By: Ismael Kasooha
President Yoweri Museveni has asked the clergy to continue being agents of positive change in society so as to transform them both economically and spiritually.
This was contained in a message presented by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja who represented the President at the consecration of Rev. Julius Peter Eyit the new Bishop of Northern Uganda under Elim Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Uganda Church.
Gen. Museveni noted that “to fulfill the work of God, the clergy must mobilize communities and make them active Participants in programs that help them solve common problems that affect their wellbeing.”
Museveni congratulated Eyit upon his attainment of such a big calling to serve the people of God.
“I take this opportunity to heartily congratulate Rev. Julius Peter Eyit upon this great milestone! We are gathered here for this important event to see a man of God take on an office of spiritual importance. This is a great day for the Elim Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Uganda and the entire nation to celebrate this occasion of consecration and enthronement,” the statement read in part.
The president was optimistic that this marks the beginning of a new chapter in the church that will bring increased prosperity and socio-economic transformation in this area.
He thanked Bishop Dr. Tom Ebraim Okello for inviting the state to celebrate with them this occasion – which is a demonstration of the cordial working relationship that exists between Elim Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship and the State.
“I extend a very warm welcome message to all our visitors who have come from different denominations and other parts of the world,” said Museveni.
Museveni thanked all church leaders for faithfully taking up the noble vocation that has touched and caused transformation in the lives of many people through church programmes over the years.
“It is most commendable that the church is reaching out to the people beyond the pulpit, to enhance their participation in community development,” he said.
The president said that the consecration of Rev. Julius Peter Eyit is, indeed, a statement and testimony of his unfailing devotion and faithfulness to the church, his remarkable spiritual strength and work ethic.
The president implored Eyit to give himself in selfless service, utilize his vast experience and as God has chosen him, His grace shall guide him and sustain his endeavours and service as he works for Him.
“As you are being consecrated a Bishop today, remember that the challenges of leadership as a religious leader will require your resolute leaning on God for guidance and strength, but you must draw on the potentials that he bestowed on you to perform your duties. The church will require wise counsel and guidance from you, preach the gospel of love and unity and through this, God will shape the lives of individuals and families through you as you discharge your duties,” the statement read in part.
The president recognized the role of the church in shaping the morals of society.
Bishop Julius Peter Eyit standing beside the vehicle donated by H.E. the President
He said that religious institutions have supplemented government efforts in raising people’s living standards by providing literacy and skills through religions founded schools, vocational institutions and universities; and promotion of good health through church founded hospitals and clinics. And direct employment has been created through church founded projects.
“Our young people should be taught the important values of honesty, human dignity, Godliness, anti-corruption, anti- sectarianism, unity, gender respect and hard work. These virtues, commended by the bible will ensure a good future for our children. We have a duty to raise a generation who are focused and have vision for this country. Dissidents who are after their own selfish interests are confusing many of our young people who do not know the history of our country. I am glad that many youths have shown the spirit of development and shunned politicking, and I would urge them to continue,” he said.
Nabbanja handed over a brand new Pajero sport vehicle to the new Bishop as a gift from the President at a function that was held in Lira city on Friday. It was attended among others by the Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng, area MPs and bishops from different religions.
Elim Fellowship Church has over 1,100 churches in Uganda with more than 220,000 Christians all over the country and it’s headquarters is located in Komamboga Kampala. END