God is working in the life of Purinel, fifty, and Prossy, forty-five. They live together in Kishanda cell Nyarushanje. Prossy came to church to ask us to go and pray for her husband because he was very ill, yet even with all the laboratory testing, his illness was not diagnosed. The tests showed up negative, yet he was in much pain. In such circumstances, it is always understood that this is due to witchcraft and so one either seeks a stronger witch to intervene or one goes to the church. In her case, she came to the church. It was Sunday, after the church service, that we went to share the Word and pray for Purinel. The Lord was gracious in His mighty power and delivered him. The following Sunday, he came to visit us at church and he testified of how God healed him. He joined us and we pray that he keeps on coming, and for the Lord to touch his heart with His Word so that he surrenders his life to Christ. For all of that, we give God the praise and glory!
We praise God for so many people who are giving their lives to Christ. This month, nine people have accepted Jesus Christ, including four men and five women.
We are growing in number, so far, we have fifty-four adult members. Twenty are female, twenty-four are male, and ten are youth. The Sunday school children number twenty-five.
We have had parents dedicate four children to the Lord this month.
We believe God will enable us to obtain a church property, and this is where we plan to construct our church structure for Sunday services.
We are training the believers to participate in the ministry through the Word of God, meeting two Tuesdays a month.
We are also training leaders in home fellowships and Friday evening services. Akankwatsa is preaching in home fellowships and leading a church service program. Deus leads praise and worship. Precious leads the Sunday school and Florence is leading the intercessor’s group.
Our church worship team meets every Tuesday and Saturday for practice and rehearsals in preparation for Sunday services.
The Sunday school children’s choir meets every Saturday to learn Bible songs and skits which they too present in the Sunday main service.
We have a men’s choir that meets on Saturdays as well, they have the potential to grow in number as other men have shown an interest in joining and coming to the church.
Gilbert is forty years old, married, and a resident of Kishanda cell. He came to church only because his friends brought him, and after the service, he was convicted through the Word of God by what was preached, and he gave his life to Christ. He said that he was a drunkard before, but since he was saved, he has stopped drinking alcohol. He is now a committed member of the church. He has promised to bring all of his family to church during the school holiday. Gilbert is happy to have found God’s Embassy church in Nyarushanje Sub County that is helping him to know the truth in the Word of God.
We reach the community through home fellowships. We currently have one fellowship that meets every Friday for two hours in the evening in Ndaaggo Nyarushanje. It has twenty members. People are eager to attend this fellowship, despite the fact that some of them need to travel a distance from their homes. It is bringing many people in the community to study the Word of God. But there are still some who are afraid to come to God’s Embassy because of religious persecution.
We are reaching the community though home visits, and this month we managed to reach ten homes and speak with thirty-three men and forty-five women about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This month has been one of immense blessings because we dedicated four children to the Lord and four people accepted Jesus Christ. We thank God for using us to reach many in our community.
The Testimony of Pastor John
Before I came to Christ Jesus, I was a drunkard and smoked a lot. I also used to be tormented by evil spirits until a pastor came to our home to visit us, and he shared the Word of God. During his visit, he gave me a chance to receive Jesus Christ. I confessed my sin and put my faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He also told me to keep attending church, and I stopped drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. The Lord also delivered me from evil spirits that were tormenting me.
I used to tune in to the Radio Program Grace So Amazing for my spiritual nourishment to listen to Pastor Onesimus preach. That radio ministry is how I grew in the knowledge and practice of God’s Word. I heard God’s Embassy and the radio ministry were starting a home fellowship in our community, so I immediately joined and started helping with home visiting and sharing the Gospel. I began studying with the White Fields pastors at Uganda Bible College.
After a while, our fellowship grew into enough families for White Fields to start a church in our village. Our church is in the lowland near the trading center with a population of about four hundred people. The community is mostly subsistence farming, with a small number of families operating micro-retail shops. The community members are also very religious but practice Catholicism or Anglicanism mixed with belief in the African traditional religion of ancestral and spirit worship. I am visiting homes to share the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
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.