Introduction / History
The Kom people are largely subsistence farmers located in a rural, mountainous area near the Nigerian border. They are committed to preserving their traditional culture although with the construction of a good road into the area in 1997, more changes are taking place in the Kom society. Missionaries first proclaimed the gospel and planted churches in the 1930's. Today there are two church denominations, Baptist and Catholic, both claiming a tenth of the population as followers. However, many people who are church members are not committed or practicing Christians. The language of the Kom people was not written before 1990. A translation ministry began work in 1989, developing a writing system, beginning literacy classes and translation work. The translation of the New Testament is nearly complete. A large literacy program has been established for children and adults. The Jesus film was produced in 1999 and has been viewed by over 30,000 Kom people. Over 5,000 people have made decisions to follow Christ. African Traditional Religion remains very strong, and there is syncretism in the churches. Discipleship and evangelism are needed.
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