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.