Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Catholic Bishop Donates to Presbyterian College for Fire Disaster

His Lordship Bishop George Nkuo of the Kumbo Diocese in the North West Region has donated the sum of One Hundred Thousand francs - CFA 100,000 - to the Presbyterian Secondary School (PSS) Nkambe in Donga-Mantung Division that recently suffered a gross fire disaster.

It should be remembered that a week before the Bishop’s Pastoral visit to the Binju-Nkambe Parish, one of the two female dormitory halls was consumed by fire. This happened at about 8.30 am while all the students had gone to the refectory for breakfast. Over 39 female students lost all of their belongings except the uniforms they were putting on, to the fire.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, the Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) for Donga-Mantung Mr. Mbiwan Nchaffu who was personally touched by the fire accident immediately appointed a commission of inquiry to trace the origin of the fire and assess the damage.

When His Lordship Bishop George Nkuo arrived the St. Martin de Pores Parish Binju, he was hinted of the fire disaster in PSS Nkambe that very evening during a reception Dinner. He promised to live the fire accident. During that evening, to support PSS on behalf of the Bishop, the Parishioners and invited guests present individually contributed the sum of over twenty-three thousand francs (cfa 23,000frs). This was immediately handed over to the Chaplain of PSS Nkambe.

The following day, Bishop George Nkuo personally visited the site of the fire disaster in PSS Nkambe. He donated the sum of over one hundred thousand francs (100,000 Frs) as a token of sympathy to the victims and the entire school. He expressed consoling words to the student victims. He told them that God had a reason for everything that happens and so they should not grief much. The Bishop said it was but a trying moment for them and they must be very careful to withstand the test of the trial.

Bishop George Nkuo described his visit to PSS as ‘faith in action’. Given that the Bishop arrived Nkambe just a day after the three day Ecumenical Services between the Catholics and Presbyterian Christians, he pressed for religious Unity. He challenged Christians of the both denominations not to live ecumenism only in prayers and words but in action. He said, through love, faith sharing and action, they should show the public that both denominations were but one. He cited some of the Presbyterian Christians who turned out in their numbers to welcome him. He said it was a good example of practical ecumenism worth emulating.

By Wamey Panky

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Anonymous said...

Bishop George is truly a man of God.