Ezra is sixty-eight and a resident of Nyabiteete cell. He was a hopeless drunkard who had lost everything to alcohol. We met him at their home while we were doing home visits. He was desperate because his mom was severely sick, and he did not have any means of taking her for medical treatment. We shared the gospel with them and prayed with the family. Ezra came to church to visit, and he gave his life to Christ during the service. Since then, his life has changed, and he has stopped drinking alcohol. Ezra is farming and also sells coffee berries. We thank God for transforming the life of Ezra.
We praise God for growing our church’s numbers. This month, seven members, three men and four women, have joined us and our church attendance is now sixty adults and thirty-three children.
Our greatest need as a church is land where we can build our own church structure that will last permanently. We are renting someone else’s piece of land and sometimes it is not easy to determine how dependable that someone can be. We are looking for God to enable us to afford to buy our own land as a church.
One of the families in the church, Enock and his wife Lydia, have had marriage misunderstandings to the extent that Lydia wanted to take the children and leave, this has not been an acceptable idea and so has led to instability in the home with the children in the middle of the conflict. We are praying for this family, that God will help them resolve their problems and stabilize them.
We train others during our weekly ministers’ meetings. Every Tuesday, there is a meeting of prayer and fasting for the intercessors from two to four-thirty p.m. During this time, they are taught how to pray and intercede in the Word of God for their lives, families, and the church.
Other ministers meet on Saturdays in preparation for the Sunday services. We study the Bible together and give people opportunities to minister in the coming week in different areas of ministry like home visits, home fellowships, Friday evening services, and Sunday morning classes.
We have a Sunday school to help the children learn the Word of God separately and at their own level.
We also have the church worship team, and they too meet every Saturday to prepare for Sunday Services.
Karweza is a widow of eighty-five and a resident of Nyabiteete. We shared the gospel with her during our home visits. At first, she resisted because she said she was worse and could not be forgiven. She said ever since her husband’s death, she has done all sorts of evil. We shared about God’s compassion and mercy to forgive through Christ. She then accepted and gave her life to Jesus Christ. She lives with her school-going grandchildren so most of the time she is at home alone. She now comes to church and we pray as she hears the Word of God, that she obeys it so that he life may be transformed into a new creation. We give God all the glory for saving Karweza.
We reach out to the community through home fellowships. We have four fellowships so far meeting in different homes and in different villages every Thursday. In these fellowships, we worship, share the Word of God, share testimonies, and pray over various issues and needs.
We reach the community also through home visits, going door to door, and this month we visited fourteen homes. We shared the good news with twenty-three men and forty-four women, and some of them promised to visit us at the church for the Sunday service.
We bless the name of the Lord for helping us reach this community for Him.
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.