Catholic Berakah Ministries in collaboration with the Catholic University Institute of Buea have supported over 300 internally displaced persons from within the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. This assistance in kind and in cash was provided to the displaced recently at the Catholic Berakah Ministries, under the guidance of Rev. Fr. George Nkeze Jingwa- founder of Catholic Berakah Ministries
Before the distribution of gifts to the displaced, a three-day prayer session under the theme “An approachable God (Heb. 4:14-16)” was organized with the objective to pray for peace in Cameroon and for God to restore love, peace and Unity to the nation. The forum was equally used to educate the internally displaced persons and some Christians on the need for peace, love, forgiveness and reconciliation amidst the ongoing crisis.
Rev. Fr. George Nkeze in his homilies during this period began by talking to the internally displaced persons about the love of God and the plan of God in which he told the Christian community and the internally displaced that nothing can ever stop them from the plans of God. He went further to remind them that God plans for their lives must come to fulfillment for they should never give up on God for no matter their challenges, nothing can ever stop them from the love of God nor stop the plan of God in their lives.
Talking to the internally displaced, Rev. Fr. George Nkeze captioned one of his sermons “Repositioning and Restructuring” in which he focused on the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible (Ruth 1 vs 4-14) where he pointed out the path under which Christ was born amidst the difficulties faced by Naomi and Ruth whom God later repositioned them to Bethlehem and they eventually gave birth to David whose generation later gave birth to Jesus Christ as evident in Mathew 1 vs 1 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”. Rev. Fr. George Nkeze told participants that what happened to Naomi and Ruth will surely happen to them if they believe and have faith in the approachable God.
The internally displaced persons received medical examination and medications from the CUIB Sr. Emmanuella Fomenkey Memorial Clinic as well as other gifts in cash and in kind including Rice, Soap, Salt, Magi, Groundnut oil, shoes, cloths, bags and many others.
It is worth mentioning that during the three day prayer session, CBM in partnership with CUIB, provided transportation services to the displaced persons who at the end of the session, expressed their appreciation to the institution and donors for their kind gesture.
“I am very happy with the support given by the Catholic Berakah Ministries in collaboration with CUIB. I left Munyenge a village in Muyuka Sub Division in Fako South West Region of Cameroon with nothing running from the conflict and I only arrived at Buea with the dress on my body. My whole house was burnt with all of our properties inside while in church. On that fateful Sunday we were in church and out of a sudden we started hearing gunshots and the priest asked us to stay in church and continue praying but as we prayed, the gunshots intensified between the Cameroon military and some armed men.
We were forced to escape to the bushes together with our priest and from 08:00 am to 09:00 pm we stayed in the bush as the gun battle intensified. As the gun battle quiet down we tried returning to our homes only to find out that our homes were being set on fire and we were then forced to escape back to the bushes with just the dresses on us. After spending some days in the bushes we managed to walk for a long distance and finally arrived at Buea where we begged for a place to sleep. As I speak there are many people in the Bushes- women are giving birth with no medical attention, old people are sick and are dying every day in the forests. I want to thank God for making it to Buea.
The dresses, the food and financial assistance given to us will help a lot” Mami Nangong Patricia told CUIB communications team.
Rev. Fr. George while handing the gifts to the displaced, appreciated them for attending the program and enjoined them to always pray for their nation, show love to one another and preach peace to each other