06 February 2014

Students preparing to load their  bags, foodstuff and mattresses
Almost ready to travel to the Women Development Center

At least 17 students have so far reported for first term 2014 at the Women Development Centre as we  enter day 2. This evening I brought ten students from Awoo. Thank God that we still have opportunity of transforming these girls/women. Pray that we get resources to pay the teaching and non teaching staff so that they look after these students with all their heart and mind. As some of you are already aware the month of January ended but they do not have money as they used to have in their accounts. A good number of them have children to send to school. We thank DUFA for all the support rendered upto December 2013 especially paying the staff in addition to other areas.

30 December 2013

St.Philips Celebrates 100 years as Rev Canon Ayela bid farewell

St.Philips Cathedral Southern Side view
The Dean of St. Philips Cathedral Rev. Canon Ayela Okot Othniel Labeja who has been the Diocesan Secretary diocese of Northern Uganda was given a befitting send off on Sunday 29th December 2013. At least ten million Uganda Shilling was given to the outgoing Diocesan Secretary /Dean of St. Philips Cathedral in addition to many assorted items. The Diocese will sell one used pickup and give the money to him as well; the Rev. Canon Ayela said he might not be able to meet the cost of running a vehicle so he preferred to be given money instead so that he can invest in Agriculture. The Bishop now becomes the Dean of St. Philips Cathedral.
Rev. Patrick Lumumba who has been the Diocesan Planning and Development officer is the new Diocesan Secretary Diocese of Northern Uganda.
The procession  to Re-Dedicate the Cathedral
On the same day St. Philips Cathedral marked 100 years of her existence, the Cathedral that was first build in 1913 with grass thatched roof, was renovated in 1929 where the  grass was removed and replaced with Iron Sheets. This year St. Philips had yet another remarkable change where the roof was changed, the wall was lifted up and the floor tiled. The total cost of the renovation is about 200 millions Uganda Shillings. This money came from Friends of St .Philips within and outside the country.
Passing through the cemetery
The function was attended by many dignitaries including but not limited to the following: - The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Oulanyah, Minister Sam Engola, Hon. Betty Aol Ocan the women member of Parliament for Gulu District, Brigadier Otema Awany ,Hon Lillian Adong representing the people of Nwoya in the Parliament,  the Paramount Chief of Acholi David Onen Acana 11, Resident District Commissioners for Gulu, Nwoya and Pader, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners and other religious leaders.
Bishop Opening the Cathedral
By the time of compiling this story at least 26 Churches have been built within the four years that Bishop Johnson has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.  We give Glory to God for this great work.

Too full to accommodate  all

Rev. Canon Ayela in the middle together with his wife Pirina being greeted by Christians
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Oulanyah

The cakes

The Church build in 1913

28 November 2013

In yet another historic even, the Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda on 26th November installed Seven Canons in a colourful ceremony held at Keyo Musalaba.  Those made canons  includes three priests and four lay: Rev Canon Willy Akena - Chaplain to the Bishop, Rev, Odora Willy Francis-Mission Co-ordinator, Rev. Canon Akuta Wilson-Archdeacon of Aswa, and four lay canons( Canon John Stephen Odong Onyango-former headteacher of Gulu High School), Canon Abednego Ongom former MP for Omoro Country, Mrs Christine Onyango-  Mothers Union President, and Mrs Doreen Avola- Mothers Union treasurer.
Keyo Musalaba is where the first Missionaries of the CMS preached the Gospel in Acholi land.
We call for you prayers

From left to right, Willy Akena, John Stephen Odong Onyango, Akuta Wilson, Odora Willy Francis, Bishop Johnson, Doreen Avola, Christine Onyango and Abednego Ongom

14 November 2013

28 Lay Readers Commissioned

A total of 28 Lay Readers were commissioned on Sunday November 10th 2013 in  a colourful ceremony held at the Janani Luwum Theological College. While delevering a sermon, the Rev. Canon Ayela Okot Othniel Labeja appealed to the Lay Readers to devote their time in serving God. He also challenged the spouses to allow the Lay Readers do the Lord's Work instead of pulling them down with family issues.
All this is happened under the wise leadership of Sandra Earixson -the College Principal. The College was closed for some years and just re-opened this year. Archbishop Janani Luwum Theological College is offering Lay Readers, Certificate as well as Diplo
ma in Theology of Uganda Christian University

07 October 2013

Celebration as Gulu High gets a bus

Ululation, dancing and jumping filled the air as students of Gulu High School receives the long awaited School bus. The Isuzu bus arrived in the School on Friday 4th October 2013. A short prayer of dedication was done at the School led by Bishop Johnson Gakumba, assisted by the Chaplain of the School Rev. Jane Todera and the Vicar st.Philips Rev. James Okaka.
 According to the Headteacher of the School Ocan David, the bus was bought at a total cost of 340 million Uganda Shillings and that 44% of the money came from the School while 66% was bank loan to be paid within a period of three to four years.
The District Education Officer Rev. Vincent Oceng Ocen said the bus must be used for:-taking the students for study tour, sports activities, and other co-curricular activities. The DEO also said  the bus must take staff for retreat and also other people can hire inorder to offset the loan.  One of the student said " Now we can also be consider among the big schools"