The Torchbearer Foundation for Missions, Reconciliation & Development (TBF) was founded in 1999 in Branson, Missouri, by Dr. Martin Niboh Ph.D., a naturalized American citizen born in Cameroon, Africa. TBF began its work in the capital city Yaounde, with the first Christian Community Development Conference in July, 2000. From this conference, a CCD prayer cell (known as a “Torch”) was established with eleven members in the Chapel Obili neighbourhood. This pioneer Torch identified one of the major problems in their community as bad road conditions, which greatly affected their ability to import/export goods. The Torch began to pray and work towards a solution.
In January of 2002, a Torchbearer Foundation Board of Directors was formed in Branson, Missouri, home of Dr. Niboh. A National Council of Advisors was formed in Yaounde, Cameroon, with Dr. Alfred Njamnshi as National Coordinator and co-founder. The pioneer chairman of the National Council of Advisors was the late Dr. Solomon Nfor Gwei, a great man and follower of Jesus Christ. Dr. Gwei served as former Vice-Minister of Agriculture and former chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms of Cameroon.
Since then, over the past decade, a total of more than 600 Torches have been formed in eight of the ten provinces of Cameroon. Each Torch, consisting of ten to twelve people from a multitude of different Christian denominations, meets at least once weekly for prayer and Bible study. These Torchbearers have chosen to light a Torch rather than cursing the darkness in their communities.