Letter from Mike: Uganda – February 2020

Paul told the young Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. . . Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.” 1 Timothy 4:12, 14, NKJV. “My prayer to God is that the converting power of His Holy Spirit may come upon our youth, that they may become working agents to win scores of youth to Jesus Christ, that they may be among the number who shall be accounted wise, who shall ‘shine as the brightness of the firmament,’ and ‘as the stars for ever and ever.’ Daniel 12:3.” Our High Calling, 282.

“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin! How soon, in place of a possession here, with its blight of sin and pain, our children might receive their inheritance where ‘the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever;’ where ‘the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick,’ and ‘the voice of weeping shall be no more heard.’ Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 33:24; 65:19.” Education, 271.

Two of the young presenters

In the city of Kenwa, Uganda, an army of youth had a burden to share the gospel with other young people in their sphere of influence; so the older, more experienced pastors held a training session for them. After the training, the youth asked to conduct a prophecy seminar in the village, and began distributing invitation fliers door-to-door and advertising by word of mouth. Excitement grew as the day approached for the opening night of the campaign. The young people assembled for prayer every day to petition God to bless their efforts.

Opening night came with crowds of mostly teenage girls, boys and curious adults who wanted to see what was happening. During each night of the two-week seminar, the youth presented different testing truths. Each night, they challenged traditional beliefs. The Sabbath especially perplexed the audience, yet many embraced the message of God’s day of worship. Many more accepted the Sabbath truth after Sunday worship was presented as the mark of the beast. 

On the last night of the meetings, the two young presenters appealed to the scores of listeners to surrender their hearts to Christ before it is too late. Using the stories of Lot and Noah, these two young men urged upon the crowds to follow Christ into the watery grave of baptism. Their appeal stirred hearts, and many came forward to prepare for baptism. A few weeks later, after many studies, more than two dozen people were ready for baptism. 

The youth of Kenwa have committed themselves to nurturing this new church. Please pray for these young people as they work to build up God’s Kingdom in Uganda. Let us pray that God will raise an army of youth around this world to help finish the work! 

The leadership would like to build a church in this new area, but will need our help in funding a roof for the church. A church can be roofed for approximately $1,500. If you would like to support the work in Uganda, mark your gifts “Uganda Evangelism” or “Uganda Churches.”   

 


Gospel Light in the Darkness

Gospel Light in the Darkness

The good news reaches a resistant town.

Residents of Bwera were known for their loose and lewd behaviors. As the sun set on Saturday nights, Bwera residents flocked to the famous “Kabagarame,” where pork and partying were significant themes. Only the breaking dawn sent the partiers home to Bwera with a hangover. 

This stronghold of darkness remained a challenge for the Seventh-day Adventist community in Ruhandagazi. For a long time, we as a church pondered how we could reach Bwera’s perishing souls.

We decided to step out in faith. A volunteer evangelist was sent to Bwera, where he visited each house and planned to hold an evangelistic series. 

Evangelist Mwesigye Hosea used an amazing approach to break down barriers. He skillfully crafted little cooking “stoves,” and distributed them free of charge. The community loved him for meeting such a crucial need. Hosea eventually met every person in Bwera—because almost every home needed a stove. God blessed his soul-winning efforts with five baptisms in May 2018. 

Rays of light beamed over the darkness of this village. Our church painstakingly raised the money to cover the cost for an evangelistic series in Bwera, but a new challenge arose. A local father was angry because his daughter, Linus, had become an Adventist. He used his connections with local political leaders to deny our request for the series. “They are confusing our children with religious fanaticism!” he complained. 

We tried several times to proceed anyway, but the legal process stalled our plans. When Linus shared her father’s logic with us, we decided to change our tactics. Instead of asking the local authorities, we wrote to the president’s representative. Our church fasted and prayed. Permission was granted, and the meetings commenced. 

The most complicated spot in Bushenyi was blessed with gospel messages for two weeks! Evangelist Hosea covered important topics including the Sabbath, State of the Dead and the Second Coming. The message touched people’s hearts. Our tent was too small to cover all the people who came, and we were compelled to extend it with tarps sourced from the community. Seven more people decided to be baptized, including Sunday Robert, Linus’ father who had staunchly opposed the meetings. 

“I want to go to heaven also,” Sunday spoke with conviction as he joined the others for baptism. 

Currently, Evangelist Hosea is supported by the church with food and house rent, but he needs a basic stipend to aid him in further evangelism. Twelve members worship every Sabbath now, in the city we deemed so difficult to reach. They serve as the nucleus of a mission made possible by God’s power.  


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help
Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray for the work Hosea is doing in the village of Bwera, that many more souls will come to the light!  

Donate. The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

 


Divorcing the Devil and Marrying Christ

Divorcing the Devil and Marrying Christ

A young woman faces demonic oppression in Uganda.

My young suitor charmingly swept me off my feet. When I gave him my hand in marriage, little did I realize that I was marrying a witch. By choosing him as my life partner, I unknowingly gave the devil more access to my life.

Three days after the marriage vows, I sensed a spiritual battle in our home. I had been brought up in the Anglican church, and was taught to love Jesus Christ who died for me. I wanted to worship the only true God who created heaven and earth, but my husband introduced me to pagan worship and commanded me to bow down. A cold chill ran up my spine as I felt a wave of regret. It was a test of faith. I asked for three days reprieve, and fasted and prayed. 

My communion with Christ in prayer annoyed the gods of my husband. “Force her to serve us, or we will kill her!” they pressured him.

Regardless of the intimidation, I purposed not to succumb to their pressure. I continued in prayer but became miserably harassed. Unknown powers visited me in the night, seeking to end my life. I felt myself being suffocated, unable to cry out for help. 

“Jesus, Jesus!” I prayed in my heart. Every time I did this, the demons released me. 

I lived with my husband for five years under continual harassment by the gods my husband served. By God’s grace, I remained faithful to my Savior, and served Him tirelessly under the umbrella of the Anglican Church. 

While entering my sixth year of marriage, I heard a circulating story of a man who wanted to stone a preacher but ended up getting baptized into the religion he had opposed. This strange religion worshiped on Saturday! 

One day, I received an invitation to worship with this Sabbath-keeping group. I decided to visit them, and enjoyed the portion of their program called “Sabbath School.” I chose to keep congregating with them, and never missed our Bible studies under the shade of a tree.

I learned the truth about the battle between good and evil, about the Sabbath and the Second Coming of Jesus. I felt the need to recommit my life to Jesus in light of the new truth I had learned. 

Attending my first Adventist camp meeting was life changing for me. I enjoyed the week of interactive Bible study, singing, testimonies and earnest prayer. I slept peacefully the whole week. At the end of the camp meeting I decided to re-commit my life to Jesus and be baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist. When I returned home, the demons never bothered me again. I am now happy in Christ, and I desire to have Jesus known by my beloved husband.  


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help
Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray for this young woman to remain in the hands of Jesus! 

Donate. The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate


Emmanuel

Emmanuel

A young man’s faith is challenged and blessed.

Emmanuel took the front seat, asked for a volunteer to pray, and began to speak. “Open with me the book of Daniel, chapter one.” 

As I listened, this young man’s wisdom and explanation of Bible prophecy astounded me. He handled the subject like a trained teacher, although he had never attended college or even evangelism training. I remembered the scenario in Acts 4:13 involving two disciples. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” I realized that God’s Spirit can do more for a man than all of the education one may attain.

Little did I realize that Emmanuel was soon to face an intense trial. Emmanuel worked as a dairy manager, and lived in housing provided by his employer. The following Sabbath, his boss demanded that Emmanuel work. The Adventist declined and went to church instead. Being a refugee in this country, he was fired without receiving his last pay check.

Emmanuel called me on the phone, unburdening his heart. “I’ve been given three days to leave this house, and I don’t know where I can get shelter for my family.”

It just so happened that another Adventist church had a leadership vacancy and house available. Emmanuel quickly moved his family to the new location where he was supported by the local church. The Lord blessed his work, and in a short time many nonactive members returned to engage in Sabbath worship each week. 

As Emmanuel extended his soul-winning efforts into the surrounding community, he soon faced another challenge.

I realized this one day on the road when I met Emmanuel in a rain storm walking back home from outreach. He was soaking wet with a heavy bag of books on his back. I delayed my errand and took him home in my car, pondering his transportation problem. Later on, my wife and I discussed Emmanuel’s limited ability to reach extended territory on foot. “Let’s give him our bicycle,” my wife suggested. “It’s not in the best shape but I know he will appreciate it.”

Bright and early in the morning, we carried the bicycle over to their house. Their children came running and greeted my wife and I with big hugs. Emmanuel beamed as he received the bicycle from our hands. “Glory to God,” he breathed. “Glory be to God.”

Emmanuel’s gifts are apparent, and his faithfulness is inspiring. Even through this young man’s life has had challenges, he has received only greater blessings.  


Location
Uganda

Author
James Musinguzi is a retired pastor who is still active in evangelism and church planting.

How You Can Help

Pray for that God will give Emmanuel more witnessing opportunities! 

to Mission Projects International. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters support. Send your check, with “Uganda Churches”or “Uganda Workers”as the memo to: 

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151 
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

 


Conversion of a Persecutor

Conversion of a Persecutor

A Ugandan husband is enraged and perplexed by his wife’s faith.

My stomach churned in anger. “That woman despises me,” I muttered. “She is contrary to our Ankole ways.” In our culture, a woman has no right to her own personal faith – she is expected to adhere to the faith of the husband.

My wife was a very compliant woman in every aspect of life – until she changed her faith without my consent. It happened when I was away on a business trip in Kampala. An enthusiastic Adventist deacon by the name of Aggrey Edinard talked both my wife and my mother into baptism.

“Our family has always evaded Adventists,” my father fumed over the phone to me. “I am going to banish my wife and your wife from the home. I cannot tolerate these arrogant women any longer!”

I rushed home, only to find chaos and disharmony. I ruled against the banishment. I sat with my wife and counseled her to change her mind, but all to no avail. When she dressed up and left the house, I secretly followed her to see if she was visiting the Adventists. Sure enough, she entered an Adventist church! “What kind of bribe have the Adventists given my wife?” I wondered. My heart felt heavy, but also ready to explode with anger.

People stared as I entered the building, fuming and dressed in rags. I reached for my wife and pulled her away, lashing out at her in anger all the way home. My father praised me, planning to “punish” my mother similarly. 

I doubted that my wife would ever return to the Adventist church again. But to my surprise, she returned the following Saturday.

I was enraged. I decided to punish her whenever she went to church, and did so routinely. This continued for six months, but my wife would not be deterred. She neither fought back, nor quarreled with me. She only prayed. 

“What is her secret?” I began to wonder. “Maybe I should go to the Adventist church with her and see.” When I did so, I felt my interest in Adventism grow and secretly began reading my wife’s books. The truth captured my heart, and I decided to be baptized. 

I live happily with my wife now, and I have decided to cling to this truth for as long as life shall last. Together with my mother, we are the only Adventists in the Nkamwesiga family, and are doing our best to take the gospel message to the rest of our relatives. Please pray for us as we strive to carry on God’s mission, surrounded by concrete cultural beliefs that seek to destroy genuine faith.  


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help

Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray that God will keep this couple faithful to the truth and be willing to share it with others! 

Donate
The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

 


Letter from Mike: Uganda – September 2019

“The things of this world are soon to perish. This is not discerned by those who have not been divinely enlightened, who have not kept pace with the work of God. Consecrated men and women must go forth to sound the warning in the highways and the byways. I urge my brethren and sisters not to engage in work that will hinder them from proclaiming the gospel of Christ. You are God’s spokesmen. You are to speak the truth in love to perishing souls. ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled,’ Christ says. . . . With Christ in his heart he is to go forth into the highways and byways of life, giving the invitation to the marriage supper.” Colporteur Ministry, 24.

John Kaganzi, a district pastor in Uganda, is pushing the gospel of the Three Angels’ Messages into Ugandan cities and villages by focusing on evangelism and personal soul-winning. Earlier this year, Pastor John helped start a church in the city of Byabugimbi. Through your donations, he conducted a very fruitful evangelistic series, with hundreds of people coming to hear what the Bible says about end-time events and true Christian living. Many people came to know Jesus as their Savior and Friend. Many were baptized, and a church was raised up.

Soon the church members, including those newly baptized, began to recognize their need to construct a church building. Every Sabbath, the believers worshipped under mango trees or a makeshift tarp tent. To them, this was not a proper way to worship God. At a business meeting, the church members decided to start making bricks to build their new church. They had no idea how they were going to roof the church, but they moved by faith and began to mold bricks with free resources around them. Every Sunday, they worked to raise the walls until they had laid bricks up to the roofline. Then they began praying that God would provide the means to buy the roofing materials. When they saw their prayers answered, the newly baptized members’ faith was strengthened immensely! The congregation in Byabugimbi will begin worshipping in their new church very soon.

Pastor John is now conducting evangelistic meetings in the town of Bwera. A volunteer lay evangelist named Hosea has been doing the groundwork for the past several months. He has started many Bible studies and distributed scores of tracts. He has conducted medical missionary work, given clothing to the poor and fed the suffering. Dozens of people have come to know Jesus through Hosea’s practical ways of helping them. The area is ripe for harvest!

With evangelistic meetings taking place in Uganda once every quarter, thousands are hearing God’s last warning message to them. If you would like to help the work move forward in this poverty-stricken country, please mark your gifts “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches.”

Yours in reaching the highways and byways,


Studying in Secret

Studying in Secret

A husband and wife each study the Bible without the other’s knowledge.

I first heard the Adventist message three years ago when I visited Kampala, but, afraid to be different from my boozing comrades, I ignored it. Then the message followed me to my home village of Bushenyi, when one of my drinking friends—the man who sold me my liquor, in fact—suddenly converted to Christianity. After his baptism, Patrick Kafobeero began visiting my house with the lay evangelist who had been instrumental in his conversion. As they opened the Bible with me, the new truths I learned convicted my heart. I felt Jesus calling me to be baptized, but I was nervous about how my wife might react. A strong-willed woman, she had always spoken negatively of Adventism. I put off baptism, not wanting to risk straining my family ties. 

The convicting voice grew stronger every day until I decided to open up to my wife. I showed her the “Discover” lessons I had been studying, hoping that she would be interested. To my disappointment, she refused to read them. “I know enough about God,” she told me. 

I decided that instead of talking to my wife about the Bible studies again, I would pray for her. I also left the lessons out on the table, available for anyone in my family to read. I hoped that somehow, my wife would get curious enough to look at them.

One afternoon, I made a quick trip home to pick up my mobile phone, which I had forgotten that morning. As I drew the curtain, I saw my wife reading one of the Bible lessons. When she saw me, she struggled to throw the paper down, a look of shock and panic on her face. I pretended not to have seen anything as I went into the house. “God, touch her heart!” I silently prayed. 

Soon the truth came out. Every afternoon, my wife had been reading the Discover lessons, one by one. Then, to keep her studies a secret, she arranged the lessons on the table just the way I had left them. Since I didn’t normally return home until evening, she had thought that I would never know. 

Within a few weeks, my wife no longer wanted to hide her newfound desire for God. To learn more about the Bible, she joined the Branch Sabbath School in Kashanda, Kakanju. Later, she got baptized with our oldest daughter. My heart delighted to see them baptized. My new faith would not be splitting our family, after all! Soon I followed my wife and daughter in baptism, and now our home is Jesus’ throne. 

Patrick Kafobeero’s conversion ignited a gospel fire that is spreading from person to person, family to family and community to community. The Sabbath School fellowship where my family worships now has 25 members plus 30 children. Our group is growing all the time, yet we do not have a permanent place of worship. Land is expensive in our area, but we have a plan to save for the land purchase gradually. Each family brings their coins each week, and we try to save $10 as a church every Sabbath. It will take time, but eventually we will have enough money to buy the land!

Money is tight here. An evangelistic effort we planned for July had to be postponed until October due to insufficient funds. Many people are ready for the message, and we need to bring them into Jesus’ fold through evangelism. Pray that God will open the way for us to continue spreading the gospel message in our area!

Narration told by Kasei and written by Pastor John Kaganzi.


Location 
Uganda 

Author 
Pastor John Kaganzi is a district pastor in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help

Pray Kasei asks for prayers to break free from an addiction he is still struggling with, and that his family would be grounded in the faith.

Pray for the Sabbath School group in Kashanda to be able to raise the money they need for their evangelistic projects and for land to build a church on.

Give to the work in Uganda. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters and church planter support. Send your check marked “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches” to: 

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit missionspro.org/donate.


Cursed

Cursed

A demon possessed man becomes a faithful church attendee.

Witchcraft is a powerful weapon in Africa, and God’s intervention alone can save people who fall victim to demonic enchantments.

When young Emmy’s mother died in 2014, his father decided to remarry. Unfortunately, Emmy’s new stepmother watched him jealously. Emmy was scholastic and clever, and consistently made better grades in school than her own children.

Angry, his stepmother cast powerful demonic spells over Emmy. He did not have God’s protection from evil, and the young man lost his sanity. He became known in the community as a mad man.

When we held a Total Member Involvement evangelistic effort in Buremba this spring, Emmy never missed a meeting. However, he came to disturb us – not to hear the gospel message. He ran up to the front and snatched the microphone from the speaker, demanding food. No one dared to take the microphone away from him. When someone returned with the food Emmy demanded, he peacefully handed the microphone back and the meeting continued. When Emmy wasn’t hungry, he still interrupted the meetings – acting silly and causing laughter to erupt from the audience. 

When the evangelistic meetings concluded, Emmy still followed our footsteps. For two months, he attended our Sabbath worship services. As usual, he disturbed our meetings. 

In May, a baptism was planned. The distance to the river was long, and we didn’t expect Emmy to follow. No one gave Emmy a lift on their motorcycle, but somehow, he made it to the river.

As Pastor Michael stood in the river to baptize, Emmy silently stepped forward. He waded into the water. “I will not allow this pastor to baptize another person before he baptizes me,” he said.

The onlookers standing on the river bank began to shout. “Pastor, baptize him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

What should the pastor do? Baptize a mad man? Emmy had been faithful to attend all the meetings that the other converts had. Maybe he had actually been listening.

The pastor decided to baptize him. The pastor and church elders surrounded Emmy, laying their hands on him in prayer. It was then that God broke the curse. Emmy’s madness left him.

He became the most sober and humble man in town, always arriving on time for worship each Sabbath. All who knew about his past life looked at him in astonishment.

“The God of the Sabbath healed me,” Emmy always replied. “I am now a free man in the mighty name of Jesus.”

Emmy needs a sponsor to help him return to school and further his education. He would like to became a pastor, and we see great potential in him. Also, the greatest need for the work in Buremba is to see an Adventist church built in town. Until this happens, the congregation will worship under a tent. Please pray for this community, as there are many more like Emmy who are held captive by the devil’s curses. 


Location
Uganda

Author
James Musinguzi is a retired pastor who is still active in evangelism and church planting.

Pray for Emmy that he will continue to grow in Christ and that he will be able to finish his education.

Give. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters support. Send your check, with “Uganda Churches”or “Uganda Workers”as the memo to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99166

To donate online, visit www.missionspro.org/donate.


A Mobile Sabbath School

A Mobile Sabbath School

A man with a testimony feels burdened for his people.

I was lost in a world of religious skepticism. Tossed in an ocean of cultist teachings, by God’s grace, I escaped by learning Bible truth.

I realized that a new life in Christ requires a whole new lifestyle. I had dealt in the alcohol selling business for many years, and I knew this must change. God had called me to the soul winning business instead. I had many wives, and they grew furious when I realized that polygamy was not in God’s plan.

Since my conversion, my mind has been troubled with concern for others lost in the world as I once was. “Give me a way to reach out to these people,” I prayed.

When I looked at my future, it was with mixed feelings. It was a pleasure to know Jesus in my advanced age, but my heart grieved that I did not turn to him in my younger years when my body was strong. “Nevertheless,” I reasoned, “I will do all I can to share the good news of salvation in the villages around me.”

I teamed up with local church members and decided to convert our Sabbath school program into a weekly mobile outreach effort. Between multiple families in various villages, the responsibilities were shared. A different family hosted each week and prepared a shelter of tarps where people could meet in the shade. Non-Adventist friends were invited, and seats were improvised. With our interesting evangelism strategy, our Sabbath school class grew from 17 to 40 members.

Not all who heard of our efforts appreciated them. As we planned for an evangelistic series, we were met with mockery and destain. We were referred to as “ebijengyerezi,” a word in our mother dialect which means “baseless and brainless fanatics of faith.” Because of this name calling, some people refused to hear anything we said. We had no other alternative than to pray.

In each location where the meetings are held today, more people express interest in Bible studies. We currently have 23 new people who are actively worshiping with us and waiting to be baptized. The community is warming up to the truth of God’s word, and we plan to continue this outreach until every soul has an opportunity to hear the gospel.

Before I go to my rest, I desire to see a church building in my area. At this point, we are worshiping under tarps for shelter. It is not easy to acquire land here, where incomes are very low. I would like to donate a portion of my land for the church building, but I have many family members who don’t profess my faith. They have control over the property as well, and will not consent to my idea.

God will hear and respond to our pleas for help amidst trials. We will continue to serve Him with all of our hearts, minds and strength.


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi
is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help
Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray for this new church as it seeks to find land to build their new church!

Donate
The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:

www.missionspro.org/donate


Letter from Mike: Uganda – April 2019

As an important part of his lifework, God instructed the prophet Samuel to establish schools of the prophets. These schools were to instill in the minds of the youth a knowledge of God and His Law, which would serve as a barricade against the prevailing errors of the day. Through the study of the Scriptures, the youth would develop a moral and spiritual foundation that would keep them from being swept away in the deep apostasy of Israel. The prophet Samuel invested his time in the future wellbeing of the nation by training the youth to be future leaders. “The chief subjects of study in these schools were the law of God, with the instructions given to Moses, sacred history, sacred music, and poetry. . . . In those schools of the olden time, it was the grand object of all study to learn the will of God, and man’s duty toward Him. In the records of sacred history were traced the footsteps of Jehovah. The great truths set forth by the types were brought to view, and faith grasped the central object of all that system,—the Lamb of God that was to take away the sin of the world. . . . Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to that which is pure, noble, and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God. What a contrast between the ancient custom and the uses to which music is now too often devoted! How many employ this gift to exalt self, instead of using it to glorify God! A love for music leads the unwary to unite with world-lovers in pleasure-gatherings where God has forbidden his children to go.” Christian Education, 62.

What a blessing schools can be when faithful teachers educate their students in the knowledge of the Scriptures. In a rural area in Ruhandagazi, Uganda, Pastor John Kagzanzi, a faithful district leader, was invited to conduct a crusade for non-Seventh-day Adventist youth at a school in Katerera. Many of the students did not want to be at the school—among them a young lady named Nalinda, who had been sent to Katerera by her father. When she saw the dusty classrooms filled with buzzing mosquitoes, and the aging dormitory where she would sleep, her heart sank, and tears rolled down her face. Just then she heard music like nothing she had ever heard before, with many beautiful voices blending in wonderful harmony. Curious who these delightful sounds were coming from, Nalinda made her way to the chapel where Pastor John would be preaching. Raised in the Anglican Church, Nalinda had never seen so many happy, smiling young people singing praises to the Lord. Each night as she attended Pastor John’s series themed “Let the Bible Speak,” Nalinda’s love for Jesus grew. Now tears of joy rolled down her face. She heard for the first time the teaching about the Sabbath and the second coming of Jesus. After weeks of meetings, Pastor John invited the youth to come forward and prepare for baptism. Nalinda was the first to step forward and take a stand for the Lord. She is now witnessing to her family about her newfound love for God. Pray for Nalinda and the other students who gave their hearts to Christ in the Katerera school. If you would like to support Pastor John’s work in Uganda, mark your donations “Uganda Evangelism.”

Yours in education for eternity!