We have seen God working in the life of a man known as Ambrose, forty-six and his child is four years old and known as Precious. Ambrose was a drunkard and an aggressive one. Because of this, he would spend nights out of the house and come home after he had sobered up a bit. At one time he came to the church for counsel and prayers because he was tired of all the challenges that alcohol was bringing to his life. We shared the Word of God with him, and he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart. HE has changed for good, is no longer drinking alcohol and is settled at home with his family. He has even promised to come and study at the Bible College because he is interested in joining the work of the ministry of preaching the Word of God. He is pictured here with his wife, sharing his testimony with Pastor John Sunday.
We praise God for He has given us a place to worship Him. It is a rental house that is no longer being lived in; we removed the walls inside so that we can have enough room.
We are praying to God to provide a way that we may buy more land for the church so that we can have a place of worship that is permanent.
Deodanta is forty-eight and has six children. Felix is thirteen, Olivia is eleven, Patience is fifteen, Bonita is twenty and the other two are residing in a semi-permanent house in Kajeyo zone. Deodanta fell sick and the husband abandoned her in the house and went to live with another woman. She was bedridden for a long time without any medical treatment because she could not afford it. When we found her in her home while we were doing home visits, she could not even get out of bed. We entered her bedroom and prayed with her and believed God to intervene only as God can. The Lord heard her and after some time, she came to church to testify of God’s healing grace to her. She then gave her life to the Lord during the Sunday service. Today she is in church, still standing in faith and serving God in the choir. She is also our treasurer. Her children are also in the choir, and she opened her home to host one of the fellowships that we have started. Deodanta survives by selling hard labor. We pray that God provides for their survival and her children’s school fees.
We have multiple ministries taking place. One group is the church choir, and we have a church youth group.
We are training others to participate in ministry by giving them a chance to serve in leadership in the fellowship and in other programs in the church.
An example of how God is changing lives is that of Nazerious, who is thirty years old. He was working in a fast-food restaurant but had a problem of gluttony to the point that his boss was incurring losses because Nazerious would eat much of the food that was meant to be sold. So, his boss terminated his services and Nazerious went home. Because of the challenges of the time, he resorted to drinking alcohol, he got very sick, and his wife abandoned him. After some time, he came to the church, shared his story with us, and we prayed with him. He surrendered to the Lord and ever since then has changed and is no longer drinking alcohol. When word reached his wife that Nazerous had changed, she came back and now they are together in their home, working together and are at church together. There are a number of homes that had been broken or separated, but when the Word of God is introduced in such families, trust is restored, and families are healed.
The church is reaching the community through home visits and fellowships. We have two fellowships, one in Ruhega and another in Kajeyo zone. This month we visited eight homes and shared the gospel with ten men, fifteen women, and six children. We thank God who enables us every day to His work with such effectiveness. Thank you for supporting us to reach the communities around us with the good news of the gospel.
My goals as I begin to lead this church.
I intend to establish more home cells/fellowships in the different villages nearby our village to increase the church outreach, and the fellowship groups from afar may become church planting.
Training is vital to effective leadership, so I intend to train more people who will help me oversee the church and church programs. I have enrolled in Uganda Bible College and hope to get more ministers from our church to attend the Bible College.
I intend to help the church members identify which Poverty Solutions projects they can get involved with to earn a better income so that we can support the church financially.
We asked Pastor John why you believed you were called to lead this church.
He answered, “Because I feel the willingness and the joy of doing the work of ministry. This confidence helps me know that I have been given the grace of God and His calling to serve this church. In addition, through sharing the Word of God with people in this community, I have experienced people who have put their trust in the Lord as their Savior. To me, this is proof that God has called me to lead this church in this community.