BUSOGA MISSIONARY TRIP
REPORT OCTOBER 2017
Bro. Charles Obwoon
report is derived from the recent missionary
to the Busoga
region, located in eastern Uganda. The main objective was to assess
the spiritual situation in many message churches scattered within
the region. I also felt a godly touch in my heart to visit old time
friends and brethren I related to, way back in the early 1990s (Psa
142:4). Busoga is also a region which formed the genesis of my young
ministry. In 1988 I opened a small fellowship in Bukoyo secondary
school, a Muslim founded school when I was a young teacher. We had
an outreach church at Bumanya where we often held conventions. From
those two humble spots, God has watered His Seed Word (Isa 27:3).
Today, (nearly 30 years later) it’s estimated that there are about
30 churches which have been established and are scattered within a
region of 8 districts. Our Lord God be praised, and glory to His
covered the Busoga region, within 7 districts namely, Iganga, Luuka,
Kamuli, Kaliro, Jinja, Namutumba, and Bugiri. The mission started on
Friday 15th September, 2017 and ended on Saturday 30th
September 2017. The trip ended with a great church service at the
Bugiri church. With me in the team was Bro Gerald Otwal. He is one
of the Deacons in the church and an Evangelist. He was also the
driver of our car.
managed to reach 10 churches namely: Bulanga, Kiyunga, Iganga town
church, Namasagali, Namwendwa, Kamuli, Kaliro, Namutumba, Buwenge
and Bugiri church. In some cases, the pastors invited believers from
their neighboring sister churches. So in reality we reached more
than the physical churches we visited.
want to report that, wherever we went we were well received. The
people, especially the ordinary folk, were excited and eager to hear
the Word of God. Most of the pastors too had
problem with us and freely opened their pulpits to me to speak to
the people. Another added advantage was that many looked to me as
their elder in the Faith, so they gave some respect. I believe this
contributed a lot for the Holy Spirit to move in their midst with
anointed Word of God.
HOLY GHOST LEADERSHIP:
want to express my sincere thanks to God Almighty for keeping His
promise, in working together with us in the Mission field and
confirming His word (Mar 16:15-20). The Holy Spirit also from time
to time gave witness about the conditions of the churches we were
visiting. This came sometimes by word of knowledge, dreams or
visions. (Acts 20:23; Lk 10:1; 1 Cor 12:8; Jer 33:3).
THE PEOPLE WE MET AND INTERACTED WITH:
every church we entered we were received by the pastor of the
church. He in turn introduced to us his elders and ministers who
assist him in the work of God in the church. In some cases, we met
ministers of different assemblies who were invited to attend the
meetings. We often shared meals together and had communion around
the Word of God and the Work of God. In other instances, our
discussions touched on controversial issues affecting many message
churches today like false doctrines and the 5-fold ministry. I was
happy to find many pastors and ministers who were keen to expose
their churches to the Ascension Gift ministry, popularly known as
the 5-fold ministry, for the perfecting of the saints, the working
of the ministry, the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to
and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine... (Eph
4:8-16). Some others expressed a burning need, specifically the
apostolic ministry, in order to keep their churches stable and on a
strong foundation in the Word of God. It became clear that this
could be achieved by either their visitation, or their spoken or
written words. We discussed ways and means of accessing and
distributing books, and any other relevant materials to those who
have interest to receive and read them.
The unadulterated Gospel was preached, and many were taught the
principles of the Doctrine of Christ and the blessings which
Many souls of the believers were revived and their hearts stirred up
to walk in the Apostolic Faith which was restored to the Bride by
the Message of the hour, brought to us by God’s Prophet to this
Laodicean Church age, the late William Marrion Branham of USA.
About 35 lost souls accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal
Savior and were added to the Kingdom of God. We witnessed water
baptism of some souls beside those that were baptized in our absence
(Lk 24:47; Mk 16:16; Mat 28:19; Acts 2:38).
Some believers received the baptism of the Holy Spirit after prayer
and laying of hands (Acts 8:16,17; 19:5,6).
In virtually all churches we ministered to, there was spontaneous
joy, praise, and worship of the Living God when the Word was
preached with power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit (1Th 1:5).
We continue to receive testimonies of how our God had worked in
mysterious ways, and the wonders He performed.
The sick and afflicted were healed and set free according to their
Faith in the finished work of the Son of God at Calvary. We had
prayer lines and anointing with oil; Many were healed and demons
were cast out in the mighty Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (This can
be attested by the many pictures taken from church to church). We
carried the anointing oil with us (Jam 5:13-16; Mk 6:13; 16:17,18).
God proved that Jesus Christ is still the same yesterday, today and
forever (Heb 13:8)!
There is renewed desire for more collaboration in brotherhood and
fellowship. The door is wide open for the gospel in Busoga region.
As indicated earlier, we had great
opportunities to meet the
pastors, elders and ministers. We discussed the Word of God,
doctrinal issues, the work of the 5-fold ministry, and the
challenges facing many message believers who follow brother
Branham‘s prophetic ministry and message (Mal 4:5,6; Rev 10:7).
We also had an opportunity to preach the gospel to the lost souls
via village radio.
10. Lastly, we took along good used clothing, contributed by
believers for needy saints. They brought joy to the hearts of the
WEAKNESSES OF THOSE IN THE MINISTRY:
First and foremost, money (filthy lucre) as one pastor put it,
“has done more harm than good in Busoga region”. Another keen
observer described it as a region infested by “spiritual mafia”.
Talks got around that donated money from foreign churches,
especially USA and Europe, are pouring into this region. Pastors
would write and solicit for money, claiming needs for church
projects and things, but the money would, in most cases, end up in
their individual pockets for personal gain.
certain American preacher is said to have a larger heart to support
churches in this region financially. This donor support is channeled
through one individual pastor well placed in the region. He is
believed to have used some of this money, to his credit, to
construct many churches in the region, and even beyond. However,
other people have expressed concerns of how much control and
influence he wields over those churches. Others were concerned
about the amount of personal wealth this brother now possesses in
comparison to the aid he gives to the churches.
Reports abound of one Ugandan pastor in the region, who is believed
to be the one who spearheaded and openly encouraged the idea of
seeking for financial help from the preachers of USA, Europe and
other nations. While, some aid could have been solicited and used
for genuine reasons, it seems most of it have been used for personal
gain, and to exert influence over younger ministers to toe certain
lines and doctrines that are detrimental.
This lust for filthy lucre appears to override love for the Truth,
and to live a modest and contended Christian life. As a result,
there is a lot of jealousy among most believers because of it.
Surprisingly, there are no major doctrinal differences among them!
There are apparent sharp divisions among them. In one case, one
pastor failed to attend my meetings because he broke away from the
church. He pretended to call and welcome me, but later he apologized
for not attending because as he put it, “I forgot about it”!
There were allegations against some pastors of being unfaithful to
their marriage vows; fornicating with some sisters in the church. In
one specific case, a pastor is accused of eloping with a wife of his
deacon. I did not have time to investigate these allegations.
Gossip and character defamation abounds between ministers; as one
pastor put it, “there are both small dogs and big dogs”. They often
bite and tear one another. He spoke openly that he no longer has
freedom and access to any church in the region. His movements are
only limited to his own church!
Lack of apostolic teaching ministry to ground the believers in the
were expected to have one day for a ministers’ meeting to discuss
critical issues concerning the Word and Work of God. However, this
was not possible due to the short time for mobilization.
Nevertheless, this meeting has been rescheduled to take place
sometime during the first week of November 2017, in a venue to be
agreed upon with the organizers.
want to thank the brethren who support this program. God’s people
were in need of hearing the True Word of God. While in the mission
field I realized that God was behind this move.
And I believe God
has reached down and touched many hearts of his children, those with
broken hearts and spirits. In my
opinion, we need to maintain close
contacts with these brethren, and try to help them more, to get them
back on track with the old beaten way so that they can find
rest for their souls. Once more, they heard the original pure Gospel
preached in simplicity, yet with the special presence of the Lord.
regards and May God bless everyone.
BROTHER CHARLES OBWOON.