My father was a pastor, so I grew up with God’s Word. From a very early age, I had a deep love for Bible stories and I knew them by heart. I was especially moved by the way God worked through the men and women in these stories. Through these stories I discovered a way of living, faith in God in both joy and suffering and the deep relationship that you can have with God if you place all your trust in him.
I grew up in northern Cameroon, where Christians, Muslims and Animists live side-by-side. As a child, I found it hard to see Muslims in important positions and to watch churches being ransacked and Christians persecuted. I am very saddened to see my region now being terrorised by the Muslim sect Boko Haram. I am living far from my loved ones, and sometimes I fear the worst for them. In times of despair and doubt, the words of the Lord in John 14:1 are a great comfort:
“Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me.”
I feel that Christians should testify to Christ through their lives, by living a genuine faith, in integrity and honour and in accordance with the Word.
I have worked for the Bible Society since 2006. I am especially touched by our Esther project, through which girls who have become mothers and girls who have suffered sexual exploitation are introduced to God’s Word. It is often when we are at the lowest point in our lives, when we feel rejected, that God comes to meet us. This is certainly what happens in the Esther project: these young women discover God’s Word and enjoy the fruits of happiness which come with God’s call. Seeing lives change creates in me an even deeper thirst for God and his Word.
I know that we are lost without God’s Word, so it is at the heart of my upbringing of my children. My husband, our three children and I begin our days with a time of re ection and prayer. This is an opportunity to teach our children biblical values, which we believe are the highest possible values, since they are from God. We also encourage our children to read God’s Word for themselves.
I love my children so deeply that I don’t want them to go astray. I want to be sure that the education I am giving them is the best one. That’s why I rely on God’s Word. I pray that God will come to each one of my children and that they will remain close to him whatever the circumstances, that they will be able to proclaim themselves as Christians whatever happens. A life close to God is the best thing that could happen to us.