It is often said: "a people without a history have no right for the future." The quest for a legacy in the future is the only explanation and motivation for writing this book. As we set out on the journey in
this book, we remember vividly the things God has done in the lives of men, women, youths and children in our nation through the Gospel and by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Full Gospel Mission Cameroon of
yester years records today a history of half a century that you now read and which we seek to preserve. This book is thus intended to serve the church of tomorrow as a record of what the good Lord has done by the
impact of the gospel in the past. It is also to show what He can do through those who dare to obey Him; step out in faith and go to the ends of the earth, taking hope to a needy and hopeless generation like ours.
This book gives first a quick historical timeline beginning with the founding of the sending church of the pioneer missionary Werner Knorr and spreads right across five decades from the time Rev. Knorr was commissioned
and he headed for Cameroon in the West Coast of Africa. How could we delve into the future without first of all expressing gratitude as the first article leads us to consider God's faithfulness? This ties directly to tracing our roots,
as an article considers our core values and beliefs. We are also led to appreciate how training, annual pastor's and leader's retreats had so fashioned us as a Mission in the past, serving as a unifying factor and
creating an identity for our Mission. Another article points out the fact that the above emphasis has helped to keep us totally focused as a fellowship in the years ahead. Reaching out through Mass-evangelism
through the proclamation of the one message “Jesus saves and heals” has remained along the years our one passion. While gifted evangelists, young and old, held large gospel outreaches, individual Christians became soul winners involved in personal evangelism. Maturing in faith has not been solely the work of the pastor's pulpit-ministry on Sunday morning but an outcome of the fact that the church is divided into ministry groups as reflected in the articles on children, women and youths. With missions being the thrust and raison d'être of the church, this has also been addressed in the articles that consider not only how to tackle the decade of harvest but the resources needed to fulfill the task.
Our background as a church being one of diversified missionary
origins from the very beginning, another article explores how this could
be maintained, while seeking new ways of partnership in order to
maximize efficiency in fulfilling God's Mission.
In celebrating our Jubilee, we admit the fact that, there is yet more that has to be done. This no doubt brings us under a tremendous responsibility of the unfinished task of the Mission of God, as many more within our almost 20 million nationals have not yet heard, and need to hear, as in other countries in the world. So therefore while striving to finish the gospel commission, there is greater need for training, to increase efficiency, producing suitable workers to
meet the challenge of our now sophisticated society. Such training in our present time cannot ignore the need to become acquainted and to use the media for communicating the message of the gospel to masses at the
same time and reaching those in restricted places.
Besides treating spiritual issues, the book also deals with social
issues. Among these articles are those that show a new strategy in
evangelism in social works and dealing
practically with the poverty situation in an objective, relevant manner. Another unusual area dealt with in this book is the impact of the mother tongue as a means to enhancing church growth - a growing need in our society,
our diversified nation Cameroon and our continent - so culture pruned and experiencing a cultural revival.
This book does not only deal with the past or present life of the
FGMC, but takes a purposeful look into the future. This is dealt
with in an article that considers the challenge that faces every growing community, be it a nation or the church. This article is the challenge of transition. How can the baton conveniently be passed on in a society and
continent where there is no thought of the younger generation? There must be a deliberate thought and plan for smooth transition and at the same time maintaining the vision from the beginning.
The need to face the challenge of the colossal task of reaching the
nations still left unreached and proposing ways of coping with the
challenge of modern day communication, how to reach a generation so
distracted and a society filled with dangerous cults and doctrines.
Indeed tomorrow's history of the FGMC is up to you, brother, sister and
friend of FGMC, to decide what you could do in the coming years to
maintain, defend and pass on the truth once delivered to us way back in
1961, while awaiting His soon
By Rev. Daniel Enonchong Mbiwan