World Communion Sunday is October 7, and our focus that day will be the nation of—and our friends from—Cameroon. A conflict in Cameroon has steadily worsened in the last two years, and thousands of people are fleeing the English-speaking areas of Cameroon, where separatists are struggling to form a new nation and the population is bracing for a surge in violence before a presidential election. Many Cameroonians living abroad have tried to convince United States lawmakers and United Nations officials that the government is guilty of genocide. “The situation in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon is becoming increasingly desperate with no one spared from the violence,” Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for West and Central Africa, said in a recent news release.
BPC has a strong Cameroonian community within its membership, and this World Communion Sunday, instead of focusing on all corners of the world, we are devoting both the adult Sunday school hour and the sermon to our brothers and sisters with roots in that place.
We also are collecting a special Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering where the funds raised go to support peace-making projects around the world. This year, a portion of the offering will go to humanitarian relief for persons displaced by the conflict in Cameroon. Please be generous.