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Cameroon
Hostile

Overview:

Boko Haram has been regrouping in Nigeria, and increasing attacks there have correlated with increasing attacks in Cameroon. Boko Haram’s previous incursions into Cameroon had not been well organized, but recent, organized attacks have specifically targeted churches and Christian activity. In a typical attack, Christians are killed, churches burned, homes destroyed and Christians displaced. Several Christian villages have been abandoned completely after suffering repeated attacks. From January 2018 to November 2019, seven predominantly Christian villages were attacked in one northern region. The attackers killed 10 people and kidnapped 7 others, while burning 575 houses, 7 churches, 2 schools and 1 evangelical hospital.

Major Religions:

Cameroon is a majority-Christian country.

Persecutor:

The main persecutor is the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Cameroon:

Most of Cameroon has a thriving Christian presence and many churches. But Christians living along the Nigerian border have experienced repeated, brutal attacks by Boko Haram. In these villages 50 to 80 miles from the border, men, women and children are attacked simply for being known as Christians.

Access To Bibles:

Bibles are generally available, but distributing them in the north is challenging because of security issues. Many people cannot afford a Bible and would prefer the Scriptures in a local language rather than French or English. Bible translation ministries have done great work translating the Bible into local languages, such as the local Fulani dialect, in both Roman and Arabic script. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM is providing relief and trauma-healing workshops for displaced Christians in northern Cameroon who have fled their villages due to attacks by Boko Haram. VOM also supports pastors and evangelists who are ministering in areas targeted by Boko Haram. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for pastors targeted by Boko Haram as they shepherd their congregations.
  • Pray for evangelists who risk their lives to disciple believers in villages attacked by Boko Haram.
  • Pray for Christians in the north as they rebuild homes and churches destroyed by Boko Haram.
  • Pray for tribal Christians in the north whose villages are routinely attacked.
  • Pray for local churches that care for and encourage persecuted Christians in the north.
  • Pray for perseverance of the church in areas where Boko Haram remains active.