Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC)

Children after Sunday Service in Northwest Cameroon. Children after Sunday Service in Northwest Cameroon.

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) was set up in 1886 by the Basel Mission and has been independent since 1957. It has a holistic understanding of the Christian faith and its own profile of testimony. Organised in 27 church districts with about one million members, it is fully aware of its important welfare and social tasks. It maintains health facilities, educational and vocational schools and supports and promotes local arts and crafts. Through mission 21, advisers from Europe work in some areas of activity. There are also lively contacts maintained through direct partnerships between German parishes and the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon.

Cameroon is largely an agricultural country. Although the basic needs of the roughly 20.5 million inhabitants are covered to a large extent, tensions between rich and poor are growing. A one-sided infrastructure policy, high government debts, corruption and selfish political decisions by the leadership elite continuously lead to internal political unrest. Growing unemployment, in particular among young people, weak points in rural health care supply and access to the education system are the major challenges facing the church, quite beside the problems caused by HIV and AIDS.