24 October 2019

Update as of October 2019

We give glory to God for the many activities going on in the Diocese of northern Uganda. The construction of the Archbishop Janani Luwum Vocational and Training Institute is on-course and some of the building are now under renovation while new buildings are also coming up. Already the former Library, Class rooms for Women Development Students and the Dormitories have got new roof.
Meanwhile from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October, at the Janani Luwum Theological College we hosted a team from Uganda Christian University Main Campus led by Professor Christopher Byaruhanga, the Dean Faculty of Divinity and Theology, Dr. Joel Obetia former Bishop of Madi West Nile Diocese, the following campuses and regional colleges were represented: Bishop Barham-Kabale, Mbale, Arua Campus, Namugongo, BATC Arua, BMC Kyogyera and Kasinga Divinity School. This practical studies workshop forcused on the following areas: Harmonising recruitment of staff, students, service teaching and practice also harmonising practical activities in colleges ie, Daily office/Chapel, Devotion, Fellowship, mission and Evangelism, placement including Sunday, block and supervision reports and grading. Finally Prof Byaruhanga led us through striking the balance between Academic Excellence and Practical Competence.
 Just around the same time we also hosted a team from South Caroline led by Rev. Elisabeth Bumpas. We are grateful to Rev. Elizabeth for the friendship and hope to continue being in partnership for mission. We thank Sandra the principal of Janani Luwum Theological College for hosting the two groups.

Pray for students and Staff of Women Development Centre to end well. A number of students have not come back for the final term and even those who came are struggling with fees payment. Remember these are girls and young women who are from poor families and most of them have missed opportunity for further studies. Currently we are displaced and being accommodated by the Father House at St. Philips Cathedral due to the ongoing construction work at the former site now to become Janani Luwum Vocational Institute. We hope to get students for the new institute in a decent place with modern facilities come 2020.

27 February 2019

Be Faithful Servant

Bishop Gakumba Johnson this morning visted Janani Luwum Theological College and appealed to the students to be Faithful servents instead of requesting to be in high positions. Preaching from Mathew 20:20ff " Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit at your right and your left when you are king" .... Jesus told her " I do not have the right to choose who will sit at my right and my left. These places belong to those for whom my Father has prepared" ...and If any one of you wants to be first, he must be your slave. GNB

22 January 2019

23 Ordained by Bishop Johnson Gakumba

23 deacons and priests ordained in the Diocese of Northern Uganda by Bishop Johnson Gakumba during a colourful ceremony at St. Philips Cathedral Gulu.
In a wonderful service that was both joyful and solemn, the preacher was the Bishop of Kitgum Diocese, Rt. Rev. Wilson Kitara. In his sermon, Bishop Kitara appealed to the newly ordained to accept their call into ordained ministry. He urged them to remain faithful to their call: “Let the spirit direct your lives and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature”. He said those clergy who still get into immorality and indecent actions, worship of idols and witchcraft, jealousy, anger and greed for power – they are not born of the spirit.
The bishop cautioned the congregation against false teachers who appeal to people by using sweet sounding words. They say, “When you came to our church, you will get a car, a beautiful woman/a handsome man, money, jobs and promotions.” He said Jesus called the disciples by saying follow me (luba) and they followed him.
Preaching from Matthew 10, the bishop said what Jesus would say to the 23 ordinands: ‘Go and preach.’ “As you go, proclaim this message: the kingdom of heaven is near! Heal the sick, bring the dead to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded disease and drive out demons. You have received without pay, so give without being paid. Do not carry any gold, silver or copper money in your pockets, do not carry a beggar’s  bag for the journey or an extra shirt or shoes, or a stick, workers should be given what they need.”
Bishop Kitara appealed to the congregation to take care of the clergy by meeting their basic daily needs such as food, shelter and life’s other necessities in order for them to receive blessings from the clergy.  Ka ce myero amini gum, ento aneno ni in aye ma i weko kec neka, adeno can ci amini gum nining.” This means ‘if you are the very one giving me a hard time and not taking good care of me, how can I whole heartedly give you the blessing which is required of me according to the Book of Numbers 6: 22-27?’ The bishop said one reason some Christians are not receiving blessings is because they do not take care of the priests posted to their parishes.
So wisely the Bishop of Kitgum had challenged both ordinands and laity to share together in the ministry entrusted to every member of the body of Christ. In contrast to the deceptive appeals of the false preachers, the newly ordained were urged to be directed by the Holy Spirit. They were encouraged to take to heart the liberating words of Jesus and to go as Kingdom workers in his mission. Like those first disciples, they would go on learning as they followed Jesus, clear in the knowledge that the way of Jesus is the way of joyful and costly self-giving not greedy and foolish self-accumulation.  At the end of it all the deacons were given bicycles for ministry, one Parish however managed to buy a motorcycle for their priest. How I would love to see the reverends on motorcycles and vehicle instead of bicycles. If you are challenged, please support at least the two female Deacons to have a motorcycle each to start with.

06 November 2018

Nebbi Diocese hosted Northern Bishop Fellowship

The Diocese of Nebbi in West Nile hosted the Bishop from Northern part of Uganda fromd Friday 2nd November to SUnday 4th November. Bishop Alfonse Wathokudi received the Bishops. The Bishop who are attended included, Nelson Onono-Onweng Rtd Northern Uganda, John Charles Odurkami-Cartaker Kitgum, Johnson Gakumba-Northern Uganda, Collins Andaku-Madi West Nile and Alfred Acur Okodi -West Lango
I had time to visit Congo, bought Kitenge hope to put on next week, Sunday  4th we attened service at St. Peter Paidha Town Church Bishop Johnson preached. Back to Gulu and met Sarah Thomas and Sandy from UK. We thank God for the support to Mothers Union under Peter Fund and Janani Luwum Theological College. Success to all PLE candidates finalizing today not forgetting my last born Akena Michael.

23 October 2018

St Luke Chruch of Uganda Palenga officially opened

St. Luke Church of Uganda Palenga was officially opened on Sunday 21st October 2018. This church was built with support from Bishop Johnson Gakumba, Sr. Mary Okee, Oloya Willy and the Christians of Palenga. The church is situated along Gulu Kampala road just about 12 kilometers from Gulu. This is where Bishop Johnson Gakumba spent part of his youthful years and when he became a bishop he promised to put up a church in this place before his retirement. The promise is now fulfilled. We give Glory to God for this beautiful place of worship.
Many activities took place on that day including wedding of four couples, and confirmation of 67 candidates. This colourful ceremony was also attended by many dignitaries including the Deputy Speaker of parliament Rt. Hon Jacob Oulanyah who is also the MP for Omoro, Hon. Lamwaka Catherine, Hon Okello D Peter Okao, the District Police Commander Omoro, and the Prison Commander Gulu, Mrs. Margaret Orik. Most of the speaker challenged the Christians to make this a place of worship instead of leaving it empty. The bishop asked the Christians to use the church for Adoration, Confession of their sins, thanking God for the many

blessings, and supplication.