Update on Strike in Cameroon
Emeline Nde, DAI’s Ministry Center Director in Cameroon (pictured right), has provided this update on the situation in Cameroon:
“The violence in the English speaking part of Cameroon has reduced and we have not heard of any more deaths; we truly bless the Lord for that. However, the issues that led to the struggle (the perceived marginalization of the English-speaking) have still not been addressed by the government and most of the leaders who led the strike action are in prison. Right now we are praying for their freedom and for free press and expression in Cameroon. Additionally, schools have not re-opened which means those within the region are going to loss this entire academic year and the internet has not been restored to the region, making it hard for businesses to operate. It is still a very tense situation and we are asking the Lord for a peaceful resolution and a way forward.
The strike was hijacked by a faction that believes in secession; something the government will never agree to and at the moment nobody really knows how to bring back the real issues of marginalization back to the table for the government to address them,
So we are still praying for:
- equality in government jobs
- equality in language (communication)
- better infrastructure and access to the markets
- freedom for those who have been imprisoned for speaking their minds, restoration of the internet
- leaders who have the interest of the people at heart and a better future for the entire nation
Thank you again for keeping Cameroon in your prayers.”
Elections in Democratic Republic of Congo
Jean-Marie Nkonge, DAI’s Regional Director in Francophone Africa (pictured right), has provided this update on the situation in the DRC:
“At the country level,
- The registration process of voters is progressing well (over 25,000,000 have already being registered).
- People are so exited and ready for presidential and legislative elections (December 2017, or March 2018 or April 2018)
- The current challenge is a big delay of nominating a Prime Minister from a coalition of Opposition Parties. The coalition presented one candidate while the Presidential Majority Parties are asking for 3 nominees from whom President Kabila will chose the Prime Minister. A mediation on this from the Catholic Bishops failed. We are still waiting. We need your prayers.”
DAI’s Application for Canadian Charitable Status
Continue to pray for favor with the Canadian Revenue Agency, that they may grant DAI Leadership Ministries Canada with charitable status as soon as possible. More on this in the coming months.
Regional Meeting in Latin America
In early February, 27 leaders from 10 countries safely came together in Lima, Peru in a beautiful setting and shared their lives and reported on their work so that we could learn from each other. There were also several workshops to help everyone understand DAI better, build leadership development skills, and get to know new curriculum tools. Times of bible study and worship began each morning and ministered to everyone as we discussed in small groups each day what God was speaking to each of us through these times and then prayed for each other. Thank you for your prayers!
Regional Meeting in Francophone Africa
In late February, 38 key DAI staff and partners from 11 countries came together in Burkina Faso. This conference brought staff, who rarely interact with one another, together for fellowship, team building, forming synergy, casting a vision, and building a regional strategy for DAI’s leadership development ministry. Thank you for your prayers!