Under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya, this conference brought together more than 20 countries of the world with 15 represented from Africa with about 100 participants. The conference commenced with a youth outreach parade on Wednesday 20 September 2017. Placards proclaiming Jesus Christ were proudly upheld by youth. The opening ceremony was attended by several foreign guests such as the distinguished moderator of ABLI of London, Lord Paul Boaten and Prof. Paul Williams of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Mr. Luc Gnowa, Director General of the Biblical Alliance of Cameroon, conducted the formal welcome.
A meditation session facilitated by the General Secretary of the Evangelical Church of Cameroon, Rev. Phillipe Nguete, challenged Christians to be valued in the world by their positive character. He called upon Christians to be “stars to the glory of God”.
One of the main sub-themes in the conference programme was “The use of power in leadership”. Mrs C. Bamugemereire, a Ugandan Magistrate, detailed the context to build understanding. She pointed out that power is a neutral instrument in the hands of the man. The one who holds it to do what he wants. With several presentations and a round table, the notion of leadership on the market place especially with the presence of Christians, has been widely debated. It is clear that Christian men and women must take an interest in politics and social affairs while expressing their integrity and love.
The representative of the former Nigerian President HE Yakubu Gowon alluded that Christians must act in society without conforming to its practices. So as to be a light for others. The work in the workshops has helped us to understand the theme because in families and in public institutions, leadership is in crisis as well as its transmission. Thus, it is urgent for Christians to manifest themselves from the family level first in order to pass it on to society through interventions and concrete actions. This call referenced the scripture of Daniel 6:1- 7 from the earlier devotion where Christians were called to make a difference in this fiery world for the glory of God.
The last day of the conference focused on the sub-theme “Milestones a march towards a better Africa “. With the various panelists, leadership as a collective process for a better Africa, was encouraged. It is now a matter of encouraging the new generation by preaching the example of determination. It is better to work with all, without any form of radicalism in order to pool the forces of different ethnicities and religions. In Cameroon, the milestone was already set with the Cameroon Association of Interreligious Dialogue (ACADIR).
The YMCA benefited from this forum participation and training with great learning and discipline. It has reinforced knowledge on servant leadership and also launches a challenge for good use within the movement. To be effected in the future months. The Cameroon-YMCA is a movement which wants to glorify God by positively influencing society. Especially training young people for their transformation to become leaders of celestial characters.
By Enock Takougang, S2C Champion, Change Agent, Cameroun-Ymca.