I wanted to give you all an update on what else has been happening so far during June 2018.
The Borehole has been Completed!
As you know from an earlier post, the well (borehole) on Arthur’s home property had run dry earlier in the year. His family was without water (11 children), and so the situation became desperate very quickly!
CTM U.S. raised funds to truck in a water tank, and supply the family and our lead pastor with water for 2 months while we worked on raising funds to drill a deep well, and provide a permanent solution for water.
By the grace of God, YOU gave and came through, and the deep well “Phase 1” has been dug and is now in place, providing fresh water to his family! Thank you all for your donations. We are now hoping and praying for a “Phase 2” – to put in additional piping to the street, and toward the local village – so that others can come and get fresh water. This will take additional donations, and planning (we will need spigots, and monitoring of this capability), but we believing in sharing what God has provided! Please be in prayer for “Phase 2”
Arthur Magezi Visiting the U.S. – Orange County, Phoenix, and Portland
Our own Executive Director and Founder Arthur Magezi has been visiting the U.S. for about 2 weeks so far, for several purposes:
- To speak to supporters at the CTM “Taste and See” fund raiser onJune 2nd. This was a fantastic event, and you can learn more about this by visiting our home page, checking out the photos, and reading an earlier blog entry. Attendees heard from Arthur the latest news about CTM’s work in the Ugandan villages, as well as hearing from others that have visited Uganda and participated in CTM missionary outreaches.
- To visit small groups in Southern California, in particular groups affiliated with Saddleback Church, Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and Crossline Church. Arthur has already met with several small groups in homes, given them a personal update on CTM’s work, and ministered to each of them in a very special way.We also took a special trip to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, the original Calvary Chapel Church. By the way, this church started in the latest 60’s as part of the “Jesus Movement”, with many thousands of young “hippies” coming to the Lord through its ministry. We visited the Chapel Books Store, picked up some bibles to take back to Uganda, and met a young man by the name of Phillip Yeah who kindly put us in touch with the directors of the CC Bible College. We are hoping to arrange an appointment to see them in June, to see how we might be able to enroll 4 of our regional pastors in CCBC. Please be in prayer for this meeting!
- To visit Calvary Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Calvary Community is a large (about 12,000 members) Calvary Chapel affiliated church located in the growing metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona. It is very missions oriented, and a Bible teaching church. A member of Calvary Community – Nathan Walters – went on the TU3 outreach in 2017, and was so taken with CTM’s work that he invited Arthur to meet with the pastors at CC Phoenix. He did so, and they were very receptive to the work of CTM in Africa. They are now planning to send several pastors to Uganda this August to participate in TU4, and see how they might become more involved. Praise the Lord!
- To visit Portland, Oregon, where Arthur plans to attend Multnomah University and work toward completing his doctorate in ministry. Arthur is nearing the end of this task, and will shortly receive his doctorate, and publish a book on how each believer should develop his/her ministry. He also will be visiting local churches in Oregon, as well as our partner eTeamGlobal and their support team.
CTM Raising Up Regional Pastors to Grow Village Pastors
As you know, CTM had planted 42 small churches in the last 3 years alone (over 150 if you go back to the early 2000’s). To ensure these village churches grow, we need now to focus on how best to grow and develop the pastors of these village churches – spiritually, socially and economically. So they can minister and develop their individual church bodies.
To this end we have brought the first of these regional leaders – Naomi Migabi, and Alan Ntwiga – to the U.S. to begin in-depth biblical training. The are now in Portand, beginning their education, and we hope to enroll them in a bible college soon so they can begin formal education in God’s word, and in the ministry. Our goal is to enroll them in formal bible college training, so they can go back and become the regional pastors we need in the various regions of Uganda.
As this strategy begins to take shape, Arthur will move more into his executive director oversight role of the churches, providing overall leadership – and regional pastors will be focused on teaching and developing their pastors in each of their regions. Please be in prayer for these new regional pastors, and give as the Lord leads to their support and education.
CTM Monthly Village Outreaches in Progress!
Moses Magezi, and project lead for monthly village support, reports that the CTM team visited several villages during late May and early June (Arthur was on some of these trip, before his departure to the U.S.).
Accompanying Moses was Rev. Ezekial Dachomo from Nigeria, Ivan, and Monday. Some of the churches visited included Buwangala, Bulondo, and Kisanga.
They held four days of
- Preaching and teaching God’s Word in the villages
- Showing the Jesus Film to villages who had not yet seen it
- Laying on hands and praying for people to be healed (and indeed many were healed!)
The roads were not easy to pass according to Moses, but he says “by the grace of God” we made all the trip successfully.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray specifically for safety for Arthur in his travels; for the new village churches, that God in His might may continue to watch over them and protect the people; for our new regional pastors, that God would open the right door to a bible college for them. And for wisdom for CTM leaders.
Paul M. Dooley
Secretary – Christ Transformation Ministries