The scriptures of the Easter Season speak time and again of the family of God, of loving one another as brothers and sisters, children of God. Several times the word "abide" invites us to reside, to dwell in the presence of the Risen One. On Easter a messenger the risen Christ will meet His disciples in Galilee, the place they began together and the place where they lived and worked together during His ministry. During the Easter season, we will explore together what it means to have "a place to call home" in our spiritual lives and how that home connects us to God, one another and our community. Scripture readings by dates and themes are here. You are invited to read the scripture ahead of time, reflecting on what it says to you about home and family.
You are Family
Luke 24: 36b - 48
A Place at the Table
Always Room for One More
Acts 8: 26 - 40
Residing in Love
John 15: 9 - 17
May 17 - Ascension Sunday
Always Blessing, Always Blessed
Ephesians 1:15 - 23, Acts 1: 1 - 11
May 24 - Pentecost
What's Mine is Yours
Acts 2: 1 - 21
MISSION TRIP TO CAMEROON – MARCH 2015
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." 1 Cor. 13:1
When I decided to go to Cameroon to visit my family after ten years, I also had in mind the orphans that APC supports through the ministry of Pastor Bisse. My brother Jean-Pierre and I received a welcoming ovation on Saturday, March 21st upon our arrival in Eseka (city/town with a small population in the state of Centre, Cameroon).
I had the privilege to spend the weekend with the 33 orphans who came to meet their "father" that they heard about but never met. I was touched by the joy and gratitude that these children expressed for the financial assistance they receive from APC. Since 2008, APC pays tuition for these children and so far one of them is already ordained Presbyterian Minister, another one a civil servant and so on....
On Sunday, March 22nd, I attended the worship service during which I gave the Parish of Gweha, choir robes and French New Testaments on behalf of APC. My message that day was the Compassion of God after reading Luke 7:11-18. Over 300 people attended the worship service and I had to spend an extra night in Eseka because these children wanted to have another day with me. I thank Pastor Bisse and his wife for their hospitality and the generosity of APC. I was also blessed by the support of my mother, my brother and my uncle's wife, Angele, who attended the worship service.
Upon my return in Douala, I visited the local prison where I handed over more than twenty New Testaments in French. My aunt Solange along with her Pastor, Rev. Socki (both share the good news to the detainees every Wednesday) made this visit possible.
Family photo with some of the orphans
Messengers choir with robes from Arlington Presbyterian Church
Visit to the local jail in Douala. On the left, Rev. Socki and far right, my aunt, Solange
Click the link below for more pictures and videos.
Mission to Cameroon Photo Gallery (the last four are videos!)
To God be the Glory!
Respectfully Submitted by,
Manfred Elkana Soughe