Saturday, March 03, 2007

Hail to the President of Cameroon -- Day 10

French Word(s) of the Day: (today, you get two!) songe (pronounced like “sonj”) and rêve (pronounced like “rev”); both nouns mean “dream,” though rêve seems to be more common. Thus, “la maison de ses rêves” means “the house of his/her dreams.”

Face of the Day: President Paul Biya, second president of Republic of Cameroon, 1982-present: This picture hangs on the wall in most offices, stores, and schools – this same picture of a younger Paul Biya. He was re-elected to another seven-year term in 2004.

Cameroon Fact: As noted above, President Biya is only the second president of Cameroon. The first, Ahmadou Ahidjo, resigned in 1982 over health concerns. He died in exile (!) in Dakar, Senegal in 1989, after being accused of attempting to overthrow President Biya.

Mission Challenge of the Day: Tomorrow, you will be attending church (I hope!), and more than likely, you will also be attending your Sunday School class. Your challenge is to talk about the Mission in Cameroon – bring it up as a prayer request, or talk about something you learned about the country this week, or simply announce to the group that you are becoming Cameroonian this Lent!