18 January 2017

NWOYA PARISH ON FIRE



NWOYA  PARISH  ON  FIRE

The Parish Priest of Nwoya Parish, Rev. Nyeko Simon Peter, Tuesday 17th Jan 2017 lost items worth millions of shillings. Rev. Nyeko told us that the fire was started by an old woman. Among the items lost in the inferno were:  2 ½ Bags of Beans, about 400 kilograms of onions, all his documents, Vestments (7 clerical shirts, 3 cassocks, 1 surplice, 6 trousers, 4 stoles) 1 cupboard, Iron box, 3 New Bibles, 4 Big saucepans, 2 bicycles, 2 wheelbarrows, 4 Office chairs, 2 tables, 4 plastic chairs, 5 Jericans, 2 Basins and many other small items. The wife who was away had no time to pick any of her items and those of her 9 children.
Women who came to comfort Rev. Nyeko Simon Peter
A total of 10 huts got burnt, 5 belonging to the Reverend’s family, one hut of an old woman and 4 built by parents for the teachers of Nwoya Primary School.
The Diocesan Secretary Rev. Lumumba Patrick who visited the scene was shocked by what he saw.  Rev.Lumumba appealed to the Christians to support the Reverend to recover from the incident.  He was pleased with the women who turned up to see what had happened and said “even during the time of Jesus women were with him during difficult moments”. Rev. Lumumba took 25 kilograms of Phosho and some kilograms of beans and used clothes as emergency contribution from the Diocese.
Bishop Johnson said “It is high time the Christians start building decent houses for the pastors instead of grass thatched”
Nwoya is one of the many parishes in the Diocese of Northern Uganda where the clergy residences are still grass thatched. By the time of compiling this report the Reverend Nyeko and his family were still camped in the Church building. Rev. Neyko Simon Peter can be reached on his mobile number 0787 713 673








09 January 2017

Uncontrolled fire in Northern Uganda


Hut where Wod Aceng was burnt with his family

It is dry season in Northern Uganda, rain is expected in March. After moving to 18 parishes in our Diocese in four days, I observed the following key things: -
Ø  Uncontrolled fire is razing in many places day and night.
Uncontrolled fire in Nwoya District Jan 2017



Ø  Many huts have been burnt.
Ø  People have lost food staff and other household items to the fire.
Ø  Those who have got good harvest are selling food items like the world is ending today. 
Ø  The road to Amuru district Headquarter is the worst.
Residence of the Parish priest of Amuru
Children of Rev. Otema George of Amuru Parish
Out of the original 24 parishes we have 7 parishes having decent accommodation for their priests (St. Philips Cathedral, Christ Church, St. Michael Obiya, St.  Andrew Anaka, Cwero, Agung and Koro). The rest are living in grass thatched huts (OT LUM).
In Koch Goma we visited a ruined of the late wod Aceng who was burnt together with his wife and three children in a grass thatched hut. This is a sad reminder of the Kony era, where torching of huts was the order of the day.
We thank God that through Bishop Johnson in the last seven years  all the parish headquarters have got permanent church building except only two  parishes of Ongako and Lakwana.
Please pray for the families of the clergy in our diocese that they be transformed from living in grass thatched huts (which is highly ignitable) to Iron roofed houses.

19 November 2016

As part of the celebration to mark 7years of Episcopal ministry of Bishop Johnson Gakumba, today we had the fundraising marathon which ended at the Jubilee house under construction on Queens avenue in Gulu Town. Over 160 people participated and we give glory to God for their generous contribution of their time, energy and resources. Many blessing to all who participated. Tomorrow we shall have marching from Christ Church to St.Philips Cathedral where a big celebration will take place, including opening the New block of St.Philip Health Centre.










29 September 2016

DNU 2016 Magazine


Celebrating Seven Years of Ministry of the Rt. Rev. Johnson Gakumba

Click on the link below to view our 2016 DNU Magazine.  It features many of the highlights of the last seven years and all that the Lord has accomplished in our Diocese. 


 

"Thus far the Lord has helped us."  1 Samuel 7:12

26 August 2016

The Long awaited baby is now delivered



Rev. Lumumba Patrick -The Diocesan Secretary, officiated in the handing over of graduation kits to 40 tailoring graduates and 25 Hairdressing graduates of Women Development Centre on 26th August 2016. Rev. Patrick narrated the story of a man who ran to him telling that his wife was in labour and needed money to pay the hospital bill. After taking the women to the hospital, the labour pains disappeared and the women went home without delivering the baby. After some weeks at home, she started experiencing labour pains again and this time round the husband came and said “this time it is real…she even left home without some of the important things she needed to take to the hospital with her”.
This story is similar to what happened with our students of 2015. They were supposed to get their graduation kits on their graduation day which took place on 23rd April 2016, but the items were not ready until 25th August 2016…like the pregnant woman…our students had been waiting for the real baby to be born…they day they would receive their graduation kits. That man and woman were happy that the long awaited baby had finally arrive. Equally our students are happy that they now have the equipment they need to begin using the skills they learned as students.
Each student was presented with a start-up kit containing either a brand new sewing machines machine for tailoring or items for the hairdressing students to start a salon including a mirror, two plastic chairs, shampoo, etc. We very much hope these girls and young women will be able to start up a small business that can support them and their children.
Some of them could not hide their joy! Acaa Irene Acire had this to say, “Now I have hope of supporting myself and my children, I will no longer be a beggar ….”
We at the Women’s Development Centre extend our deepest appreciation to Rev. Elizabeth Bumpas for working hard to raise more than 10 million shillings through selling bags made from the Production Unit of the centre to friends and well-wishers in the USA and other countries.  We are also grateful to another donor named Elsebeth Hojgaard and her team in Denmark for raising at least 7.1 million shillings towards the graduation kits.  Our friends in Denmark have been supporting us since 2009. Pray with us for the 63 current students who will complete their training in November of this year.  Their graduation will take place in April 2017. They also need the start- up kits in order to be able to put into practice the skills they are acquiring.
The Diocesan Secretary Rev. Patrick Lumumba, who officiated in the handing over, appealed to the graduates to make proper use of the tools given to them and not to be lazy. He advised the hairdressing students to use their equipment in the operation of their business and not keep it for their personal benefit.  “Do not leave the mirror in your house for you to look at yourself and your husband…use it for what it is meant to be used for…making money with which to support the family, buy food and paying school fees of children.”   Rev. Lumumba said.