Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am very grateful to submit this report about the Mobile Evangelistic Team’s Mission to strengthen churches in Imvepi Refugee Settlement. Praises and thanks be to God for the success of this mission! We as a team are thankful to God in all the activities done during our time in the field!
More thanks goes to all those who stood always in support of many missions of MET. Indeed, this mission was a success.
This mission covered a period of 5 days from August 18-22, 2019.
Imvepi refugee settlement is located inside Terego in the District of Arua. Anglicanism and Pentecostalism is the most common denomination in this region followed by Baptist. There are seven Baptist churches here.
The major problem faced by people living in this area included; Drug abuse by both youth and adults such as alcoholism, mairungi chewing and smoking, sexual immorality, idolatry, persecution and torture of believers by Muslims, indecent dressing/behavior, believers not practicing Christ-like characters and many others. All these are happening because churches and the community lack sound Biblical teachings and counseling.
This Mission was therefore intended to strengthen the churches in this region through Seminar/Conference, Door to door evangelism, Discipleship training, Open Air/mass Crusade and showing Jesus’ Film.
Participants in this mission were from Empower One and the local church members. We are grateful to God for His work during this Mission! A good number of people came to both the open air and the Jesus Film. Many were reached by the Gospel during the Door to Door Evangelism. People turned up for discipleship. We noted that during the discipleship training, members from other denominations also attended the Discipleship. It wasn’t only the Baptist Church members that were only taught in the discipleship. Indeed, we got good recommendations from two pastors. One was from Anglican Church and the other one was from Pentecostal Church. They said that the teachings that Empower One always took to their Camps in the Churches have benefited them so much.
Summary of Activities:
- At least 1,403 people heard the Gospel and the teachings
- 412 people got saved and 1 person was restored after the teaching
- 318 were taught and discipled
- 303 were prayed for
- True forgiveness was experienced and witnessed after a teaching conducted by Joseph Dradria on reconciliation.
- New believers in Christ received spiritual counseling and teachings
- Five leaders were trained
- Children ministry was conducted by Evance Bebu and the children agreed on the presence of God, His work and purpose for children
- Christians from other denominations benefited from this mission during Door to Door, Open Air and Jesus’ Film Shows.
Challenges and Way forwards:
- There was a challenge with the bad weather inform of frequent rain which interrupted some activities like open air crusade and Jesus film.
- Roads were not good. This caused our truck to get stuck many times.
- There was limitation in time of operation of some activities like film and Open air crusade by the local/government authorities of the region.
- Since many people responded for the mission although the Host church did not have much food contributed, feeding was becoming a challenge. There is need to increase our budget for buying food.
- There was also a complaint that, only Baptist churches were invited for the teachings neglecting other denominations although the open air crusade was for everyone.
- Aged members of the churches requested for prayer for God’s provision for eye glasses/lenses for reading.
- Pray for the team to acquire teaching materials such as bible commentaries etc to effect the work of the ministry.
- Pray for obedience to the word being taught by the members.
- Pray for unity and team spirit among the team members.
- There was a request to organize leaders’/youth conference
1. During a lesson conducted on reconciliation, a Dinka man and a Kuku tribe got to share their experiences on how they lost their properties like cows and many others to the other tribe. So when Kenyi Moses was sharing on the evils the Dinkas did for him by taking all his cows and killing his family, Philip Kur, a Dinka, was touched and began to shed tears, likewise when Philip Kur was testifying of what he lost to the hands of the Kuku. Kenyi was touched as well and cried his eyes out. As a result, both tribes hated each other.
But after that, they both stood up, forgave each other, hugged each other and shook hands. The two tribes reconciled.
2. After a lesson on new life in Christ was done, a lady called Roba Rose who has been going through hard times and depressed as a result she backslid. She confessed and promised to continue strongly in the faith without turning back.
Doru Alex and Maring Charles