CAM logoCAM International, as an independent Pentecostal Mission, has been involved in missions in the centre of Africa for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in 1915 scores of missionaries have gone to Africa through this mission, all part of a great work of God.  The face of missions has changed during that time, but, as new generations arise, the Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20) remains the same.

Most of our missionaries have come from Assemblies of God in Great Britain and from the Elim Pentecostal Church of Great Britain and Ireland, and we maintain fraternal relationships with these churches.  But we have also had workers from other groups, from the UK and other countries too.

Ethiopian family

CAM International is still looking for new personnel.  We need men and women willing to go, to sacrifice and to commit themselves to the greatest cause ever planned by the Almighty - the salvation of those who are lost as the first step in the establishment of the everlasting Kingdom which is to come.

The task has changed little since the day of the Apostles, but time is running out  and there is still much to do.  We need personnel in Congo who are willing to engage in teaching and visitation ministry in the vast interior.  They need to be people of conviction who are willing to build up the churches.  

Old House Kabongo Congo

In Zambia there are likewise needs for Bible teachers and ministry which overcome the pettiness of denominationalism.  In Mozambique there are many opportunities in the midst of great poverty for highly motivated men and women who can engage a variety of needs, teaching, visiting, planting and challenging.  In fact in all our present fields we need people of great faith and application.  We are also loking to extend into other areas.

You need to know the call of God and be sufficiently equipped in order to preach, teach and practically respond to the voice of the Spirit. If you hear his voice today don't harden your heart!

 
 

Burton-Salter

CAM International is just over 100 years old! 

Founded in 1915 by two Englishmen, William F.P. Burton and James Salter (see photo), in the Belgian Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo), the Mission has gone on to establish an independent Church in Congo which now has more than 5,000 local churches, some numbering among the largest local churches in the nation. The churches are all under local Congolese control. 

In the last fifteen years the Mission’s involvement has spread beyond Congo, and now it works in Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia as well. 

Changing Focus
The focus of the Mission has slowly changed. 

In the first half of the 20th century, the emphasis was directly on church-planting and putting in place administrative structures.  But now  our missionaries are involved mainly in teaching, training and support ministries, often in a para-church setting.

Nyangombe-Zambia

Changing Name
Because it started in Belgian Congo, the Mission was initially known as Congo Evangelistic Mission.  When, after Independence in 1972, the country changed its name to Zaire, we had to change our name to Zaire Evangelistic Mission.  

After the Congo war of 1996-7, the country reverted to being called Congo, and we needed to change our name again.  This time we selected one which would not require constant changes, and which would allow us to work in other countries: Central African Missions, usually abbreviated to CAM.

In 2013, in line with the many developments coming to UK charity law, we were advised to modify our legal structure - so another name change!  So now we have taken the new, but related, name: CAM International.

Independent
The Mission is not linked to any one particular church denomination, though we are firmly Pentecostal/Charismatic in persuasion.  Our missionaries come mostly from the UK, but, over the years we have had members from most English-speaking countries, and others such as France, Belgium and Brazil.

 

CAM International’s aim is the establishing and strengthening of indigenous, Pentecostal churches.

 This is our part in the fulfilment of the Great Commission.  Our main thrust is to teach, to evangelize and to play our part in meeting people’s physical needs, just as Jesus did; bringing healing and support, both spiritual and physical, to a hurting world.

Carol-Seymour-Balamba-church-Congo

Our current ministry is spread over 4 nations across Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia.  Although the number of missionary personnel has been reducing, the African church-based projects with which we are involved remain numerous, and are increasing.

In Congo we are principally involved in Bible College work, church planting among neglected peoples, youth training, media outreach, prison work, as well as medical and other ministries.  It is not long since our workers completed two major Bible translation projects.

In Zambia we have bases at Nyangombe in the North West Province and Ndola in the Copperbelt region.  Bible training and skills training of various kinds are at the centre of our Zambian church work.

Rosaria-preaching-Mozambique

Mozambique is the latest area of our activity.  We support a Brazilian missionary couple who are deeply involved in prison ministry, and in church and youth development.

Our involvement in Ethiopia is different in that we do not have any expat missionaries there, but we are involved in helping Ethiopian nationals reach their own people.

At present we support 65 national church planters on a monthly basis.  In each case, the church planter receives the support over a three-year period.  Then the church should be able to stand on its own, releasing the planter to move elsewhere.

In all these areas, regular contact is maintained with our colleagues, both missionary and national, and the Mission leaders seek to make regular visits.

What-about-you

Having reached its 100th anniversary, CAM International finds itself at a time of new beginnings.  Open doors for ministry have brought us to a place where we see God leading us in exciting new directions.

Along with other missions, we recognize that we will never accomplish the task of the Great Commission alone.  So CAM International is starting to change direction, away from simply ‘supplying’ missionaries, and into the additional task of acting as facilitators to the growing indigenous Christian work in emerging nations. 

We will, of course, still accept missionaries, helping them to follow their calling abroad, but we will also look to partnering with the growing number of African churches which are working for God’s Kingdom.

This is an exciting period for CAM International.  We must maintain what has already been established over the past century, but we need your prayer and support as we seek to network with other groups, and as new relationships are established with believers in Africa and elsewhere.