Mar 27: Cameroon

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Republic of Cameroon


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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%

Capital: Yaounde

Urbanites: 58.4%

HDI Rank: 153 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 291 (6% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French; English    Languages: 279 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Less-reached peoples. A national survey in this complex nation is an urgent need; training and some research are underway. The Joshua Project lists 15 peoples as unreached. The major challenges:

a) Muslims – a majority in 59 peoples. These peoples comprise 23% of Cameroon’s population and are almost all from the Chadic and Adamawa-Ubangi people clusters. The Gospel Fellowship Association works among almost all of the following groups:

     i The Fulbe have long been the proud rulers of the area. Christians among them have grown from the 10 known in 1991, but they are still few. Several agencies have ministry among them (Pioneers, Baptist, Lutheran Brethren, Gospel Fellowship Association).

     ii The Hausa, Kanuri, Kotoko and Fali. There are few believers among these groups.

     iii The Shuwa Arabs are nomadic, moving between Chad and Cameroon. Only one or two believers are known, and only one agency is known to be trying to plant churches.

b) The many peoples of the Mandara Mountains, 30% Muslim but mostly fetishist. Some church-planting agencies see the beginnings of breakthroughs.

c) The northern plains peoples – Giziga, Dii, Dowayayo and Mefele – among whom several missionaries and churches are at work. They are predominantly animist in their practices, but Islam has made notable inroads in recent years, polarizing these groups internally.

d) The Baka/Pygmies in the southeastern forests have long been neglected, but increasingly they are the focus of Christian ministry by Baka and cross-cultural workers (Anglican Frontier Missions, WorldTeam, SIL, CMFI). Bible translation is a significant need. Spiritual warfare among this highly animist and spiritual people is a key to seeing fruitfulness and growth.

The missionary force – the largest groups are YWAM, Norwegian Lutheran Mission, CCCI, CEF, LBT, North American Baptist Conference and Gospel Fellowship Association. Korean agencies represent many additional workers. Pioneer missionaries are especially needed for Bible translation ministry and to reach Muslim and northern animist peoples. Evangelical missionaries could help bring new life and vigour to the more nominal churches – but this requires skill and gifting of a high order.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Cameroon.