AE Admin | September 24th, 2018
Marching for Christ
Today, the AE team dispersed across the city to preach in various churches involved in the mission effort. The local church is a vital part of all AE missions. They are the key to bringing the Gospel to their city and we empower them to effectively reach their community.
When AE Uganda began preparing for this mission over a year ago, they found that there were deep divisions in the local churches and some refused to work together at all. Before we could do effective outreach to the city, we first had to help heal the divisions within the churches.
Rev. Raphael Kjjubi is a core partner with AE in Kampala. He leads King Jesus Church in the Rubaga division. He spoke to us enthusiastically about the mission.
“AE has played a pivotal role in uniting churches in Kampala. No one church can reach this big region alone and AE has given us the unique opportunity to do it together,” he said. “In fact, this is the first time that all of the churches are coming together in the Rubaga district.”
“In fact, this is the first time that all of the churches are coming together in the Rubaga district.”
Rev. Kjjubi shared that local churches have felt discouraged by the spread of Islam in their community. Newly established and well funded Islamic educations centers target marginalized communities and provide free education which revolves around Islamic studies. “This is why it’s so fundamentally important to evangelize urban areas. The churches need to awaken to the Great Commission and learn to be intentional about sharing the Gospel,” he said.
Raphael opened his church for pre-mission training and over 40 churches were trained in evangelism. He told us, “AE’s model works so well because it provides free training and support to churches before the mission. My church and many others have been empowered by this training and it’s provided long-lasting benefits for all of us. We’ve been provided with a strong theological base, local leaders have been encouraged and people have been challenged to reach out to their communities. God Bless AE! Thank you for coming to our community!” he said.
My church and many others have been empowered by this training and it’s provided long-lasting benefits for all of us. We’ve been provided with a strong theological base, local leaders have been encouraged and people have been challenged to reach out to their communities. God Bless AE! Thank you for coming to our community!”
Following the morning church services, approximately 300 mission volunteers gathered together for a street parade to mark the beginning of Gospel outreach. The parade stretched 8km (5mi) and lasted for nearly three hours. It culminated in the Kosovo Slum where a rally was held to pray for the mission.
Along the way, a marching band played Gospel hymns and mission volunteers smiled and cheered to the watching crowds. Paul, AE Uganda Team Leader, was encouraged by the display of unity by the churches. “This march was a great display of unified witness for Jesus,” he said. “Around 55 churches were represented which shows me that our efforts to unify local bodies has not been in vain. Praise God!”
Stratified Evangelism begins tomorrow as small teams disperse throughout the Rubaga district to preach the Gospel. Pray for the residents of this area, that they will find hope in Jesus and turn away from the drug abuse, witchcraft, and prostitution that are rampant in the community.
Stay tuned to our blog and social media for more updates as they happen!