Watoto Church founders, Gary and Marilyn Skinner. COURTECY PHOTO.
Vision Weekend. Watoto Church has through its latest annual report said the cell based ministry witnessed a whopping 10,764 people receive Christ Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The Church further used the report to reveal that in 2017, it saw the highest attendance of over 32,000 people celebrating Christ at all its locations.
Watoto Church in 2017 grew by 8 percent while their total giving grew by 11 percent.
Watoto Church Pastor Edward Mwesigwa explained as he presented the 2017 Ministry report this month that there is only one institution that God has entrusted with the responsibility of changing people’s lives , and it is the Church.
“We have the most powerful message. The gospel changes the hearts of people and this message has been entrusted to us,” he said, noting that the Church grew by 8 percent last year.
“We have such a grand mission of discipleship. In Mathew 28:18, Jesus said therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. This is the mission we are engaged with as Watoto church, it is a mission of transformation, raising transformational leaders so that they can re-build Uganda,” he added.
Unlike any other year, Watoto Church in 2017 witnessed its biggest ‘Miracle Offering’
“Our goal was to raise one million USA dollars, but we raised nine hundred thirty thousand (930,000) USA dollars – we almost hit the target,” Pastor Edward Mwesigwa said.
“We have used the money for what we said was going to be done. We have blessed a neighbourhood project in Juba, we gave a financial contribution to Israel. We donated to Power 104.1 FM which reaches over 250,000 people who do not come to church. We gave to the mission of “Shift” where we take this program to schools and reach out to teenagers using relevant messages. We saw 4,202 students receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour,” he said.
“We have blessed other ministries. In koboko, we blessed St Paul’s Church of Uganda. We donated some money to family life Ministries and to KCCA because they have a plan to refurbish schools in Kampala so that quality education can be accessible,” he added.
Pastor Edward emphasised that Uganda need transformational leaders. and said he believes the institution that can best do that is none other than the church of Lord Jesus Christ.
He said plans are under way to designate a new location as Watoto’s 14th celebration point. He said ‘War Room Actor’ Pricilla raised over 450,000 us dollars towards Watoto’s ‘Keep a girl in School’ in NorthernUganda
“14,000 people attended cell groups. We believe a church of this size, you need to be in small groups were you can be known as an individual – There are very many stories of transformation happening across Kampala, Uganda and Juba because of doing life together.” he said.