By: Nellie Otto
It was a moment of extreme ecstasy for thousands of faithful in the village of Kirama in the Diocese of Buinda, Nanwiwa District, Kaliro District, where the leadership of the Universal Apostolic Justice Church (UAFCR) held a day-long mass event for patriotic youth. Gospel crusade.
Believers who arrived as early as 8:00 am enjoyed a series of inspirational gospel music performances from various groups (regions), including groups from Acholiland.
Ignoring the hot and dusty weather, they listen to the testimonies of different people who openly admit how their lives have changed from demon-enslaved cells of molestation, drug abuse, alcoholism, adultery and adultery to bums and more.
The pivotal moment came when UAFCR Head of Prophet David Ithanga (commonly known as “Prophet David”) took to the podium to speak and was met with deafening, thunderous applause.
About 45 minutes was spent by the uninvited crowd rushing to the front, dancing and praising God’s many gifts, mainly life, redemption, spiritual transformation, and giving the prophet David to Uganda and Africa.
The fear that someone, especially a child, would fall over and be trampled by the crowd was quickly dispelled as the members, especially the adults, took care of each other to keep them safe while dancing.
Anyone who expects to see the Prophet David may wear traditional clergy attire or vestments such as vestments, cassocks, girdles, white robes and tunics for office dignity and eloquence, but he will be disappointed because the The man of God is dressed in simple black clothes. Trousers and a white shirt with a marching bow tie and a pair of black shoes.
After a brief preface or what we call an “icebreaker,” the prophet David delved into the theme of the International Day from a book of wisdom (Ecclesiastes 12:1ff) in which King Solomon (the author) issued a message to young people Philosophical information.
The scripture says, “Remember your Creator in your youth, before the days of affliction, before the days when you will say ‘I found no joy in them’.” NIV.
The man of God reminded the young people in Uganda that they are not their own people, but bought by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, so they must remember God and give the best to God no matter what they do.
He blames all the socioeconomic and political problems facing the world on young people who have not accepted the justice contained in God’s commandments.
He said those who killed, raped, defiled, robbed and stole government funds through corruption and embezzlement were all devout believers from the Christian church or Muslims.
He said those youngsters with no sense of justice formed a comical criminal gang code-named “Sleepless Squad” that roamed through the night wreaking havoc on neighborhoods, while “Squad Not Fearful” dared to stand up to armed security guards.
The Godman explained that they committed all these crimes because they were intoxicated with dangerous substances such as marijuana, narcotics, cocaine and aviation fuel, including alcohol, among others.
“…our Ugandan prisons are full of young men with very meaningful religious names, but sin doesn’t care how many times a day you pray or what fancy name you have, its only justice.. …”, he advised.
Nor did the prophet David, who preached for four hours straight, have a good word for some parents who are giving up their roles and responsibilities to technology, teachers, and peers in the name of economic survival.
The Godman also warned mothers not to recklessly place more emphasis on girls’ sex education at the expense of their spiritual growth and development.
He said many mothers used aunties, known locally as “ssengas” to teach their daughters, who ended up making girls vulgar and sex experts in the bed of potential suitors without fear of God.
“…our daughters end up as prostitutes and contract STDs, including HIV/AIDS, because they are good in bed but don’t have good manners and justice to help them deal with being housewives…” Laments the Prophet David road.
He also pointed out that a considerable number of parents and guardians are only after academic performance, ensuring that their children get into the best schools, colleges and universities for top-notch degrees.
These academically successful kids are in most cases unable to sustain their prolific papers because they end up alcoholics, sexual immorality, and lack of morals to keep a job, he said.
“…just go to any psychiatric unit at the National Psychiatric Referral Hospital in Butabica, or any referral hospital in any part of the country, and you will find very bright but wasted youth…” he said , leaving the congregation in utter silence.
Nabi David reminded the congregation, including government officials and politicians, of God’s hand in history when he sent a particular prophet to deal with the issue at hand, Nabi David said God had appointed him to the Ugandans Speak to the world to pursue the path of justice.
He cites Moses, who led the Israelites out of bondage and slavery in Egypt, and Noah, who built the ark and rescued those who heeded God’s warnings and counsels, as reasons for his being put on leave by God.
Prophet David quoted Deuteronomy 5:6 ff., warning people not to worship idols, because some religious people abandoned justice and went to kneel before shrine objects.
He also took several minutes to counter allegations by some critics who have repeatedly accused him and the Church of colluding with opposition parties against the government of President Yoweri Museveni.
“… On the contrary, I am not ashamed to declare that I am 100% openly supporting the Church of the government under President Museveni, I cannot support the National Unity Party or any other party because I am a sober People…” he said, drawing attention to rapturous applause from the congregation.
Senior member Jennifer Namuyangu, Minister of State for Bunyolo Affairs, echoed the same sentiment, saying that the only church in Uganda that has no opposition among the common people is the UAFCR.
Just as Nazareth is the birthplace of Jesus Christ, so is Kirama for UAFCR leaders and believers dating back to Noah Kalange in 1963.
As a precursor to this crusade, church members worked with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Service to collect 876 units of blood during a single day of events at three different centers in Kampala, Jinja and Kaliro.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, who arrived at the end of the program, praised the Prophet David and the Church for encouraging members to work hard as a poverty alleviation strategy.
She is pleased to note that the Church is shaping and preparing young people to become responsible patriotic citizens and future leaders to lead the country to greater heights.
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