Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How to Become Cameroonian in 40 Days -- Day 18

French Phrase of the Day: occupe-toi de tes oignons; literally means “busy yourself with your onions,” but it’s the French equivalent of the phrase, “mind your own business”!!

Face of the Day: Alexis Godonou, translator for Mission, Yaoundé: Those of you who have visited Cameroon know this face; Alexis has worked for the Mission for four years now. He’s a talented translator – he’s the only one I want by my side when I’m preaching! Currently, he is working closely with Maman Leah to further develop our Sunday School curriculum.

Cameroon Fact: Luc Richard Mba a Moute and Alfred Aboya are two more Cameroonians starring in this year’s NCAA finals. They both play for UCLA, and they’re both from Yaounde. Luc is actually a prince here, because his father is a village chief! There’s such interest in the Cameroonian connection stateside that there are a group of fans calling themselves the “Cameroon Crazies.” I suppose it involves body painting with yellow, red, and green! For more information on the three Cameroonians at the big dance, go to this interesting blog entry at Scribbles from the Den.

Mission Challenge of the Day: Your church can become a partner with one of the fledgling new United Methodist Churches of Cameroon. This is one of the best ways that you can help support the Mission; not only will your congregation be helping to pay a Cameroonian pastor’s salary support, but you will be getting to know the hopes, needs, and struggles of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. To find out how to become a partner church, you can peruse the information on the Cameroon Initiative website, and then contact Wanda and George Holcombe, official Cameroon Initiative representatives in the States, at geowanda@earthlink.net or wanda60@earthlink.net.