17 August 2010

Foundation of faith in Acholi

On August 1st the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda Johnson Gakumba visited Keyo Church of Uganda. The Christians of Keyo are not happy that even after 100 years of Christianity in Acoliland, there is nothing to show off. There is on foundation built on Keyo Hill where the first Christians settled. While delivering his sermon, Bishop Gakumba stressed this point further. He shared with the congregation about the story of the two builders in the Bible where one laid his foundation on stone and the other one had the foundation of his house on sand. When the winds raged the building on a weak foundation collapsed. This according to the Bishop is an indication of the church in this part of Uganda.
Bishop Gakumba confirmed 97 Christian of which 43 girls came from Sacred Heart secondary School. Rev. Odora Willy Francis the chaplain in the school prepared these girls of confirmation trained them. Otto Zachariah who has just completed his studies from UCU and is now working in the school as a chaplain prepared students from Keyo Secondary School Other candidates were prepared by the Archdeacon of Keyo Archdeaconry Rev. Paskwali Cwinyaai who is also the parish priest.
As a fund raising strategy for the church, the Bishop’s portrait was sold at Ug. Shs. 100,000. Three portraits were sold; one bought by Keyo Secondary School another one by Keyo Parish and another one for the Primary School.
The Bishop was not happy that the Students of Keyo Secondary School, Keyo Community Polytechnic and pupils from the primary School, did not attend the service.
The traditional Chief of Lamogi, Rwot Loka Binya, narrated how they used to attend church while they were still very young, and how a lot of importance was put in religious education.
In a memorandum read to the Bishop, the Christians of Keyo church of Uganda appealed to the Bishop to continue giving Keyo a priority. They were not happy that the centenary celebration did not take place at Keyo, but instead the event took place at Mican. They partly accepted that this was because of the war that had displaced people away from their villages.

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