Monthly New Church Follow-up Program Continues!
As you know from earlier posts, CTM was able to work with several partners to plant 12 new churches in the northern bush country of Uganda this past July. Our amazing partners included:
- eTeamGlobal – out of Oregon, USA
- COCIN – Church of Christ in Nations – based in Nigeria, but now includes churches across Africa, and now on other continents
- New LIfe For All (NLFA) – based in Nigeria, with outreaches to all parts of Africa
These 12 new churches plants are in addition to the 16 planted by Transform Uganda II in the summer of 2016 – making a total of 28 new church plants in the last two years alone. And this is not even considering the churches planted by CTM in earlier years – going back to the early 2000’s. In total, CTM has with its partners planted now well over 130 churches throughout the north of Uganda!
Church Planting is Only the Beginning
But we all know planting churches is not enough – they need nurturing to grow, and in many ways – spiritually, socially and economically. That is why CTM has committed to send regional teams out to the new churches at least once a month.…
- To visit and encourage the new pastor
- Make sure the pastor has a bible, and teaching materials
- Check to see if the believers in the new church have bible, and if not, what we can do about supplying them
- Discover any other needs for the new church community – for example, the need for a new water well, or skills development training, clothing and shoes, or construction help
Our local CTM team went out once again at the beginning of November to visit many of the new church plants that took root during Transform Uganda III, but also to visit some of the churches established in 2016 and earlier in 2015.
Our local CTM Regional team support that went out on these trips (for the Busoga region in north Uganda) includes the brothers listed below. You will see these servant-hearted men and women in many of the photos taken.
- Rev. John Dayura
- Allan Ntwiga
- Monday Wilberforce
- Moses Tumwine Magezi
Local Village Churches Visited in November
Thanks to your support and donations, these local CTM team members went out and visited a number of the churches during the first week of November:
- Ngole A
- Ngole B
Spotlight on a Few Churches We Visited
We can’t list news about all the churches visited (due to space limitations), but below we are sharing an insight into 3 of the churches visited. Please be in prayer for these churches, and give financially if you are able!
The Church at Nagulu
Pastor Monica heads up the Nagulu church. The Nagulu church is less than a year old, having been established in 2017. Monica has done an awesome job of getting this church going, while raising her 9 children! The church was visited in July of 2017, and continues to grow thanks to the Lord’s blessing and Monica’s leadership and care.
The church numbers about 37 men, women and children, and Monica does have a bicycle to get around to visit church members. The church has a temporary structure to worship together in, and someday hopes to build a more permanent structure. Although Monica has a bible, many of her church members do not. She reports that about 20 bibles are needed – in the Luganda language. Will you help supply bibles to this church? A new bible in the local language costs $13. You can easily help by going to our Donate page and clicking on the option to donate your gift toward purchasing bibles..
There is also a need for a water well (borehole) for this church! There is no nearby water well at all for the people, and they must walk daily to rivers or streams to fetch water – which may in fact be polluted. Thus causing disease and sickness to the people. If you would like to help build the next CTM water well, please go to our Get Involved page and enter your donation. A deep water well costs about $6,000 USD to drill, and thus far we have allocated $2,500 toward the next water well (borehole). We need $3,500 in additional donations to begin drilling, so that the people in the village will have clean water. This is probably where one of the next wells will be drilled!
The Church at Kapyokolo
The church at Kapyokolo was also established in 2017, is less than 1 year old, and is lead by Pastor Ben (who has 4 children). The church has about 25 members, and is growing. The problem is, the pastor has NO transportation to help him get around the village, go for supplies or help, etc. Will you consider donating $75 to help this pastor get a bicycle? You can easily do this by going to our Get Involved page and clicking on the option to donate $75 to purchase a bike for a pastor. We will ensure 100% of your donation goes for this purpose, you will get a tax deduction, and the blessing that you are helping a pastor meet the needs of his congregation!
The church also has a need for more bibles for its members. There are about 25 members, and only 5 have bibles. So about 20 bibles are needed in the local Luganda language. Will you help supply bibles to this church? A new bible in the local language costs $13. You can easily help by going to our Donate page and clicking on the option to donate your gift toward purchasing bibles..
Finally, this church at Kapyokolo also has no access to clean fresh water – no well, no borehole. This will also be our target for an upcoming water well to be dug. As we indicted above, a borehole costs about $6,000 for the surveying, getting the rig out on site over very rough roads, and paying the crew to drill the deep 300 foot well to reach clean, clear water. If you feel led to contribute toward this well, please go to our Get Involved page and enter your donation toward “the well at Kapyokolo”. Thank you. – you will be blessed, and helping an entire village get access to life-sustaining water!
The Church at Kasaala
We also visited the church at Kasaala, which was established almost 3 years ago in 2015. This church is led by Pastor John, and has grown to about 60 members! The pastor is married and has 6 children. Thanks to your donations and support, he has a bicycle to get around and visit his congregation.
A temporary church meeting center is still in place, so there is a need for a better church structure. And although the pastor has a bible, most church members still have no bibles! They need about 20 bibles in the local Luganda language. Will you help supply bibles to this church? A new bible in the local language costs $13. You can easily help by going to our Donate page and clicking on the option to donate your gift toward purchasing bibles..
Fortunately there is a local water well (borehole) in the vicinity of the village, but it is not a deep well – hence the water is salty, and no so good. We are planning to help them get a deep well in the future, so the villagers can have clear, fresh water – but we are waiting on the Lord for his provision on this.
We Need Your Continuing Prayers and Support!
We rely on your donations to go back and visit these churches, and see that we help the grow and develop. Currently Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM), being formally organized as a non-profit in 2016, does not yet have any big donor organizations, not are we funded by any large churches or institutions.
We rely on individual donors like you to so the work of Christ in the back country, hard to reach villages.
Why Not Become a CTM Support Partner?
Please consider signing on as a CTM Support Partner. If you can contribute just $10, $20, $50 or $100 per month, your regular monthly donation – added to others that come along side us – will help us do the work God our Savior has called us to do. Its easy to signup as a CTM Support Partner – just go to our Get Involved page, and select how you want to your donation put to work each month:
- To support these village follow-up missions
- To support an individual pastor and his/her family
- Provide a monthly amount to purchase much needed bibles for the villages
- Have your donation used to purchase bicycles or scooters – much needed!
- .. and other options
Or, you can visit our Donate page, and just pledge a flat monthly gift (ANY amount will help – even $20 per month) to be used to support the work of CTM. in Africa. We will sent you a CTM T-Shirt or Cap as a special thank you, and you will be an integral part of this work. Please consider partnering with us, and praying for the work of CTM! We need your prayers, and your monthly support to continue the work God has called us to do!
Paul M. Dooley
Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM)