Here is your Bread For Life/CADAC August 2017 Newsletter from Ernest Ehabe
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Firsthand experience and observation have proven that caring for the needy and poor of the world requires more than just doing things for them. The Welfare reform of 1996 is a realization of this truth. The best of intentions to provide for the underprivileged and our efforts to alleviate the poverty in our world is useless until we connect with the ‘felt needs’ of the poor. Our Lord illustrated this important truth in coming to live among us (John 1:14; Hebrews 4:15).

Moving ‘beyond charity’ therefore, entails acting towards the poor with more than just a spirit of good will. Going from giving them quick fixes to seeking long-term and creative solutions. This perhaps is the unique and urgent call of the church today! Scripture calls us to make a difference in all spheres. Our Lord Jesus reminded us, “…the poor you will always have with you…” The Apostle Paul exhorts us, to “…remember the poor…

In speaking of the poor, Jack Ma, the founder of Ali-Baba, said “…their whole life is about waiting,” Sadly, we have trained them to ‘wait’, to wait on us, to wait on teams, to wait on our money, to wait on our help. My thought is, “Why can’t we challenge the convention? Why can’t we help the ‘poor’ solve their own problems?” This has been my heart and the core of BFL from its inception.

After 22 years of motivation and mobilization, prayer and planning, offensives and oppositions, successes and setbacks, hallelujahs and heartaches, we are stepping back and reassessing BFL - its priorities, its directions and its inspiration. I feel very strongly that we need to take BOLD steps towards ‘empowerment’ and empowering those God has called us to serve.  The question we must ask is, “Are we giving or are we empowering?” While charity dollars are great and necessary they have a very short lifespan. Empowerment, unlike charity dollars, is the ‘gift that keeps giving.’

In over 22 years of existence, we have moved from programs of betterment (feeding and clothing the poor) and shifted to individual development (teaching how to fish). We are taking a more radical approach – moving from individual and community betterment to community development (that is, teaching how to refill the pond – ’sustainable’ development). We believe development is not just a matter of simply drawing up an ideal blueprint, but rather one of pragmatically devising a way of proceeding within the constraints and possibilities of peoples’ realities. Our values in this regard can be summarized as:
• Empowering people vs. enabling them
• Preserving dignity vs. creating dependency
• Doing things with people vs. just doing things
            for people
Our all-inclusive and special needs school in Douala, our Beulahland Farm, and Water for Life projects are all part of our desire and plans to provide services and do ministry sustainable. I want to invite you to join us as we seek to curtail dependence by empowering those God has called us to come alongside “…so that they may have life and have it in its fullness…” (John 10: 10).

Beyond Charity...
  Ernest Ehabe intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Perhaps one of the most devastating news to any parent is to hear that their child has been diagnosed with autism – a multifaceted disorder that has puzzled scientists and parents alike. At one time, doctors gave parents virtually no hope for combating the disorder. In third world nations where means are limited and the average family is basically trying to survive, parents simply give up on their children with autism.

In recent years, new treatment and therapies have demonstrated that improvement is possible. With intensive early intervention some children have recovered from autism and have been integrated into school, indistinguishable from their peers. There is HOPE! We must continue to pray for solutions from God and ways He can use our earthly “adversities” for maximum good.

We recently received a scholarship for our son to attend six weeks of preschool at Pediatrics Plus in Little Rock to receive needed therapy. We have seen some improvement with him in this new environment. We have also had the opportunity to learn from this great institution and will take and apply this knowledge in our model school project in Cameroon.
Please, would you also pray for the significant funding needs we have so that we can continue to make inroads in this new direction where help is so desperately needed?

Here is our present running cost:

Rents and monthly Utilities:  $1,491
Monthly salaries for Teachers and Support staff: $2,631
Miscellaneous: $200
Total needed each month: $4,322


Construction of four temporary Classrooms by August 30, 2017: $10,000
Payment of one full year’s rent by August 31st: $14,736
A school Van or Bus: $20,000
Please contact our mission’s agency, CTEN @ 830.896.8326 or donate via PayPal or on our website or

We are thankful for $100 we recently received through PayPal. We have a long way to go but are confident of God’s ability to provide on-time!
Born in the little village of Binka in the NW Region, Ebenezer was raised with eight siblings (five boys and three girls) by a father who struggled to support his children by doing woodcarving. Ebenezer learned to take responsibility at a very early age by engaging in small activities during holidays to raise money for school. After completing primary school in 1990, Ebenezer went to a vocational public secondary school to learn carpentry.  The passing away of his dad meant he had to discontinue his education to assist his mom who had no source of income to support her children.

Ebenezer later moved to Yaoundé where his elder brother gave him an opportunity to further his carpentry skills. From little contractual jobs to starting his own carpentry workshop, Ebenezer was able to showcase his talents and make a living.

A turning point in Ebenezer’s life was on Sunday, July 28, 1999. He heard the gospel and dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. His dedication and zeal led him to become a youth leader in his church. His first exposure to BFL came in 2005 when they were helping to plant a church in a very poor neighborhood. Ebenezer was asked to donate his carpentry skills. In 2006, he was again asked to volunteer at another BFL church plant. Little did he know he would become a part of BFL. In 2014, nine years after his initial encounter with BFL, he walked into the BFL office and submitted an application to be part of a work he had volunteered with and watched from afar. It wasn’t a coincidence, as the ministry needed someone with his skills to help in setting up evangelistic crusades.

Ebenezer is married to Ottoline and they are blessed with three children. When asked about what impact BFL has made on his life, he responded: “I must confess… working with Bread for Life has been a great blessing to me and my family… spiritually, morally, financially and socially. I will live to remember this ministry especially in the aspect of leadership… Who you follow says a lot about you. Rev Ehabe is that type of visionary leader that one can follow with confidence. If I am a Deacon today in the biggest congregation… it is because of his leadership influence in my life. It is a huge Blessing for me working with bread For Life”.

As BFL moves towards making its work sustainable, it envisions a model carpentry and woodworking center in Yaoundé or Douala where Ebenezer’s skills could be used to provide training for unemployed youths in woodworking as well as discipleship.
“For you must teach others those things you and many others have heard me speak about. Teach these great truths to trustworthy men who will, in turn, pass them on to others.” 2 Timothy 2:2 TLB

We started BFL 22 years ago with absolutely nothing but a burden and a knowing God was leading.  At our inception, I said to myself, ‘I am willing to do whatever it takes to make Africa a better place. I am willing to succeed and I am willing to fail, but, I am not willing to do nothing.’

In the course of 22 years, so much has happened; a lot of accomplishment and a lot of failure in the process. The fact is none of us gets it right all the time. Yet, that possibility must not keep us from attempting to carry our assignment. One of my goals in life has been to help those around me think from God’s perspective, and in doing so think for themselves as God designed them to do. I live in and with a tension that I do not understand, nor do I see anyone clearly model what I carry in my heart and what is BFL. This tension has been to love and serve – without a personal agenda but with a kingdom agenda. I work on it daily. I have also sensed a strong call to contextualize my understanding of scripture by addressing what I consider to be unbiblical ideologies that work to undermine the ‘wholistic’ development of those God has called us to serve or come alongside. Both tensions are motivated by love for those I am called to serve and work alongside and those I am called to influence. I live with the awareness that my actions will cost me regardless of what they are.

One of my greatest joy has been seeing those God has given us the opportunity to influence doing well. Some have moved on to start other ministries. Some have become doctors. Many have become pastors or church leaders and others have chosen to stay on with BFL. In line with 2 Timothy 2:2, my desire has been to entrust what God has given to us to the next generation – releasing them so they, in turn, can release others. It’s been good to have Jochebed take on more roles. As God provides, Jochebed and other Cameroonian team members will begin to make more yearly visits to the USA while I will focus on writing and vision casting.

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