Bahati hails Bugongi Church of Uganda for fostering revivalism |
By Moses Agaba
St. John’s Bugongi Church of Uganda congregation in Upper Bugongi Kabale parish celebrated its 100th anniversary on Tuesday with a fundraiser for the completion of Ugx’s magnificent 700m tall church.
Founded in 1920, St. John’s Church of Uganda is one of the oldest parishes in the Diocese of Kigezi. The Church has influenced many people, including two former Prime Ministers of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
David Bahati, Minister of State for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, who was the guest of honor, commended St. John’s Bugongi Church of Uganda in Kabale Parish for leading the way in Christian revival among Christians.
Minister Bahati, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ndorwa West County in Kabale District, said St. John’s Bugongi Church of Uganda has played a major role in eliminating evil acts of darkness, witchcraft and dishonesty, among other things, that led Christians to do so would have known God back in the early 1990’s.
Minister David Bahati quoted the Book of Matthew 5:13-15 and asked Christians to have more salt and light to dispel the darkness of poverty, disease and more others that are still a major problem for the community.
Bahati says that the same team that started the revival was strong in faith, honest and compassionate as I was able to get a scholarship through diocesan leaders like Bishop Festo Kivengere to complete my secondary education when the Things were not good for me Having lost my parents at the tender age of 3 he will always be grateful to the Diocese of Kigezi.
He also said Ugandans need to maintain the stability we have in the country as God has blessed us with a good leader President Museveni and the NRM government as leadership is not about betting as Uganda is in had 5 presidents in the early years, but not much changed until President Museveni came along.
Bahati, who is also the leader of the National Resistance Movement party in Kabale district, contributed 10 million shillings in cash to build the church.
Bahati also started the magazine St Johns Bugongi Church of Uganda celebrating its 100th anniversary and bought a copy for a million shillings.
While preaching during the service as the main celebrant, Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt. Rev. Gaddie Akanjuna, implored Christians to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in order to have eternal life.
Bishop Akanjuna reminded Christians that anyone who does not take up their cross and follow Jesus is not worthy of him, adding that anyone who finds their own life will lose it, and anyone who lays their life for Jesus loses, will find it.
Bishop Akanjuna urged Christians to be careful and serve God, turn to Him, forgive one another, praise and worship God in the right way so as not to lose what they have.
At the same event, Kabale MP Hon. Catheline Ndamira Atwakiire spoke and called on Christians to start an income-generating project to improve household income.
At the event, a total of 42,480,000 million schillings were contributed both in cash and in the form of pledges towards the completion of the church building.
According to Richard Akampurira, the chairman of the organizing committee, they are aiming for 240 million shillings Ugx to complete the construction of the church.
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