Jan 9, 2024 | Gilbert's Journal

Wishing a joyous New Year 2024 to all GKTM Subscribers!

Our recent journey took us on a family and missionary adventure to Limbe, Douala, and Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon.

Limbe, a breathtaking coastal city, holds a special place in our hearts as we paid homage to my late father, who peacefully passed away in my arms on September 7, 1997, at the General Hospital in Douala. His baptism into Christ just two months prior added a profound layer of reflection to our visit.

Reconnecting with my mother, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces underscored the belief that our families represent our primary ministry (1 Tim. 5:8). This realization marked a shift from the Christianity I practiced in the 90s and early 2000s.

In Douala, precious moments were shared with dear friends in the Church and extended family.

Arriving in Yaounde triggered a flood of memories from my first year at the University of Yaounde’s Physics and Chemistry Faculty in 1989/1990. A nostalgic journey ensued as we revisited the family I lived with during that time and explored the university premises.

This period of my life significantly influenced the past three decades — from acquiring proficiency in three international languages to embracing my calling as a disciple of Jesus, an evangelist, and now a teacher.

Exploring the “Palais de Congres,” the hub for Senators and top government officials, afforded a glimpse into the city’s political core. Spending time with childhood friends and participating in one of the city’s main cultural activities — exercise — added a vibrant touch to our visit.

The last day was dedicated to preparing for the upcoming discipleship conference in Central Africa, hosted by the Churches in Cameroon, primarily in Yaounde. I had the privilege of addressing the church for the second time, following an earlier session on the 31st night.

God graciously blessed our entire journey, and now, I am gearing up for two significant engagements in January — speaking at the upcoming Image Bearers Conference this weekend (Click Here) and traveling to Harare, Gweru, and Bulawayo to strengthen the churches in Zimbabwe.

Grateful for your prayers, and to God be the glory!


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