Sabbath, July 1st, 2006
Dear beloved children of God’s kingdom,
We greet you in the name of the Lord. We wish you to always be blessed with Nehemiah 13:14: “Remember me, O my God, concerning this and wipe not my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.” Uganda is the smallest country in Eastern Africa, which is astride from the equator, a land-locked country covering an area of 234,000 sq km. and having a population of 24 million people. It is the “Pearl of Africa.” 52 tribes are in Uganda each having its own dialect, but the dialect of the Baganda tribe is the most widely-spoken local language. Uganda was a former British colony, so English is the national and official language, followed by Swahili.
It was in 1877 when the first missionaries reached Uganda, after King Muteesa I of the Buganda Kingdom, in his letter to the queen of England of 1844 through Explorer H.M. Stanley, called the missionaries to come to his kingdom in order to spread the word of God. Since then, Christianity spread to all parts of this country, contributing to 75% of the total population, with Muslims forming 15%, Asian religions 3% and the traditional African religion
The loud cry message of the fourth angel of Revelation 18 [International Missionary Society, Reform Movement] reached Uganda in 1994, when a Rwandese refugee, known today as Pastor Ntabaresha Daniel, in a Tanzanian refugee camp, accepted the message which he preached in the Western part of Uganda. The message has now reached twelve of the fifty-four of Uganda’s political districts and the church has a membership of two hundred and thirty two members. Our major need is to construct a Field Headquarters building in Kampala, the Capital of Uganda, which will act as a strong tower and a power house to emit light to spread the truth to all parts of Uganda. All this time, we have been operating in briefcase offices, renting a two bed roomed house, which is an office during the day and a sleeping room for workers during the night. This has greatly affected the development of the church because it discourages souls who are weak in the faith. Adding an insult to injury, we kept on shifting from one place to another after landlords refusing to accommodate church activities on their houses. This shifting makes us to not be easily traceable and being despised in all corners.
Having resisted all the severe pangs of ridicule, scorn, and insult, we thank God very much that we managed to secure a plot by God’s help. We would like to develop this plot by constructing the Field Headquarters, but we lack funds. Therefore, the purpose of this report is to appeal to all our fellow brothers and sisters of God’s church who are dispersed all over the earth to assist us with your generous offerings so as to strengthen our trembling hands which are inclined at fulfilling a noble purpose.
Because your offering is already blessed by the Lord, we believe that it will have a multiplier effect in this country to glorify the name of the Lord and make you receive the blessings promised to the Generous Giver. We very much thank you in advance for your generosity. May God bless you all with Matthew 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”
Your brothers and sister of Uganda Mission Field Committee Members