What would many of our villages, quarters and residential areas be or look like today if our development associations had not raised the motivation and funds to transform them. These development associations are building schools, constructing roads and community halls, supporting the government in running State and sometimes missionary and private schools and providing didactic material to some institutions and meritorious and needy students. Members of these associations are transforming or determined to transform their villages and make them better than they were or are today. Noble as these undertakings are, there may be a key point many may either be ignorant about, are neglecting or not addressing enough.
Rev. Fr. Jean Marc Bikay Nyunay was born on August 14, 1951, to Pierre Nyounay and Gertrude Ngo Helles. He studied philosophy and Theology in Nkolbisson and later studied the history of religions and Theology in France. He equally obtained a Doctorate degree in history of religions precisely religious anthropology.
Rev. Fr. Linus Abang Egbeji was born on November 20, 1971, at the Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He started his primary school education at the age of six at the Immaculate Primary School, Ikot Ansa, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He finished primary studies in 1984/1985 and headed to Army Day School Ikot Ansa, Calabar in 1985.
The world is becoming more materialistic and a new world order and perception- control and dominance, is being imposed. Gone are the days when a person was judged by the content of his/her character. Those who pull the strings today have money and consequently, influence. Despite the daily toil for money, many continue to wallow in poverty and misery. Why? Is money shaping Christian behaviour more than the Church’s teachings? If Yes, how? Read about money politics and how if not thoughtfully used, it can transform you.
Money has a positive and a negative impact on people worldwide - the positive aspect is related to people's motivations, as they would work harder to achieve personal goals, but this also triggers a negative social aspect, as people who want to earn more and more money become more insensitive, cautious and less friendly.
Interviewed by Rev. Fr. Jean Benoit Nlend and Gildas Mouthé
The Bishops of Cameroon are concerned not only about Cameroon’s, but also other African countries’ infernal poverty. To look for ways out of this situation, they have invited experts to diagnose the present situation and propose a way out. One of those invited recently to Cameroon in this regards was Marcel Lefebvre, who explains why poverty continues to abound in Africa in the midst of abundance. Excerpts:
Rev. Fr. Charles Eko Nkoa: Christ the Saviour Parish Priest Bangue Money does not influence my life and behaviour as a priest. This is supposed to be the case for every priest. It is challenging especially in a town like Douala where Christians are generous and always want to offer gifts in cash to priests. Moreover, priests have taken the vow of poverty, so I am not supposed to attach much importance to money. Money should be used to help those who have problems but should never at one point take a central position in one’s life. Money helps to provide our needs, but it becomes a problem when it becomes the master of our lives. As a priest I am not supposed to use money to buy expensive clothes because they may distract Christians’ focus on the Word to my body.