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WESTERN  DISTRICT

 

1.0  Introduction: The  decision  to divide  Kati District into two Districts  namely Kati anda Magharibi was passed by to Diocesan Executive committee in 1980. On 1st January 1981 the new District “Magharibi” was inaugurated   by the late Bishop Dr. Josiah Kibira, and on the same day the late Rev. Samson Amos was installed as the first District Pastor. The functions of the day took place in Kitahya congregation while the District Pastor was stationed at Ruhija, because the buildings and environment for the District  Headquarters   were under-construction. Up to now the District has been  saved by seven District Pastors namely:

(1) Rev.  Samson Amos   ( 1981-1988 ) ;  (2)  Rev. Paulo   Kamugisha   ( 1989- ? );        

 (3) Rev. Phinias Lwakatare   (    ?      );  (4) Rev. Emmanuel  Kahigwa  ( 1992-1994);           

(5)   Rev. Jasson   Kempanju  ( 1994- 2000);  Rev Phineas Lwakatare again (2000-          2002);       (6)  Rev. Derrick  Lwekika   (2002-2012 )  and

(7) Rev. Jonathan N. Hamurungi (2013 todate).

 

     At the beginning  of the District, it had 5 Parishes namely Kitahya (Rev. Nestory Gulaus); Butainamwa (Rev.Elias Balugaala); Kaibanja (Rev.Joshua Kalindili); Kyaitoke (Rev.Gabriel Katairuka) and Rubale (Rev.Leopord Lugakingira) while today it has 8 parish after the increase of Ruhunga (1985); Kikomero (  ?     ) and REA (1994) Parishes. It  started with 47 congregations while today it has 52 congregations. By then it had 11,693 congregants and today it is has 28,747 congregants.

 

2.0 The success:

1. Manpower:

·   The District currently has 75 Evangelists, regardless that some of then have no training at all from the Bible School. But through experience  of a long term, they  are well  performing  their duties.

·   15 Pastor from the area have trained as Pastor and they are serving indifferent   parts of the Diocese and beyond.

·     4  Musicians have trained and graduated from Ruhija School of Music. 

2. The increase of congregations  from 47 to 52 todate.

3. Opportunities for having partnerships  such as Magharibi District and Recklinghausen Church District in Germany, Ruhija Bible School and Herborn Church District in Germany; Kyaitoke Parish and Hasle Congregation in Denmark; Bwagura congregation and Kettwig congregation in Germany; Kaibanja Parish and Rugera and Kihanga Parishes in Karagwe Diocese. Through  these partnerships a mutual friendships, leaning from each other, helping each  other and the like have grown up.

4. Establishment  of the District Deaconic  Fund  (DDF) which is used to help orphans and other disabled people. 102 people are helped this year. Over 95% of these are students attending primary and secondary schools.  Congregation and our partners from Recklinghausen are the ones who contribute  funds.

5. To have a District Church Centre at Kitahya, where a lot of District activities are coordinated is a success as well. There are rooms which can be lent by private people, companies and so on and so forth which can be used for offices purposes and for other businesses. There is a hall which can accommodate 25-35 people at a time. This is also hired to those holding Seminars, Workshops, etc.

6. The District has its own five years (2014-2015) strategic plan.

 

3.0 Challenges:

1. The decrease pf Church attendance especially in remote areas.

2. Some Evangelists serve congregations which are for away from the homes, still they don’t have means of transport. They have to walk a long distance.

3. Insufficient leaders at a congregational level.

4. There are some church buildings with a poor quality standard, built of mud and grasses.

5. Lack of funds to run daily activities.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Jonathan N. Hamurungi

DISTRICT PASTOR

18.11.2014


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