Joseph & Emmanuela Asong
Joseph is the son of longtime PMA Africa Director and founder of the Grace Churches in Cameroon, the late Rev. Lawrence Asong. While in the University, the call of God upon his life became so overwhelming that he decided to leave University and join with the pastors of the Grace Churches in Cameroon to keep the vision alive after his father went home to glory.
Emmanuela was born in the city of Bamenda in the northwest region of Cameroon. Her family was a strong Christian family and her father, a customs officer, also served as a church planter and elder in their family’s church. After obtaining her advanced level certificate in 2002, she proceeded to the Higher Teacher’s Training College (ENS) in Bambili and graduated with a Higher Diploma in teaching (Economics) after three years. With a firm determination to continue upwards on the educational ladder, she enrolled at the University of Dschang in 2006 where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economics after two years.
Joseph effectively began ministry with the Grace Churches in Cameroon in 2002. He served as the Secretary of the National Council there and worked in many other areas such as teaching in Cameroon Grace Bible Institute where he was the Registrar. Joseph also co-pastored a small church and organized evangelistic events, seminars, and conferences. He was one of the key players involved in establishing a working relationship between the Grace Churches in Cameroon and Grace Ministries International in 2003. With a burning desire to serve God as a missionary, Joseph expressed his need for training, and Grace Ministries International (GMI) supported him while he studied at the Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA -now Evangelical University) in Ndola, Zambia, for four years (2005 – 2008).
At the TCCA, Joseph served the community in many ways. During holidays Joseph traveled and ministered widely in several Grace Churches in Zambia. He graduated from TCCA with a B.Th. in Missions, minoring in Pastoral Studies. Returning home to Cameroon after graduation, he served as a GMI Missionary Intern from 2009-2010. During this time he helped revive some Grace Churches in Cameroon and worked with the leadership there to restructure and focus the vision of the ministry. It was during this time that Joseph met his precious wife, Emmanuela, and they married in December 2011. God has blessed them with two lovely children, Princess and Sammy Parker.
Joseph and Emmanuela arrived in Malawi in June 2012 and worked with others to establish the first Bible School with the Grace Churches in Malawi. In 2016 this first Bible School in Lilongwe graduated the first six students from the English program. Six Chichewa Bible Schools have also been started in six different locations by their theology team in Malawi. Theological education and leadership training have been their primary focus, but they are involved in other ministries such as preaching and teaching in Lilongwe, as well as in other Grace Churches scattered all over Malawi. They have also been working to start an Urban Grace Church in the city of Blantyre. In February 2017, they launched a community development effort with Emmanuela training women in Lilongwe on how to cook and start and run small business ventures.
To read Joseph and Emmanuela’s most recent newsletter, click HERE.