REPORT ON THE 4TH WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRISONS AND THE PRISON MINISTRY 20TH – 25TH 2012 (PRISON WEEK) AT THE BAMENDA CENTRAL PRISON NORTH WEST REGION OF CAMEROON.
The 4th world day of prayer for prisons and the prison ministry was celebrated at the Bamenda Central Prison with a huge success recorded. The week long activities ran from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th August 2012 on the theme “can you see me” or are you just looking? For 6days the Christian Women Fellowship (C.W.F), the Christian Men Fellowship (C.M.F), the Christian Youth Fellowship (C.Y.F) and the Halleluyah Choirs Association (H.C.A) of the Mezam and Santa Presbyteries took their turns to commune with the inmates.
Launching activities on Monday 20th, the Rev Ndifongu Godfred, preaching from Luke 8:26-39, called on the inmates to allow Jesus Christ step into their lives and be identified on their hearts and faces. This he said will enable them to sing a new song of liberation and their misery will become history. Present at the launching service were CWF, CMF, and CYF movements of P.C NTAMULUNG, NITOB 1 and MBONASSA PARISHES, the clergy, the chief of bureau for socio cultural affairs to the Bamenda Central Prison- Mr. MBU DAVID, the Head teacher of the JUVENILE REFORMATORY SCHOOL, Mr. ACHU BERTRAND among others.
On Tuesday the 21st August, the Rev. ACHA GERALD preached from John 4:5-14 on the theme “Give me something to drink”
On Wednesday the 22nd, the Rev ANIATAH NICODEMUS, preaching from John 6:27-40 enjoined the inmates to be able to look and see the Lord and believe. He equally exhorted the visitors to look and see those suffering, in need in prison and meet them at their points of need.
On Thursday the 23rd, the Rev. YENCHI, with the words of Isaiah 41:10-14 used the theme “Do not be afraid I am with you” He encouraged them that God brought them to prison to reform them therefore, they should not feel abandoned. God is with them.
On Friday 24th, the Rev. FOBANG GERALDINE, preaching on Act 4:32-35 on the theme “The Fellowship of Believers” enjoined the inmates to know that what brought them to prison does not matter, what is important is the fellowship that they share with them.
The Evangelistic activities culminated on Saturday the 25th of August 2012 with the overflow crowd of inmates who gave their lives to Christ. This special service was characterised by Baptism, Confirmation, and Readmission of some inmates and Holy Communion. It was presided by the New Presbyterial Secretary for Mezam Presbytery, the Rev. BESONG JOHNSON. He crowned the week long massages by calling on the over 200 inmates to be ambassadors of Christ, carrying love to other inmates. He equally encouraged them to stand on the solid foundation laid by Jesus Christ. Present at this service were Father Joachim, the Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Bamenda Central Prison, the representatives of the superintendent, M. TAH HENRY, Other clergy, the CWF, CYF, CMF, HCA Presbytery Exco among others.
The inmates expressed their joy and appreciation to the P.C.C through the presbyterial secretary in a well worded speech presented by an inmate (Rev. Adonghatu Esau) on behalf of the inmates. They equally stretched a hand of fellowship as they handed gifts to the presbyterial secretary, the P.C.C and R.C.C Chaplains to the prison, the CWF, CYF, CMF and the HCA presbytery presidents and the superintendent of the Bamenda Central Prison.
The gifts donated during this week were clothing, medication, Food Items, Bags of Rice, Bags of Garri, Beans, Corn, Carton of Savon, Banana, Fruits, Plantains, Toiletries Tooth Paste and brushes, Detol etc.
The P.C.C Chaplain to the Bamenda Central Prison Rev. TAH CHRISTOPHER FOBANG thanked all for making the prison week a success and prayed that it should create an impact in the lives of the inmates; He equally thanked the presbytery Executives of the CWF, CMF, CYF, and HCA for always supporting the prison ministry.
It should be noted that the prison week was also celebrated at the Mbengwi, Nkambe prisons and other prisons in the country. Attached are some pictures taken at the prison during the prison week at Bamenda Central Prison.
Reported by Rev. TAH CHRISTOPHER FOBANG
PRISON AND MILITARY CHAPLAIN