Uganda: Baptist Ministers Line up for Re-Baptism
The Uganda Radio broadcast has unexpectedly opened another door, and is reaching hungry souls from a denomination previously unreached by the revival traversing the country. We can truly say:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:7
Broadcasting on the radio is very much like the parable of the sower. (Matthew 13:3-8) The seed of the Word falls on different types of ground, but you know some will find good soil.
In July, Brother Stephen Ibale was contacted by someone representing a group of “Independent Baptist Churches.” This turned out to be a group of about 100 ministers. These ministers, unsatisfied with what their denomination was offering them, had separated from the denominational system, and were fellowshipping together. Then the wind of the Spirit carried a seed their way. Someone in the group discovered the Radio Broadcast, and the group began to listen to the Word being proclaimed. They listened for some time without making contact. Soon, truth became inspired to their hearts, and they knew they must respond. They contacted Brother Stephen asking for some direct instruction in this Message they were hearing about.
On July 21 Brother Stephen Ibale and Brother Benon Arinaitwe travelled to preach to these Spiritually hungry ministers. True Christian Baptism, the Godhead, Serpent’s Seed and other truths that have been restored in our day were ministered to them. Hearing such words of life, they were inspired to dig deeper. Following those meetings, about 30 of them travelled to participate in ministers meetings with other established Message Ministers. Their desire to walk in the light was growing, and baptisms were soon to follow.
In the second week of August, a meeting for the same group was held in Brother Ibale’s church in Jinja. There five were immersed in the baptismal tank in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many more desired baptism, but wanted to be immersed in “flowing” water. Two days later they gathered again in their own area, and 20 more were baptized. The “flowing” water more resembled a swamp, and Brother Ibale commented that if his wife had been there, she would surely have resisted allowing him into the water. Such were the conditions, but even John the Baptist ministered in the “muddy Jordan.” You cannot fault these zealous Baptists for their desire to be baptized exactly according to the Word as they understand it. The move of God continues among this group of ministers, and they have now returned to their churches to lead their own people to the truth of baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. You will surely rejoice with us and pray for the continuance of this mighty move, among a brand new group.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:12-17)
We are happy to report that 5000 Church Age Books in the Luganda language have arrived in Uganda and is clearing customs as we write. This is the first step in the printing effort with your help to supply the new believers, and also needs throughout the country in existing churches. With your help 400 Luganda and 100 English Bibles have been purchased in the country. A print station is also being set up to provide access to more translated Message Books.