This article investigates why family heads, the fòyn, and members of the kwifòyn and other priestly societies in Kejom, in the North West Region of Cameroon, are absent from churches. The introduction describes how church leaders have reached out and ministered to these men.
The next sections describe the role and function of the fòyn, family heads, and the kwifòyn and other priestly societies. Based on a comparison of the biblical and African traditional religious view of God and the spirit world, and of the functions of priests and sacrifices in both views, possible points of contact are established which could be used to minister to these men and help them become committed believers in Christ.
The last section describes the role of oral Bible storying, as well as other aspects which need attention, in helping someone from an African Traditional Religion background to become a mature believer. It also describes the actual implementation of an oral Bible storying approach in Kejom.
The article is a summary of the author’s PhD dissertation.