By Christopher Ambe Shu
|Becky Effoe with money basket processes as Chief Endeley smiles|
Her name is Becky Limunga Effoe, native of Buea and a Baptist Christian .She is currently the Director of the state-owned Intensive Vocational Training Center (IVTC) Buea, Cameroon.
Generally described as humble and generous, this soft-spoken Cameroonian mother-fondly called Auntie Becks- turned fifty-something on September 17 .And, guess what. She took an informed decision: she used her birthday anniversary to glorify the Almighty God by organizing a massively –attended thanksgiving service at her modest worship house-Bender Baptist Church-Bokwango, Buea.
The birthday thanks-giving service was also intended to raise funds for the construction of the official residence of her parish pastor. A significant but an undisclosed amount was raised.
Bender Baptist Church is decades-old but as a village church lacks the sufficient funds to get its projects quickly realized. The current residence of the parish pastor is in a state of disrepair.
The four-hour divine service, co-officiated by Reverend Pastors Njobara Nelson and Ngong Patrick, was animated by various choral groups and Gospel Musician Ewune Hannah. The lyrics of the different songs sung at the ceremony were soul-searching, participants said
|As Becky Effoe walks she is cheered by granddaughter|
In attendance among the many high-profile invitees were the Paramount Chief of Buea, retired Justice SML Endeley ;Roland Kwemain,former world President of Junior Chamber International (JCI) and Ngale kinge Jacob, retired senior civil administrator and proprietor of Kingston Memorial Nursery and Primary School,Buea ,and Peter Esoka,veteran journalist and moral commentator.
Testifying, Becky Effoe told Christians and invitees that God has always favored her especially in trying moments. She attributed her successes in life to the hand of God, adding that she could only pay back by glorifying the Almighty in whatever way possible.
“Enemies send people to kill Becky and when these people see me, they instead confess,” Becky Effoe, almost in tears, said as the congregation shouted in sympathy.
|The Nobles-choristers sing to her listening enjoyment|
Other speakers at the service were all agreed that Becky Effoe is down-to –earth, friendly, hard-working and humble despite her high status in society. Before becoming the Director of IVTC, she had dutifully served as Private (Confidential Secretary) to four different Cameroonian Ministers for many years.
Before his sermon, Rev. Pastor Njobara said Becky Effoe was blessed to have people present “eulogies” to her alive, and described the different beautiful songs that rented the air as a foretaste of “what we (Christians) shall do in heaven”
In his sermon, Rev. Njobara Nelson drawing inspiration from the Bible book of Matthew 6:25-34, preached under the theme “Seeking First His Kingdom in Life.”
He challenged the congregation to be exemplars. “Your lives should show that Jesus Christ lives in you”, he said, warning that except people accept Jesus as the light of their lives and work according to God’s will, they may be struggling in vain.
|Ewune Hannah,gospel musician, sings at reception party|
The Pastor cautioned, “Don’t take the second step before the first. Therefore, seek first the Kingdom of God and every other thing will be yours.”
Rev. Njobara wondered why people worry when they can commit themselves to God in prayer for solutions to their problems.
God does not lead us to a mission without giving us a vision to complete it, said the man of God, who advised, “The greatest birthday is the day you are born-again; the day you give your life to Jesus Christ”
The thanks-giving service ended with a hectic reception party offered by Becky Effoe and family at the IVTC Premises, where Gospel singers continued their performance to the relaxation and enjoyment of all.