CAMEROON 2013 – Kurt: The Wrap-Up
The fruit during the trip was quite abundant,and the long term need for World Music Mission continues to be confirmed. Â Below is a report of how the time went and the future needs. Ken Debelius,who builds live sound systems for churches across America, accompanied me to help with the sound. This was the first time World Music Mission (WMM) had gone to Cameroon. This fits me well because my role is to go to new places that are asking for our help.
First of all, Thank you for being obedient to the call of God to send us to Cameroon to partner with Festi Gospel Jam. The fruit during the trip was quite abundant,and the long term need for World Music Mission continues to be confirmed. Â Below is a report of how the time went and the future needs. Ken Debelius,who builds live sound systems for churches across America, accompanied me to help with the sound. This was the first time World Music Mission (WMM) had gone to Cameroon. This fits me well because my role is to go to new places that are asking for our help.
Just a brief description of Who FestiÂ Gospel Â Jam (FGJ)They are the ministry that hosted us and they started in 2008 just like WMM. Their goal is to teach that the focus of worship is to be Christ centered and biblical. Â Also, they desire a level of excellence in their playing and in singing in Cameroon and in the other 8 French speaking surrounding countries. They are already making a large impact now.
CAMEROON ACTIVITES RECAP
- Travel Time:Â We arrivedÂ on TuesdayÂ the 8th after 24 hours of travel and arrived home on Oct 16th.Â
- Team:Â Ken Debelius for sound engineering and Kurt Coble for worship training.
- Purpose of Trip:When we were asked by Festi Gospel Jam to come to Cameroon it was for teaching on worship and sound engineering.Â They planned for our trip a worship training conference and concert at the end of the event.
- Leading Worship:Â Played at 6 or more churches of different denominations accompanied by Gospel Festi Jam (GFJ). The purpose was to promote the worship conferenceÂ on FridayÂ and Saturday and the worship celebration on Sunday after the conference. This was the first time that some of the churches allowed GFJ to play at their churches. The city has 4 Million people so it is big and has many churches. Having Americans there who were building worship and sound engineering skills in Cameroon was well received.
- Sound Engineering:Â Toured and gave feedback to many churches on sound engineering.Â We got in to many churches Festi Gospel Jam could not because the conference was credible. The churchesÂ struggle with having the right and enough sound equipment. Also, lacking how to operate and run the sound systems. Most churches that are mainline were built for Acoustic music and now are contemporary. The new churches are in halls and various buildings and they really struggle with quality sound. Most churches sound is distracting or hard to hear etc…..
- Conference:Â 250 attendees. Ken and I taught for about 9 hours total. Kurt used the curriculum from Worship Central and adapted it to Cameroon. Worship Central was started by Tim Hughes and has 7 teaching modules that are free downloads. We were directed by GFJ that playing as a team and teaching how to be a Christ centered, servant worship leader Â was most needed. The attendees were given a note book to take notes on along with the curriculum. Also each attendee received a graduation certificate. The teaching was well received and they are asking us to come back in April andÂ Sept of 2014Â for more teaching in Yaounde and in other cities. We were told that this was one of the first conferences given by outsiders, and one of the first times that many denominations came together without any problems!!!! Â Glory to God!!
- Concert:Â Attended by 1500-2000 people (standing room only and people were outside looking in). Â A 4 hour concert with worship leaders from Cameroon and other countries where Kurt performed three closing songs. Two of the songs were original songs that Kurt had written. Â The attendees of the conference learned the songs and performed them as a choir.
- Future School:Â We were taken to see the land for a Festi Gospel Jam Christian Arts school they are building. The school’s purpose will be for training in the area of the Creative Arts for the 8 French speaking nations around Cameroon. They will learn how to use the art of dancing, drama, worship etc. all for the Glory of God and building His Kingdom.
- Main Concert Hall:Â Saw their main concert hall where they have most of their events. Very expensive hall to rent. Â Hoping to work with a large church in town to set up their church and sound system to be able to host events so that the people do not need to rent the hall.
- US Embassy:Â Went to US Embassy and established contacts. That will help Cameroon musicians receive much needed instruments and provide funding for recording music and the future Christian school.
CAMEROON FOLLOW UP OF THE FUTURE AND PRAYER NEEDS
- Events:Â 1. Â They will have concerts in April and possibly another worship conference. The demand after this conference was so great that they feel they need to do a couple more conferences and concerts in the two largest cities of Douala and Yaounde in Cameroon in April. Â Douala and Yaounde have a total of about 10 Million people. Prayerfully considering two days in Yaounde with a concert and two days in Douala with a concert.Â Event 2:Â Another conference in both cities in Sept 2014. PRAY FOR WHICH EVENTS WE SHOULD BE INVOLVED WITH AND WHO SHOULD GO.
- WMM and Gospel Festi Jam recording:Â 8-10 song CD to highlight their music and Kurt’s music recorded in their style. Possibly produced by Nikhil George of Bollywood Fame in London England. This will be used for fundraising for Kurt and Gospel Festi Jam. PRAY FOR THE FUNDING AND PRODUCER TO COME TOGETHER.
- Gospel Festi Jam school of the arts:Â They had their first meeting with potential students on Oct.19th. . 37 showed up. They are working to accommodate a space for the classes until they can build the school. They will need much help with fundraising from outside of Cameroon to complete the building.
- Sound Engineering:Â There is a large door open for this help to many churches. Ken or other engineers could open many doors for Gospel Jam as well. Â Also we could send multiple Engineers at one time to do much work at many churches. PRAY FOR ENGINEERS TO GO.
- Sound Equipment:Â Need $30,000 for their traveling equipment. They are renting equipment a lot while they are out growing worship and spending $1000’s a year on equipment. PRAY FOR THE FUNDING TO COME.
- Businesses to fund Gospel Jam:Â Helping to get them connected with opportunities to fund their ministry. They do not have the giving support locally. Coffee, Cocoa and other agriculture.They are also brain storming. Right now nothing is solid or moving forward other than Coffee and Cocoa. Serge is researching. Maybe sell to coffee shops in the states once product acquired and roasted. They may buy a Coffee and Cocoa farm. PRAY FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED.
I hope this is not too much but I wanted you to know the results of your gifts. Thank you and pray for discernment as to how God could use us to meet these needs.
Your in Christ,
Director of Worship
World Music Mission