Pastor Nicholas Testimony
In my clan, drinking alcohol was not a problem, and before accepting Jesus Christ, I could drink alcohol as if there was no tomorrow. I was also a hard-working person, but I could not save any money because I spent all I earned on alcohol. I sold things at home like house chairs, source pans, and family food purposely to buy alcohol. My family continuously advised me to stop drinking alcohol.
I joined a saving association at the advice of one of my friends who was trying to help me with my situation. The association helped me reduce the amount of money I spent on alcohol by reducing the amount of money I had on hand. But every time we shared our savings, I still used all the money I had on drinking. So I ended up benefiting nothing from these money-saving groups. I started borrowing money from these groups and joined gambling groups in which I also lost most of what I borrowed. I am still paying those debts up to now. I got addicted to alcohol and gambling to the extent that I valued them more than my daily food.
I decided to marry, but my marriage was very challenging because of my addictions. Due to increased debts in the area, I ran away to Kampala and looked for work. I was there for almost one year. When I earned enough money, I started a bar, but I incurred more debts while operating this bar. I continued with my addictions. I got arrested for gambling, and eventually got out of jail on monetary bail.
God’s Embassy started the home fellowship in Ruteete, which I started attending. After some time of visiting the fellowship and listening to the Word of God, I believed and gave my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, 2016. The fellowship leader – Jackson Turinawe, who is now the pastor of God’s Embassy Ruteete, helped me to overcome addictions through prayer and reading the Word of God.
I thank God for God’s Embassy and White Field Ministries because through them; God has been gracious to my family and me; they have allowed us to serve God and His people as a pastor. We are now living a life of hope, and we are blessed to be ministers. I started serving as an assistant pastor in God’s Embassy Ruteete in 2017 and 2019 as Pastor for Kigaaga. I found 27 people in God’s Embassy Kigaaga, and by God’s grace, we are now 79 people in attendance. More people are still showing interest in the Gospel. We give all the glory to God.
Pastor Nicholas, Shallon his wife and Derrick 11 years old, Honest 6 years old and Vincent 3 years old.
We have seen God working in Kigaaga as people continue to come to fellowship with us. Our numbers are increasing. When we began, we were few, but people have continued to come and now the church is getting too small to accommodate everyone. We now have over one-hundred and sixty-three members.
This past month, ten people from Kigaaga gave their lives to Christ during the center day at God’s Embassy Township Church.
We praise God for the increasing grace as we have continued to preach the gospel. This month we witness a couple legalize their marriage at the church. We thank God as people are coming to realize the importance of a stable family and raising their children in the fear of God. Events such as these remind us that the congregation are learning from the Word of God.
One of the families in our fellowship is the family of Gerald, age twenty-six, and Ruth, age twenty-three. They do not have any children and are residents of Kigaaga cell, living in a three-room temporary house. They survive through selling hard labor to others and depend on subsistence farming on hired land. We met this couple through home visits and found out that before they were married, Gerald was staying with his parents who were drunkards. He would go to the bars to look for his parents and pay their bills, and then end up drinking alcohol and becoming drunk like his parents. His habit continued even after marriage, and it destabilized their marriage. We visited their home and shared the Word of God with both of them and they surrendered their lives to Jesus. Gerald changed and they are both committed to serving in the choir. We are so blessed to serve with them. Gerald makes bricks to earn a living and his wife has a grocery store in Kigaaga trading center.
We are training members to participate in ministry by giving them opportunities to lead fellowships, choir practice, worship sessions, and teaching in the Children’s Sunday school class. Some of the leaders that are being trained and mentored in these roles include Jenifer, Kosila, Edgar, Edson, and Lameche.
Our Sunday school has forty-six children, and their teacher is Kate. They are learning Bible stories and memory verses to present in the Sunday services.
Cleophas is forty-six and married to Kimunyu; they have three children who are already grown up and do not live at home anymore. She was Catholic and she is married to an Anglican man by religion. She accepted Christ during a home visit and decided to join God’s Embassy even through her husband is still in the Anglican religion. She is still standing firm in her faith amid much pressure and conflict between these two religions. We are praying that her husband will come to a point when he gives his life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We reach out to the community through home visits and fellowships. As a church, we have seven fellowships, and each has over fifteen members. We are doing home visits and we visited fourteen homes this past month. We also shared the gospel with thirty-seven males and fifty-four females. God has done great things and we bless His Holy Name.