REFRESHING PASTORS AND NETWORKING FOR REVIVAL IN UGANDA
- Exuberant worship is standard in churches in Uganda. This photo was taken during morning worship at the Nabweru Church of God where Dr. Miller preached.
- One of the projects The Better Places has championed is the building of the Dayspring School which opened this year to 60 students who had no place to go to school before. Here we see Dr. Miller addressing some of the students who came during their holiday to meet with him.
- At Kamuge in Pallisa District, the crowd gathered beneath a tent each day and night to hear what our team members would teach and preach.
- After ministry with the word there was an extended time of prayer ministry.
- Kevin and Roy can be seen praying with people who want to be baptized with the Spirit
- As a thank you, our team members were presented with many gifts; including these chickens. L-R are Roy, Kevin, and Beth.
For the fifth year our Director, Rev. Dr. Roy Miller, led a small team of pastors from Jamestown, NY to Uganda in East Africa to teach pastors and other church leaders in conference settings.
The team this year consisted of Rev. Beth Whitehead, pastor of the North Main Street Church of God in Jamestown and Pastor Kevin Costner of the Camp Street United Methodist Church in Jamestown along with Dr. Miller. This was the second year for Beth to go on this mission and the first year for Kevin.
Our team landed at Uganda’s international airport in Entebbe late at night on Friday the 24th of April. It was very early Saturday morning by the time they arrived at their hotel in the capital city of Kampala. Saturday was a day to run errands (purchase bottles of water, get cash at a bank) and also a day to visit one of the projects we promote the support of; a piggery.
Sunday our team preached at three different churches in the morning, visited other mission project sites we encourage the support of, and then on Sunday evening they were together at the church of Bishop Solomon Mukonjo where Roy preached during a special service.
Monday the team headed out to the eastern region of the nation for a four-day long conference under a tent in the Kamuge sub-county of Pallisa District. Pastors and church leaders from throughout the eastern region were invited to this conference by our host Bishop, Joseph Nsubuga, the National Mobilizer for the Born-Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda; an association of over 40,000 churches and their pastors. Because of the rural setting under a tent; local residents also showed up to hear and learn.
The day hours were dedicated to teaching in plenary sessions and also in smaller “break-out” sessions. And because of the expected presence of the local residents, the evenings were used for evangelistic preaching.
Over 100 people made first-time commitments to Jesus during the three evenings. Also ALL of the inmates at a local prison who were not already Christians gave their lives to Jesus when our team shared the gospel with them [one new believer converted from Islam]. A great complement was paid to our team on the last day as they prepared to leave. A local pastor said, to the delight of the whole crowd of over 1,000 people, “We can see you are white on the outside, but you are black on the inside!” Truly it was the presence and power of the Holy Spirit flowing through our team members that made a lasting impact on all who were present.
Thursday afternoon our team returned to Kampala. On Friday they taught at a one-day conference in Bishop Mukonjo’s church where Church of God pastors had gathered from South Sudan, Congo, and Rwanda as well as from all over Uganda. As always, God proved faithful to show up in power. – Our team began their journey back to the States on Saturday night the 2nd of May.
For day-by-day details of this mission trip and to see lots of pictures; check out the postings on the timeline of The Better Place Facebook. You can get there from the link on this web site.