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Unto Us a Child is Born! A Son is Given!

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700 years before Jesus was born
in a feeding trough in the little village of Bethlehem, the prophet Isaiah foretold of His coming:

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this
Isaiah 9:6-7

May the Lord Bless You and Yours
this Coming Year
…from
Christ Transformation Ministries

Arthur Returns to Uganda to Continue the Work of CTM …

After nearly 3 months in the US , Pastor Arthur returned home. to Uganda.

While in US, he continued his work on his doctorate, and also met with several churches …

  • Calvary Chapel Phoenix – As you recall, we had several pastors visit Uganda on this year’s Transform Uganda IV.  Calvary Phoenix has been such a blessing to CTM, and we look forward to their continued involvement in 2019!
  • A large church in Texas – Arthur has received communications and support from a church in Texas, as the pastor their has a heart from the people in Africa, and feels the Lord may be leading them to become more involved in reaching out to Africa with our mission teams.  He felt it important to visit the church in person, thank them for their interest and concern, and talk about how they can participate with us in 2019.

But his hard work did not stop when he returned home. The day after he landed in Uganda, Arthur was on the road to Central Uganda where he officiated the wedding of five couples.

We also have a new church plant not far from Arthur’s home, outside Kampala.  Nearly 50 members has joined this new church plant over the past few weeks, and it looks like this is going to grow very quickly!

We will share more about this new church in the next posting.

May you have a blessed Christmas, as you remember how much the Lord loved us to come into this world, become born as a little baby, grow up to become a man and suffer all the hardships of being human — all the while never sinning – and then sacrificing Himself for all of us, to make a way for us to heaven.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Paul

 

 

Sept-Oct Update – Trips to Build Up the Village Churches

Greetings CTM supporters and members,

This month we are giving you an update on two village followup trips that took place over the past two months.  The first was during the first week of September, with Arthur and our local CTM team visiting a number of villages. The second visit occurred during the first week of October, with Moses Magzi heading the local CTM team.

September Village Follow-up

Our local follow-up team for the September village visits included:

  • Rev.Arthur Magezi, CTM Founder and Executive Director
  • Esther Magezi, Women’s Ministry
  • Monday Wilberforce, theCTM driver
  • Tumwine Moses Magezi, lead for Project Follow-up

The team was out visiting local village churches over the space of 4 days, having left Kampala on Thursday morning and returning on Sunday night.

Five local village churches were visited in September:

Our CTM team first visited the church at Kisanga, and cleared the land bill at zero balance. Now this local church has the land on which to build an improved church structure in which to meet!

Next was a visit to the Nabigaga church, where our CTM team payed for the road access to the nearby borehole (which we had dug and paid for several months ago, as you recall), and the church  land where the large church was finished last August.

Our third visit was to the Kapyokoro church in Bukungu, where Arthur and the team met the pastor and few people there, talking with them and encouraging the pastor and the congregation.

The Kabale church was the fourth village church we visited,  where the team met and spoke with the person who is giving CTM 20 fits by 100 fit land for the church  in Kibale. Praise the Lord for His servants who freely given, for they shall be given to!

The fifth stop includes the Nabulezi B church, where the team prayed Sunday morning before then returned back to Kampala. That’s the  Nabulezi B church  where Arthur prayed for that girl who was demon possessed. She got healed during the service on Sunday. He also prayed for different people who were sick and others who had issues with their families.

October church follow-up

Arthur was on his way to the U.S. for his doctoral studies, along with visits with our U.S. based support organization, churches, and supporters.  In his absence and not wanting to look idle (!), Moses Magezi organized:

  • an evangelistic crusade
  • a door to door gospel outreach, and
  • a Jesus’s film showing at the Nagulu church.

Photo with youth arms raised – that’s pastor Ronald praying for those to give their lives to Christ. The bible says that “by grace are you saved through faith – and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, lest anyone should boast”.

This photo with the red glare inside thatched church – this was taken inside the church of Nagulu. Not sure why the red glare – may have been due to the late afternoon sun shining through the sides of the church structure! In any case, whatever the building, the church is a community of people – not a building!

Here we have a photo with all the pastors from various CTM churches in different places who attended our meeting:

  • Pastor Blessing Kizito from Kabale church
  • Pastor Gwako Daniel from the Ssinini church
  • Pastor John Okuni from the Kassala church
  • Pastor Vicent from the Bulondo church
    … and many others

There is a great work God is doing in the church at Nagulu with pastor Monica.  See how a projector is helping us spread the gospel in Busoga.

I hope this update from the villages in Uganda is giving you a sense of what Christ Transformation Ministries is able to accomplish thanks to our gracious Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as you our faithful supporters.  We are continuing our monthly follow-up to the village churches…

  • Praying with the pastors and congregations
  • Helping to ensure funding for land and water boreholes
  • Praying for the sick and those that need encouraging
  • Casting out evil spirits wherever we find them

Thank you for you continuing support.  In closing, your support has mad possible not only these regular follow-up projects, building up the local churches that were planed in 2015-2017;  as a result of the success of TU4 this past August,  we are now forming partnerships with several U.S. based churches, who have pledged to help CTM with resources, church leadership training, teaching programs, and further strengthening of the villages churches!

More new on the continuing growth of CTM and of the Lords Kingdom next month. Praise the Lord!

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary – Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM)
www.CTMAfrica.org

Part 3 of 4 – Amazing Stories from Transform Uganda IV!

Our last update on the Amazing Stories of Transform Uganda IV was on Sept 7th, when we shared Part 2 of 4 – The Trip to the Village of Wangobo,  ,the experience of Pastor Brad Nassif, Calvary Phoenix, Arizona,  and Chris Magezi, CTM Uganda team member.

This 3rd update is from Pastor Zach Papuga, Calvary Phoenix, as he shares on the Pastors Conference in Kamuli

“The pastors conference in Kamuli was a time of fruitful ministry and encouragement for the pastors of northern Uganda. We spent Sunday exploring some of the villages of the area to gain an awareness of their ministry context. The faithfulness they exhibit in ministry was truly inspiring.

Without that exposure to their ministry context we don’t think the pastors conference would’ve been as effective as it was. Going into the conference we felt inspired and impassioned to share with these rural pastors some biblical foundations and scriptural truths we had prepared.

The first day of the conference was eye opening as we delivered four messages and had two extended times of question and answer. Towards the end of the day we had more questions then we could answer, and we really began to understand the theological and spiritual issues these churches were encountering. This allowed us to tailor our messages for the next day to speak into these issues and to create more time for question and answer.

Day two was even more fruitful as the Holy Spirit helped us bridge cultural barriers and really begin to bring some of the lies and deceit of the enemy that have confused the pastors into the light of truth. We felt that the conference was a good building block for the future and was a wonderful introduction to the church in Uganda.”

Next week check back for the final Part 4 in our series of Amazing Stories from Transform Uganda IV – a final word from Dan Noel and Arthur Magezi. 

Blessings,

Paul

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary, Christ Transformation Ministries
www.CTMAfrica.org

Part 2 of 4 – Amazing Stories from Transform Uganda IV

Our last update to you was August 30th, when we shared Part 1 of 4 about the Amazing Stories of Transform Uganda IV, our forth big outreach into the jungle villages of Uganda.

This is Part 2 of 4, the experience and report from Pastor Brad Nassif, Calvary Phoenix, Arizona,  and Chris Magezi, CTM Uganda team member, regarding their first trip to a remote village called Wangobo.

Our Trip to the Village of Wangobo!

Pastor Brad Nassif and Chris Magezi
TU 4: August 24th, 2018 – Uganda, Africa.

Note: Pastor Brad leads men’s ministries for Calvary Chapel Phoenix. Chris is Arthur Magezi’s son. What was special is the work the lord has done in Chris. This was the first time he ever went on a mission. He helped translate as well as he and Brad teamed up to reach men.

 “The TU4 teams were sent out to a remote village in northern Uganda called Wangobo. This is one of the many remote villages throughout Uganda. Chris and I were assigned to evangelize the men in the village. After presenting the gospel to a group of about twelve men (young and old), several hands were raised to accept the message of Christ. 

We were both amazed as this was Chris’s first time translating and evangelizing, and my first mission trip and first time evangelizing. We were both nervous and felt unprepared, but the Lord did the work. We continued presenting the gospel and among the forty to forty-five men that we spoke to, and thirteen more responded and came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

As the Lord’s messengers and ministers we can trust that the Lord through the Holy Spirit is doing His work in drawing people to Jesus Christ through the gospel.  This was made abundantly clear when one of the young men who accepted Jesus Christ later in the day told Chris that his “heart hurt” when the gospel message was being presented. Amen!

What an encouragement to continue ministering in the name of the Lord. Although we may feel nervous and unprepared for the work of God, we must trust that the Holy Spirit is working and drawing people to Jesus Christ.

Thank you and may the Lord bless you Pastor Brad and Chris for your sacrifice, and for your care and outreach to the people of Uganda.  

Next week check back for Part 3 of 4 – Pastor Zach Papuga, Calvary Phioenix, shares re the Pastors Conference in Kamuli.  Pastor Zach Papuga, Calvary Phoenix, shares about the Pastor’s Conference held in the village of Kamuli

Blessings,

Paul

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary, Christ Transformation Ministries
www.CTMAfrica.org

Amazing Fruit from Transform Uganda IV – Pt 1 of 4

Greetings CTM Supporters and Partners!


Our last update to you was August 13th, when we shared some early news and photos of Transform Uganda IV
, our forth big outreach into the jungle villages of Uganda.

We have some amazing stories to share with you all, and since there are SO many stories, photos, and videos, we thought it best to bring you the news in a multi-part series.  So this is Part 1 of 4, the experience and report from Mike Parker, CTM board member and project lead, also a pastor and member of eTeamGlobal.

Amazing Fruit from Transform Uganda IV – Part 1 of 4 in a Series

August 24th, 2018 – Uganda, Africa.  The Good News of Jesus Christ Continues to Reach Souls in Uganda – from Mike Parker, eTeam Global staff and CTM board member, reports:

Our fourth Transform Uganda mission took on a different look this year, but the results continue to glorify God!  Transform Uganda 4 was a modified version of previous missions and included a Pastor’s Conference, Jesus Film Team, a Medical Team, and a Village Team to minister to men, women, and children in rural villages across Uganda.

In addition to evangelizing in villages, our six-member US team also spent its two weeks in Uganda training pastors and evangelists.  TU 4 was a partnership of:

  • eTeamGlobal (ETG) – Mike Parker, Nathan Walters
  • Christ Transformation Ministries – CTM board chair Dan Noel and CTM Uganda team members
  • Calvary Chapel-Phoenix, Arizona  – Pastor Brad Nassif, Pastor Bryan Ferguson, and Pastor Zach Papuga

TU4 – Building on Previous TU Missions

After four years of Transform Uganda missions, I am amazed at what the church the Lord has built and sustained in the Busoga region of Uganda.

In that time, CTM and ETG have worked together to plant 35 churches (this is in addition to the nearly 100 churches that CTM has planted since 2003, all throughout Uganda). Today, all 35 of the recent church plants are growing, standing firm, and starting other church plants in nearby villages. The sight of these church plants in villages where there had never been a church before is a wonder to behold.

From the northern region of Uganda where villages have little in the way of material comfort and resources, much was given as the 35 churches tithed to the feed the TU 4 teams as well as the pastors attending the conference – a total of 125 people. They raised almost 500 pounds of maize (of which 271 was sold to purchase other food items), 254 pounds of rice, 2 goats, 10 chickens, and 200,000 Ugandan Schillings (approx. $55). Their sacrifice of giving and tithing to the Lord’s work reduced our mission costs by over $1,000!

The Fruit of Transform Uganda IV was Amazing!

  • Our Medical team treated 2,171 souls, and of those, 59 received Christ.
  • The Village team ministered to a total of 1,194 souls, and of those, 281 men, women and children prayed to receive Christ.
  • The Jesus Film was shown to a total of 950, and of those, 77 people received Christ.
  • We held four pastor’s and leader’s conferences – 268 attended sessions that were led by Pastor Bryan and Pastor Zach, and these pastors received much needed encouragement and teaching from our team

During the short two week period of Transform Uganda IV, a total of 417 received the Lord Jesus Christ into their hearts, and were born again into the Kingdom of our Lord!  Praise the Lord!  An by ministering to and building up their pastors, we have continued the Lord’s work of helping these churches to grow and further prosper.

Esther Magezi, CTM Women’s Ministry Leader, provided us with this reflection:

“The village team went and taught women and many gave their lives to Christ to be their Lord and Savior. One of these women was Naweriya Joy, who was in a very dark place spiritually. After we prayed for her, she accepted Jesus and immediately jumped up in excitement over her new-found faith and began praising God! She is free. Glory to God.”  
– Esther Magezi, CTM Women’s Ministry Leader

More of this Series Soon to Come!

In update #2 of 4, we will have a story from Pastor Brad Nassif, of Calvary Phoenix, and Chris Magezi, regarding their trip to Wangobo.  This is a remote village in north Uganda, and a first time mission experience for both.  To their amazement, many received the Word with gladness, and received Jesus!  Watch for this coming update.

In Update #3 we will share the experiences of Pastor Zach Papuga of Calvary Phoenix, and his participation in the pastor’s conference in Kamuli.

Update #4 in this series will feature summarizing comments from Dan Noel, President of CTM, and Arthur Magezi, Founder and Executive Director.

Be blessed,

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary – Christ Transformation Ministries
www.CTMAfrica.org

Update on Transform Uganda IV – Early Photos of Events

Greetings everyone,

Just wanted to give you all an update on Transform Uganda IV.  TU4 got off to a rousing start on August 2nd, with …

  • Three pastors traveling from Calvary Phoenix, Arizona, to Uganda to join our team (Pastor Bryan Fergus, Pastor Zach Papuga, and Brad Nasset)
  • Volunteers from eTeamGlobal in Oregon left their home state to fly down to join the team
  • Our CTM Uganda team engaged, with Moses Magezi leading the project on the ground.  A teams for doctors and nurses was also assembled to provide medical care as we visited villages in the jungle outback
  • Dan Noel, left from Orange County to meet with the Calvary Phoenix pastors, and ensure they were oriented and well integrated with the overall team effort

As you know, Transform Uganda IV was about…

  • Showing our guests from Calvary Phoenix what CTM is all about – by touring villages where previous churches were planted, letting them meeting the village pastors and local CTM team, taking them around the country to visit other churches planted in the south of Uganda, and really giving them an appreciation of the tremendous work CTM is doing in Uganda
  • Visiting some of the villages to check on their well being, to minister to the people and pastors, and to provide medical care
  • Holding some regional pastor training sessions, to begin to develop the knowledge and understanding of the new village pastors

Above are some photos to share with you, from the hand of Moses.  More will be coming, as well as a full story, from Dan Noel as soon as he recovers from “jet lag”.

Blessings

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary
Christ Transformation Ministries
www.CTMAfrica.org

Calvary Phoenix Joining CTM and eTeamGlobal in Transform Uganda IV!

Greetings everyone,

As you know, Transform Uganda IV is about to get underway this August 2 – 14th, 2018.  This year a team of people from Oregon, Arizona, and Southern California will be going to Uganda, to join together in powering Transform Uganda IV – our multi-year project to establish churches throughout the back country of Uganda, transforming the lives of thousands – spiritually, socially,  and economically.

Calvary Pastors Join CTM in TU 4!

We are excited that this year a team of pastors from Calvary Phoenix (based in Phoenix, Arizona)  is joining our team from eTeamGlobal (based in Oregon), and CTM U.S.A. (based in Southern California), as well as CTM Uganda.  Listen as they share the vision of Calvary Phoenix, as they participate with us in sharing the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ, training new pastors, and building up the fledgling churches and new believers in the back country of Uganda:

As you heard in the video, we are very big on the role of prayer and the power of prayer in our lives.  Recall that the early followers of Jesus our Lord could have asked Him to teach them a lot of things – how to do miracles, how to heal, how to tame the seas – but what did they ask Him to teach them?  How to pray! 

Please Download the Calendar and Keep us in Prayer!

So… please view the attached Prayer Calendar for Transform Uganda IV, and post it on your fridge, near your PC, or atop your dresser – and pray for the fruit of this mission.  That travels would be safe for the pastors, that lives would be touched and brought into the Kingdom of our Lord, and that the new pastors and their families – and the churches – would be strengthened in the might of the Lord.

TU4 Prayer Calendar-FINAL

If You Would Like to Donate to Help, its Easy!

The needs in the villages are many, and so if the Lord is speaking to you about giving to support the work of TU4 in Uganda, rest assured that every cent will go to supporting this mission.  The pastors and staff participating are all participating on a volunteer basis.  And your tax deductible contribution will be used to:

  • Help fund travel expenses for the team to the back country jungle villages being visited
  • Purchasing and supplying bibles for pastors and believers
  • Help fund water wells for a few of the villages desperate for clean water
  • Clothing and shoes for needy villages
  • Teaching materials for pastoral training that will take place

Giving to support this mission is easy!  You can do so online via our secure PayPal account, or by mailing a check.  Just visit our Donate page, pick the amount (one time or recurring donation), and enter a comment regarding how you would like the funds used.

May the Lord our Savior richly bless you and yours for your prayers and support.  And remember to check back here for updates on TU4 as we move forward in Christ, to who we give ALL the glory!

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary – Christ Transformation Ministries
W: www.CTMAfrica.org
E: CTMAfricaInfo@gmail.com

Mid July 2018 – Motor Scooters Delivered to Grateful Pastors!

Motor Cycles Delivered to Grateful Village Pastors!

July 27, 2018 update: Moses Magezi, our faithful servant and project lead on the ground in Uganda, has provided us with an update on the use of some of the funds we raised at the CTM special event we held in June at the home of Dan and Ann Noel.

As you recall, during the June event we were able to raise donations for the work of CTM in Africa.  We noted during the well attended event (we had about 7-80 people attend!) that CTM is entirely dependent on donations from faithful friends and supporters – here in the U.S., and well as to some degree in Africa and elsewhere.

Among the needs mentioned was the need for pastors of these small back country villages to have some form of transportation (other than walking) – to get around the village, go for supplies, and minister to their flock.  As you have seen in previous blogs, we have been providing as many bicycles as we could afford to pastors in the villages.  But some of the larger jungle villages with 100-200 people really calls for a small scooter for the pastor.

We are happy to report that with some of the funds you had donated, we were able to purchase this July four (4) motor scooters for some of the pastors in the larger villages! The pastors who received the motorcycles included:

  • Pr. Paul MWESIGWA from the Bumogoli church
  • Pr, Kizito blessing from the Kabale church
  • Pr. John Okuni from the Kasala church
  • Pr. Vicent Muloki from the Bulondo church

Please see the photos included that depict the events that took place at the meeting in mid July at the Nabigaga church.

The pastors received the motor scooters with great joy. These scooters will allow they to: visit local church members; go for suppliers into the local town, or run an urgent errand.

Notice how the local churches pray for the pastors, and over the motor scooters, as they received these gifts of transportation from our CTM supporters. These pastors are from the same churches we have been visiting over the past 3 years, helping them establish their church, equipping them to teach their members about the Lord, supplying them with materials, enabling them to get access to fresh water when and where we can.

Above you can see the pastors with the 4 scooters, and the church members and leaders praying for them as they get ready to be on their way.

On the right you can see how the church pastors and members assembled are IN prayer over the CTM vehicle, and for Arthur and Esther, Moses, and others of the local CTM team as they get ready to be on their way back to Kampala.

One of the local church leaders also prayed fervently that the motor scooters would be blessed, and the pastors who rode them would be looked after by the Lord of all Creation.  In the video enclosed you can hear her prayers as all listened and joined as one.

In closing, we want to thank you for your generous hearts in giving to make the work of CTM in Uganda possible.  You  are the members of the body of Christ that have made this possible through your giving.  Now these pastors can tend to their churches, and be much more effective in ministry.

To God be the glory!