God is working in the life of Denis and Provia, both in their twenties. They have two children together., Akampa is three years old, and Arnold is two. They were Catholic before and we met them at their house while doing home visits. They had lost hope over the health of their son Arnold, who was always sick, starting in infancy. Denis and Provia had tried every medical care that was within their financial means, but all the tests could not show any illness, and he was getting worse to the point of wasting away. They resorted to witch doctors and witchcraft, but still, Arnold’s health worsened. We shared with them about the saving grace of Christ Jesus and his healing power. They both accepted Christ into their lives and joined us in the church. As they kept coming to church, one Sunday we prayed for Arnold as a church and the Lord delivered him from the demonic possession he was under. Since then, Arnold has been well, and we give God all the glory for saving and healing this family.
We have been able to construct our church structure and so we have shelter from the rain and sun during our church services.
We are praying and trusting that God will help us to buy plastic chairs and sound equipment for the church to help us do the services better.
We train believers during our leader’s meeting on Wednesdays. We give them opportunities to participate in leading church service programs, leading home fellowships, Bible reading at church, and taking responsibility in different church activities.
Some of our upcoming leaders are Vastine who is leading the intercession group and church program. Rogers is doing some preaching. Tushabomwe leads our praise and worship team.
We have a church leadership committee of five people. They have various roles including chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, and treasurer.
We have a Sunday school with fifteen children so far. We also have a youth choir, and they meet every Saturday to learn songs and dances to present.
We have a church worship team that helps in leading praise and worship in the church services. They also meet on Saturdays to practice and rehearse for church services. During the practice time, they share and learn from the Word of God and pray in addition to the music rehearsals.
Ambrose is twenty-two years old, single, lives in Katerampungu, and sells hard labor by working in people’s fields. We met him on the way from work and we got a chance to share the Word of God with him. He promised to visit us and on the Sunday that followed, he came and gave his life to Christ during the service. Since then, Ambrose has joined us and is showing interest in serving in the ushering department. We thank God for Ambrose’s commitment to the Lord, and we pray God gives him grace to stand.
We are reaching the community through home visits and home fellowships. We have two fellowships that both meet on Thursdays in Rutwe Kayburere and Rugarama in Kazindiro, Bugangari. This month we visited fifteen homes and shared the gospel with thirty-three women and twenty men, some of whom started to visit our church services on Sunday. We thank God for using us to reach His people. We praise the Lord for using us to share the gospel during this month!
Pastor Gelevazio’s Testimony
I was born into a family of Catholics, and my father was a catechist at a church in Bugangari. I used to travel with my father to visit the sick members of the Catholic Church, but when we would get there, after praying with the sick, my father would advise them to seek help from either the witch doctor or a spirit medium.
Our Catholic faith was just for religious attachment, but we had continually worshiped spirits. What led to my salvation was due to sickness. I started suffering nightmares, where I would see a fire burning my house, and over time I became like a mad person. I had no peace at all. I consulted the witch doctors for help and tried the herbalists, but every attempt failed, I went to the hospital, and the doctors didn’t find anything wrong with me after much testing.
I was encouraged to try Jesus and see if I would find peace and escape the nightmares. The Christians shared the gospel, and I believed in Jesus giving my life to Christ. The nightmares left, and there was no longer any torment from the spirits. I thank God that He saved me from all the oppression.
I believe I am called to lead this church because this place is my home area, and people know my transformational testimony and the power of believing in Jesus to save those who are heavy-laden like I was. So I will point them to Jesus and proclaim the gospel to all the community members.
Secondly, I am passionate about helping people know the Jesus that I have come to know and grow together in faith. So many people around our area are filled with religious practices that are not biblical. I have been studying at the Uganda Bible College, learning the truth in the Scriptures. I want to pass that knowledge on to our community by establishing a local church.