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AMCF WEST AFRICA – REGIONAL REPORT FOR SC2009

By

AIR CDRE ISHAKU KOMO (RTD) VP AMCF WEST AFRICA

INTRODUCTION

1.          The Ghana Officers’ Christian Union (OCU) was the first MCF body in Africa which started in 1958, followed by Kenya and South Africa in 1970. The fourth MCF in Africa was   Nigeria in January 1984. African MCFs were well represented in AMCF World Conferences in Korea in 1984 and 2004. The first, second and third Pan African AMCF Conferences were all held in Kenya in 1982, 1986 and 2008 respectively.

2.          Division of Africa into sub-regions was advocated at Presidential Bench meeting at White Sulphur Springs USA in 1991. Francophone cuts across all the other sub-regions implying that almost all the VPs in Africa must work closely with the VP Francophone.

AMCF WEST AFRICA AND ITS VPS

3.          The pioneer VP for AMCF Africa and subsequently West Africa, after the division, was Col Charles Amaning (rtd) of Ghana. The countries that make up the West Africa region are: 1. Cape Verde Islands, 2. Gambia, 3. Guinea Bissau, 4. Sierra Leone, 5. Liberia, 6. Ghana, 7. Nigeria, and 8. Equatorial Guinea. Equatorial Guinea though very close to West Africa, is actually in Central Africa.  

 

 

 

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4.          AMCF West Africa Regional Conference was hosted in October by Nigeria tagged “Lagos 2002”  Thirteen countries attended the Conference including UK, South Africa, South Korea, and Uganda.  The AMCF President, General Lee Pil Sup and his wife, were present.  As a result of “Lagos 2002”, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry organized a national seminar and a conference respectively the following year. Ghana and Benin Republic were revived. 

5.          Appointment of a New VP                     At this Lagos Conference, Nigeria was handed over the mantle of leadership of AMCF West Africa.  Present VP is  Air Commodore Ishaku Komo (Rtd). Wife is Sarah.  Email: komonmcf@hotmail.com Tel: +234-(0)80-55096231, (0)80-23102115.  Secretariat: BB1 Danfodio Street, Kawo New Layout, PO Box 5361, Kawo, Kaduna, Nigeria.

AMCF WEST AFRICA SECRETARIAT

6.          Initially the AMCF VP was using the services of the Nigerian MCF Secretariat in Kaduna Air Force Base until he was posted to Abuja where he started operating from his transit accommodation under limited space.             The VP is being assisted by a volunteer retired senior military officer as Secretariat Staff. With some financial assistance from MSO, the Nigerian MCF (NMCF), and individuals, an independent office space in Abuja was rented, modified and furnished. A full-time lady Secretary was employed to work under the supervision of the Secretariat Staff. On retirement from active military service the Secretariat has now been moved from Abuja to the VP’s permanent residence in Kaduna where it is being operated till date.

7.          Generated and contributed finances were used for the rented office in Abuja; Payment of the annual office rent and salaries of the lady Secretary; Payment for some plots of land in Abuja for the AMCF W/A permanent Secretariat; Running expenses of the Secretariat; Sponsoring of delegates to NMCF Leadership Retreat in Nigeria and to AMCF Golden Jubilee Conference in Kenya; Communication with AMCF Leaders, AcctsMMI and other VPs in Africa; Assistance to the VP’s team in touring West Africa Region. It is obvious that the Secretariat has been very valuable in helping the VP in carrying out his tasks and should therefore be sustained.

AMCF VP’S TOUR OF WEST AFRICA

8.          The Tour.         In pursuit of the goal and objectives of the AMCF, a team made of the VP, the Secretariat Staff {Wg Cdr Reuben Mele (ret) – Nigeria}, and the Liaison Officer of the Liberian MCF {Pastor Festus Bundor} undertook the “First Missionary Journey” to the West African countries from Nigeria to the Cape Verde Islands, criss-crossing 15 countries, to appraise the situation of MCF under Area of Responsibility. The tour lasted about one and a half months (7 February to 21 Mach 2008).  Almost all the means of transportation (bus, jeep, taxi, lorry, horse driven cart, bicycle, motorbike, canoe, ship, trekking, and airplane), except train, were used! Many of the countries’ MCFs were encouraged, while new ones were established in Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and the Cape Verde Islands. All these countries,  except Cape Verde, participanted at the AMCF Golden Jubilee Conference in Kenya in September 2008.   The total estimated cost of Twenty Thousand United States Dollars (US$20,000) for the tour was self sponsored, assisted by MSO, NMCF, and some individuals. One country – Equatorial Guinea – even though it was at the Kenya Conference, is yet to be visited by the VP.

9.          Communication Problem.         The VP AMCF West Africa can only communicate in English and a little of French. Communication with Lisophone countries in the Region (Cabo Verde Islands, Guinea Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea) is only possible through civilian English speaking Liaison Officers.  

10.        Some Benefits of the Tour:

   a.  The VP was able to go round his Area of Responsibility for the first time.. 

b.      Three new MCFs were born as a result of the trip. 

c.      Existing MCFs were highly encouraged and challenged to do better.

e.      The VP saw for himself the problem areas and advised accordingly.

f.      All the countries in the Region, except Cabo Verde, were at the Kenya 2008 Conference.

 

11.        Challenges from the Tour:

 

a.       Good cooperation and support from national Armed Forces and government leaders.

b.     

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF

GHANA

A call for longsuffering!

c.       Support from Muslims!

d.      Excellent working relationship among the two VPs.

e.       Language differences a communication barrier. 

f.       Civilian Churches were ever ready to assist MCFs .

 CIVILIAN PASTORS IN:

SENEGAL

PRAIA

CABO VERDE ISLANDS

OUAGADOUGOU

BURKINA FASO

LIBERIA

LIBERIA

BISSAU

g.      Chaplain/MCF relationship very good.

h.      Good grounds for fellowship and making of friends across the Region.

i.        Opportunities for establishing strong MCFs.

j.        Opportunity for teaching and holding seminars on the Word of God.

 

THE  NIGERIAN  MCF AND THE AMCF

12.        The Nigerian Military Christian Fellowship (NMCF) has been a major financier of the activities of the VP and the Secretariat of the AMCF West Africa since 2002. The responsibility of reaching out to all the nations of the West African Region (except Francophone) is now squarely on the shoulders of the NMCF.  During the tour of West Africa, it was noticed that almost all the other countries are looking up to Nigeria as a satellite MCF in the Region. The reception accorded the team showed this expectation very openly.

AMCF WEST AFRICA SUPPORT TEAM (AWAST)

13.        The need for an AMCF support team in Africa was made manifest after the ordination of the current Vice President for West Africa in 2002. Pray and Plan sessions have been in progress since January 2003 for the way forward. The desired result is to have a Support Team a little like MSO and AcctMMI. to generate resources for AMCF Military Evangelism in West Africa.

 14.      Objectives.       The following are the objectives of AWAST:

a.            To revive a strong Christian Fellowship among serving and retired senior military and some civilian brethren as they get together under AWAST.

b.            To support the efforts of AMCF in Military Evangelism.  

c.            To strengthen the financial and moral standing of the Nigerian MCF.

 

AWAST OUTREACH PLAN

 

15.        The following activities would form the bulk of the work of the Team through the Secretariat:

 

a.            To build and equip an effective AWAST Secretariat in Abuja.

 

b.            Sponsor MCF conferences and seminars for the Region.

 

c.            Support the production of periodic and regular News/Prayer Letters for the Region.

 

d.           To support AMCF leadership in effectively carrying out his responsibilities to West Africa, Africa and the world-wide AMCF.  

 

e.            To assist in the sponsorship of vital delegates to MCF functions within and outside the Region, where necessary.

 

f.            To support the running of an effective AMCF Secretariat for West Africa.

 

 

16.        MCF STATUS  IN WEST AFRICA

 

S/No

Country

Language

Population

Christians

Islam

Native

MCF Status

1.

Cape Verde Islands

Portuguese

0.5 million

5% Evangelical

95% Catholic

 

 

Baby

2.

Gambia

English

1.8 million

4 % Evangelical

8% Catholic

87% 

 

Reborn Baby

3.

Guinea Bissau

Portuguese

1.5 million

13%

40% 

45%

Baby

4.

Sierra Leone

English

6 million

10%

46% 

40%

Strong

5.

Liberia

English

3 million

29%

16% 

43%

Young Revived

6.

Ghana

English

23 million

41%

20% 

24%

Strong

7.

Nigeria

English

140 million

50%

40% 

10%

Very Strong

8.

Equatorial Guinea

Spanish

0.6 million

3% Evangelical

86% Catholic

 

11%

Nil

 

FUTURE PLAN

 

17.        The following activities are the AMCF West Africa future plan for the next five years:

 

a.            To successfully launch the AMCF West Africa Support Team (AWAST) in Nigeria in July 2009 that would work towards fulfilling its aim and objectives. 

b.            Establish a functioning national MCF in Gambia so that the so many outreaches made to that Country by AMCF/MSO/AcctsMMI would be fruitful.

c.            Establish a better method of communicating with the Lisophone countries in West Africa.

 

d.           Carry out effective follow-up visits to build the newly born baby MCFs and to encourage the strong ones. 

e             Establish stronger relationship between the Chaplains and MCFs for effective outreach.

f.            To visit and establish an MCF in Equatorial Guinea.

g             To have AWAST fully functioning in aid of not only West Africa, but Africa.

h.            Host a Regional and a Pan-African Conferences.

 

CONCLUSION

18.        The AMCF VP West Africa was appointed in October 2002. Desiring to accomplish the tasks assigned to him by AMCF, a tour of the Region was undertaken through the operation of the Secretariat and assistance from MSO, NMCF and individuals with very positive results. Three new MCFs were born leaving only one country without MCF in the region. In order to sustain the progress made, a support organisation for AMCF in Africa is desirable, hence the proposal to launch an AMCF West Africa Suport Team (AWAST) in July 2009 in Nigeria. Within the next five years it is hoped that West Africa would be able to host a Pan African AMCF Conference.

 

 

 
     

 


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