Currently there are several projects that are going on for the Cameroon United Methodist Church. One of the main projects that I am trying to work on is raising money to build a church for Yaoundé. Yaoundé has two congregations but the buildings that they use are rented out. The church I attend, Jordan UMC is located at a very bad place right now and they are in the process of trying to move to a new location. The other church in Yaoundé is really nice and actually looks like a church but it is rented out. For this project I am trying to raise $100,000.00 to buy the land and then build the church. The land is the most expensive part. It costs about $60,000.00 US dollars. A part of building the church is that the Mission does not have an office space of their own. It would be great if so much money was raised that an office building could be built as well. The total project would cost somewhere around $200,000.00. With both projects it would be great to have mission teams come and help out. It would be a great experience for the teams and would really be helpful to the mission.
The next project is finishing a church that was started in Buea. This church is very close to being done. In order to finish it completely it will take about $20,000.00 and several work teams. The people at the Hope UMC in Buea are truly great people and would love to have mission teams come and help out. The people at the church worship in the church even though it is not complete and it does not bother them because they know that God is going to help them get it finished!
Another project that I am trying to work on is getting scholarship money so that seminary students can go to school. About $5,000.00 is needed to try and get these students through school. It is very exciting that we have students that want to become pastors and so many of them. We just need help getting them money so we can help get them through the rest of their schooling.
If a donor is thinking of something smaller to give to there is always the possibility of sponsoring a child to go to school. It costs about $300.00 a year for a child to go to school here, and most families can barely put food on the table let alone pay that much for school. I know at least 4 students that would need this kind of help. I know that there are more out there depending on the response I get. If someone would like to sponsor a child then we can set up some kind of profile for the donor to see who they are giving their money to, as well as possible correspondents.
Momma Lily has been such a great help to me since I have arrived here. She has a micro loan program through the Mission. The mission was given the money by a church and there are several rules that Lily has to follow helping her figure out who to give the loans to. The amount that the church gave her was a very small amount and she could really use some more money to give to families that need a boost up in life.
Mamma Mbwizu has also welcomed me into her home and taken me in as a daughter. She has been very prevalent in getting the UMW started here in Cameroon. The woman do not have very much money and want to try and raise the money. In order to do this they are knitting. The woman need yarn badly. In order to get the yarn here it needs to be sent through UPS or DHL and that can be VERY expensive. So not only would yarn need to be collected then money would need to be raised in order to send it over here. Regular mail does not work because of the corruption in the regular post office here. Another way to get the yarn here would be to send it with anyone who is coming over. It would be great if he woman could get several of the same color so that they can knit large sweaters. The finished products that I have seen so far have been AMAZING, really quality work.
The final project that I know about is one that deals with eyeglasses. There is a huge need for glasses here in Cameroon. It would be great to have a team come over and bring at least 1000 prescription eyeglasses (used or new) and 500 reading glasses (which can be found in any dollar store). We could have several teams actually do this project. We always need help with this one. I believe that there are actually a lot of glasses already collected they just need to be picked up. If anyone is interested just let us know and we can set something up.