Messy Church @ Fuller is back again on Sunday 25th November at 3:45pm.
Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is particularly suited to families, but welcoming to all. It meets at a time and on a day that suits local families and is particularly aimed at people who have never belonged to a church before.
Messy Church is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Registered Charity. www.brf.org.uk
For the first time in 11 years I was unable to travel to Cameroon this autumn. Prof Hesseling with whom I regularly travel had purchased his air tickets and our colleagues from Leeds General Infirmary had planned an itinerary. Six weeks ago Prof Pius Tih, Director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service contacted us and said, “Don’t come. Travel within Cameroon is very dangerous: we do not want to be responsible for your safety”. We hope to visit the Baptist hospitals in late January 2019.
After World War I the League of Nations mandated control of former German Camerun to Britain and France. The present troubles date from this division, being a dispute between the francophone government and the anglophone West. After decades in which the English speakers in the West have been economically marginalised, the francophone government imposed the French penal code on West Cameroon in 2016. I was in Cameroon at the time. Lawyers protested in the streets . Many were brutalised and put in prison. Teachers went on strike and many schools in the West remain closed to this day. The anglophone secessionists armed themselves in response to violent crackdowns by government soldiers and the armed gendarmerie. In the north west there are curfews and frequent roadblocks by both the secessionists and by government forces. It is difficult for patients to get to hospital or to travel between our hospitals, all 3 of which are in the anglophone West. Prof Pius Tih has banned all outreach activity to protect our hospital staff.
I was last in Cameroon in February 2018. There follows a report for 2018 based around 4 old photos:
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