Republic of Uganda
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By African standards the nation of Uganda is relatively small, comprising an area of 236,000 sq km (91,000 miles). The Equator passes through the southern half of Uganda and Lake Victoria. Over half of the Lake is claimed by Uganda which makes up the south east corner of Uganda’s territory. Otherwise, the east African nation is landlocked on all sides beginning with Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) to the west. Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest body of water. A number of other lakes and marshlands are found throughout the country; this lake system is the source of the Nile River. Uganda has historically been known as the “Pearl of Africa.”
It was from the Nile River valley that Uganda’s earliest population came; the Nilotic and Nilo-Hamitic peoples occupied the area from the 10th through the 13th centuries. European and Arab traders began visiting the area in 1844. Fifty years later the British established a protectorate over Uganda. British control lasted until 1962 when independence came to the United Kingdom of Uganda, a federation of the previously locally autonomous kingdoms of Buganda, Busoga, Butoro, and Bunyoro. The decades after independence saw civil war, military coups, atrocities and massacres. By 1986 an estimated half a million of Uganda’s inhabitants had been murdered, most during the ten-year dictatorship of Idi Amin. Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986 and again in 1994 and has led his country on a path toward democracy. Presently the Republic of approximately 24 million people is governed by a single legislative body known as the National Assembly.
Because of the abundance of water Uganda has been agriculturally prosperous. More than 85% of the country’s economy is based on agriculture. This includes freshwater fishing, cotton, tobacco, coffee, tea, sugarcane, millet and so forth. Natural resources include copper and hydroelectricity.
Roman Catholic 33%, Protestant 33% , the remaining third is divided almost evenly between indigenous beliefs and Islam.
Work in Uganda by the Stone-Campbell Movement was initiated in 1969 by Kenyan missionaries and the World Bible School of the American a cappella Churches of Christ. However, these early attempts to develop mission teams were hampered by the turbulent political situation. World Bible School correspondence courses were helpful in spreading the Gospel in years in which missionaries where driven out. About the time that Yoweri Museveni was returned to power in 1994 an American team made up of John and Sara Barton, Mark Moore, Brent Abney, Greg Taylor, Deron Smith and Robert Chambers began a work in the city of Jinja where a congregation had been formed in 1990. This team found that the Book of Mark with its questions of power and authority in the spiritual realm was an effective tool in conveying the Gospel. The six-family team working in the Jinja area had the goal of planting indigenous Christ-centered congregations that would develop into self-sustaining churches. Lloyd Deal of Campaigns for Christ led an evangelistic campaign in Jinja in 1999.
Jinja is a part of the Busoga Region, located at the base of Lake Victoria on the south, Lake Kyoga to the north and the Nile River running along the region on the western edge. The Busoga Churches of Christ number nearly 70 churches in the five districts of Busoga with more congregations being planted by local Christians. These congregations carry out a significant amount of ministry including youth clubs, AIDS work, care for orphans, printing and resource centers, education from nursery through secondary schools, leadership training at the Busoga Bible School and so forth.
A 1995 team comprised of Dr. Leon Blue, Drs. Kim and Greg Witkop, Mark Berryman, Jamison Fee, Jackie Rozell, April Long, and Wayne Kellar conducted much needed medical ministry in Uganda. Several other American missionaries have also worked in Uganda under several American sponsoring congregations from Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio and Texas. There are 80 congregations with 8700 members of Churches of Christ in Uganda.
The a cappella Churches of Christ in Great Britain, through the Weston Favell congregation, have supported a Ugandan evangelist by the name of Patrick Byakagaba, a Ugandan graduate of the British Bible School. In addition to preaching, teaching and encouraging a “faith in Action” group of Christian students Patrick Byakagaba also runs a Christian secondary school, built with gifts from Christians in the UK and USA.
Deaf Ministries International, begun by Neville and Lill Muir of Australia in 1979, operates in nearly a dozen countries through Asia and Africa. In the late 1990s a piece of property and a home was purchased in Kampala, Uganda to serve as a center for Deaf outreach for all of East Africa as well serve as an office, guest house, fellowship center and Bible School for the Christian Deaf community of Uganda. August 2-6, 2005 Deaf Ministries International is slated to hold their Third International Conference on the Kampala campus. According to Neville Muir the growth of the work in Uganda is staggering.
Reggie Thomas of the American Christian Churches and Churches of Christ mission organization White Fields Overseas Evangelism, reports that Christian Churches and Churches of Christ also have work in Uganda. Dr. Susan Higgins, Professor at Milligan College in east Tennessee and a member of the Stone-Campbell Movement worked in translation projects in Uganda in the early 1970s for the United Bible Societies, an inter-denominational ministry.
International Churches of Christ have a church in Kampala.
Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
Revised by Gary Holloway, August 12, 2016
Busoga Churches of Christ
P.O. Box 1226, Jinja, Uganda
Telephone: 011 256 77 587761 or 011 256 43 120911
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Busoga Bible School (See Busoga Churches of Christ, above)
LivingStone International University
Northern Division, Nabijjo Cell,
P. O. Box 994, Mbale, Uganda.
Mukago Newsletter (See Busoga Churches of Christ, above)
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Deaf Ministries International, Neville and Lill Muir
P.O. Box 395
Beaconsfield, Victoria 3807 Australia
Telephone/Fax: 61 3 8802 4550
In the United States contact: Deaf Ministries International
6765 Westminster Blvd., Suite c PMB 510
Westminster, CA 92683-3760
Telephone: 714 537 3581