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

30 May 2016

27 Ordained in the 7th Year of the 7th Bishop

27 ordained in the 7th year of the 7 Bishop in a ceremony held at St.Philips Cathedral on Sunday 29th May 2016.
Rev Samuel Muwonge the mission Co-ordinator Namirembe Diocese while delivering his sermon appealed to the newly ordained to remain morally upright and serve God faithfully. Already our Diocese was experiencing shortage of manpower,so this came at the right time.
A day before their ordination the Diocesan Chancellor Mr Gimara Francis, appealed to them to abide by the Canon and constitution of the Diocese so as not to fall below the required standard. He said " Let your faith not become questionable, never put yourself in a situation where people doubt your faith"
The chairman LC V of Nwoya Mr Patirck Okello Oryema and Hon Olanya Gilbert pledged their commitment in working together with the Church in supporting the newly ordained.
They were given bicycles to ease their movement. Full list of those ordained:-
1. Acaba Nickson,
2. Acaye Godfrey
3. Awele Tommy
4. Dera James
5. Elizabeth F Bumpas ( Rev)
6. Ewicho Richard
7. Ocan Bitekson
8. Ocen James,
9. Ocitti Jimmy Aywee,
10. Odokonyero Francis,
11. Odong Fred
12. Odong Isaac
13. Ogweng Richard,
14. Okello David,
15. Okodi Walter Bonny,
16. Okot Denis Rubinson,
17. Okot J.Ben,
18. Okwera George Alex,
19. Olana Lucy Lakica,
20. Olango Sunday,
21. Olwoch Robinson,
22. Omony Daniel,
23. Oola Peter Oyat,
24. Opio Samuel Francis
25. Otema George,
26. Otto Dison
27. Lukwiya Pamela ( Rev)

04 April 2016

No work no food

The Bishop of Madi and West Nile Diocese Rt Rev. Dr Joel Obetia yesterday appealed to the Christians to work hard inoder to defeat Poverty. Speaking from 2 Thessalonians 3:10, which says "...If a man will not work, he shall not eat.."The Bishop was speaking at the Mary's day Celebration held in Pabbo Parish in Amuru District. Bishop Joel said Northern Uganda is now recovering and so people must work hard in their gardens to get bumpy harvest. He said the land here can grow almost any crop. The Bishop said he is not happy with the many young people from Northern Uganda who are joining security companies instead of working in their gardens. Bishop Joel appealed to the Christians to educate their children well inorder for them to be able to support themselves in future.
Pabbo was the largest Internally Displaced Camps during the  insurgency of the Lords Resistance Army and the Government of Yoweri Museveni. The war has left negative impact in the lives of many people and it may take some time for it to disappear.
Bishop Johnson delegated Nelson Onono-Onweng to officiate in the function on his behalf.

27 December 2015

Supervision of Janani Luwum Students in Lakwana and Awoo Parishes

Michael Akena my son learning how to play adungu
The vestry-in front of the Headteacher.s office
Changing after the service
Concluded supervision of the four students of Archbishop Janani Luwum assigned to me. Today met Ocen James at Lakwana parish under Rev. Lucy Auma, and then Ogweng Richard at Awoo Parish under Rev. Komakech Alfred. They have all contributed positively in many areas. Lakwana had average church attendance of 75 christians before James went there and now they have average of 140 Christians, Sunday offertory still remains very low, the first month at Lakwana the collection was 28, 400 (0ctober), 39, 600 (November) and this December the total monthly Sunday offertory is 46,950, Uganda shillings. on Christmas the collection was 8,300 and today they collected just 10,800 Uganda shillings. They gave envelopes to Christians for them to put their Christmas gifts and they are yet to receive them back. James left their home in Awere and came to Lakwana together with his wife and three of their children. Today he was given farewell gifts which included, simsim, beans, potatoes, .... Honestly we still have a lot of work to do inorder for the church to be self supporting, self propagating and self governing. In Awoo, I met Richard who has also camped here for three months and concluding in three days. The Church in Awoo is now at roofing stage with mainly local contributions, one of their Christian based in Kampala, came for the Christmas celebration, today donated 1 million for buying Iron sheets for the Church, while Lakwana is still at window level. I get puzzle when it come to the welfare of these men and women who have devoted their lives to serve God, leaving their land, families, surely they are called by God. Both Awoo and Lakwana are praying in classrooms and in Lakwana the vestry was in front of the Head-teacher's office. My Son Michael Akena joined the Adungu Choir at Lakwana and was eager to learn how to play the adungu.
Three months Sunday registry Lakwana parish

Christians giving gifts to Ocen James and his wife

A photo with the Ocens family

Lakwan church at window level

Awoo now at almost roofing stage

26 December 2015

Money can buy a bed , food but not sleep or appetite

Vicar, Rev Godfrey and the Blind Boy
Christ Church
Christmas prayers at Christ Church and St.Philips Cathedral, Bishop Johnson urged Christians to have peace with God inorder to enjoy the Christmas celebration. He said " Money will buy a bed but not sleep; food but not appetite; a passport to everywhere but heaven" Just revisit your Christmas and see if this applies to you,,,, for those who slept well, had good appetite, might have invited Jesus as the Unseen Guest in their celebrations. One blind boy at Christ Church impressed me, he read the bible using Braille, Best wishes to you all and Happy New Year 2016.

Bishop Johnson

Confirmation at Christ Church

After the service with the confirmants

Holy Communion