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PCC Moderator Conferred Nso Traditional Title 

By Willibroad B. Nformi

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus A. Asana, has been conferred a Nso traditional title in recognition of his role in leading God’s people.
Rev. Asana, now Shufai Ngai-chu, meaning the noble in charge of God’s house, was honoured by the Fon of Nso, Sehm Mbinglo I, in Kumbo on March 27.

Shufai Asana was in Bui for a three-day pastoral mission that culminated in the institution and induction of the Bui Presbyterial Secretary, Rev. Lawrence Neba Shu. Accompanied by the Synod Clerk, Rev. William Abwenzo Mebong, and the Secretary of the Committee of the Ministry, Rev. Prof Emmanuel Anyambod, the Moderator visited some PC congregations, civil, municipal and traditional authorities in Kumbo.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Asana, in his sermon at the induction service, titled: "A Worthy Workman", said all human beings are workmen but not all are worthy. He said corruption and other unorthodox practices that are bedeviling the society today are promoted by unworthy servants of the people. He urged Christian faithful to examine themselves so as to discover their positions in the face of God.

The Moderator said despite the gloomy situation in the society, there are still some worthy servants of the people. Shufai Rev. Asana disapproved of young pastors who pride themselves with academic qualifications, insisting that what matters is one’s character. He advised the young pastors to learn from the experience of their older colleagues who had no certificates but implanted the church.

Asana said he had no doubt that the new Presbyterial Secretary was a worthy workman.
Rev. Lawrence Shu, 51, holds a Master’s degree in Theology, with a rich working experience.
Meanwhile, the Bui Presbytery Chairperson, Maryline Yika Fai, said the Presbytery has 23 parishes, 26 congregations and many prayer cells, all under the stewardship of 23 pastors.

She said the PCC also has the Presbyterian Comprehensive High School, PCHS, Kumbo, the Presbyterian Youth Centre, PYC, and the Presbyterian Health Centre at Kishong, all of which were barely surviving. The chairperson regretted the Synod decision to close down the Kumbo Presbook Centre and pleaded for its reopening.

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