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Uganda

Uganda lies on the northern and northwestern shores of Lake Victoria and includes a large portion of the lake within its national territory. It is otherwise surrounded by South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Called by Winston Chruchill the "pearl of Africa," Uganda is now enjoying a period of relative peace and stability.

 

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ECLEA in Uganda

Uganda is the first East African nation in which Jonathan Menn taught (in 2005). That trip was a key point in changing the focus of Jonathan's life and ultimately led to the formation of ECLEA. The formal commencement of ECLEA in early 2013 necessitated the formation of a new ECLEA-Uganda committee of pastor-teachers. We now have a solid and lasting, Uganda-based, structure that will result in much fruit in the years to come.

Here are updates from ECLEA's Uganda team concerning ECLEA's work in Uganda (older news accounts of ECLEA's work in Uganda and the rest of East Africa are located in the News Archive):

Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda national coordinator

July 2021
My updates come to you as a follow up on the way forward concerning the training here in Uganda during this lock down.

Some of the reports that I got via phone calls like the Coordinator from western Uganda said that they have difficulty in conducting the training most especially this month as he was located in Rubanda so he couldn't travel to Kabale and Bushenyi to do the training. his region was much affected by the lockdown.

Apart from him the rest of the region sounded okay, though some changed the actual training days and rescheduled days within their convenience part of northern Uganda and Buvuma Islands. Other centers as I had mentioned in my previous emails are moving within their districts and meetings of 20 and members have not been disturbed in their operations. This is not only to do with meetings but generally there is business as usual. For example, one of the trainers here rides his motorcycle from Mukono to Mityana, he goes through four districts. Basically, one can move with the motorcycle to almost all the parts of the country as this means of transport is allowed to operate.

From Pastor Alex Obaale: MAY JUNE AND JULY COVERAGE 

As you may be aware, all through the above months we have been on Biblical Theology and the book of Revelation. We just concluded with the follow-ups last week. A total of 68 pastors attended the training. Going through the book of Revelation has been an eye-opener as it relates on the last things or the end times a picture of what is being played out in the current occurrence's globally.

   

In Kaberamaido, Kotido, Bukedea, and Abim, The pastors and leaders in attendance were very participatory in the meetings and discussions. They kept time of arrival of which to me, this was so encouraging. Some pastors in Moroto, Bukedea have incorporated ECLEA materials and resources into their discipleship materials.

Amidst the challenge of Covid in these areas pastors could leave their gardens and come to study God’s Word.

SUMMARY
     1. The trainings are going on but on difficult procedures as you are aware of the covid problem.

     2. We have centralised our teachers, i.e. divided ourselves accordingly. Three of us have been training on these subjects. So the nearer you are to the centers the better you remain there. This avoids the transport inconveniences and clearance with the government on inter district travels.

     3.We are thinking and planning to continue with the August trainings as we assess the situation of the lockdown and what the government shall issue out.

Pastor Alex, Greater Eastern Uganda coordinator

This report below is from Rev Mukisa John our Coordinator in the Masaka Region:

SO FAR WHAT I CAN SAY IS WE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED SINCE THERE IS NO MOVEMENT FROM HERE TO KAMPALA, BUT THE GOOD THING IS WE ARE MANAGING THE SITUATION. IT HAS NOT BEEN BAD AS LAST YEAR’S. 
HERE IN MY REGION MEMBERS HAVE AGREED TO FOLLOW THE SOPS DURING THIS LOCKDOWN. TO BE SINCERE...SOME TRAININGS WE HAD TO CONDUCT IN A CLOSED PLACE JUST TO AVOID PUBLIC OUTCRY.

TO MY OBSERVATION, THERE IS A GROWING THIRST AND DESIRE FOR THE WORD AND TRAINING. WE NEED TO INTENSIFY ON THE TRAININGS, BISHOP. THAT IS WHAT I CAN SAY FOR NOW.

     

BLESSINGS, REV MUKISA JOHN 

So far these are some of the reports and feedback from the Coordinators here. By the time of this report, we are expecting the President's State of Nation Address this Saturday. We are hoping that somehow he is going to ease the lockdown. The situation is not as bad as the last month, at least now even in Kampala people have started to move around, though in smaller numbers.

Sincerely, Stephen Sempala, national coordinator

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Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda national coordinator

March 2021

I have received positive reports about our courses from the trained Church leaders. The impact on their lives and communities where they are based can be noticed. 

Personally I have a testimony: After going through ECLEA books, more especially Biblical Stewardship, by revelation I connected with some leaders in our Town Council. 

Right now we are having different programs for the children, youth, girl - child and women. The local council is involved and there is a change both in the economical standing and social responsibility in our communities.

This is one way the Church has influenced the community positively. 

The topics that are being taught include among others:

Taking good care of oneself, changing the mindset, empowering others, looking after the environment etc. But most importantly the Church leaders now can easily break down the Word of God well. 

We are in talks with one of the Church of Uganda Colleges in northern Uganda being coordinated by Bishop Nana Julius and soon we will be reporting back to you our findings. We want to have all those who have gone through our training to get their Certificates.

We thank God that soon the Luganda, Lunyolo, Lukiga, Lunyakole and Lutooro translations will be completed as we are in the final stages.

I will keep on updating you on how the trainings are going Sir.

Kind Regards

Stephen

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Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda national coordinator

February 2021:

We thank God who is enabling us to have the trainings ongoing. According to the recent reports I have received via phone from the Coordinators, we have registered success during the election period, as at one point this election season caused tension and fear among the citizens across the whole country. 

The Lord has done us good. We went through this time of elections peacefully, and the training sessions that had been postponed early were rescheduled and as we talk now all the January Trainings were completed in time praise the Lord.

Apart from the Centers that have been designed to train our materials, we have encouraged those centers that we begin with, to start using their materials to train their local leaders using our ECLEA materials, and in doing so the body of Christ is built, and their community will not remain the same.

All these old centres are not given facilitation and they will never be given facilitation as they do these other Trainings. Each center has been encouraged to start training their local area members without facilitation, on the other hand ECLEA will continues to train the Church leaders as per our program on a quarterly basis.

Basically, there is going to be a multiplication in terms of getting everyone on board. As for my center in Namagunga, we are going to start the book of James, as we have already finished 1 Timothy.

The testimony we have is; leaders have developed a sense of being responsible, being committed to God's work and service to their community.

God bless you, Stephen

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Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda national coordinator

December 2020-summary update

I want to thank God who has enabled us to go through this year, which has been a challenging one not only us but also the whole world as we all know it.

From the time we chose to resume the trainings the Lord has been gracious to us. I have not heard any of the Coordinators complaining of being disorganized by COVID 19 related cases, not even any challenge from the Government officials or any major setbacks, apart from the usual challenges like the floods, when it is rainy season, and sicknesses but sometimes these are not common, though this time we had some centers in Teso Sub Region had the floods, which delayed trainings, but somehow they managed to complete the trainings So we thank God for that.

Just recently we had the riots in the country, which forced some centers in Lira northern Uganda, and Masaka in central Uganda to postpone their Trainings. Apart from that, elsewhere the trainings have registered success.

The new Centers have done well. The last report I got from the field is encouraging, they have received the trainings with joy. One of the Coordinators there told me that they want to finish the twelve books within one year so that we get them Certificates. Some of these centers are in remote areas and there is no way they will ever get Bible College or teachers in their areas. So ECLEA's involvement with them has been received as an answered prayer.

The only challenge we are still having is the lack of good Translators from English to our local languages. We are trying here and there but soon we will find them as the search is going on.

Another challenge is the high cost of transport and the general maintenance of the Coordinators and the trainers due to the COVID 19 related factors. Transport cost has doubled greatly, the use of SOPs in the training Centers, which is mandatory etc. 

Finally, I am still having some funds for 3 main trainings and 2 follow-ups. I am waiting for the two Coordinators to confirm their rescheduled dates then I will pass it on to them before the end of this month. Apart from that we see ourselves finishing the year with Success. Praise the Lord.

On behalf of ECLEA Uganda Board, and the all Team of the Coordinators and Trainers, I wish you the best of Christmas and a Happy New Year more Glorious than this one in Jesus' Name.

Kind Regards,

Stephen

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