By Chuck Eckerson
Many people in Cameroon, a French-speaking nation in Central Africa, are eager to learn about marriage. Preparing for marriage. Making marriages stronger. Solving particular problems in marriage. And Roger MFONDI is there to bring biblical help and hope.
Roger (pronounced ROW-SHAY) owns and runs a small computer services company in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital city. He loves running his own business, but his real passion is helping couples with their marriages. And he got his start with FamilyLife. He was trained as a FamilyLife speaker and has had an active speaking ministry over the years. He has also led several HomeBuilders® small group studies.
While no longer officially part of Cameroon’s FamilyLife ministry, his FamilyLife training has served him well as he continues to minister to others. He speaks at church-based and public marriage conferences on a regular basis. He typically speaks at two preparing for marriage seminars each month. He has his own call-in weekly radio program where he talks about marriage and family matters. And he does marriage counseling.
Last month, Roger participated in a weekend-long “selon du marriage,” or marriage exhibition, in Douala, Cameroon’s commercial hub and largest city. He noted that it was not a Christian “selon.” Held at a fancy hotel, many marriage professionals came to display their products and services for weddings, anniversaries, and stronger marriages. Caterers. Clothiers. Counselors. Publishers.
At this secular event, Roger made two biblical presentations: one on marriage preparation and the other on communication in marriage. (The attractive promotional piece pictured is representative of the type and quality of advertising he does.) The hotel even gave Roger a free suite to accommodate couples who wanted or needed counseling.
Roger made contact with the event organizers and agreed to provide leadership to bring the event to his own city, Yaoundé, next year.
Roger got his initial training with FamilyLife and is now doing what he can to bring God’s biblical blueprints for marriage to both secular and Christian audiences. He is helping to make every home a godly home and is yet another example of FamilyLife “helping you help others.”