Sunday, July 6, 2014

And the church begins!

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the LORD."
Psalm 122:1

What a joyous day it has been meeting together at Word of Life Fellowship Church.  We have now officially started! 

We have been having a core group of 40 people (20 adults, 20 children) attending the Bible studies throughout June.  Today about 130 people came (about 80 children and 50 adults)!
The Director of Word of Life, Thomas Obunde (on the right), emceed the service, and Gilbert Nkamwesiga assisted with translating into Luganda.

We had special visitors come all the way from Jinja (a 2-hour drive one way when traffic is good), from Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels (click on link to see what's been going on in their ministry).  Barb is a dear friend of ours from Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, BC, and she wanted so much to be a part of the opening of our church.  So Edwin and the kids came!  What a delight!  Here Edwin (center) shares about their home and their desire to come and celebrate with us (along with little Alan).
The children from Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels sing a song for us in the service.
Praying for the children as they leave for Sunday School.
Pastor Welli preaching, along with Fred interpreting in Luganda.  Today he shared from 1 John 1:1-4.  He will continue through the book of 1 John for the next couple of months.
Teacher Grace leading Sunday School.  Here they have settled down after playing a few games outside.  This picture doesn't show all of them... there were 75 in all!  (Please pray for more Sunday School leaders...)
Pastor Peter Mugabi (on the left), the Secretary General of the Baptist Union of Uganda, came to dedicate the church and to pray for this new congregation.
Fellowship in the Dining Hall afterwards, with freshly made mandazi and samosas and sodas for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for this church.  This is only the beginning!