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CMM Outreach Crusade to Butaleja – Finishing 2013 Preaching God’s Word

This is the report regarding the Butaleja year-end Mega mission.

The whole CMM team of nine people went together with other members from local churches but mostly from the Searchlight of God Church in Kampala. We were all together a team of about 42 people.

We all stayed in one three bedroom house, sharing one bathroom and toilet. The team does all the cooking for ourselves, fetching water, keeping house and place clean, on top of the mission programs during the four days 27th Dec-1st Jan 2014. It was all fun.

The CMM Butelaja Outreach Team and supporting people from Searchlight of God and other local churches.

The CMM Butelaja Outreach Team and supporting people from Searchlight of God and other local churches.

Our goal was to minister to the Butaleja church and community, but also to provide an opportunity (create a platform) for individuals from local churches to participate and test out being a missionary.

Activities involved include:

  1. Open air Gospel meetings every afternoon.
  2. Visiting prisons.
  3. Visiting hospitals or the sick.
  4. Ministering to community children.
  5. Running leadership seminars for church leaders.
  6. Praying with the Butalejja community into the New Year’s Eve.
  7. Giving out some clothing to the needy.
  8. Showing the Jesus’s film and other films.
  9. Playing soccer and netball with the community.
  10. Visiting and encouraging some local churches.
  11. Baptizing those who give their lives to Jesus.
  12. Praying for and counseling individuals who come to crusades.

All the mentioned activities went on well, and were very successful.

This time, we also did open up a brand new church under the name of “Christian Model Fellowship Butaleja”. One school provided a big hall as they saw this church as an answer to persevering prayer. The chairman, and the board of directors of that school mentioned that church needs to be at the very centre of their school programs and all Christian children in that school plus other members will be part of the fellowship. This was a huge blessing from God!

Speaking to the gathered crowd in Butaleja.

Speaking to the gathered crowd in Butaleja.

During these four days in Butaleja, more than 130 people gave their lives to Christ. The team prayed and counseled many individuals who came with different prayer items. We baptized 27 people. We visited 5 different churches to encourage and followup on those who have been converted during previous crusades to Buteleja.

We baptized new believers in a local river in Butaleja.

We baptized new believers in a local river in Butaleja.

The inmates in the prison were so excited receiving us. They lead in praise and worship and one of us shared the Word of God. Others shared some testimonies then afterwards, and we share some “snarks” – sodas and chapatis. One Muslim inmate gave his life to Christ. We also prayed and counseled one to one with each of the inmates.

Ministry at a prison in Butaleja.

Ministry at a prison in Butaleja.

Soccer and Netball – it was the CMM team verses the Butaleja community team and in both games, the CMM team lost to the community team !!! Our goal here is to mix with the community for fun and socializing.

Soccer in Butaleja.

Soccer in Butaleja.

We had a leadership seminar, and the highlight on this was that we CMM had invited friends of mine, missionary from the UK David Banks. His emphasis in ministry in Uganda is Discipleship training. David had written a very good discipleship manual. Very simplified with with excellent Discipleship content. On that occasion, more than seventy Discipleship books were distributed freely to each (One book per church). The church leaders were so much encouraged.

Teaching God's word and Biblical principals to leaders.

Teaching God’s word and Biblical principals to leaders.

The New Years event was also an exciting and encouraging event. Many gave their lives to Christ that evening, many many people turned up for the overnight prayers that were led by the CMM team throughout the whole night. Some people traveled on foot a very far distance to come and attend. Places like bars and other disco places in town had to close as the majority of the community people preferred prayers and cerebrating with us on the Butaleja community outreach.

Ministering to the children in Butaleja.

Ministering to the children in Butaleja.

The whole team left on the 1st Jan 2014 to return home with a lot of excitement and gratefulness to the Lord Jesus Christ for what has happened in the four days we stayed in Butaleja.

We would like to thank everyone that stood with us in prayers and finances.

May the Lord richly bless you much more.

God Bless;

Dan Muwanguzi

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Ugandan Children Go To Elementary School

Besides its focus on providing Biblical Education to remote pastors and Christians in Uganda, Christian Model Ministries is very activity in supporting children and paying for their schooling and other fees.

Two recent children, funded through efforts in Victoria BC, more specifically the Oak Bay Markets and Fall Fair fundraiser, are now enrolled and receiving primary schooling.

Nanyange Cissy is 9 years old, and parented by a single mother who works as a house maid. Cissy, along with Wilson, are now enrolled in school in Uganda. Cissy likes netball and skipping rope, and her favourite food is rice and meat.

Kimera Wilson is 10 years old, and is being taken care of by his aunt, as he lost both his mother and father to AIDs. His Aunt does not have a job, and helps her relatives from time to time.

Both children are very thrilled to be enrolled in Sam Iga Primary School in Uganda.

Richard Byamugisha, a CMM Team member and a school teacher at Sam Iga Primary School, sits with Kimera Wilson (boy on left side of picture) and Nanyange Cissy (girl on right side of picture).

Richard Byamugisha, a CMM Team member and a school teacher at Sam Iga Primary School, sits with Kimera Wilson (boy on left side of picture) and Nanyange Cissy (girl on right side of picture).

Richard Byamgisha, pictured above, is a CMM team member, a school teacher, and helps lead CMM’s support and care for children in Uganda.

Nanyange Cissy, a 9 year old girl, now attending Sam Iga Primary School.

Nanyange Cissy, a 9 year old girl, now attending Sam Iga Primary School.

There is a very big need in Uganda for schooling for the children, many in extreme poverty and many orphans.

The CMM staff is very grateful for the sponsorship of these children and other children under CMM’s care. It is very important for these children to get a proper education.

God bless you. Thank you for your interest, prayers, and support.

Cordially,
James DeGreef (blog poster)
One of Dan’s Canadian Friends

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The Significance of Biblical Studies in Uganda

The percentage of Christianity in Uganda compared to other religions is 84%. Islam is 12% and the others are 4%. When we go with statistics, then Uganda would close to look like heaven !! with such large number of Christians. But Uganda is not heaven. This points to the crucial need to strengthen the foundations of the Church in Uganda and Africa at large with a stronger Biblical foundation. Even more so, given the fact that the Church has a key role to play in a society and nation at large. Whatever happens in a society may also reflect the strength or weakness of the Church.

A good number of our church leaders (ministers) have had no formal or Biblical training at all. They will only teach their favorite Bible passages repeatedly throughout the year, or listen to a preacher on the TV and try to copy their messages and style of preaching.

But we also have church ministers who cannot speak the English language so they can never join say 97% of our few Bible colleges in Uganda. Some ministers have large families, full-time work above their ministry duties, and otherwise cannot move away from their churches to attend a full-time Bible training course. Also, good Bible training and going to a Bible College is just well beyond most Ugandan ministers’ financial means.

Our answer to this is our training program called the C-TBS (Church based Training in Biblical Studies) has been designed to help all Ugandan Church leaders as described above. C-TBS is a Mobile Bible training course. We teach principles in Bible study based on the “Inductive Approach”.

We take the training to the community and invite as many church ministers from different churches to come and attend the course. We do this on a voluntarily basis. This means that we transport the teachers to the location where the students are.

The Bible has a big role to play in our Society / Nation today. It contains the principles that if taught and applied will bring a change, a transformation, and blessing within the nation of Uganda and more broadly Africa.

We therefor call upon all our friends to join us in this venture, an opportunity to serve God by strengthening the foundations of the Church through Biblical studies.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.

Sincerely,

Muwanguzi Dan.
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Butaleja Dental Mission – July 2013

This is a brief report on the July Butaleja CMM mission.
The theme of our mission was “Dental Outreach” with the intention to use this approach to communicate God’s love to people in Butaleja and areas nearby.
The activities involved – treating and pulling out bad teeth, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ verbally, counseling and praying with individuals, ministering to school and community children, and visiting prisons. The team also gave some items like Colgate, toothbrushes, and clothes to everyone who came for the treatment. In the prisons, the team purchased some food and “sodas” for the prisoners and their warders. Shared the Gospel and also encouraged those who were already born again.
CMM workers at the Butaleja dental outreach.

Dental workers who help with the CMM Butaleja dental outreach.

With the Dental outreach, 322 people were treated in three days. And more than eighty people gave their lives to Jesus Christ. To our surprise, we did not have to speak so many words to convince people to accept Jesus as Lord, they just came to us asking for prayers to “get saved” as a result of what they had witnessed.
Some people confessed to having tooth problems (pains) for more than two years but could not afford to pay for the treatment of getting the bad teeth pulled out. Some confessed this in tears, but tears of joy!!
This is the power of the “Two handed Gospel” that CMM is using this as a model to the churches – doing open air meetings complimented with good works.
The dental ministry in Butaleja.

The dental ministry in Butaleja.

The team visited a few local churches which they had visited at the first Butaleja outreach over New Years 2012.
The children’s ministries have always been fun and very fruitful. Many kids turned up and spent almost a whole day at the grounds where we did the dental outreaches.
The CMM team sends greetings and appreciation to all our prayer partners.
On behalf of Dan, thank you for your interest, prayers, and support.

Cordially,
James DeGreef
One of Dan’s Canadian Friends

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Douglas – One of CMM’s Sponsored Children

Douglas is a Ugandan boy, age 9, who is blind. Dan Muwanguzi met Douglas at one of the churches that Dan speaks at from time to time, and Douglas was attending the Sunday school. Douglas was cheerful and engaging with Dan, and Dan’s heart went out to Douglas and his situation.

Dan caring his friend Douglas, a blind child disowned by his father and uneducated.

Dan caring his friend Douglas, a blind child disowned by his father and uneducated.

Douglas father abandoned Douglas because he was blind, and his mother is very poor. As such, Douglas was not getting schooling and growing up blind and uneducated is not good, especially in Uganda.

Through Christian Model Ministries and their sponsors, recently Dan was able to place Douglas into Salaama School for the Blind 2 months ago.

Salaama School for the Blind's mission statement.

Salaama School for the Blind’s mission statement.

Recently, Joshua Bumba, a team member of Christian Model Ministries, who co-leads their child schooling program, was able to visit Douglas at Salaama and visit with Douglas’ mother.

The reports we received from Douglas’ teachers were very encouraging. He is only 9 years and has never been away from his mother and relatives. This school “Salaama School of the Blind” is 3 hours journey on private transport from Douglas home. The most exciting thing was to know that Douglas has been among the best students in his class!

Douglas on the right with his blind friends at his new school in Uganda.

Douglas on the right with his blind friends at his new school in Uganda.

The teachers say that he has caught up with school life very first, he loves and mixes very well with his school mates, always happy and smiling. We at CMM are so grateful to God for Douglas.

Two of his relatives including his mother have now excepted the Lord as a result of seeing Douglas miraculously joining the school, this was like a dream to Douglas’ Mom and other relatives given the cost of taking such a blind boy to Salaama.

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CMM Mid Year 2013 Update

Dan Muwanguzi and his CMM team have been very busy so far in 2013.
Here is their mid year update:
  1. The CMM team was in Butaleja when the year started. And we had a very successful/ fruitful Mega mission (Crusade). We witnessed more than 170  people give their lives to the Lord. We prayed with many people. Baptized some of the new believers, ministered and gave gifts to kids, visited and gave gifts to those in prison and hospitals. Taught Pastors and church leaders in a seminar..
  2. CMM has set up the new head office. Set up an accounts team, holding prayers and discussion meetings once a week.
  3. The C-TBS – Bible training class to remote pastors in Uganda – has been running since March and will go on until the end of October. We have received very positive and encouraging feedback from the students. Many say that they did not know how little they new their Bibles before they came to this course.
  4. Since April, we have had CMM team members visit hospitals and prisons twice a week. Many people have given their lives to Christ, and many sick have received prayers and encouragement. And to some we have given practical help like food, helping wash cloth for the helpless sick people. The local police nearby our home area are so proud of CMM visitations and they have appreciated our input to the prisoners having noticed changes into those that give their lives to Christ.
  5. CMM has continued to pay school fees and provide some scholastic materials to school kids in Karamoja, Kabong, and Gulu areas. Also sharing the Gospel in those areas, and helping treat Jiggers etc in Karamoja and giving out clothes to needy people.
  6. Douglas (a blind young man) whom CMM has now taken to the Blind school. Douglas’ testimony has touched not only his relatives but also some community members who had seen him very helpless in the past, having been denied by his Dad. His mother, without a job, was also helpless. Now Douglas has joined one of the most recommended blinds school in Uganda. Him, his mother, and other relatives are excited and so thankful for such provision to such a boy.
  7. CMM has done one major school crusade (outreach) where over forty secondary school pupils gave their lives to Christ.
  8. Visited and encouraged two “Scripture unions” in two secondary schools.
  9. Dan has taught two YWAM DTSes twice for a week during each visit (YWAM Soroti and YWAM Arua).
  10. Today, The CMM team is leaving for a Dental/ Followup mission in Butaleja. We will be treating  pulling out bad tooth, as a means to share Gods love with the community. Again we will visit some of the churches we visited previously as a means to followup on those that gave their lives to Christ and to encourage the churches. We will send teams to prisons, hospitals and school. Minister to children and distribute gifts (Mostly cloth) that we have gathered for some time.
  11. Since this year started, we have registered over 470 people that have given their lives to Christ though our missions. And we are so grateful to the Lord fo all that he has done and what he continues to do.
Dan teaching a YWAM class in Arua, in Northern Uganda near the DRC and South Sudan borders.

Dan teaching a YWAM class in Arua, in Northern Uganda near the DRC and South Sudan borders.

Further, remaining items for Christian Model Ministries to accomplish this year include:
  1. Restart the Hair dressing classes in August.
  2. Continue with the weekly visits in hospitals and prisons.
  3. Continue running the C-TBS Bible class up to  end of October 2013.
  4. We have planned an  evangelistic  crusade for the whole school in one of the secondary schools that we usually visit
  5. A team will be visiting Karamoja / Northern Uganda late August, to check on the CMM sponsored children, their status and schooling, and check-in with their teachers, and parents if the children aren’t orphans.
  6. We will be providing the third term school fees, scholastic materials, and take some gifts and supplies to the people of Northern Uganda whose conditions are still very difficult and impoverished.
  7. Dan will be visiting Australia later this year giving the update on the C-TBS program. Supporters in Australia have been key to supporting Dan and helping get the C-TBS program off the ground. Dan will be formally introducing them to Christian Model Ministries at this time.
The CMM team sends greetings and appreciation to all our prayer partners.
Thank you for your interest, prayers, and support.

Cordially,
James DeGreef (blog poster)
One of Dan’s Canadian Friends

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Caring for and Educating Children and Orphans in Uganda

Uganda has a population of over 34 Million people, and half of those are children under 14 years. Over 2 million of these children are orphans, and many more stay with their jobless parents, grandparents, or single mothers.
But also in Uganda, we also have situations where both parents are alive but cannot afford to educate their children, some are born in polygamous and very large families where by the parents income cannot meet the children’s basic needs.
Some children in Christian Model Ministries school fees and care programme.

Some children in Christian Model Ministries school fees and care programme.

CMM cares for children and helps pay for their school fees in Northern Uganda, Gullu, Karamojja, and some in the central region. We now have 48 children in remote regions of Uganda where we are helping with their school fees. As a model, each CMM member takes on one child to to support. And during the recent years, other local Christian members have been voluntarily joining by supporting a child with school fees.
More children under CMM's care and provision for education. These children are generally from Northern Uganda.

More children under CMM’s care and provision for education. These children are generally from Northern Uganda.

In Uganda, when parents die, their children are too great a burden for extended family to carry. Relatives already struggle to provide for their own. As a result, the children are farmed out to different family members in diverse locations. Therefore, an orphaned child loses not only his parents, but often his siblings as well. Some are treated poorly by resentful relatives. Others try to survive on the streets. In all respects, they are outcasts.
God is the father to the fatherless – Psalms 68:5. The application of such a scripture is “The body of Christ is the father to the fatherless”. CMM has taken on parenting and educating children as one of the pillars in discipling the nation of Uganda and East Africa.
Mr Byamugisha Helps Treat Jiggers
CMM has a call and interest to minister to children. Children ministry and outreach is one of our core focuses, and we visit and share the Gospel in primary and secondary schools, teaching in children Sunday Schools. Collect some cloth and other basic needs that we usually supply to kids in need. CMM leaders, like Mr Byamugisha and Miss Kalembe travel to northern and rural parts of Uganda, checking on children under CMM’s care and helping out as able.
Miss Kalembe Racheal
CMM has the vision to provide a home, education, parenting, and all other basic physical and spiritual needs for orphans and impoverished children in Uganda. If the Lord allows and the provisions come in, this programme will start early next year.
We here by call on all our friends, prayer partners and supporters to stand with us in this Godly venture which has been on our hearts for some time now.
And we are very grateful to the Lord who has brought our mission this far. We thank all our prayer partners for standing with us. The support that you give to us is very helpful.
May the Lord keep you well and bless you much more. Now and Always.
Best regards,
Dan Muwanguzi
Director of Christian Model Ministries
Kampala, Uganda
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Dan Muwanguzi’s Teaching the Bible in Mukono

Update on the Church Based Training in Biblical Studies (C-TBS) – in Mukono DC Church

We do have a very impressive class of 19 people all together. This includes the senior Pastor of that Church and key leaders of different ministries. They come from 3 different churches but mostly from Mukono DC.

This church is involved in many different types of Ministries and outreaches in the Mukono community and the nearby areas. The church is so much committed to studying the word and prayer. Deliverance church is one of the Churches in Uganda that has for a long time maintained a very good reputation, building their ministry on team work, Godliness and with a strong emphasis on the “Word of God”.

The Church Based Training Bible School in Mukono.

The Church Based Training Bible School in Mukono.

Our role as C-TBS is to be part of what the Lord is doing in Mukono and the nearby areas as we influence those key ministry leaders through the Bible training course.

We do have a very good and enthusiastic bunch of participants. They are faster in learning the Bible study principles.

We are also learning a lot from them as we conduct this course.

We are also learning a lot from the students as we conduct this course.

The Pastor, “FRED SSALI” has been so supportive and has encouraged us a lot with his praises for this course.We thank the Lord that he has given us the leaders in his church to be in our class this year and we look forward to more excitement, learning and hearing from the Lord as we continue.

Since we started, Andrew Kiwanuka and my self have been the main facilitators, Andrew is the Director for the SBS in YWAM Uganda and we always work together in both programs. The assistant Pastor Peter Sekatawa is a former SBS Student. He was one of our students some time back, now he is the assistant pastor in the DC church and an overseer of other sister churches. Peter is a very good Bible teacher and he is part of our current teaching team in this school.

Teaching one evening to the church.

Teaching one evening to the church.

We are so grateful to the Lord for the prayers, encouragement and financial help that enables us to keep this and other Christian Model Ministry programs running smoothly.

PS -> Here's a picture of Princess. She's growing really fast.

PS -> Here’s a picture of Princess. She’s growing really fast.

God Bless you, Dan Muwanguzi

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One of Dan’s Canadian Friends

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Dan Muwanguzi’s Teaching at YWAM Soroti

From Dan Muwanguzi to this website’s readers,

I hope that you have a good, blessed, and relaxed Easter.

I was invited to lecture at YWAM Soroti, Eastern Uganda, where I was the “Base Coordinator” in the year 1997. I taught for a week on the Subject of Rejection, Acceptance, and the Cross. Since I left YWAM, this has been the subject I get invited to teach in the Discipleship Training School (DTS) and it has always been good to see the hand of God moving in the classes I teach on this topic.

Discipleship Training School class with Dan Muwanguzi

Discipleship Training School class with Dan Muwanguzi

This time, having been away from the YWAM base for a long time turned the trip into an adventure. First of all, the journey from Kampala to Soroti had to take 10 hours, which is twice as much as it used to. This time one of the roads we took was very dusty and bumpy and twice, i had to sit for over an hour to wait for the bus to fill up before we got going. I finally got to Soroti YWAM Base with a lot of dust picked along the long drive but with a lot of excitement to be back to “My base” and to be part of what the Lord is doing in the present DTS.

DTS Teaching Classroom at YWAM

DTS Teaching Classroom at YWAM

The teaching went on very well.

REJECTION -> many of us in Africa have gone through lots of “Rejection” experiences in the past.

I grew up in a very poor family and having dropped out school in year nine brought lots of problems to me that I almost considered death as an option. The Lord had to teach me a lot to get out of the past and pursue the future in Christ.

Each student had a testimony to give, There was healing, forgiving and receiving forgiveness, to parents, teachers, authority figures etc and it was an encouraging week.

God Bless you, Dan Muwanguzi

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Church-Based Training in Biblical Studies (C-TBS) in Mukono Uganda March 9th

Greetings Friends,

On a recent Skype call I had to Uganda, Dan walked me through his plans to kick-off their Church-based Training in Biblical Studies (C-TBS) for 2013. This Bible Training fulfills a big need in many Ugandan and East African churches, as often pastors have limited Bible training yet are leading large congregations in remote regions.

Dan has been teaching the Bible for over 20 years, and this ministry is the central focus of the work Christian Model Ministries does. Every year, Dan and his team pray and pick a new rural location in Uganda, and in 2013 they will providing 8 months of Bible training to ministers and other Christians in the city of Mukono Uganda.

Mukono is a rural area in Central Uganda, roughly 2 hours travel from Kampala.

Mukono is a rural area in Central Uganda, roughly 2 hours travel from Kampala.

The CMM Team is currently preparing for C-TBS orientation with the students, doing enrollment admin work, syllabus review, much prayer, and the purchase of certain things like Bibles. Dan will lead the first 3 weeks of the Bible training, using the inductive method, and the teaching sessions will be held at Deliverance Church in Mukono.

Other C-TBS teachers include Edward and Godfrey (leaders at CMM), as well as colleagues and theologians from other Ugandan churches and YWAM.

C-TBS does lectures once or twice a week, every Saturdays from 9 to 1pm, and sometimes Thursday evenings doing questions, answers, and support. Students have assignments focused on a particular book in the Bible, and hand in assignments weekly on Saturday mornings. Dan reviews and comments on all assignments.

Dan and Edward at Deliverance Church in Mukono preaching and sharing about the C-TBS program launching there March 9th.

Dan and an interpreter at Deliverance Church in Mukono sharing about CMM’s C-TBS program launching soon.

Close up of them speaking and sharing at Deliverance Church.

Close up of them speaking and sharing at Deliverance Church.

The students are mostly pastors and Christians who have full-time jobs, families to support, and so it is a real blessing to get affordable high quality inductive Bible training brought to their cities and villages. These students can not afford the money and time cost to leave their work and families to get Bible training at a Bible College or Seminary. Students commit to 1.5 hours every day of Bible study and course work.

I asked Dan “Why Mukono?”

Dan said “It is one of the cities in Uganda which is growing very fast. It has many bad things happening within the community and the Mukono church needs much support.”

Cordially,
James DeGreef
One of Dan’s Canadian Friends

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