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.
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.
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
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’sbag 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.
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