Hello, how are you?
I am Paul Naguyo. I am a pastor serving in Iganga town. Iganga is about 75 miles east of the capital of Uganda.
In general, our churches here in Uganda are spiritually stunted because, frankly, you can’t teach what you don’t have. Many of our pastors here do not even have a Bible, and even more don’t know it well.
They have a passion to serve, but lack basic Bible education and study aides. AMG is meeting these needs by hosting training that takes place regularly in multiple capacities including four-day training conferences, two-week Bible training workshops, and seminary training not just in Africa, but also in Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.
Not only have these trainings been life-changing for pastors as individuals, these training conferences have been a bridge that has connected the many denominations we have here in Uganda over the last ten years. There has been a promotion of unity in diversity in our ministry efforts. The trainings in these conferences have equipped pastors with skills and knowledge that is helping their ministries grow. As a result, there is a spirit of unity amongst the pastors to represent His church without blemish or wrinkles.
Through these conferences, some church leaders have come to know that the church belongs to Jesus and not to individuals or personalities. Many have erroneously called their congregations “my church or so and so’s church”. According to Mathew 16:18, Jesus promised to build His church, and pastors would have a role in that mission to serve His church.
For the past nine years I have been able to participate in the AMG pastor training conferences. I have greatly benefited from the teachings and trainings, especially in how to study God’s Word. I have learned that a good pastor is one who teaches the Bible in his preaching, not preaching entirely on what one thinks the Bible says. My personal life is now reflecting Ezra. 7:10 as I have committed myself to studying the Bible, implementing what I have studied, and then teaching it to my people. The Lord has used what I’ve learned to grow the church I shepherd, and we are still growing.
These trainings have changed my life by turning me into a full-time, life-long student of the Word. They have also helped to develop a culture of life-long learning among the pastors in training as we continue ministering to our people. There has been a change in spiritual transformation as pastors are given the opportunity to repent and renew their faith for a new start.
We cannot thank you enough for your support. Your faithful partnership with AMG is transforming the spiritual community here in Uganda.