Day #10: Pray that we could live a peaceful and quiet life

We are so thankful to live in a country where the government is not opposed to missionaries. We entered Cameroon originally on visas that listed our role as “missionaries” and have never felt any tension in that regard. However, governments change, and even within an overall supportive government you can sometimes have individuals that can oppose you. We were told when we first met with the mayor of our town that if we did not have his blessing we might as well move onto a different people group. All of that to say, the government leaders in Cameroon can greatly affect our lives.

Paul asked for prayer in this regard. He said…

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

You may think of our lives as anything but quiet and peaceful, but in reality that is what we are going for. We want to live in a village, work with the Bakoum people, and translate the Bible. We know that we need a government that supports us (or at least ignores us) for that to happen. So please keep this in mind.

Here are some specific things to pray for:

  • There is a presidential election scheduled for October 2018 (in just a couple of months). Pray that God would allow for a peaceful election in which righteous men and women are chosen to lead the country.
  • In the past months and years there has been much victory against the Boko Haram in Nigeria. Their violence has spread at times to Cameroon, but let’s pray it away. Pray that the Boko Haram would no longer hurt people in Nigeria or Cameroon.
  • There is a lot of tension right now in Cameroon between the Anglophone regions and the rest of the country. Pray that peace would be achieved and that no more people would be injured or killed.

Author: David M. Hare

Dave is a husband, father of four Africans, and is currently helping the Kwakum people do Oral Bible Storying and Bible translation in Cameroon, Africa.