Pastors’ Conference and Bible School 2019

Pastors’ Conference and Bible School 2019

Report from Ernie Bayton

I sincerely thank everyone for their prayerful support for and interest in my most recent visit to Luwero, Uganda. The project continues to be well run and overseen by Gabriel Kijjambu, ably supported by his wife Deborah together with a team of more than 50 paid staff and volunteers who assist with overseeing and administering various aspects of the project. The six pillars of the project – a church, school (primary & secondary), clinic, farm, orphanage and Bible College continue to develop and grow. Gabriel and Deborah send their warmest greetings to everyone who supports their ministry both directly and indirectly.

ConferenceThis year’s conference was attended by nearly 700 delegates from across Uganda. As in previous years it was a 5-day residential event with a few daily visitors. Plenary teaching sessions were held in the church while other sessions or workshops for pastors, other male leaders, women and youth were held a various locations around the project. The main teaching sessions were undertaken by Stuart Smith, Darnell Starks and I. Stuart focused on God’s Covenants, Darnell on the 5 purposes of the church (prayer and worship, ministry, discipleship, evangelism and fellowship). I led a series of studies in the Psalms. Each speaker had 8 or 9 teaching sessions over 3 days. On the final afternoon of the conference it was a privilege to lead the communion service. As in previous years every delegate was supplied with a copy of the outline notes of all the teaching given. The 60 page booklet was available for delegates either English or Luganda, the purpose being that teaching pastors were able to use the outlines to teach others. All sessions were taught in both English and Luganda. Gabriel provided an excellent team of translators for the week. The conference ran smoothly and delegates were provided with three meals every day. Bibles were also given to those not having their own copy of the scriptures.

Bible schoolThree new modules were taught at this year’s sessions of the Bible College. Each module lasted 1½ days. Over the 4½ days Darnell taught a module on Jesus in the New Testament, Stuart on God’s plan of salvation (Romans) and I dealt with a module on Christian Discipleship (Colossians). Approximately 25 students attended every module. Each was selected by their pastor and was fully fluent in written and spoken English thus avoiding the need for translation. Darnell, Stuart and I rotated amongst us between the conference and college throughout the five days.

Children’s club – this year’s club attracted nearly 700 children. The event was organised and run by a Ugandan team of young people ably assisted by two volunteers from Scotland (Karen & Sandra). The club ran each morning for five days and included a Bible story, quizzes, games, memory verses and singing together with breaks for drinks for the children. The theme for the children’s club was ‘Jesus is alive today’. On the final day all the children were taken to the pastor and church leader’s conference to sing some of the songs they had learnt.

Wedding – A local wedding took place on the Saturday following the conference. The Scottish team were invited to both the wedding and reception. Stuart and I both took part in the wedding service. The event took place with typical African hospitality and sense of celebration.

En-route home I stayed overnight in Kampala with friends Roy and Caitlin. Roy is a Ugandan national married to Caitlin who hails from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow whom I have known for some time. It was good to learn about their ministry and worship with them at their church on Sunday morning. Roy is a skilled musician and has a recording studio. Plans have been discussed with him for Gabriel to make a CD for sale in the UK.

God Willing I hope to return to Uganda in September to speak at our annual youth camp. This year I have chosen the theme from the prayer of Jabez, ‘O Lord, enlarge my borders’ (1 Chron 4:10) and plan to develop a series on the life of Joshua.

Pastor and Church Leaders’ Conference and Children’s Club

Pastor and Church Leaders’ Conference and Children’s Club

Preparations are in hand for the Pastor and Church Leader’s Conference and Children’s Club being held 29th April to 3rd May.  A team of 5 are travelling to Luwero on Friday 26th April.

Three Scottish church leaders (Stuart, Darnell and Ernie) will speak at the conference and two ladies (Karen and Sandra) will assist a Ugandan team with the Children’s Club. The Children’s Club theme is ‘Jesus is alive today’.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Renewing our Covenants with God’.  Each speaker will have approximately nine sessions at the conference over three and a half days.  Stuart will speak on Covenants in the Bible, Darnell on the Five Purposes of the Church (Evangelism, Discipleship, Worship, Fellowship and Ministry) and Ernie on Selected Psalms.  In parallel with the pastor and church leader’s conference, there will be 3 x 1½ day modules run consecutively over 4½ days for ICCU:-

[1] God’s Plan of Salvation (Romans 1-6),

[2] Christian Discipleship (Colossians 1-4)

[3] Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

A total of four and a half days will be taught at the ICCU (International Christian College, Uganda) which has been established at Luwero.  Our three conference speakers will rotate between the conference and college.  A cohort of 32 students will attend.

Youth Camp 2018

Youth Camp 2018

The 12th Annual Youth Camp and Luwero Pastors’ Fellowship has just ended, and  it was a resounding success.  People from Uganda and beyond gathered at the Project to share their faith, listen to the messages of the speakers and enjoy the company of fellow Christians.

The theme for this year’s conference was ‘David: The man after God’s own heart’ and was a series of studies in the life of the Old Testament character King David.   The camp, as in previous years, was residential and included workshops, sports, games, competitions, guest artistes, choirs, health programmes and community involvement.

Gabriel was delighted with how the camp went and has this message for all supporters:

“Praise the Lord everyone. God is good all the time and all the time God is good and that is his nature.  We had a fantastic week with 758 boys and girls at our annual youth camp this month.  During the camp more than 25 young people gave their lives to Christ.  We are so excited about what God is going to do in their lives.  We thank the Lord that men of God like Pastor Ernie who have inspired us for the last 13years.  His anointed message challenged and changed many.

The spiritual leadership, reflection, discussion and fellowship enjoyed during the camp will stay with us for the rest of our lives.  Uganda is on fire for Christ.  Thank you all for always loving us. God bless you all for your prayers and support.

Get ready for the Pastors and Leaders conference in May 2019!

God bless you all.

Bishop Gabriel, Deborah & Priscilla and the Uganda Luwero Community Ministries Family”