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Cameroon Outreach

This nation is located in the mid-western corner of the continent of Africa. I met a student from here while attending UMM (year?)...

Awunja (very right) with the M&M sisters attending the BSU Gospel Choir performance.

She was probably the first person I met from this country. Her siblings followed her after she graduated, whom I had a chance to learn more from about this particular nation.

I interviewed Asongu, who is currently in his second-sophomore year here. He's from a small rural city called Buea in the Southwest region. It's a small rural-farming community, which Asongu compares to Morris, Minnesota. He shared how colonialism from both the French and the British impacted their nation.

Here is some more info. on Cameroon:


  • A taste of abject poverty, joy of saving lives experienced by Monte natives in Cameroon, Africa, Sept 9th 2004 in Montevideo News

  • A year at a mission in the African country of Cameroon was full of heart-breaking incidents yet many joys as Dr. Shelly Anderson worked with meager supplies to cure the many, diverse ailments of people living in extreme poverty.

    The daughter of Gene and Ruth Hanson, formerly of Montevideo and now of Willmar, Anderson is a physician in family practice at Northwest Family Physicians in Plymouth. In Cameroon, she headed the women’s and children’s wards of the 240-bed Mingo Baptist hospital.

    Anderson grew up in Montevideo, attending Montevideo schools, and she her husband, Brad, along with their children Jessica and Daniel, left Minnesota in early August 2003 for Cameroon.

    She treated and worked in rehabilitation of Hansen’s disease patients. “The death toll is high,” she said, “and there are a small number of doctors, nurses and lab technicians.”

    Brad Anderson, who spent his time home-schooling the children and doing computer, electrical and general handyman work, was able to design an infant incubator and teach local men to replicate the design with local materials. Seven much needed incubators were built before the Andersons returned home.

    Challenges of the mission tour included the language barrier. Pidgin English is spoken there, so a “turn talk,” or interpreter, was needed. Also,there was a dire lack of equipment and medications, and the people, living in extreme poverty, did not seek medical help soon enough.

    “Seeing what you do really make a a difference was gratifying,” Anderson said, “especially seeing lives saved with the medications we brought. We came to know and love the Cameroon people.”



  • Ethnologue, languages
  • Missions:

  • Eternal Word Ministries, Contact: Tinshu Genesis Gemuh, president

  • *a Harvest Community Church-Fargo,ND (church plant) connnection!
  • World Team, Minnesota connections (found through "yahoo" search)!


  • Tinder Records, check out Coco Mbassi
  • Resources:

  • Fullbright Scholar Program, links to many resources
  • Lonely Planet, travel info.

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