50 YEARS OF PENTECOSTALISM IN UGANDA: A TIME FOR CELEBRATION OR A TIME FOR MOURNING and repentance
This year the Pentecostal movement IN UGANDA is celebrating fifty years of revival in Uganda. However, there is no cause for celebration in Uganda .Pentecostals in Uganda should be on their knees and in sack cloths repenting for apostasy, greed, lies, ecumenism, political fornication and spiritual fornication with AMERICAN HERETICS LIKE BENNY HINN , COPELAND, JOYCE MEYER, F.PRICE ETC WHO PREACH THAT JESUS PAID FOR OUR SINS IN HELL.
What is Pentecostal Week
The “Pentecostal Week 2010” is the entire Pentecostal Church in Uganda coming together to celebrate their unique identity (Pentecost or the Pentecostal Experience). It will be a time of renewal, healing, unity, fellowship, and bonding
In 1960, the first Pentecostal ‘type’ church was given a license to operate by the government of Uganda.
In 2010, after 50 years, Pentecostal churches will come together during the Pentecostal week, 3rd – 9th May 2010, all for a grand celebration of what God has done. Click here for more
Miracle Center Churches, Christian Life Ministries, Evangelical Fellowship of Uganda, National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches and the Born Again Faith Federation of Uganda.
The Council of Elders for the Pentecostal Week are:
Pastor Simon Peter Emiau | Apostle Alex Mitala | Pastor Jotham Mutebi | Pastor Nickolas Wafula | Pastor Titus Oundo | Pastor Gary Skinner | Pastor Butch Dodzweit | Pastor Aswa | Pastor Julius Ebwangu | Pastor Bob Wagar
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HISTORY OF PENTECOSTALISM IN UGANDA
In the winter of 1955 - 56, during a week night service, God gave a prophetic call to Glad Tidings take the “Full Gospel” to Uganda, East Africa. The application to the British Governor of Uganda for permission to enter the country to do missions work was denied because some religious leaders of that day did not want Pentecostals in Uganda. Nevertheless, believing this was the call of God, the church began to pray fervently for Divine intervention. In December 1956 Hugh and Audrey Layzell were sent to Kenya to work with the Elim missionaries of New York until the door opened to Uganda. That door opened in May 1960, when Glad Tidings Missionary Society was issued a permit to do Mission work in Uganda. Hugh and Audrey Layzell began the work that May followed by a team of G.T. missionaries in the 60’s namely Jean Christenson, Dorothy Williams, Bill and Gerda Brown,, Eleanor Webb, Betty Caron, Dave and Velma Freeman, Lou and Marion Peterson, John and Jean Lofstrom , Bob and Sharon Wagar.
The Gospel Mission to Uganda (which birthed the Full Gospel Churches of Uganda) was incorporated under the Unlimited Companies Act in October 1960 and became the first “Pentecostal” Mission or church to be granted that legal status in Uganda.
Certainly one of the most momentous events of the history of the ‘Pentecostal movement’ in Uganda was the Daoud Crusade at Mengo “Kabaka Anjagala” in February 1961, sponsored by the Gospel Mission. This first Salvation/Healing Crusade in Uganda coincided with the opening of the tent Tabernacle at Makerere in December 1960.
The Crusade drew thousands for 3 weeks. There were many miracles of healing and many souls came to Christ. 365 people were baptized in the Kabaka’s Lake after the Crusade, and the Tent at Makerere was packed out week after week for months. During that period ‘lubale’ fetishes were being burned as men and women believed on Jesus for salvation and new believers continued to be baptized in Kabaka’s Lake.
In 1962 another significant event took place. Art and May Dodzweitsent by Elim (PEFA) from Kenya founded the Elim Church in Mengo.
Another important milestone was the pioneering work of Rev. Brown of the Pentecostal Assemblies Of Canada, (PAOC). He came to Mbale in the 50’s and started a work mostly centered in Eastern Uganda.
Yet another significant event took place in the 60’s. In 1967 five High School Students and a teacher called Moses Ochwo along with Evangelist Joe Kayo started the “Young Christian Ambassadors” fellowship. It grew between 1969 and 1970 and in 1971, the “Young Christian Ambassadors” became the Deliverance Church in Uganda.
1972 marked the beginning of the Redeemed Church in Kibuye. However, in September 1977, President Idi Amin banned Pentecostal Churches and on 12th April 1978 armed soldiers stormed and desecrated the Full Gospel Church, at Makerere arresting 200 believers. The churches then went underground and grew even more during the persecution.
After the fall of Idi Amin in 1979, freedom of Worship was restored and tens of thousands of different Pentecostal churches blossomed. In addition to the churches and ministries earlier mentioned, the last three decades have seen the growth, establishment and organization of churches under different umbrellas such as; Miracle Center Churches, National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches, Born Again Faith Federation of Uganda and Evangelical Fellowship of Uganda among others. The impact of what the Holy Spirit has done through the Pentecostal Church in this Country is nothing less than phenomenal. Schools, orphanages, medical services, income generating projects and others have sprung up, not to mention the church’s powerful influence on the entire fabric of Ugandan society.
It is in this spirit that all Pentecostal churches, believers, umbrella organizations and different Pentecostal streams in Uganda desire to come together as one big river to hold an event in honor of the Holy Spirit – The Pentecostal Week 2010.
WHAT CHURCH LEADERS HAVE TO SAY
Warm Pentecostal greetings to all!
I believe the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Pentecostal Movement or Revival in Uganda will be a time worthy of dedicating to God as thousands will rejoice delightedly in the Lord. I trust that this time of celebration will be a key that opens many blessings and revival which are yet to be poured out on the church and the earth! Many lives will be touched with life.
General Overseer of Full Gospel Churches of Uganda
Message of Pastor Fred Wantaate: Coordinator Pentecostal Week
Pentecostalism is one of the most influential and fastest-growing “movement” in the world. However, the Pentecostal movement in Uganda had humble beginnings.
In the early 60’s spirit filled believers were stereotyped as poor, ignorant, fanatical, and semiliterate people. At first they were marginalized, ridiculed and greatly despised by traditional churches. Now the “Abalokole Ab’omwoyo” or spirit filled believers, by and large, have become part of mainstream Christianity in Uganda . It would be foolhardy to ignore them.
“Pentecostals” by virtue of their strong evangelistic stance, style of worship and music plus their great appeal to young people, have influence that goes beyond their numbers.
Although scandals, cultic groups and heretic teachings have dogged “Pentecostals”, the revival is of God, it will continue to grow strong despite the setbacks. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Below, you will find the latest updates on the activities leading to the main event in May.
Happy Jubilee Celebrations!
Pastor Fred Wantaate
PENTECOSTAL WEEK 2010 EVENTS
Pentecostal Week 2010 is a celebration of the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit for the last 50 years. It is also a time for us to seek His guidance for the future of the church and the nation.
“Now, Give thanks” being the theme for Pentecostal Week 2010 emanates from II Corinthians 2:14 ‘ Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place’(NKJV)..
As documented in the bible, the day of Pentecost occurred a few days after Jesus’ ascension (He ascended 40 days after His resurrection). Even so the Pentecostal Week 2010 shall be celebrated about 40 days after Easter beginning 3rd – 9th May 2010.
The main events of the Pentecostal week 2010 are:
Monday 3rd May 2010:
A grand “COMMUNION NIGHT” dinner with 350 leading/key Pentecostal pastors in urban Uganda (Serena Hotel) with Dr. T.L Osborn as the tentative chief guest.
Tuesday-Thursday 4th -6th May 2010:
"THE NATIONAL PASTORAL CONFERENCE” (NPC) at Makerere Main Sports Grounds (over 5000 pastors and church leaders expected)
Friday 7th May 2010:
“THE ABALOKOLE MARCH” through Kampala city to Kololo Airstrip for a grand worship experience and Holy Spirit ministry for all.
Sunday 9th May 2010:
Different churches around the country will hold local celebrations with guests of their own choice in celebration of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.