For two millennia, God has been guiding the ministry leadership of the church from one generation to the next. In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul was accompanied by Silas, and later Timothy joined them. Two of Paul’s Epistles were addressed to “Timothy, my true child in the faith.” One of the crucial principles of church leadership is training young people in the faith to become the next leaders of the church.[Read more…] about Generations Passing the Baton
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.
The Testimony of Pastor Deuse
I was suffering from a demonic attack. I had begun suffering from a mental disorder at twenty-eight years of age and was going mad. By then, I was already married with three children. Finally, my parents and my wife tried to find a cure by consulting witch doctors in our region, but the situation worsened.
Finally, my wife and parents gave up looking for a solution, and I was abandoned at home. Out of that desperate situation, I was led to attend a church where they shared the gospel and prayed for me. That is how I received my deliverance from the demonic attacks. After that, I gave my life to Christ, got involved in ministry activities at church, and took on ministerial responsibilities. Now I am living in Nyamirama with my family, sharing the gospel, and starting a church.
I am attending the Uganda Bible College and studying with our God’s Embassy Pastors.
We serve in a predominantly Bakiga community that practices mixed subsistence farming. The dominant religion is a form of Anglicanism or Catholicism that does not believe in a true gospel of faith in Jesus Christ. Those churches require paying quarterly dues to reserve a place in heaven. Some members of the community practice witchcraft secretly. There are also some other cults, like the church of the prophets.
I have a substantial burden in my heart to preach the gospel of salvation to the people in our community, considering the suffering and bondage I was in before I came to know our Lord Jesus Christ. I look around our community and see many people suffering in the darkness under the demonic evil influence of witchcraft and false religious teachers in my community, so my heart goes out to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We are establishing home fellowships and meeting on Sundays in the township’s center.
There is much work to do to establish a church in this area. We are a remote village far from the schools and markets. With the White Fields’ support, I will be able to serve full-time, proclaiming the gospel and teaching young people so that one day they may be able to attend school.
We have seen God at work in the life of Gad Niwagaba, aged fifty-one years old, a resident of Kyiruruma cell in Kyantuhe village. He was demon possessed for over a month and could hear voices calling to him without seeing the people who were speaking. He said that sometimes he could hear sounds in his room and he tried to seek help from some witch doctors and it failed to work. His family invited us to pray for him, we visited him and prayed for him. God heard our prayers, and the spirits left him and he was healed. He has come to church to thank God for his healing.
We praise God for the people who have come to join us to worship our Lord and four have given their lives to Christ, two males and two females. Our church needs more land for the church to expand and for a nursery school.
Annet is thirty-two and a widow with three children, they are residents of Kagunga cell, Ntungwa parish. They live in a temporary house with two rooms. The names of the children are Sharon, aged ten, Danson, aged seven, and Gift is two. They survive through selling labor to others and subsistence farming on their small piece of land. We met Annet through home visits and found that before the death of her husband, she was a drunkard and quarrelsome. Now she was so full of stress that she could not care for her children and the demon spirits used to attack her when she was not drunk, especially during the night. This situation made her poor and for some time they lacked food. We prayed with her and that night she slept well, and the spirits did not come, she also arranged the next day for a family overnight and at that overnight, she gave her life to Christ. She is now an intercessor in the fellowship and has allowed her home to host the home fellowship with more than ten members. She is planning to build a permanent house. We pray that God will open the doors for finances so that she can also pay for school fees for her children. We are also praying for God to strengthen her faith.
We have choir where adults and youth meet and share the Word of God; they come to church to practice every Saturday for practice from five p.m. to six p.m. The Sunday school is where the children meet and share the Word of God through Bible stories and learn new dancing skills.
We train the members through the foundation class; and give them opportunities for leading intercession and church classes. The leader for the Sunday class is Innocent. Allen is an intercessor. Deus leads the choir, and the men are led by Alex.
Fausta is sixty-two and a widow with four grandchildren. She came to our church for prayer due to pain she had on her head and in her legs; we prayed for her, and she was healed. She came back to testify what the Lord had done for her and gave her life to Christ.
Eunice is married with four children, three of them have their own families. She is an Anglican that we met in the home of Annet. We shared the Word, and she was interested in our teaching and thought of joining the church to learn more about God. Eunice has been coming to church and has started bringing her friends. We pray the Lord will continue to draw her to Himself.
We are reaching out to the community through fellowships. This past month we visited thirteen homes and spoke with twenty-two males and thirty-three females.
The Testimony of Pastor Julius Mbesigire
My parents had nine children and were members of the Anglican church. Our family was known as a religious family, but we were never God-fearing because whenever one of us got sick, our father would send us to consult witch doctors.
Our father believed in the witch doctors and planned to start a family shrine seeking the spirits’ protection for the family. In primary six, I got ill and failed all my exams. My illness got worse until, mentally, I became a lunatic. My father spent much money going to different clinics, hospitals, and consulting witch doctors, but all in vain.
Finally, my father had a friend in our village who believed in Christ. He called him to come and see me and to pray for me that maybe His Jesus might help because my father had given up hope, and he was desperate. My father’s friend came and shared the gospel, and I believed in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He prayed for me to be healed. I felt the heaviness lift and was eventually wholly delivered. I joined a church choir and served wholeheartedly for eight years.
But there was a problem because that church charged us taxes and required us to make monthly and yearly payments. They insisted on receiving the payments or threatened that we would lose our place in the church. I had nowhere to run to because I feared that I would fall sick if I left their church again.
Hope came when I started listening to Grace So Amazing radio program about the truth and grace in Jesus. Pastor Onesimus’ teaching was different and biblical; I said in my heart that I could leave this mission and join the Fellowship of God’s Embassy and learn more about true biblical teaching.
Julius was a subsistence farmer and a motorcycle mechanic. He joined God’s Embassy after hearing our radio program, Grace So Amazing. He joined a fellowship in his community and was identified as a leader. He has been studying with our pastors weekly and leading that Fellowship for two years. Due to his faithful ministry among the people that Fellowship has become a church. We plan to reach the surrounding communities through home fellowships and community outreaches. We are surrounded by people of different religions that need to hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have seen God at work in the life of Deborah, aged twenty-six, married to Obed Kiiza of twenty-nine years residing in Nyabitete cell. We met Deborah when she was pregnant; her pregnancy was challenging, and she was admitted to the hospital. We thank God that she was able to give birth to a healthy baby girl. Many women here lose their life while giving birth, but we thank God that Deborah is fine and the baby is growing.
We thank God for His saving grace and sustaining us in the ministry. The community is receptive to the Word of God and many people come to visit us. Some of these come to faith and surrender their lives to Christ. Many more are coming to join us for the first time to worship the Lord. This month, we baptized four members.
Our church needs are for land for the church building, machines for sound to advance our worship, and a school for our children.
We meet all the members willing to be intercessors every Wednesday for prayers. On Fridays, we meet for altar call and to share the Word of God. We also allow every person to participate in sharing Scripture verses in the fellowships. We let some ministers lead the church programs and Sunday school.
We have a choir that meets every Saturday for practice and the choir has eleven members. We begin with sharing the Word of God before we commence the practice. We have Sunday school for the children where they learn the Word of God through memory verses and Bible stories.
We met Joseph at his home. He is forty-five years old and married to Nantukunda Monic who is thirty-five years old. He had been a drunkard but after sharing the Word, he prayed to received Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. He now comes to church and testifies that since he received salvation, he no longer drinks alcohol.
We reach out to the community through fellowships. We have four fellowships that meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We also do home visits and this month we preached in eight homes, reaching out to twenty-three males and thirty-three females.
Year by year, I am thrilled to watch how God expands his outreach into new villages where no one has ever heard of Jesus. On more than one occasion, I have received the answer, “None,” when I had asked one of our church planters, “How many Christian were in that place when you first went to share the gospel?” The faithfulness of indigenous pastors traveling into the remote villages and mountain towns to bring the Good News to people is astounding. To pray for such faithful servants of the Lord is a tremendous privilege.[Read more…] about The Continual Spread of the Gospel is Achieved by God Moving in the Hearts of Faithful Partners
Meet the Staff of Healing Grace Medical Center
Dr. Emmanuel Kyobe
Dr. Kyobe is a medical doctor. He is twenty-seven and not yet married. Emmanuel lives with his father in the Kawanda/Wakiso district. He completed elementary school at Volcanic Academy Kampala and went to Uganda Namugongo for secondary school. The following year he studied human medicine at the Gulu University.
Emmanuel was born into a family where his father was a Catholic and his mother was Anglican. According to Emmanuel, he did not belong to either religion; he always wanted a church that would help him understand God’s Word in more depth. His prayers were answered thirteen years ago through an open-door crusade. He gave his life to Christ and then started to study the Word of God and understand it. Emmanuel testifies that he used to live in great fear due to nightmares and strange voices.
Yes and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.Philippians 1:19
Susan is a midwife; she is single and in her mid-twenties. She is living with her parents in the village known as Rwerere in the Nyakagyeme sub-county Rukungiri district. She studied at the Rwerere primary school and attended the secondary school at Bishop college. Susan finished her advanced education at Kibibi secondary school and then joined the School of Comprehensive Nursing in Kabale district. Susan was awarded a certificate in midwifery upon the completion of her studies.
Susan came to Christ just over ten years ago when she was in Senior two at the school’s organized retreat. Since then, she has been walking with the Lord. Susan testifies that the Lord delivered her from a short-tempered character, lack of sleep, and so much worry that she sometimes stayed awake for the whole night.
Jonathan is a lab technician at the Healing Grace Medical Center. He is single, in his mid-twenties, and was born in the Rukungiri area. Jonathon studied at the primary community school and then attended secondary school. He completed his advanced level certificate from the Makobore High School and finished obtaining his medical laboratory certificate at the Jinja medical lab training school.
Jonathan shared his testimony; he came to faith three years ago when the door-to-door evangelism team found him at this house and shared the gospel. The Lord delivered Jonathan from the spirit of isolation and depression; before he came to Christ, he would rarely associate with people at all and enjoyed being alone. After giving his life to Christ, Jonathan now finds it necessary to interact with friends and share the Word of God.
Patience is a midwife in her early thirties; she is married with two children in kindergarten. Her family is staying in the Kabura village. Patience studied in the Kisizi primary school and then joined the secondary school in the immaculate heart, where she completed her studies in Senior Four. The following year, she joined the Kisizi hospital school of nursing and midwifery, graduating with a midwifery certificate eight years ago.
Patience came to faith while in primary school through an open-air crusade in their school compound. The preacher mentioned that stealing was a sin that leads to death. Because of Patience’s stealing habits, when she heard this information, she became scared and did not want to die so she committed her life to Christ. Patience testifies that the Lord also delivered her from the spirit of unforgiveness and short temper after she accepted Jesus Christ.