The 5th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya His Grace, Most Rev. Dr Eliud Wamukeke Wabukala has implored Ugandans to guard the Christian revival in East Africa.
Wabukala said this Sunday while officially opening the newly constructed All Saints Church in Mbarara, a multi-billion complex located the Mbarara-Bushenyi Road.
The Bishop thanked the Christians at All Saints church Mbarara for putting up a magnificent church.
“This is a great achievement, it stands a testimony of Christian faith and we will continue with this testimony throughout the world. And I want to implore you to guard the Christian revival in East Africa,” said Bishop Wabukala.
He said that putting up a church is a manifestation of God’s name dwelling in a particular place.
Wabukala however, challenged Christians that constructing a God’s temple is not enough unless they dwell in Jesus Christ if the building is to have value.
“Today in the world, some people lose hope and others commit suicide, why should that happen? Let’s love each other deeply like the way Peter commands us to love each other”.
He warned Christians to desist from church politics and concentrating on supporting the church.
The Ankole diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Sheldon Mwesigwa described All Saints church in Mbarara as the biggest Anglican Church in East Africa.
The Shs 5bn complex with an underground floor, middle and a gallery has a sitting capacity of 7,200 people. An additional Shs 1bn is needed to complete the remaining works which include furnishing.
According to Ven. Rev. Canon Nathan Bobs Mwesigye, the idea of constructing the new church was conceived in 2008 but the actual construction began in 2010.
Mwesigye said President Yoweri Museveni contributed Shs 430m towards the roofing of the church while the rest of the funding came from worshippers who pray from the church.
“We are proud and associate with this achievement because this church is not even the big cathedral but it’s one of the examples of highest level of commitment of a small group of Christians in Mbarara to put up such a big sanctuary bigger than any other dioceses,” explained Mwesigye.
At the ceremony to open the sanctuary, President Museveni was represented by Minister for General Duties Canon Mary Karoro Okurut, who credited the Christians in Mbarara for completing the construction of a magnificent church in Mbarara.
“It is my pleasure to join the people of Mbarara to celebrate this wonderful blessing of completing the construction of God’s house and His sanctuary. And I want to thank you for the integrity you have exhibited in building this temple of God,” she said.
“It is not only the spiritual mentors of the nation but also the socio-economic contribution to the development of Uganda and humanity in general.” read part of the president’s speech
The President contributed Shs 10m towards the thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the completion of the construction works.
Some of the people that attended the function included Minister Bright Rwamirama, MPs Michael Tusiime and Rosette Kajungu, Lt Col Edith Nakalema, RDC, Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, Bishops, Reverends and the Christians.