You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:14-16)
"God has saved us by grace through the faith in Jesus Christ. He wants us to help the others to find the way to heaven. Jesus is the way to the Father."
-- Etienne Fomgbami
As the first Good News partner missionaries to come to the ELCIC, the Fomgbami (pronounced Fom-ba-mee´) family is helping to bring a new understanding of mission to our church.
Pr. Fomgbami is an evangelist from Cameroon. In the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (EELC), evangelism is a major focus, as Pr. Fomgbami explains, "to share what we have received from God." In the EELC, the goal of evangelism is to provide a Bible to every household in Cameroon.
Our own church's Evangelical Declaration defines evangelism as "witnessing, telling, spreading of the gospel through words and actions." But what is our agenda for evangelism in Canada? And how do we witness to the Good News that God, in Christ, freely forgives sin and graciously gives new life through faith?
Over their three years as Good News Partners, the Fomgbami family challenges us to answer these important questions in our congregations and personal lives.
Fluent in both English and French, Pastor Etienne Fomgbami feels called to serve as the Good News Partner in Canada. He is eager to explore " how we can be helpful in the word of God and share the joy we have in Jesus Christ."
While his training in communications can be applied anywhere, Etienne plans on using the first of his three years in Canada to learn more about our cultural and social milieu so he can then encourage lay people to become involved in the church.
Jeanne has not only been supportive to Etienne's ministry, but has been actively engaged in mission and ministry beyond their home life. She has worked with Women for Christ to awaken among women their potential for leadership in the church. While students are studying in the Lutheran Theological and Bible School of Garoua-Boulai, Jeanne has led spouses in their own courses.
The children like to sing African songs and to dance. Their names and birthdays are:
- Zita, May 15, 1985
- Samuel, December 22, 1986
- Josue, August 23, 1989
- Elisee, June 9, 1991
- Marina, April 3, 1997