As a daughter of a Presbyterian minister, I grew up in a Christian tradition but with no personal relationship with God. My journey to salvation began when I joined a group of friends every evening for Bible studies at my High School hostel. I would listen to my friends share about God’s love and His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. God would speak to me but I kept resisting because I was not ready to abandon my sinful ways. This kept happening until one Sunday morning when I heard a Pastor preach on Holiness. I was so overtaken by God’s convicting power that I fell on my knees and asked Him to forgive me of all my sins. I asked Him to give me power over sin and also invited Jesus into my life. A few months later I was very instrumental in turning this little fellowship into a Bible club in our school. It was a platform to preach Christ to other students and also strengthen those who were turning to Christ. Amidst a lot of persecution from friends, family and school authorities, my friends and I would organize evangelistic meetings to reach out to fellow students.
This desire to reach out with the gospel was what intrigued me about Bread For Life. Back in my university days, my local student/youth based ministry worked in collaboration with Bread For Life to organize evangelistic outreaches. I worked behind the scenes in organizing the choir and in putting up posters. Little did I know that I’d later work with Bread For Life.
I joined Bread For Life in 2009 and have served as Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Outreach Coordinator, and Financial Manager. This has been a wealth of experience for me. I’m amazed at how God has used this to bring hope to many and this has been a big plus to my spiritual journey.
Bread For Life Medical coordinator
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Julie A. Black, DNP, MSN, RN, Lt Col (USAF Ret) earned her Master of Science in nursing from University of Maryland and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Walden University. She has over 30 years of nursing experience, including 24 years as a nurse in the United States Air Force. Julie finished her Air Force career teaching Air Force nurses to learn to work in the fast-paced environments of critical care and the emergency department. Since earning her doctoral degree, Julie has had a full-time faculty position with the Baptist School of Health Professions in San Antonio, Texas, where she lectures and functions as clinical faculty for a variety of courses.
Julie, along with her husband Byron, have been advocates and supporters of Bread for Life for many years. Julie’s military experiences, education, and leadership positions have provided an ideal foundation to be the coordinator for the for Bread for Life medical missions. Julie’s experience as a critical care nurse along with her training as an acute care nurse practitioner go a long way in supporting these missions. Though no longer certified as a nurse practioner, these skills and training proved invaluable during her first mission trip in March of 2017 where she was the first health care practitioner to diagnose a 10 year-old child with a serious heart defect.
President & Chief Innovation Officer
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Ernest is responsible for BFL’s overall operations, which include fund raising, advocacy, and program development. In addition to traveling and speaking across North America, Ernest spends a lot of his time in the West-Central part of Africa, consulting with Christian leaders, speaking at missionary gatherings, implementing strategies, reaching the lost as well as encouraging the saints.
Director of Communications & Development
Regional Coordination & Church Planting
Director Outreach and Equipment
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In Nov 2005 as a youth leader in the Cameroon Baptist Convention, we partnered with BFL to plant 2 churches in 2 years in Yaounde – Grace Baptist Church and Berean Baptist Church. Because I had a passion for evangelism and had been trained in church planting and crusade outreach, I was appointed to be the crusade coordinator. This was a challenging task, but I enjoyed the collaborative work with BFL staff. Little did I know that God was preparing me to be a full time staff member years later.
In 2014, 9 years later, I was invited to help with preparations for a medical outreach and I was able to share my memories of helping BFL in 2005 with Brother Ernest Ehabe. God opened my heart to see a space that I could fill to enhance the ministry of BFL. After spending some time praying I did not hesitate and I stopped my private job and returned just like the prodigal son of the Bible to work for God and His kingdom. it occurs to me that it is not as difficult to hear God as it is to accept His will. We hear God speak into our minds, but we keep fighting with the Spirit because we want things to go our own way. I truly believe that everything that happens in life and everyone that we meet is for a purpose. God is directing our paths if we are willing to pay attention to the lessons, trust our positive instincts, and are not afraid to take risks. Don’t wait for a miracle to come knocking at your door.
Since Nov 2014, I have enjoyed being the BFL Director of Outreaches, Crusades and Equipment. I still remember my first outreach to a small village, and the time when I came to understand what BFL calls sharing the “Whole Gospel” – sharing the message of salvation and demonstrating the love of Christ through social action and acts of compassion. Working with BFL has been a great blessing for me and my family – spiritually, morally, financially and socially. I will live to remember this ministry, especially the leadership of Rev Ernest Ehabe. Good leadership is crucial and Rev Ernest Ehabe is the type of visionary leader that one can follow with confidence. I thank God also for blessing BFL with good board members.
I was born in 1977 in Binka, NW Cameroon and married Ottoline Ngolihan in 2007. We are blessed with 3 children – one boy Shamma, and two girls, Shelter and Shekina. To God be the Glory.
Dr. Sama MichaelTita
DVM, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development
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Dr. Mike Tita began volunteering at BFL early this year. After realizing our mutual passions for sustainable development and the impact of agricultural outreaches, we asked him to prayerfully consider joining our staff on a full time basis. In April, he joined our team as Director of Agriculture and Rural Development. Prior to joining us, He was a lecturer at the Catholic University of Bamenda and he also served as the university’s farm manager for four years. Dr. Tita graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 2012 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Upon graduation, he worked for a veterinary clinic and at Guga Farms in Nigeria. We are excited to have Dr. Michael on board and look forward to seeing how his education, experience and passion will benefit the kingdom as we accelerate the gospel through words and practical demonstrations.
MPhi Director of Medical & Nutritional Outreaches
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Caleb earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental science from the University of Buea in 2008 and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Ghana. His work has focused on under-nutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies in children under five and women of reproductive age.
Caleb has worked as country team leader for Nutrition research with the Centre for International Forestry Research for over 4 years. Prior to this, Caleb served as a missionary for 2 years at Elmfield church in London (UK) as a youth and children’s worker. Caleb then returned to his native country of Cameroon, serving in teaching and discipling young converts in his local church and subsequently serving with Bread For Life as Director of Training & Church Relations from 2011-2014 before taking a study leave to complete his Master’s degree in Ghana. On returning, Caleb has assumed the responsibility of leading BFL’s medical outreaches and addressing nutritional issues in communities struggling with concerns of malnutrition.
Caleb has a huge love for music and enjoys singing and playing acoustic guitar. He is married to Cynthia and they have a daughter (Purity).
Resource Persons & Speakers
Hill Country of Texas
Hill Country of Texas
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As the US Executive Directive, Joe directly assists in every way possible to lighten Ernest’s personal load in the USA, and strategically add to the growth of the work of BFL for the glory of God! This assistance includes involvement in the overall operations, support fund raising, advocacy, and program development. Joe will necessarily spend time in the West-Central part of Africa, consulting with Christian leaders, speaking at missionary gatherings, implementing strategies, reaching the lost as well as encouraging the churches.
Kansas City Area
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