "The most important thing is not to be baptized only, but to abide in Christ and in the sheepfold."

In addition, during the final closing evening, expressions of gratitude broke out. First, the keynote speaker of this series, Pastor Kingsley Anonaba, executive secretary of the West-Central Africa Division (WAD), acknowledged the arm of the Lord and church involvement. "We owe the outcome to the grace of God, collaboration with the Department of Evangelism, and the efforts of leaders, pastors, elders, and church members."

Afterward, Pastor Yenge Isaac, executive secretary of the Cameroon Union Mission and coordinator of this program, expressed his gratitude just after sharing the results of the baptisms on a part of the territory. "These baptism figures are a very partial result. We are waiting for all the sites to communicate their reports", he said. Finally, Pastor Assembe Valère, president of the Adventist Church in Cameroon, did not fail to thank the administrators of the WAD for the choice of Cameroon for this pilot campaign. "When we say, ’Thank you’, it is because we are still asking for more”, he added.

This is the very first experience, and it encourages further exploration of the digital technologies in proclaiming the gospel message. The listeners are asking for more.