ForeverMissed

 This venerated scholar is a product of CPC Bali, CCAST Bambili, Faculty of Protestant Theology Yaounde, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA and the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.   

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Posted by Emmanuel Mundi on July 15, 2020
Mike, You are not gone. You live and are living with us and the Church. RIP
Posted by Maggie Abam-DePass on July 14, 2020
Dearest uncle Pastor, you are forever in my heart. As I light this candle, I thank God for the time we shared together, for your guidance and uplifting message of hope and for a better tomorrow. But most importantly, i and grateful for your love and constant intercession on our behalf. Thank you!

Rest peacefully uncle
Posted by M.K Peng on July 13, 2020
Rest on dad!
Posted by Sara Kum on July 13, 2020
I continue to hold onto fond memories, to lean on the gentle, loving voice whispering gently to me daily. Rest on peacefully.
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on November 27, 2019
Happy Birthday in heaven. We would remember you always!!! Forever loved.
Posted by Wilfred Mbacham on November 27, 2019
Still very fondly remembered
Posted by Sara Kum on July 12, 2019
The heart does not heal, it remembers and cherishes every moment.
Posted by M.K Peng on July 12, 2019
RIP dad ! 9 years later ! Papa joined you as appointed! I hope you all are basking in happiness, peace ,and joy ! In this Beautiful place ! RIP!!!!
Posted by Abang Simeon on July 11, 2017
You planted the seed,
It was just a very tiny seed,
From blessed hands and with a loving heart.
The seed was sown on good soil.
Seven years have passed and the seed has gained roots.
It is growing and spreading.
Turn and look: it has got many branches,
Birds are nesting in its branches and eating its fruit.
Be happy where you are! You did not labor in vain.
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on July 11, 2017
Uncle Pastor, your spirit will continue to live on in our hearts. It's seven years today since you were separated from us. Our actions are guided by the sermons you taught us. I light a candle for you today Uncle. Love always!
Posted by Emmanuel Kengnjisu Mundi on July 12, 2016
Mike, Six years since? I cannot believe. Sleep in the Lord and in Peace Amen.
Posted by Sara Bame on July 11, 2016
You are in our hearts forever.
Posted by Maggie Abam-DePass on July 11, 2016
I write with a very heavy heart today because I miss your soft and gentle voice. Rest in Peace, Uncle Pastor.
Posted by Abang Simeon on July 11, 2016
Daddy, six years have passed, yet it seems as if it was yesterday that you left us.Now I know you have gone to the "Land of no turning back" You cannot come back and I know why; where you are, everyone loves you unlike here. The good seed you planted in good faith is doing good. No amount of heat can cause it to wither. It is growing. You are nearer to the Lord, intercede for us.
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on July 11, 2016
A special smile
A special face
In our hearts
A special place
A special voice
A special way
In our lives
A special touch
Memories are a gift to treasure
Ours of you will last forever.

Dearest Uncle Pastor
Six years today seems like yesterday. Feels like you're only a phone call away. I know you're watching over us and asking God to touch us
in our own special way. You're loved and missed very much. Till we meet again, Uncle, I lay a flower for you
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on July 11, 2015
God will link the broken chain,
As one by one we meet again.
In our hearts you will always stay,
Loved and remembered every day.

Tenderly we treasure the past,
With memories that will always last.
Time may pass and fade away,
But memories of you will always stay.

Uncle Pastor. 
5 years today have gone by since you passed away.
The way I miss you is different now. I still hear your calm but reassuring voice ushering me through life's ups and downs and
I know that you're around. Until God links the broken chain,
In memory's garden we meet everyday.
Posted by Rose Caspa on July 14, 2014
Father, the flame you lit in our hearts stays alight and we trust God on a daily basis to help us keep it burning to His glory.
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on July 11, 2014
Uncle Pastor: Four Years have gone by since we were physically separated from you but we would never be separated spiritually. You live in me through all the memories I have of you. I am comforted and I know you are as well. Continue to smile down on me and intercede on my behalf. Thank you spiritual father.
Posted by STELLA CHO Nee Fobid on April 23, 2014
Yes Uncle every Easter I found myself lost because I can't have the Easter feeling and joy you bring to us while celebrating Easter and I will see myself in patmos matching with our palms. missed you so much.
Posted by Abang Simeon on April 22, 2014
Daddy, you left so soon when there was still so much for me to learn. I wish you could tell me now if I am continuing with the work well. I have so many questions which only you could answer but you are not there. Daddy, I am missing you.
Posted by NDIKUM AZIEH on November 27, 2013
Time has past , our memories remember as if the 7th of August 2010 in Weh was yesterday. How long will it take weh, menchum, the North West and Cameroon to have such a venerated theologian, academician. Those who fought the values you stood for a struggling to adapt to such values. Daddy we miss you. LYNNE AND DENIS
Posted by GODLOVE KUM on November 27, 2013
Pastor Bame Bame, on this 66th year of the anniversary of your birth, I remember your birth day, not your death and celebrate your life's works and achievements and contribution to humanity. Cherished, loved and missed for ever... RIP
Posted by Paul Enyih on December 8, 2012
My dear Mik
Posted by Paul Enyih on December 8, 2012
Mike,
Fondly remembered.
May what you left behind continue to grow abundantly.
Posted by Wilson Nyah on December 8, 2012
Dear Uncle Pastor,
If I could speak with you one last time, I'd say Thank You for the difference you made in my life. The weekends I spent with you and Auntie Anne at Djongolo helped build my character and without question made me a better man. Eventhough you are not here, I know you are watching over me and I'll always strive to make you proud.
Posted by Buh Ephraim Mai on December 1, 2012
Life is more meaningful it we live it well that is why we will forevermissed you for you understool that life was not all about you but how many people
you touch with your love is what keep us thinking about u stay bless as you enjoy the meaningful part of your life now
Posted by Emmanuel Ambe on August 16, 2012
You were a light to the world and especially to Cameroonians.

May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by NDIKUM AZIEH on July 30, 2012
Your memory will never cease to remind us of the virtues you stood for. You made in this sinful world a special spiritual life for many. In your name, many families are together and will always be together. We will always remember and missed you till we meet to part no more in the glory of God. LYNNE AND DENIS
Posted by Esther Ndingsa on July 11, 2012
Dady Bame you were a wonder inspiration to me, I will keep the faith and continue to trust God. I know you no doubt in the precious bossom fo the Most High God. The FC is dwindling but we are pulling along.
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on July 11, 2012
Your presence is still vivid in my heart. Your voice, your words, your guardianship, I feel daily. I still hear your sermon closings, "World without end, Amen". As a kid it was so reassuring hearing that. I would say," if Uncle Pastor says that then it's true, the world will never end". It's not the world that ends, but our physical presence on this earth. I'm comforted by you.
Posted by ABRAHAM AKIH on July 11, 2012
How time flies!!! Prof you have been gone for two full years and the memories as still fresh as if it were yesterday. We pray the legacy you left behind continues to inspire hearts and lives to serve the heavenly Lord in truth and in spirit. Blessings as you live in the abode of the Almighty God. Shalom!!!
Posted by Juana Juliana on June 29, 2012
We miss you dad.As the days go by, we understand and appreciate much more the spiritual things you taught us.We love you!
Posted by Anagho Gilbert Bame on March 13, 2012
What a humble and wise man! we promise to live after the counsel you left behind to keep the candle burning . Rest in peace
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on July 11, 2011
Uncle Pastor, today marks a year since you left us behind and answered your heavenly call. I know you are smiling down on us from above. Keep watch over us. We love you and miss you dearly. xoxoxo
Posted by Georges Tegha M.Div. on May 3, 2011
Josefa and I are still preparing for the Day of your Celebration of your transition to the eternal world of peace prepared for you by our God and your ancestors. May your fruits, left behind be a proof of your life after life. May you be joyous! We
Posted by Fuhbang Emmanuel Tanifum on April 18, 2011
'fides quaerens intellectum',a golden principle you imparted in me.I wish if I had it all under your mentorship Dad.Not my will but yours Lord.
Posted by Pam Tah on December 6, 2010
Words could never express the sadness and sorry that is felt when someone so special, dear and impactful leaves us behind. We look forward to meeting you again in all the glory of our good lord. You served him well so farewell great child of God.
Posted by Rose Caspa on November 3, 2010
Sometimes I still hear your gentle but firm voice speaking in several situations. Sometimes you seem so very much around, eventhough my eyes can't see you. Thanks for being the father and Shepherd that you've always been.
I miss and will forever remember you for the values you sowed in me. Rest in the Lord's Peace.
Posted by Sammy Chumfong on October 18, 2010
It's part of a journey you took gladly. You fought the good fight. Emy and I will miss you till our reunion in glory.
Ni Samuel and Aunty Emy Chumfong
Posted by Blaise Kengjise on October 18, 2010
Rest in perfect peace Pastor,may you be rocked in Abraham's bosom.My deep condolences to the entire Bame's family.
Posted by Lemme Tangyie on October 4, 2010
Uncle Pastor, I miss you!!! I recall those days at home at the Faculty of Theology when I kept you on your toes by doing everything you cautioned me from doing. I think of the day I ate the guava off the tree but did not pluck it and when you found it, I lied telling you a bird ate it. Oh there are many such tales I would be telling Ferrin about you when she grows up. Your spirit be at Peace.
Posted by FRANCIS ANANE on October 4, 2010
Just this afternoon I recalled and recounted an advice you gave me some 26 years ago. I searched for you on the Web only to be hit by the news of your depart to eternal rest. Doc., you will forever be missed. My daughter, named after lovely your wife - Aunty Anne, is a constant reminder of your goodness, kindness and love for my family. You are gone but your good works linger on. We love you.
Posted by Stella Tembunde on August 31, 2010
Two of your legacies were LOVE and FAITHFULNESS. I will never forget your soft, caring, and encouraging voice as you admonished me to remain prayerful and trust God to fight my battles. I know for sure your heavenly crown is enormous! Uncle Pastor, you will be greatly missed.
Posted by ABRAHAM AKIH on August 30, 2010
HI PROF,
    You ran a good race, fought a good fight and kept the faith. You are now being rewarded for being a good soldier of the Lord. We will in our own little way keep the flame of God's Word and Spirit burning as we remember you our mentor in the ministry.
Rest in Peace!!! Yes Rest with the Lord in the heavenly city where all pain and suffering is gone.
Posted by Rose Mefor on August 30, 2010
Daddy Pastor, you signalled us well before hand but we couldnt understand. All thesame you had to go bcos the lord needed you. We miss you, but we will follow your steps so that we can catch-up with you on the last day.
Posted by TEM DK on August 30, 2010
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
We hope to emulate your lifestyle.
Rest in Peace Professor...
Posted by Pearly Ejedepang-Koge on August 29, 2010
That voice!!! I can hear it now and have been hearing it on most Sundays and Communion services in over 30 years. I always did tell Sarah, he made such a huge impact in my life. I love spending Sunday afternoons with him and oh...those lunches were so delightful. Thanx for being in my life, Uncle and may your soul rest in perfect peace. You will be dearly missed by all. Take heart, Bame family!
Posted by Patrick KUM BONG AKWA on August 13, 2010
Fare thee well illustrious son of WEH. Thank you for the several footprints you left on the sands of time in Cameroon and elsewhere and particularly in and for the the honour of our village
Posted by Miranda Kahndi on August 10, 2010
Daddy, I did not know God was going to call you this soon to HIS side, but HE did. May your soul rest in perfect peace till we meet again.
Posted by STELLA CHO Nee Fobid on August 9, 2010
I will forever missed that soft voice that not only makes me aware of the reality of GOD but makes me feel His presences in my life.Uncle you showed me how to do it. Thank you. I LOVE YOU.
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Posted by Emmanuel Mundi on July 15, 2020
Mike, You are not gone. You live and are living with us and the Church. RIP
Posted by Maggie Abam-DePass on July 14, 2020
Dearest uncle Pastor, you are forever in my heart. As I light this candle, I thank God for the time we shared together, for your guidance and uplifting message of hope and for a better tomorrow. But most importantly, i and grateful for your love and constant intercession on our behalf. Thank you!

Rest peacefully uncle
Posted by M.K Peng on July 13, 2020
Rest on dad!
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Reverence to the Reverend

Shared by Solomon Azoh-mbi on July 14, 2015

Reverence to the Reverend

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I am much saddened by the passing of the Reverend Professor Michael Bame Bame, Pastor and former long serving Dean of the Protestant Faculty of Theology in Yaoundé. He made monumental contributions towards the advancement of the Christian church and the propagation of the Gospel in Cameroon, Africa and beyond.

He was notably Curator of the first English Presbyterian church in Yaoundé, where he left an indelible imprint through the construction of a church, with an innovative architectural design and, which in his vision, was to serve as a befitting place of worship, open to the  international and ecumenical needs  of the fast growing cosmopolitan capital city of Cameroon. With this in mind, he introduced iconoclastic changes to Presbyterian liturgical practices which were varyingly greeted with appreciation and apprehension.

Similarly, through  stringent managerial and pedagogical prowess,  he transformed the limping Regional Faculty of Protestant Theology in Yaoundé into a prominent and prestigious institution for training pastors at post-graduate and doctoral levels for churches of the Reformed tradition in Central, West and East Africa, leading to its development today into a full-fledged University.

He will be remembered and revered as a tireless soldier and hero of the Cross who responded not just to the compelling call of the Christian Gospel, but also to the arousing battle cry of George Duffield (1818-88), author of the famous Christian war hymn: “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus”.

The son of a  pastor, himself a pastor and Professor of Systematic Theology, as well as author of numerous outstanding works on the Christian life and faith, the Reverend Bame Bame well understood that the uncompromising message of the bible inescapably draws us into conflict with the world. Consequently, he remained impervious to the reactionary onslaught of those  disturbed in their comfort by his pastoral drive to comfort the disturbed.

A powerful minister of the word, he used the pulpit at a time of tumultuous social transformations to beam the searing light of the Gospel on a shaky, sneaky, sleazy society, castigating and condemning the predatory pranks of powers and principalities, be they in low or high places, within or without the church.

His sermons were always a tour de force in depth and in fearless frankness, even though he spoke ever so lowly and softly as if to say God alone must be heard loud and strong, not him. He had nothing but open disregard and disdain for anyone who showed signs of compromise or complacency towards the Gospel, and would offer no apologies for what he considered as righteous and holy indignation. Nor was he ever afraid or bothered to stand alone, as long as he was convinced he stood on the solid rock of divine truth.

For those who knew him closely, deny the Reverend Professor Michael Bame Bame all else, but his remarkable passion and courage for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And did C.S. Lewis not say “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point”?

A seasoned intellectual and theologian, trained in Ivy League Princeton University, he inspired both awe and admiration. But he will be chiefly remembered as a passionate and proverbial prince of the pulpit, arguably very Wesleyan in his penchant for purity and perfection, with a suitable touch of C.S. Lewis’ wondrous witticism and wisdom.

Such was his pulpit presence, pulpit punches and pulpit persuasion, that even those who could not fully comprehend his academically charged sermons confessed conviction and faith through the sheer melody and resonance  of his captivating voice and the hallow of holiness that seemingly surrounded him. It is thus that after preaching one of his soul stirring sermons at the Ntamulung Presbyterian church, an elderly unschooled mother reportedly complimented him after the service in these words in pidgin English: “ Ma piking, I no yah one ting wei  you talk, but I know sei  all ting wei you talk, na true”

As we celebrate the life and legacy of this servant of the Lord, some will certainly recall with relish memories of his stature, strengths and successes; others will rush to raise the red flag on his human frailties, foibles and failings. Whatever the case, all are pedagogically profitable as pegs and  pointers  to the rest of us,  pilgrims, on a common pathway. The sovereign God of the Ages uses the whole person, not just part, to accomplish His sovereign purposes. In his unsearchable wisdom, He puts the sharp blade of the sword on a blunt hilt, without blunting the sharpness of the sword  thereof.

May the resounding echoes of Pastor Bame Bame’s voice in our hearts be transformed into the very dew of heaven, watering the seed of the Word he planted, so it may grow and flourish, enabling us to bear in our own lives the rich harvest of righteousness and love.  For we must never forget that, in all  our struggles and strife, true victory remains with love.

Dear Reverend Professor Michael Bame Bame, today is not your day of death. It is your day of life and light eternal; your day of rest and gladness. May the king of glory and the God of grace visit you with His salvation and sanctify all that you accomplished for His kingdom here on earth. May that same God, our Rock and Redeemer, cleanse you of all stains and shortcomings  and keep you safe, as you sleep in wait for the rapture; and may He grant  you  the joy of rising with the wise on resurrection morning.

Glory be to Him who loved us,

Washed us from each spot and stain,

Glory be to Him who bought us,

Made us kings with Him to reign,

              Glory, Glory,

To the Lamb that once was slain.

                                                   - (Horatius Bonar, 1818-89)

 

                                                                             Solomon Azoh-Mbi 

                                                             (CameroonHigh Commissioner to Canada)

                                                                       

God Spoke to Me Through Rev Prof Bame Bame

Shared by GODLOVE KUM on September 12, 2013

This tribute is long overdue:

I was baptised by Pastor Bame Bame at the Presbyterian Church Bastos in April 1988. He was a humble and soft spoken man. A knowledgable teacher and a true servant of God.

As young as I was then (about 18 years old),  I trusted his judgement enough to go to him for advice and prayers.

One day, I was restless and my soul was troubled but I mustered courage and went to him with a rather unusual request. I wanted him to pray that God should help me to leave Yaounde which according to me and my circumstances at the time was hell on earth, so I thought. He told me my prayer request was childish and ungodly. He asked why I badly wanted to leave Yaounde and what would happen with my studies? I had no answers for him but then I asked him to pray for an even more unsual prayer request "that God should speak to me". He looked at me smiled and obliged. We knelt down in his office and prayed for God to speak to me and God did! Later that night I was awoken by a firm, gentle, loving, kind and unmistaken voice that said: "Godlove, Godlove do not leave Yaounde" God had spoken to me through Pastor Bame Bame as I and most people fondly referred to him. 

I obeyed and later that year, 1990,  I passed my Ordinary Level Certificate through evenning classes after only 3 years of studies and left yaounde thereby cementing a firm foundation for future success.

Passing the Ordinary level as simple as it may sound was and remains the most important successful event in my life. It was my happiest and proudest Moment. I would have messed up my entire life had I not obeyed and stayed on.

Today, I am married with 3 kids, I hold a Masters in Business administration (MBA) degree from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom and run a successful business. I have emmancipated several of my sibblings and others and contributed in building the Presbyterian Church in my village, Befang. Glory be to God.

Pastor Bame Bame's memory, his gentle and meek ways, his works and legacy will linger and endure forever. I have no doubt that he is seated at the right Hand of God the Father Almighty.

May his Soul rest in peace

____________________

Godlove Bezeng Kum

kum@envision-int.co.za

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

 

Shared by Nkam Mongwa on August 7, 2010

Isn’t it amazing how many of us kids growing up simply knew them as Uncle and Auntie Pastor? How their home always had kids visiting or spending time, how many of us kids flocked their home on week-ends to run around the yard and climb the trees? (Just don’t step on the flowers or garden). In retrospect, also the innumerable number of men/women/couples that visited them for one reason or another? So many kids were their god-children, one would think they had a god-child from nearly every family in the church. How about the cakes and the good food? Talk about all the mouths that were fed in their home!

 

A while ago, some of us sat back, talked and smiled about how one didn’t want to be a truant, and have to go before Uncle Pastor to give an explanation for our actions. It wasn’t so much about the outcome of the meeting; it was simply not wanting to be subject to the stern looks and interrogations for say fighting or throwing insults. Uncle Pastor was strict, disciplined, meticulous and yet very calm.

 

His home was a site of our refuge during the 1984 civil war. Later on still in primary school and ill with chicken pox, I couldn’t go to church to be baptized with the other kids on Christmas day. He came to our home after service. I vividly remember wearing my white and white with my god-mother standing behind me, her hands on my shoulders and he said... Nkam, I baptize you in...taking the water from a small basin and baptizing me. I have looked in vain for the picture to share on this site. My church confirmation and first communion were from him. There are many stories like mine, the positive influence he's had on us which we can tell about. My unquestionable faith in God's existence stems in part from the Revival Services at Bastos Church which he led. On leaving home for U.S in 1993, my parents gave me a chain with a cross which they had him bless. In 2002, when returning to U.S after vacations, he and Aunty Pastor gave me a piece of wooden art.


When I visited him at home in Omnisport in December 2008, we talked about my siblings, parents, friends, Christian life, my Christian faith, his health, medications, physical therapy. One of those moments after which you feel good, inspired, purposeful and thankful. I’d have liked to hear directly from him about the Presbyterian Church Cameroon, as well as many other things such as pastor burn out, keeping sanity in dealing with people and simple everyday things.To God be the glory great servants He hath given and taken from us

 

 

Nkam Mongwa

Seattle, WA, USA