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SANGA AND LYANTONDE CONFERENCE REPORT
16TH - 24TH SEPTEMBER 2015
Abundant Life International Ministries (ALIM) exists to proclaim the gospel, mobilize the church for evangelism, and equip leaders to transform their communities by their very lives..
Pastor Ernest and his interpreter Pastor Evard at Sanga Conference
In fulfillment of this mission, ALIM in partnership with the church in the Western districts of Lyantonde and Kiruhura (Sanga town council) under their umbrella organization the “Pastors’ Fellowship” held a Pastors and leaders conference from the 16th to the 24th of September 2015. The teachers of the word were Pastor Ernest Howie together with his co-teacher Pastor Mike Smith. The conference in Sanga took place on 16th -19th with 250 participants in attendance and that of Lyantonde on 21st to 24th September 2015 with 450 participants in attendance.
The teachings were based 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 a word knowledgeable Church is an overcoming one, and it is knowledge that is going to cause a difference in the church.
The conferences were organized and coordinated by Pastor Yusufu (Joseph) in Sanga and Pastor Yuda(Jude) in Lyantonde. The intended objective of these conferences was to re-focus the Pastors and leaders to the word of God and to the Biblical principles that underpin these teachings as the ultimate foundation of the church .
The conference in Sanga was held at Primary Jesus cares Primary and Nursery school hall and at Jonah Hall in Lyantonde. 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 towns and communities, and those who live nearby came from their homes. One hundred fifty delegates were residents in Sanga and 250 in Lyantonde. All the three main meals were provided to the participants, all for lunch and residents received breakfast and supper/dinner in addition. The conference officials hired the catering services that prepared the meals and served them. The meals provision arrangements were simple and well managed at all times.
4.0 EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TEACHINGS
Participants invoking God’s leading and guidance in their service to Him and community; many were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
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 shared in the Holy Communion. In the conference at Lyantonde, two people gave their lives to Jesus Christ. One of the two, a young man in his early twenties also asked for a prayer of deliverance. He had charms tied around his waist from child hood purportedly for protection. The charms were untied and destroyed by burning and the young man was set free in Jesus Name. similar incidences happened that indicated the encounter of God’s presence with the evil work of the enemy to God’s people; many people fell down while screaming while other got sick; signifying the process of deliverance.
Getting sick during prayer is a sign of delivery. Right- a man displaying the charms after being delivered
4.2 Church and community
The teaching on ministry and community challenged the participants to find a need in the community and meet it and in this way, they will be demonstrating the bible faith in more practical ways. In this way, the church will be relevant as it yields to people’s needs and looking out to encourage them. A healthy church serves the community through the week and a Sunday is a day of fellowship and celebration. The teaching was based on the parable of a good Samaritan as narrated by Jesus in the gospels. The participants were challenged by the word and on the last day of the conference they went to the hospital and prisons within the communities. While in the communities, they gave food stuffs to the aged and handicapped and the same to the prisons. In Sanga the wife of the chief warder gave her life to Jesus Christ along with the two inmates.
4.3 Marriage as God Intended
After the teaching on marriage as God intended, 6 couples responded to the marriage alter call to be wedded in the sight of God in the town of Sanga and two couples in Lyantonde. 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. Many marriages in the country demand for expensive weddings and payment of dowry and because many people cannot afford they end up living together without being wedded before God.
8 couples were wedded in the sight and God between the two conference and their marriages were certified
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 taking Holy Communion
5.0 Other Business
In the similar period of time, Pastor Ernest and Mike visited My Father’s House Children Home. During their visit, they were delighted to see what Roslyn Kee a volunteer from Northern Ireland was doing. The practice of Farming God’s way is believed to be a more sustainable way of ensuring soil fertility, hence food production.
Roslyn explains how Farming God’s way is conducted at MFH to Pastor Ernest and Mike in the presence of Peter and Aidah.
Pastor Ernest and Mike, both the trustees of HCCT participated in a Board meeting for MFH and their major contribution was giving an oversight on how the home and the school are going to be sustainable. The discussion majorly centred on the transition of MFH from a children’s home to a day and Boarding primary and nursery school. This transition is a Board strategic decision towards suitability.
Pastor Ernest and Mike also participated in ministry at Miracle life Church Mbale. After the ministry, they witnessed the baptism of 15 children from MFH. The children who were baptized are born again and had been going through preparatory teachings on the importance of Baptism as a fundamental milestone in ones’ Christian walk.
Thanks to the Almighty God who enabled all the stakeholders to work together for the success of this ministry, particularly the conferences in the two towns of Sanga and Lyantonde. Gratitude to the Lord God almighty for enabling Pastor Ernest Howie who obeyed the call and stood up to the challenge together with Pastor Mike. 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 reasons for the conference.
Blessings to you all
JOHN FAITH MAGOLO
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