09 January 2017

Uncontrolled fire in Northern Uganda

Hut where Wod Aceng was burnt with his family

It is dry season in Northern Uganda, rain is expected in March. After moving to 18 parishes in our Diocese in four days, I observed the following key things: -
Ø  Uncontrolled fire is razing in many places day and night.
Uncontrolled fire in Nwoya District Jan 2017

Ø  Many huts have been burnt.
Ø  People have lost food staff and other household items to the fire.
Ø  Those who have got good harvest are selling food items like the world is ending today. 
Ø  The road to Amuru district Headquarter is the worst.
Residence of the Parish priest of Amuru
Children of Rev. Otema George of Amuru Parish
Out of the original 24 parishes we have 7 parishes having decent accommodation for their priests (St. Philips Cathedral, Christ Church, St. Michael Obiya, St.  Andrew Anaka, Cwero, Agung and Koro). The rest are living in grass thatched huts (OT LUM).
In Koch Goma we visited a ruined of the late wod Aceng who was burnt together with his wife and three children in a grass thatched hut. This is a sad reminder of the Kony era, where torching of huts was the order of the day.
We thank God that through Bishop Johnson in the last seven years  all the parish headquarters have got permanent church building except only two  parishes of Ongako and Lakwana.
Please pray for the families of the clergy in our diocese that they be transformed from living in grass thatched huts (which is highly ignitable) to Iron roofed houses.

19 November 2016

As part of the celebration to mark 7years of Episcopal ministry of Bishop Johnson Gakumba, today we had the fundraising marathon which ended at the Jubilee house under construction on Queens avenue in Gulu Town. Over 160 people participated and we give glory to God for their generous contribution of their time, energy and resources. Many blessing to all who participated. Tomorrow we shall have marching from Christ Church to St.Philips Cathedral where a big celebration will take place, including opening the New block of St.Philip Health Centre.

29 September 2016

DNU 2016 Magazine

Celebrating Seven Years of Ministry of the Rt. Rev. Johnson Gakumba

Click on the link below to view our 2016 DNU Magazine.  It features many of the highlights of the last seven years and all that the Lord has accomplished in our Diocese. 


"Thus far the Lord has helped us."  1 Samuel 7:12

26 August 2016

The Long awaited baby is now delivered

Rev. Lumumba Patrick -The Diocesan Secretary, officiated in the handing over of graduation kits to 40 tailoring graduates and 25 Hairdressing graduates of Women Development Centre on 26th August 2016. Rev. Patrick narrated the story of a man who ran to him telling that his wife was in labour and needed money to pay the hospital bill. After taking the women to the hospital, the labour pains disappeared and the women went home without delivering the baby. After some weeks at home, she started experiencing labour pains again and this time round the husband came and said “this time it is real…she even left home without some of the important things she needed to take to the hospital with her”.
This story is similar to what happened with our students of 2015. They were supposed to get their graduation kits on their graduation day which took place on 23rd April 2016, but the items were not ready until 25th August 2016…like the pregnant woman…our students had been waiting for the real baby to be born…they day they would receive their graduation kits. That man and woman were happy that the long awaited baby had finally arrive. Equally our students are happy that they now have the equipment they need to begin using the skills they learned as students.
Each student was presented with a start-up kit containing either a brand new sewing machines machine for tailoring or items for the hairdressing students to start a salon including a mirror, two plastic chairs, shampoo, etc. We very much hope these girls and young women will be able to start up a small business that can support them and their children.
Some of them could not hide their joy! Acaa Irene Acire had this to say, “Now I have hope of supporting myself and my children, I will no longer be a beggar ….”
We at the Women’s Development Centre extend our deepest appreciation to Rev. Elizabeth Bumpas for working hard to raise more than 10 million shillings through selling bags made from the Production Unit of the centre to friends and well-wishers in the USA and other countries.  We are also grateful to another donor named Elsebeth Hojgaard and her team in Denmark for raising at least 7.1 million shillings towards the graduation kits.  Our friends in Denmark have been supporting us since 2009. Pray with us for the 63 current students who will complete their training in November of this year.  Their graduation will take place in April 2017. They also need the start- up kits in order to be able to put into practice the skills they are acquiring.
The Diocesan Secretary Rev. Patrick Lumumba, who officiated in the handing over, appealed to the graduates to make proper use of the tools given to them and not to be lazy. He advised the hairdressing students to use their equipment in the operation of their business and not keep it for their personal benefit.  “Do not leave the mirror in your house for you to look at yourself and your husband…use it for what it is meant to be used for…making money with which to support the family, buy food and paying school fees of children.”   Rev. Lumumba said.

18 July 2016

Home at last- Ugandans from Southern Sudan.

The Southern Sudan conflict that erupted again recently has left many Ugandans stranded and with little hope of survival.
The Uganda government managed to bring to safely thousands of its citizens yesterday Friday July 16, 2016 from the Capital Juba to Elegu in Northern Uganda but many are still left in Southern Sudan.
I witnessed the arrival of the convoy at Elegu border town. Bishop Johnson together with Dr. Katie Rhodes mobilized medical kits, 77 Cartons of water (1,848 bottles) and packets of biscuits which fed close to 2,000 people yesterday evening. The Diocesan Secretary Rev. Lumumba Patrick, together with other staff responded very fast as well. The Chairman LCV Gulu Hon Martin Ojara Mapenduzi gave an ambulance from the District. The Bishop himself was part of distributing team.
Dr. Katie and her team from St. Philips Health Centre II (Church of Uganda founded) administered treatment to hundreds of people who had different cases ranging from wounds, malaria, labour pain and shock.
We thank the Six Students of Archbishop Janani Luwum Theological College who participated in loading and offloading the items. This is preaching a practical Gospel. Following the footsteps of Jesus Christ who himself fed over 5,000 people who had come to listen to the Good news. It is our turn to preach the gospel both speech and action.
We got involved after visiting the Elegu Police post in the morning and had briefing from the Chief of Operation of the Uganda Police Asuman Mugenyi, and the Regional Police Boss Aswa Region Wilson Kwanya.
We also visited the Refugee Reception Centre and were told that after registering them, they are taken to Adjumani Refugee Camp.
Many of those who arrived yesterday were in Sudan for business purposes. At the moment movement to and from Southern Sudan is very risky according to reliable sources.
This incident has brought back the memories of the over 20 years of war in Northern Uganda.
We continue to pray for peace in Southern Sudan and the entire world