Naminya, Jinja, Dec. 4th 2018, end of year BFU conference.
Dec 28, 2018, 12:23 PM (5 days ago)
Naminya, Jinja, Dec. 4th 2018, end of year BFU conference.
I traveled to Lusenke on Friday 30th with the aim of attending the Nursery student’s graduation/end of year speech day ceremony at Lusenke Junior School on Saturday 1st. the function went on so well and the students performed for their parents in songs and drama. With lots of joy many speeches of appreciations and encouragement were given to us by community leaders and parents.
They even moved a basket round as they contribute towards the development and improvement of this school. The basket was handed over to me as humble small contribution to support and honor the vision of Me and Regina for their community because it has brought a very big change. A lot that they cannot mention all but they are praying for us.
I traveled with all my bags and bibles set to connect right from there to Naminya (Jinja) after attending and teaching in Lusenke Sunday morning church service. I had a great service with the church and a nice leader meeting in the afternoon after the church service where we also shared a nice village meal together.
Regina and the children joined me in Lusenke [by the Nile] on Monday morning. Monday 3rd was the school closing day, when students received their report cards. All of us including parents and students were filled with much joy because of their great performance. It was a wonderful day for me interacting with our school children, parents, teachers and support staffs.
We have a SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM at our school, We are the best school with the highest academic scores in the district. You can sponsor a student for ONE FULL YEAR for only 50 dollars. this includes tuition and books .
Graduating from pre-school to Primary Education
Bishop Bita [left] and school officials
On Tuesday 4th very early in morning, I set off from Lusenke with a team of six church leaders to Naminya (Jinja district). Living Hope Family Church where Pastor Ali serves as a senior pastor. Not too far from Lusenke about 45miles. By 8am, we were already there, and found when everything was already set for the conference and the organizing team actively working towards the final preparations. By 9:45am, we began our first day of the conference with few more leaders who had joined us. Few minutes later, Pastor Katandi from Namayingo together with two other pastors from Tororo joined me. Pastor Joshua and Robert were not able to come.
First day went on so well in great teaching. Attendance was about fifty leaders and pastors. Pastor Ali has friend pastors from one of the remotest communities of Buikwe district. Buikwe was part of Jinja which has been of resent made to be another district. Ali’s old pastor friend went to Buikwe and sometimes back and started a small village fellowship which grew big with time due to his consistent commitment. He also made a good connection/relationship with other nearby pastors together with their fellowships. So Ali has been frequently visiting these poor village churches to minister the word of God and encourage them in the lord. He has been telling me about these needy brethren and asking if there is any possibility of helping them to get the working tools ’‘Bibles’’. The conference was a great opportunity for him to invite them so that they may share in this opportunity of attending our teaching conference and also benefit from the gift of bibles because most of them are in a desperate need for bible.
We were expecting this pastor to come and stay till the end with a team of over 50 leaders. Unfortunately this pastor belongs to a certain big bishop who stepped into their program/plan at the last moment when they were even planning to begin the journey and stopped them from coming. We suspected that he thinks that pastor Ali and this bishop Bita wants to take his people away from him. Because they always call those under their denomination ‘’their people’’as if they own them.
It was sad but the conference went on well till the end. Most of the people we started with on the first day stayed till the end because they were so moved by the teachings. And the number kept on adding up till had 80 the second last and the more on the final day.
Bishop Bita teaching [white shirt], Pastor Kitandi interpreting.
Interactive discussion among Pastors.
Being a season of Christmas and end of year which is also being celebrated as Passover by church today all over Uganda, I had to talk about Christmas and the meaning of Passover in the bible compared to the end of year Passover of Uganda today, not understanding that “even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us”. The “New Year” is called Passover because so many ignorant Christians have been taught that this season Is the time of year that Christians are suppose to plant their greatest seed [money] to ensure blessings through the New Year.
It’s sad and unbelievable but true that many people in the church including pastors think that Christmas is Christ birthday and do not understand anything else. I realize this through the kind of questions and opinions I receive whenever we handle these topics. The church has been deceived and manipulated and is kept in total ignorance of the truth.
I couldn’t wait for the very final day of the bible drive to give bibles to five leaders among those who availed themselves from the very first hour of the conference yet they did not have their own bible but were very active in writing notes and asking good questions, much eager to learn. I had to give them first that is why in the pictures I took a group photo of five and others separately.
Because the people received the truth with much desire to walk and live a transformed life, it was so easy for me, Katandi and pastor Ali to identify the pastors and leaders who truly qualify to get a bible. As a result, we got only 17 people. So in this conference we gave out 17 bibles and took back the remaining bibles for the next conference in 2019. We then finished our conference on Friday at 5pm and had an overnight prayer meeting till Saturday morning.
Pastor Katandi traveled with pastors from Tororo and started their journey safely back home and I also traveled together with Lusenke team including pastor Katandi who wanted to visit Lusenke church briefly and fellowship with his dear brethren on Sunday. We reached Lusenke well and found the entire church family including Regina and the kids (my family) doing well. We had great moments together and wonderful Sunday morning church service the following morning where pastor Katandi shared with us the word of God and evening we had a meeting with the leaders to pray together, encourage them and discuss on some important issues. Then Monday morning pastor Katandi traveled safely back to Namayingo.
On behalf of the entire ministry of NTFI/BFU in Uganda, I send our special appreciation, blessings and much love for supporting through such difficulties and challenges with lots of attacks from the God of this world but a very successful journey of ministry this year. May the scriptures come to pass upon you and your household.