Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda national coordinator
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.
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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