BY STAFF WRITER
“The transformation of Africa in general and Uganda in particular begins with each one of us individually. It is impossible for us to be effective ambassadors of change in our society unless we challenge the giant that is inside of us. And the only thing that controls that giant is the cross of Jesus Christ.” This was stated last Thursday by Dr Peter Asiimwe, one of the missioners, during Community Hour.
Dr Asiimwe said that transformation begins with each of us changing from the inside out and allowing Jesus to change us.
He was speaking on the topic “Dislodging the four giants: occupying the seven mountains” as part of the Missions and Ministry Week 2016, held under the theme: “Understanding Your Mission Field.”
He said Uganda needs Christians in the media who will bring the good news and the message that despite what people see about the road accidents, the bad incidents in Sudan and elsewhere, our God reigns.
“We also need to take the spheres of governance, business, sports, religion, and education.”
“In the area of education, there are many lies. We must occupy that space and change many things, for example the curriculum and other world views being taught to the children. That is why UCU is doing a great job to occupy the education space so that we tell the truth about matters like creation, as opposed to evolution and big bang theories, which are being paraded all over the world, in opposition to the truth of the gospel,” he said.
On the issue of wealth creation, Dr Asiimwe said that the business people need to be empowered to make wealth for the Kingdom of God.
“How can we enlarge the Kingdom of God unless we have abundance and wealth that enables us to spread the gospel?
“The people should be mobilised to work hard and harness the resources they have like water and land resources so that there is sustainable productivity in agriculture and other economic sectors,” he said.
Citing the example of Makutano village in Kenya, he said that the villagers there are wealthier than the graduates in Nairobi because the church took transformation to them, by introducing water harvesting and sharing mechanisms that delivered people from drought-induced poverty.
“I see men and women praying like Moses, and foot soldiers, transforming the land like Joshua did. That is our role as the church,” he concluded.
Other speakers during the Mission eek held from July 10-17, included Rev Paul Wasswa, Dr. Elly Kansiime and Dr John Azumah.