Area: 475,442 sq km
On the continental "hinge" between West and Central Africa Semi-arid in the north, grasslands in the centre, rainforest in the south.
Population: 19,958,351 Annual Growth: 2.29%
Official language: French; English Languages: 279 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Cameroon faces internal forces that could disable the nation. Cameroon is blessed with material resources, relative stability and diversity; these all have their costs and risks.
a) Widespread and deeply entrenched corruption, for decades, has crippled Cameroons economic and political progress. This blight runs deep in government administration, the police, the legal system and business. Anti-corruption initiatives (done at the behest of the international bodies that hand out loans and forgive interest on debts) have made some progress, but a deeper change of attitudes must occur. Pray that those stealing from the nation would be caught and stopped; pray also for a change in peoples lax attitude toward and acceptance of corruption.
b) Deep divisions of language, politics and faith are all potential flashpoints of tension and violence. Cameroon is divided between French and English regions, between Christian, Muslim and traditional religions, between government cronies and increasingly frustrated opposition. Pray for God to raise up reconcilers and peacemakers in this divided land.
c) Integrity in leadership will make a difference if even just a few key people speak, act and live with integrity. Pray for leaders who will be examples of righteousness and transparency rather than perpetuators of the status quo.
Support ministries for which intercession is needed:
a) Christian literature is a major need as well as opportunity. CMFI runs a publishing house that has already printed three million books and more than 10 million tracts. More literature workers, both expatriate and national, are needed for writing, publishing and distributing French, English and local-language materials. Ministries such as EHC, The Gideons and Book of Hope distribute hundreds of thousands of pieces of Christian literature each year as well as interact personally with the recipients.
b) Christian radio programmes and stations are an area of growth, especially in the Anglophone West. Many denominational groups are now taking advantage of this media platform. There are also many private Christian radio stations in English and French Radio Bonne Nouvelle started in 2000 and has a network of five stations nationally. Sawtu Linjilla a studio run by Lutherans and other churches and missions in Cameroon, Chad and CAR produces French and Fulani radio programmes, cassettes and audio-visual materials. The aim is pre-evangelism among the northern Cameroon peoples who use Fulani as a trade language. More Christian radio and television stations and programmes are needed. GRN has Christian audio resources in literally hundreds of dialects.
c) Visual media. The JESUS film is a major evangelistic tool, resulting in thousands of converts and many churches planted. It is a praiseworthy tool in collaborative ministry among different agencies. The majority of the population have seen it at least once. It is available in over 30 languages, 20 of which are unique to Cameroon, with several more now in production. Pray for effective follow-up with the many people who indicate commitment upon seeing the film and the spiritual challenge given after. A number of Christian television stations are beginning to appear in Cameroon pray that they might be a blessing for reaching the unreached and building up the body of Christ.
For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Cameroon.