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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

May CTM Uganda Teaching Event

CTM Uganda May training event

During the middle of May, for about two weeks, CTM visited a number of villages in the back country of Uganda to hold pastoral teaching events.

The goal was to train and further equip all of the leaders  and pastors from the churches in the Busoga region. Two teachers from Nigerian churches came to assist  – the Rev. Sheshi Steven, and Rev. Alisha.

All the pastors and leaders from the Busoga churches attended, including Elder Allan from the Kampala church, Rev.John Dayuru, and the two teachers from Nigeria – that’s Stephen Sheshi, Alisha and Moses Magezi.

After the training CTM held a meeting with all the pastors of Busoga at the Nabigaga church to let them know what the vision for CTM is, and what we see the Lord doing through our ministry to the churches, and the people of God’s churchess.

In addition, Pastor Arthur visited some churches to check on their status, current needs (for water, building, medical needs, etc.) and to encourage the pastors and church leaders – as well as church members.

The churches visited during this id May 2018 trip included the Balawoli church, the Nawangaiza church, the Nabulemezi church, the Kasala church, the Kibale church, and the Nagulu church.

CTM considers the training event a huge success, as well as the visits to the local churches.  We thank all those who continue to be monthly supporters of CTM – through your prayers, and your donations.  You faithfulness is ….

  • Literally building these church structures so the people have a place to meet and worship the Lord
  • Helping to fund the drilling of clear water wells (boreholes) so that villagers can have access to clean water, and avoid disease
  • The support that provides the funds for these training events, and monthly village outreach trips.  Without your support, CTM could not do this!

We thank God for you, and for the work He is able to do through CTM and our volunteers.

May our Lord richly bless you!

CTM Uganda Partners with Nigerian Church in Follow-up to Churches …

Last month we told you about our CTM regional teams following up with the newly established churches that were planted as result of Transform Uganda III.

In addition to that outreach (which we want to continue on a monthly basis), our CTM Uganda team partnered with the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) to followup with many of the other churches that have been planted previously.

The material for this update with provided by our Nigerian brothers and sisters, who we worked with very closely this past July-August, during Transform Uganda III. As you know from previous posts, the Nigerian Church posted a volunteer pastor in each village during the week of TU III – with each pastor residing in a village for the whole week – encouraging, supporting, and loving the new believers.


As a result of this close partnership formed duing TU III, the Nigerian Church decided to work with us again to do some more followup.  Thanks be to God for these brothers and sisters!  Some 16 decided to participate in this additional outreach, traveling from Nigeria to the various villages where we have planted churches in the northern Uganda bush country. Due to difficulties that arove, only 7 were able to leave Nigeria and activiely participate in this additional outeach to the other villages.

The New Life For All in conjunction with the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Nigeria organized and packaged the program by obtaining the Visa for the journey and the training materials for children ministry. The Family Life Program was also packaged to help the newly born again Christian couples, forming the basis for  child evangelism. Here is a summary of the additional followup visits that took place in November, in partnership with them:

The Journey to Uganda 

Monday, Nov 13th –  The 7 delegates left Kaduna for Uganda on the 13th, arriving by the 16th and enroute to their mission.

Friday Nov. 17 – Nov . 20th   – the team started at a village called Kiyinja- Kiluuma –Butloogo. Evg. Jonah Tsado, Evg Dorothy Bagaiya, Evg. Lucy Sheshi and Evg. Margaret served there along with Pastor Emma who was translating and organizing the team from Nigeria. The training continued on Saturday 18th and on Sunday, the 19th of November.

The team members were divided to worship in different churches and to share God’s word; great testimonies were recorded. On Sunday Evening the team had the Family Life teachings that made great impact, and  many people had many questions and they were answered by the help of the Holy Spirit. The Family Life program continued on Monday 20th and it was very amazing. The team started receiving good testimonies it was very encouraging – we give God all the glory.

Kibale Followup Activities

The second  team was led by the mission cordinator Evg. Sheshi with Eld. Stephen Bage, and Mummy Rakiya Buba. The team was giving an unusual resounding welcome along with Bishop Emmanuel Kabonge. Almost what happened in Mubende happened in Kibale too. We had similar programs exept that a conference was organized which was comprised of pastors, Sunday school workers, adults and children. The pastors and children workers were separated and trained while the rest were assigned to other helpers for other activities.

Progarams started on Friday 17th November and ended on Monday 20th November there was trianing of pastors and Sunday school teachers, Crusades and Film ministry every evening. On Sunday, the children were seperated and taught specially and all the children and teens prayed to receive Christ. Evg. Stephen Sheshi remained in the adult church and share God’s word and  when the invitation was given, virtouly all the worshippers repented and made Jesus their savior.

On Monday 20th November There was practical session where the trainees were given the chance to for practicals to use the wordless book to win school Children to Christ and it was very effective, as many children were won to Christ. The Family Life session was taken on Monday aftenoon and it was a wonderful time with the church, some questions were asked from the participants and were answered as the Holy Spirit led us.

Kamuli District Followup

On Tuesday 21st November, the two teams come together and traveled to the eastern part of Uganda –  though they had to stop over at Kiwanga Kampala to pick the new team of organizers and interpreters under the CTM, led by Eld Alan of the COCIN Church Kiwanga. The team first arrived at a village called Balawoli where Pastor Timothy Iduli welcomed them , and the first team stayed there for the training. The second team proceeded to the next mission station – the Bumongoli village, near Lake Choga.

On  Wednesday 22nd November they started the training both at Balawoli-Kamuli and Bumogoli-Buyende.

Balawoli Missionary Outreach

On Wednesday the training started , Evg. Sheshi, Evg Bage and Mummy  Buba anchored the work there, though the number was few the first day due to bereavement in the village –  but it keep rising gradually.  On Thursiday  23rd November 2017 the team was blessed to have Evg. Richard Muwanguzi, the Eastern uganda education director of CEF Uganda who joined the team at the Balawoli mission station.

On Friday 24th November the teams trained till afternoon, then they shared with the students in different schools to practice what they have learnt, The team witnessed many children give their lives to Christ. Even within the days of training, the team managed to visit a school in the community – witnessing to both pupils and their teachers, and many accepted Jesus to His glory.

The second team served in the Bumongoli village, but had to be sleeping at a nearby village. Almost the same activities happened in Bumongoli mission station which was led by Evg. Jonah Tsado, CEF National Director. The team had a wonderful experience as many of villagers confessed that they never knew children could receive Christ as their savior. Some promised to start children work immediately. The Family Life Program was a great blessing to many families that participated, and many burning issues and questions were answered.

On  Saturday 25th Nov. the teams started their journey back to Kampala to wind up this additonal mission outreach to the village churches established by CTM in northern Uganda.  Praise the Lord for the soft and gracious hearts of these Nigerian brothers and sisters – so selfless and willing to help and support their Ugandan brothers and sisters.

May the Lord continue to bless the Nigerian Church, CTM, and all the people whom the Lord has chosen to fill His Kingdom!  Stay tuned to this Blog, our eNewsletter, and our Facebook page to stay current with CTM.

And if you would like to Donate to Christ Transformation Ministries, to help offset the cost of these outreaches to the village churches, please visit our web site Donate or Get Involved pages.  We still need monthly donations from supporters like YOU to continue this ministry.  To partner with us, visit https://ctmafrica.org/get-involved/

New Church Plant Followup Continues in November!

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.

Regional Team

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
  • Nagulu
  • Kapyokoro
  • Kasala
  • KIbala
  • Nabigaga
  • Irundu

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!

May God bless you, and keep you in His care.

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary-Treasurer
Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM)
Web: www.CTMAfrica.org

 

How You Can Get Involved to Support CTM!

Greetings in Christ Jesus!

I have updated the “Get Involved” web page of the CTMAfrica.org web site to list the most critical areas of prayer and financial need for CTM:

  • Supporting CTM Monthly Village Visitations
  • Providing Monthly Support for a Village Pastor
  • Helping provide Bibles and Teaching Materials
  • Providing Bicycles to Pastors who have no transportation
  • Motor scooters to Pastors of Larger Villages
  • Donating toward the Digging of a new Water Well (Boreholes)
  • Helping to support the Jesus Film Ministry
  • Donating toward our Skills-Building Ministry

Please visit our Get Involved web page and prayerfully consider which of these ministries you would like to support, and hopefully become a regular monthly supporter of the ministry of your choice.

Donating to CTM is quick and easy –

  • You can give online through our secure PayPal account with just a few clicks.  Go to https://ctmafrica.org/donate/
  • Enter any amount – $5, $10, $20, etc.
  • A comments section lets you designate where your funds are to be applied
  • A tax-deductible receipt will be send to you via return email
  • You can also write out and email a check if you like.  Please see the Donate page for more information.

Thank you in advance for your gift.  If you would like to receive our monthly email newsletter, just send an email to CTMAfricaInfo@gmail.com

May our Lord richly bless you!

Paul

Paul M. Dooley, MBA
​Secretary-Treasurer 

Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM)
W; www.CTMAfrica.org
E: pmdooley@optimalconnections.com

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

This is a day not about bunnies, but about the Lamb.  

The Lamb of Gob who gave Himself a willing sacrifice for our sins – the sins of all humankind – past, present and future, that we might be made right with our Creator. He is the free gift of salvation, to all those that believe and receive Him.

We at Christ Transformation Ministries wish you a blessed Resurrection Sunday, as this is a special day where we remember that death was defeated once and for all by our Lord Jesus Christ, for it had no power over Him; and it has no power over those that believe and trust in Him as their Lord and Savior.  

He was the “first fruits” of resurrection into new life, for all those that believe in Him and receive Him into their hearts.  

He truly is “the resurrection and the life”!

Walking with Jesus – Africa

Thanks to Chester Hudspeth, of The Jesus Film, for making us aware of a series of short films about how Jesus is reaching the people of Africa.  The series is broken down into 30 minute segments or less, each one focusing on a particular theme:

  • Assurance of Salvation
  • Fellowship of believers
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Walking in the Spirit
  • Growing in Christ

Start at the top and watch all in the series – on you PC, laptop, tablet, or smart phone!  Here is the “Link” to “Walking With Jesus – Africa”, a short series on different topics in 13 Languages:  http://www.jesusfilm.org/watch/walking-with-jesus-africa.html/english.html

These films are available in English, French, Hausa, Moore, Chichewa, Shona, Krio, Zulu, Ndebele: Northern, Portuguese/Mozambique, Kikuyu, Akan: Twi,   Swahili: Tanzania.

And, of course the classic JESUS Film in many African Languages is also available.

Blessings, Chester Hudspeth Project Representative – Jesus Film Project©
Watch the “Jesus” film in your heart language at:
www.jesusfilmmedia.org

CTM Women’s Conference – Uganda: Jan 15-16, 2017

Greetings brothers and sisters,

We just received some photos on the January Women’s Conference matha_presents_to_the_womenfrom Esther Magezi and Martha Wagner. Martha was visiting this January to link up with Esther Magezi to put on a three day women’s conference with the women from the Ugandan villages CTM serves.

exercise_in_brick_makingAs you can see, quite a few women attended.  Activities included messages on God’s Word, a brick-making exercise, sharing during meals, and fellow-shipping with one another.

As you all know, Esther is Arthur Magezi’s wife, and an integral art of the ministry of CTM Uganda.

Martha Wagner hails from Corvalis, Oregon, and made this trek to Uganda during January with Mike Parker, Dan Noel, and several other folks, to minister to the local churches in Uganda. partaking_in_fellowship

Prior to the Women’s Conference, Dan Noel, Arthur Magezi and others visited the villages churches to minister to the new pastors, and build up the local churches.  A board meeting for CTM Africa was posing_martha_esther_and_othersalso scheduled. to map out the plans for events and ministry into 2017.

We will be posting some news stories and photos from Dan and Arthur’s trip in a few days.  So stay tuned for more exciting news!

Paul M. Dooley
Secretary-Treasurer
Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM
Web: http://www.CTMAfrica.org

 

Thanking God on this Day

My dear friends,
We thank God with you on this day. He has taken care of the arthur_and_estherAmerican people and used you to bless the world. We thank him for every individual and the nation at large. We are praying for you.
Pray for my daughter Abigail who has had stomach pain for three days now. We will take her to hospital tomorrow (it’s night here).
May the Lord bless you today and keep you thanking Him always.

Rev. Arthur Magezi
Founder/Executive Director
Christ Transformation Ministries (CTM)
Web: https://ctmafrica.org/
Ph: +256782911817

Update from Tim Robnett on Transform Uganda …

Aug 8th update from Tim Robnett …

Mike Parker, Transform Uganda 2016 team leader, meeting with and Mike_PArker_encouragesencouraging a village Pastor. Please pray for the team to have discernment and stamina as they continue their many ministry projects over the next nine days. Thank you for your partnership!

Nigerian pastorsForty Nigerian Pastors and Evangelists are participating in Transform Uganda 2016 alongside the Ugandan and American team. Here they are getting ready to drive to remote villages to share the Good News of hope and healing through a personal relationship with Jesus. Pray for traveling safety and open hearts.