Praise God for all the work Pastor Able and Brighton are doing in Garuka!
We have seen God’s healing hand in the life of Sympathy, two years old. He is a son of Dorothy who resides in Garuka. He has been very ill for a long time, and at one point Dorothy decided to take her son to Nyakibale Referral Hospital for treatment. The tests they ran did not show any sickness but because the boy was wasting away, the doctors opted to admit him, and he was in the hospital for four days. The situation did not improve, so the doctors discharged him and told Dorothy to try other means. When the doctors tell you to try other means, they recommend trying witchcraft because if they scientifically cannot find the sickness, they refer a person to try the spiritual realm. Dorothy had spent a lot of money at the hospital, so she decided to keep her child at home. We found Dorothy in her home when we visited; we primarily visited her since she had not been at the church for some time. We encouraged her with the Word of God and prayed with her for her son. She came to church this month to give thanks to God for healing her son. The Lord heard our prayers and healed her son. Now he is well and healthy. Our God indeed is a healing God, and we give him all the glory.
We praise God for increasing our numbers; this month we baptized four people. We thank God for His provision, and we continue to believe that He will provide for our current needs. Our church structure and walls are now complete. We are praying that God will provide and allow us to install the church windows and doors.
Sunday Church attendance
Amutuhere, a church member, being baptized.
The challenge in our area is the invasion of wild animals into our community from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Elephants are the most destructive. They have been invading our community for almost a month now and have eaten and destroyed most of the gardens. In the next months, food will be a big challenge in Garuka and the surrounding communities. We have reported to the government authorities but no responsive intervention has been made so far.
We have Sunday school where the children gather and share the Word of God through Bible stories and memory verses. They meet every Saturday from three to four-thirty p.m. to train for presenting during the Sunday service.
The adults have Saturday church choir practice and the ushers all come to church to prepare for Sunday service. They meet at the same time. The intercessors usually meet every Friday from nine a.m. to five p.m to pray for the church and the church activities.
We train others through sharing Biblical servant principles, especially during our church foundation classes. We ask and give members opportunities to lead worship, do intercession prayer, lead Sunday school and Friday evening prayer service, and share the Word of God in the home fellowships. Dorothy is leading the Friday evening prayer service. Amos is a church programmer and Akankwasa leads the Sunday school.
Natukunda is twenty-five and the mother of one child. We visited her and shared the Word of God with her. She was touched and gave her life to Christ. Natukunda came and joined us and has been committed since then. She has also joined the choir to keep serving the Lord. We pray that she keeps on in the faith and in her love for serving others.
We reach out to the community through crusades where we publicly share the gospel. This month we had a crusade and a total of two-hundred and sixty people attended. During this crusade, our church choir led praise and worship. Twenty-three people gave their lives to Christ. We now are doing follow-up for those who committed their lives to the Lord to encourage them in their newfound faith.
We visited twenty-five homes, shared the Word of God, and encouraged thirty-five men and boys, and sixty-nine women and girls in their homes. We give all the praise and glory to God who is advancing His work in the Garuka community.
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The Building of the Garuka Church:
The Garkua church is making brick walls. We thought we would be installing iron sheets for the walls, but when they got started, the people were so excited and hardworking that pastor Able was able to procure local bricks and their church will be a real building. They are vibrant in their faith and exceedingly happy. This building is a landmark to God’s goodness to these people.
The Garuka Roof Project
The Garuka Roof Project
The Power of Prayer Brings Answers (Summer Newsletter)
… members of the church went to God and implored Him to help them build a better roof because they did not want their neighbors to think that God is poor. They believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ that God had given them the free gift of salvation by faith. They wanted God to defend His character and integrity. They had already sacrificed much for their church by reserving poles from their gathered firewood to build the structure to hold the tarp roof. They prayed for what they knew was impossible.
We have seen God working in our church and community through the building of the church. We are excited to see this process happening. We have been waiting and praying to God for the church, and now it has begun. We praise God for His faithfulness. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights. (James. 1:17). We thank God for answered prayers and White Fields ministry. God has blessed us through the helping hands of White Fields, without which we would not have been able to put up such a structure.
Pastor Able’s Testimony
I was born into a Catholic family, and my father had three wives, my mother was the last wife. My father had a total of 19 children. He was not able to take us to school; that is why I worked to get funds to continue going to school. I accepted the Lord when I was 17 years old. What led to my salvation was seeking help for my sickness. My father, who has family spirits and is the worship leader, had made some errors, and the punishment was on all of his family members by the spirits. The sickness was a result of the family spirit’s dissatisfaction with our worship and sacrifices but even worse to me since I was selected to head the family shrine in case my father died.
My sister came home as a Christian after living in Kampala, the capital city in Uganda. My sister Mbabazi Allen found the whole family tormented by the family spirits, she immediately started preaching to the entire family, and 16 of us gave our lives to Christ that day 25th December 1999. I was among those 16. I then joined the only church that was available in our area under Full Gospel affiliation until 2010. I moved away to another location for work. I did not attend any church for a long time, and I started to backslide. I returned to Rukungiri to work as a Boda- Boda driver (motorcycle driver).
One of my friends Buhooro Alex visited me and as we talked, he told me about the church he attends (God’s Embassy, in Katobo) and he invited me to visit. When I did, I liked the church and the programs they had. I decided to keep attending. In 2016 while still attending God’s Embassy Katobo, I recommitted my life to Christ. The constant teaching of the Word of God has transformed me and has helped me to stand in faith even up to this day. I then joined different ministries to serve, I mainly served as an usher, but also sometimes in the choir playing the jazz drums. When an opportunity came up to do ministry in Kikarara village, I was happy to join Pastor Bryan Warugaba in planting a church.
The people welcomed the gospel message, and a church was planted. Pastor Bryan moved to Kikarara, and I joined him and moved too. I continued visiting the area and evangelizing in the community. I traveled to a village named Garuka, which is 2 hours from Kikarara on foot. The people are so desolated, but once they started listening to God’s word, the people began gathering to hear more of the good news of Jesus Christ. I served as a pastor’s assistant for two years and led the Garuka fellowship for over a year now.
I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to pastor in Garuka Village. I am also thankful for God’s Embassy and White Field Ministries for the opportunity to serve Him and His people and for supporting my family in all ways- through prayers and finances.
Pastor Able, Brighton his wife, and their children — Ricky 7 years old, Prosper 3 years old and Destiny 9 months old.