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.

17 September 2018

Pray for Bishop Benjamin Ojwang

Some key highlights of last week. The Bishop Elect of Kitgum Diocese Rev. Wilson Kitara together with Bishop Johnson Gakumba Johnson visited Bishop Benjamin Ojwang in Kiruddu Hospital Kampala. We continue to pray for quick recovery.
Kampala committee for the consecration and enthronement of the Bishop Elect also took place in Kampala, All Saints Cathedral.
A meeting with the Archbishop Stanley Ntagali took place at the palace in Namirembe.
Then the launching of UCU School of Medicine was yet another event. 62 Pioneer students are already studying. Pray that the Doctor- patient ratio improves as it stands now, according to the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda 1:25,000 the recommended is 1:500.
Finally Sunday at the local sub-parish in Nwoya District, praying under trees. Thank God we had no rain.