COVID-19 in Cameroon
Our GracePoint Missions Team recently received this email response from Cal Hohn, our NAB Field Director in Cameroon, West Africa, describing the ministry there in the midst of COVID-19:
Thanks so much for reaching out.
We’re doing okay - as well as everyone else amidst all the unknowns. COVID-19 is not under control here at all. In reality, it's just beginning. Numbers of new cases increases daily and there isn’t much testing going on so we know the real numbers are even higher. At the same time the population isn’t taking it very seriously so while physical distancing and wearing of masks in public are mandatory, few abide. So, we just have to be extra vigilant when we have to be amongst others, which we limit. I still go to the office every day since its here on the compound and I can isolate or distance myself quite well in the office. We have acquaintances and colleagues who have been infected. A few have died.
And like you indicate, none of this has reduced the conflict/civil war. There are still whole communities, mostly in the rural areas, that are being decimated and increasing the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). One thing is certain - the church has/will have a lot of ministry work to do with regards to trauma healing and community reconciliation efforts once it’s all over. Even now we’re involved with facilitating trauma healing and resilience workshops. It’s difficult to see the country digress to such a base state from what we knew it to be 20-30 years ago.
Yet, in the midst of it all, people, especially God’s people, remain quite resilient - even when greatly traumatized. The majority have always lived one day at a time so perhaps that mind set it what keeps them going now. We have much to learn from them.
Thanks for the prayers, love and support. Greetings to the whole GracePoint family.