October GAP newsletter

October 01, 2020 at 6:00 AM

PAtem.jpgDr. Paul Atem interacts with children from Okwala during a visit in 2017. (Photo by Greg Kuiper) 

October GAP newsletter

By Nathan Stob  Nathan short.jpg

BAMENDA, CAMEROON—There is an ongoing political conflict in Bamenda, Cameroon. As a result, Luke Society ministry director Dr. Paul Atem and his wife, Comfort, made the difficult decision to move out of their home and into the Mount Zion Clinic more than a year ago. They moved because their home neighborhood was experiencing heavy machine gun fire which came to a head when about 20 soldiers opened fire into their house, shattering glass and leaving many bullet holes. Miraculously no one was hurt.

This was not the first trying event to happen as a result of the conflict. Not long before their move, Comfort was kidnapped from their home. After 11 hours of being held captive she was amazingly released unharmed. The clinic’s satellite health centers in Tingoh and Okwala also have been closed since April 2019. More than 90 percent of the population in Tingoh has fled the village for safer areas of the country as the village sees a daily exchange of gunfire.

In spite of the constant trials, Dr. Atem has a deep-seeded joy. He continues to care for the patients who are ill enough to risk traveling to the clinic. Even after a recent armed robbery in the clinic, he wrote that, “in all, we are in high spirits as the joy of the Lord is our strength. [Our staff] is still doing a great job in Mount Zion Clinic, touching lives in Jesus’ name.”

Pray for Dr. Paul and his family. Pray that this crisis, which has resulted in the burning of more than 400 villages, will come to an end. Pray that the government can help restore order. Pray for the many people who have lost loved ones to random gun shots or violence. Pray for Cameroon as it faces COVID-19 and equipment is scarce and health care workers are feeling overwhelmed. Pray that the Lord continues to give Dr. Paul incomprehensible joy.

Click the link to read the full October GAP newsletter including prayer request and causes for joy across the world.

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