- Crusades -
Fortportal & Kyenjojo
3rd - 11th June 2015
This year 2015, Abundant Life International Ministries (ALIM) has continued to be faithful to the call of developing and equipping Kingdom leaders in Uganda to ensure that the church of Christ is deeply rooted in the word. In this month of June 2015, Pastor Ernest Howie assisted by Pastor Mike Smith facilitated this year’s third and fourth conferences in the western Uganda towns of Fort Portal in Kabarole District and in Kyenjojo district. The conference in Fort Portal took place on 3rd to 6th with 300 participants in attendance and that of Kyenjojo was 8th – 11th June and 350 participants attended.
The teachings in both conferences focused on Hosea 4:6—“My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge”; Mal.2:7—“For the lips of a Priest should keep knowledge, and People should seek the law from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts”; Ps. 25:4-5—“Show Me your ways, O Lord; teach me your Paths, lead me in your truth and teach me”; Ps. 43:3—Oh send out your light and your Truth! Let them lead me: let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle. Pastor Ernest maintained that the church can be a victorious one only when they know the truth.
The conferences were organized and coordinated by the Joint Pastors fellowship under Pastor Byabasaija Frank in Fort Portal and Pastor Charles in Kyenjojo. The intended objective of these conferences was to refocus the Pastors and leaders in these districts to the word of God and to the Biblical principles that underpin these teachings as the ultimate foundation of the church
Kyejonjo Conference organizing committee June 2015
The conference in Fort-portal was held at the United Pentecostal Church hall and at Impression one Hotel Hall in Kyenjojo. The conferences started at 9.00am and ended at 5.30pm with a lunch break at 1.00pm.
The conferences were both residential for participants from far off communities, and those who live nearby the conference venues and those with the means of transport commuted from their homes. One hundred seventy delegates were residents in Fort Portal and one hundred eighty in Kyenjojo. Meals were provided for all the participants. The conference officials hired the catering services that prepared the meals and served them.
4.0 EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TEACHINGS
The teachings generated a lot of interest from the participants and this was exhibited in their response to the word. As a result of the teachings, many participants yielded to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, responded to carrying out community work by delivering food parcels to communities and hospital and participated in the Holy Communion.
Participants invoking God’s leading and guidance in their service to Him and community
4.2 Church and community
The teachers taught about the importance of the church being part of the community. In this way, the church will be relevant as it yields to people’s needs and looking out to encourage them. The teaching on this theme was based on the great commission where Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. The famous statement on this subject was that “when the church serves the people, it gains the right to share its faith with them”.
The conference participants responded to the message by going out to the communities where they prayed with families and gave parcels of food to those in need. The delegated also went to Kabarole Hospital where they prayed for the sick for healing and their attendants for the grace to care for their beloved ones and each patient was given a pack of food, sugar, a bar of soap and milk. In response to the massage, 40 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. .
Pastor Mike and Pastor Ernest giving the Chairman clothing to be given out to the community in Kyejonjo
4.3 Marriage as God Intended
The teaching emphasizes the importance of marriage and family life as a significant part of the Church. The practical truth that portrays the importance of this subject is that God created family before the church came into existence. The teaching expounded on the importance of Christian marriage and being wedded in the sight of God as this brings peace in the family. The teachers exposed the danger of living and practicing traditions that encourage marriages to be carried out and lived contrary to the word of God. The present age practices in the country demand expensive weddings and payment of dowry and because many people cannot afford these, they end up living together without being wedded before God. After the message, one couple was wedded and their marriage sanctified in the sight of God and was given certificates of marriage before God.
A couple receiving a certificate after being wedded in the sight of God
4.4 Holy Communion
Communion, the fourth pillar of the early church besides prayer, the word and fellowship was taught and carried. This sacrament signified the importance of the church as one with a single mission and purpose to bring glory to God in remembrance of what it took Jesus to take away the sin nature of man in exchange for his divine nature. After the communion, the pastors and leaders were commissioned to go and serve the Lord with zeal, Knowledge and understanding.
Jesus said “do this in remembrance of me” Pastors and leaders breaking bread together
5.0 RADIO PROGRAMME
During the conclusion of the conference in Fort Portal, Pastor Ernest and Mike were hosted at a local FM radio which serves approximately one million people. While on the radio, Pastor Ernest casted the fundamental vision for ALIM which is to bring the people to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. With the same airtime, Pastor Mike challenged the audience to receive new life in Christ Jesus. After the message, many people called in requesting for prayers from the team and the response was great.
Pastor Ernest, ministering at the radio station in Fort portal
Sincere thanks to the Almighty God for his grace and abilities he has placed in his servants as manifested in this record. We shall forever be grateful to the Lord our God for enabling Pastor Ernest Howie to stand up to the challenge together with Pastor Mike. May God richly bless you. We appreciate the efforts of Pastor Samuel Sombi and John Faith for coordinating and making arrangements with the local team of Pastors on ground. Thanks to all the participants for turning up. You are the reason for the conference being successful.
Blessings to you all
JOHN FAITH MAGOLO
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