One of the many exciting aspects of our 11-year outreach to Uganda has been watching the United Methodist Church grow. When Central first visited Uganda, there were a handful of UM churches. Now in the Gulu area alone (Northern Uganda), there are eight UM churches that are vibrant and growing. Additionally, there are several ‘fellowships’ that have sprung up. ‘Fellowships’ are small groups of people in a community, with pastoral leadership, who are interested in becoming a church.
Earlier in the summer, a group of nine from Central had the opportunity once again to go and serve in Uganda. We were able to see how God is moving and working, using Central in Fayetteville, halfway around the world, to build up the church in Uganda.
Here are some highlights…
The Central group conducting a medical clinic in the community of Goyncugu, the site of a UM Fellowship that will one day be a church. This medical clinic was helping to launch the new fellowship in a community without a church presence.
Central team at the new United Methodist Church Building at Koch Goma, along with Pastor Patrick and church leaders. The generous support from our Central family provided the funds necessary to build this dynamic, growing church.
The group working on the UM District Conference Center in Gulu. With the support of Central members, we provided the funds to construct the roof on this important building. The roof was completed after in weeks following our visit.
Worshiping the Lord together at the church at Achwang. Once again, the church was built with funds provided by our church and the generosity of our people.
Dancing outside the United Methodist Church at Opit.
Thanks to Central for commissioning and sending this group to serve in Uganda. And thank you for faithfully giving to the ministry in Uganda! The Lord is using us all to make a difference!
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” -Psalm 24:1