Senyonyi draws thousands to Christ in Lira

Dr Senyonyi preaches at the youth convention in Lira (Photo by Alex Taremwa)


Dr John Senyonyi, the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU) struck through hearts of thousands of Christians, winning hundreds for Jesus Christ.

Senyonyi was guest preacher at the four day youth convention organised by the Diocese of Lango in Lira town under the theme: “Challenged by choices”

The 14th annual event started on Monday, September 12, 2016 and ended on September 15, attracting over 4,ooo students, parents, and clerics at St Augustine, Lira Urban Archdeaconry.

The VC, flanked by the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, drew from the gospel of Mathew 19:21-22 to deliver a sermon entitled: “A good man who made a bad choice”, in which he warned the faithful about the choices that often attract undesired consequences.


“You need prayer to make the right choices. For example, during my university days, I had a filthy mouth and often uttered obscenities. Because my colleagues used to laugh at my utterances, I thought I was popular.”

“However, one fateful evening after supper I decided, not to use obscene language again. We all went ahead to get good degrees. Now I have a PhD and my friends hold masters’ degrees too,” he narrated.


“Maybe you too have a habit – you have been drinking alcohol, telling lies, and you do not like it. Bring it all to Christ,” he urged his audience. From the records of the Vicar of Lira Archdeaconry, a total of 816 people gave their lives to Christ.

Orombi gets a hero’s welcome

At the same event, the former UCU Chancellor, Henry Luke Orombi, arrived in Lira on Monday afternoon to a hero’s welcome.

Orombi, the chief celebrant, informed the meeting that although he had also been invited to preach to a delegation, which included the president, he had politely turned down the invitation saying; “the people of Lira are waiting.”

“At the hotel where I are staying I overheard a woman say that the weapon of mass destruction is in Lira, but I destroy the devil and all his powers,” he said. According to Andrew Acobi, the Youth Leader, the youth convention was started in 2003 to mentor young people.

The convention attracted youth from Soroti, Nebbi, Kitgum and other districts of northern Uganda. It was also graced by Bishop John Charles Odur Kami of Lango Diocese, as well as Rev Canon William Ogeng, among other speakers. Beside the evangelism, the convention featured other activities like blood donation and free career guidance from staff of UCU.