In 1986 a small group from the Jinja area who had been meeting together for fellowship invited the
We started the day at the Church offices were I had the privilege to hand over a new motorbike to Thomas Kibalya, one of the local preachers who is based in a rural area. Previously he had been making do with a bicycle but as the distances between congregations grew this was becoming more difficult for him, and the motorbike, provided with the help of funds from Irish Methodists, will help him to get around the rough rural roads far more effectively.
The young and growing
A little further north from the town is the main church of the Kamuli circuit, and home to Rev David Ntogohoyya and his family. We were met by other members of the church including two local preachers who were helping to build the new Sunday school. This will not only be used by the large number of children who come on a Sunday, but also as a community centre during the week. They have also developed a library for community use and buildings for chickens and pigs which will help supplement the circuit income.
The church is built at the point in the road where the electricity supply stops and so people come from miles around to watch the television (English Premiership football is particularly popular) and charge mobile phones. It is also next to the local borehole which was dug with the help of money from the
We were visiting on 2nd January, and the day before, as in most churches around
We were next taken to the rural area around Butangala where we were enthusiastically welcomed by the local congregation who the local minister, Rev Richard Kyaira, said had been waiting 4 hours for us to arrive. If that were the case I’m not surprised they were so pleased to see us! There are 4 Methodist churches in this area and the hope is that it will develop in to a new mission circuit.
On the way back to Jinja we stopped at
The school has 35 teachers, 28 paid by the local government and the remaining teachers paid for by the Church. The number of children at the school has rapidly increased to 1500 with a large influx of children who have fled with their families from the conflict on the northern border area with
Back in the Jinja circuit we were welcomed to
We finished the day back at our hotel where we met Alex Kyabawampi and Ezekiel Kisambira who have been employed as development officers by the Church. They have helped them to produce a strategic plan and put the administration and governance of this emerging Church on a sound footing. They’ve also helped to articulate the ambitious plans the Church have for new outreach, community projects and the aim of becoming first a new Synod within the