Missionary of the Week ____________________________________________________________
Jim and Jenna Wright and their
children, Caleb, Grace and Andrew, worked for several years in the far north
province of Cameroon, near Lake Chad, reaching out to the Kotoko people. Jim
grew up in Zanesville, Ohio, and Jenna on the mission field of Paraguay, South
America. Both attended Bob Jones University, made short-term mission trips to
Africa, met again on the campus of BJU, and were married in May 2000.
After deputation and language school
in France, the Wrights arrived in Northern Cameroon in 2005. They made
friendships among these Muslims, learned the Kotoko langauge and engaged in
much "seed-planting" among these peoples bound in the fear of Islam
and Animism. In addition to reaching out to Muslims, the Wrights they assisted
in teaching some of the non-Muslim people groups who have started Bible
studies. In two villages, small groups of believers have asked for Bible
teaching and preaching.
The goal is that these Bible studies
will grow into indigenous churches with trained national leadership who are
burdened to reach their Muslim neighbors. Several Cameroonian men have attended
a Bible training course begun in 2006. The Kotoko language was recently put
into writing and a lexicon and grammar are now available. This tribe of some
160,000 people spread across Nigeria, Northern Cameroon, and Chad, do not yet
have the privilege of a Bible, or even a New Testament, in their own language.
Prayer is needed to open doors for the gospel and to call workers to this
pioneer and primitive mission field.
By God's providential hand, the door
to ministry in Northern Cameroon closed in early 2012, and the Lord led the
Wrights to start a new work in the country of Georgia in 2014. They are
beginning language training and assisting other missionaries as they seek where
the Lord would have them plant a church.