More groups, associations and churches in Cameroon have continued praying to God for peace to return in the trouble-plagued North West and South West Regions days after the Catholic Men’s Association (CMA) across the country rounded-off a nine day novena for the same reason.
Johnson OKie Ndoh, National President of the CMA initiated the prayers after an executive meeting of the grouping in Buea. The prayers have been said, but decisions and actions on both sides of the current crisis are yet to make a recourse.
In the face of such developments, gatherings continue to be programmed in Yaounde, Douala and other cities across the nation petitioning God to redress the situation.
Among the many prayer meetings, one has been programmed for Limbe this week end. Reverend Dr Ekoka Molindo, Superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Cameroon in collaboration with the Limbe Gospel Mission Fellowship President, Reverend George Tangye, are heading this prayer session.
They are banking on the scripture in Psalm 50:15 which states “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you and you shall glorify me”. The venue will be the Limbe Centenary Stadium. It will span from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
The conveners in their release state that, “these prayers are organised in line with the current crisis in the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon, which has led to the displacement of citizens and the death of others (civilians, military, clergy and traditional authorities). It is time to go to God Almighty as a people for the end of atrocities and return of peace,” reads the release.
Still this weekend, a worship concert will be staged in Douala. American-based Nigerian worship singer, Steve Crown, is among those invited to the event geared towards asking God to restore peace in Cameroon.
The Catholic Men Association prayer session was conducted across all the Parishes in Cameroon. A Novena, according to Catholic doctrine, is a nine day prayer geared towards a particular purpose.
Speaking at the end of the exercise at the Saint Anthony Catholic Church Buea Road Kumba recently, the CMA President for the Kumba Diocese said “this one of today that we did is a novena for peace… it is centred on the Crisis that we have in the country. We are praying and begging through the intercession of the Blessed Lady Our Mother Mary that peace should return to Cameroon…. That the hearts of the stakeholders should be changed so that they can be able to make the people happy and live in peace,” the CMA President said.
The prayers said across different Parishes in Kumba and other parts of the nation ended with various Votive Masses in different Catholic Churches. A Votive Mass is a Mass said to thank God for answered prayers.
Before these, the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC), Pentecostal and Muslims alike have all organised prayers for the same reason.
The Bishops of Cameroon in a release dated August 7 have called for renewed prayers across the nation for God to end what they term a senseless war.