The Kees in Cameroon
Eight programs of work shared by Paul and co-workers
- Church Planting through Public Bible Lectures: This
surfacing method is for finding the most interested souls in each quarter
where we are evangelizing. We have done this in 268 quarters in 33 years,
have started 45 congregations in Bui Division. We have also been responsible
for starting 35 other congregations in Donga/Mantung Division, so we
take care of 80 congregations.
- Bible Distribution in Targeted Quarters: In
October, before the rains end, 12 quarters are targeted each dry season
for Bible Lectures. Invitations to the lectures are distributed and a
Bible is given to each house that has someone in it who can read (about
90% of the households). The same page number is then used in public preaching
on the blackboard, so they can read along with the preacher. They also
use it to read answers to questions, to read tracts, and to complete
- Bible Lesson Office and Distribution: Since
1982, the Bible Lesson Office has given out over 200,000 introduction
lessons. Over 6,000 serious students have undertaken the lessons, of
which there are four courses in English and two in Lamnso’. Additionally,
there have been almost 5,000 students who have taken lessons out in the
targeted quarters. New Testaments are incentives.
- Congregational Visitation and Maturation: In
order to promote independence,autonomy, and self-reliance, the four
evangelists (three of whom are Cameroonians) have a rotation on Sundays
to visit different congregations each week. From the beginning, each
congregation is expected to hold its own treasury, to arrange its own
meeting place, and take care of its own materials. Teaching, preaching,
and training on the local level are used to build upcongregations in
the months following their establishment. Joint courses and campaigns
promote awareness and unity.
- Quarterly Lectureships and Campaigns: At
different places around the 95 congregations in the North West Province,
lectureships are held one or two times a year (plus the Annual National one).
Even though there are some lectures for members, these are more like
campaigns, because there is a lot of public preaching, house-to-house
work, and personal evangelism, and many baptisms.
- Periodic Leadership Training: Several
types of short-term leadership training programs are available and used in the
North West. About two times a year, there is a Men's Course at the Sonac Street congregation in Bamenda, the regional capital. Women also have two, two-day courses a year. There has been a new seven day course already taught in several places by Paul Kee on "Chunch Leadership: With and Without Elders." The Bible School now has an Annual Scholarship Lectureship each May.
- Kumbo Christian Bible School, Nso’: Since
1989, long-term training for men and women has been available in Nso’.
Two previous Bible Schools in the South West have closed, one in 1980
and then another in 1989. The four co-workers or evangelists provide
the teaching and staff. KCBS, Nso’ provides a two-year diploma
after six terms, but this takes 2½ years, because students are
at home from mid-March until early September.This has enabled us to
have 90% of our graduates to be back in their home congregations, self-supporting,
well-trained church leaders and preachers.
Since 2001, the Bible School
has had a French section, because seven central African countries speak
French and need leadership training. This is the only preacher training
school for the Church in the world that has both French and English sections.
There is also an upper level in English, known as the Advanced Courses,
which trains invitees for two months, for four summers, in much higher
and challenging levels of Bible and related studies, to gain a Third-Year
- Translation into Lamnso’: In
1983, we got involved in the Revision process of the New Testament. This
was published in 1990 and we have been the primary distributors of that,
plus lessons and tracts in Lamnso’. We pay the rent on the Literacy
Center and we had five brethren involved part-time in the translation
of the Old Testament, which will be sold with a revised NT.
We are leading the planning sessions for the Dedication of the complete Bible in Lamnso', on November 19, 2016.