The Testimony of Pastor Wilber
I was born into a family which mostly believed in witchcraft and worshiped spirits. My father had forty-two children from three wives. Many died through the years because the family was involved with witch doctors, and they blamed the spirits for the death of the children, accusing my family of not appeasing the family spirits.
Only nine siblings are still alive. Of all the children, our grandfather liked me the most and wanted me to be the successor managing his spirits; he had built a shrine at our home where we worshiped that involved sacrificing animals. After our grandfather’s death, I could not control these spirits, and our lives went crazy. My relatives wanted me to be the religious leader of these spirits, but I had seen the havoc they had caused in the family, and I chose to run to church to denounce them.
That is where I heard the gospel, gave my life to Christ for protection, and started studying the Bible for discipleship. I have been following the radio program Grace So Amazing, taught by Pastor Onesimus, and introduced it to other members of my village.
We are reaching the village of Bikurungu in the Rukungiri District.
The ministry is growing as we reach out to the people of Bikurungu and beyond with the Gospel and the love of Christ. We fellowship on Sunday in a school we rent; please continue to pray that we find a permanent home for the church. In foundations class, we teach the Word and allow church ministers to share the Word on Wednesday’s prayer and fasting day, which starts at noon and goes to 4:30 pm. This has motivated some members to gain confidence in speaking and give them a chance to lead church programs. We have Sunday school, where children learn songs and Bible stories and memorize Bible verses. The children then present special items in the Sunday service. The church worship team meets every Wednesday and Saturday for practice, where we first share the Word of God to encourage and guide us in whatever we are doing in the worship team. We also have established fellowships that meet in homes, and we reach out to the community through rotational home fellowships, which meet in a home to share the Word. This last quarter, we visited 38 homes and reached out to 148 females and 93
We see God’s healing hand in the life of Mercy, age 55. She came to church suffering from an unknown sickness for a long time and was wasting away. She couldn’t walk or help herself. When medication did not help, the medical officials directed her to a witch doctor in the area. Mercy went, but her health got worse each day. She was brought to church on Sunday and requested to be prayed for. The whole church laid hands on her and prayed for her, and the Lord, in His mercy, healed her that day. She was able to walk home. She is now well and has come to join us; we pray that God will touch her heart to surrender to the Lord. We thank God for His ways of doing things and give Him all the glory.
We see God at work in the life and family of Nayebare Olivia, age 26. Her husband Johnson had abandoned Olivia with their two children she struggled to raise alone, meeting their educational, physical, health, and spiritual needs. She did not hear from him for a long time, wondering if he was still alive. We prayed for her and Johnson that the Lord may bring them back together. We thank God for answering our prayer, and Johnson has returned to his family. We bless the name of the Lord for seeking and returning the lost. They are now together and happy, and we give God the glory for answering our prayers.
We see God at work through the life of Nankunda Eunice, 45 years old, married to Tukwasibwe Rajab, with six children, 16 years to 6 years. They are church members and residents of Nyamihuku cell. We met Nankunda Eunice when she was demon-possessed. Her disease could not be diagnosed. Her husband had sold many properties to take her to several hospitals, but all in vain. When she entered our church to pray, the Lord delivered her, and she gave her life to Christ. She serves God as a prayer intercessor in our church, and she and her husband managed to buy a piece of land where they reside and practice farming.
Twinomujuni Pius, age 38, accepted Jesus Christ this month. Twinomujuni Pius and his wife, Christine, age 36, are residents of Nyamihuku village. We met Pius at a bar when we were doing evangelism. He abandoned his wife, Christine, and had a mistress. He said he did not feel any conviction about his behaviors because he was a committed Anglican faithfully paying his church taxes and was told by the Anglican leadership that that was all he needed to do. We shared the Word of God with him. He was convicted to give his life to Christ and to return to his wife. His wife thanks the Lord for what He did for her and the children by returning Pius and saving him.
By the grace of God, our church attendance is increasing. People are coming to faith and worshiping with us at the church. We now have over forty-five members in total. Your financial support is helping our ministry as we share the gospel in the community and the surrounding area.
We have seen God’s healing hand and power in the life of Fred, eight-five, a resident of Bikurungu town council. He had wounds all over his leg that caused great pain, and eventually, paralysis and an inability to walk. He was struggling with basic tasks such as eating and drinking. He and his family believed he had been bewitched. We came to their house as we were doing home visits and after sharing the gospel, we prayed with Him and believed in God with him for the hand of healing upon him. We thank God that when we visited for a second time, we found Fred outside and drinking porridge. He told us that he could now walk, and the wounds were drying up and healing. He said that when he is able to walk further, he will come to church. We give God the glory!
The number of families in the church has increased to twenty-five. We have a membership of over forty people, with twenty men, and twenty-five women. Our target by the end of the month is to have reached fifty-five church members.
Our prayer need is for land for the church. We meet in one of the classrooms of a neighboring school that we rent to meet in and sometimes we are inconvenienced by the changing school programs. As we grow in number, we also have the need for sound machines for the church to use during worship services.
The church worship team meets for practice every Thursday and Saturday at three pm. During this practice time, they learn songs and prepare for church worship services. They also read the Bible together and encourage each other in the Word of God.
Our Sunday school can accommodate twenty children and they have a choir of twelve kids called the Young Ambassadors. They meet every Saturday in preparation to minister during the church services. We are praying for the parents to be able to afford a t-shirt uniform for the Young Ambassadors that will help to motivate the children and also encourage more children to be excited to come to church.
Daniel is twenty-five, married, a father of twins, and a resident of Nyaamihuku. He has given his life to Christ. We met him during our home visits, shared the Word, and invited him to come to our church to visit us. Daniel came with a friend and after the service, he gave his life to Christ. He shared that he had been a drunkard and a womanizer, but he has since changed after surrendering his life to Jesus. He is now on the worship team and serving diligently. We give all the glory to God for transforming Daniel. Praise the Lord!
We are reaching the community through home visits. We thank God that this month we visited fifteen homes and shared the gospel with twenty-three males, and fifty-six females. We are praying that some of them who promised to come will indeed come to church and be touched by God and will accept Jesus Christ. We thank God for the opportunity to be used by Him in the community.