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By Mulengera Reporter

Christians of St Paul’s Church of Uganda (COU), Mpumudde Parish, in Busoga Diocese set aside the greater part of their Sunday Service to plead to God to stop the spiraling Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, currently devastating many parts of the world, from coming to Uganda.

The virus, which has claimed over 6,000 lives worldwide, has since been reported in four of Uganda’s neighbours. These are DR Congo, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

During the service led by the Parish Priest Rev James Kiiza, believers went on their knees in repentance and sought divine intervention against the disease.

Jinja Municipality West MP Moses Grace Balyeku addressing a congregation at St Paul’s Church of Uganda, Mpumudde in Busoga Diocese during a Sunday Service on 15 March, 2020

Although government has issued guidelines, which include a ban on handshakes and hugs, believers in this church hugged each other as a symbol of unity and God’s love.

They defended their gesture of defiance, saying God is in control and that, Uganda being a God-fearing country – with the motto: For God and My Country – nothing would happen to people with faith.

During the service, which coincided with celebrations to mark one year since the place was elevated to a full parish, Jinja Municipality West MP Moses Grace Balyeku urged the leadership to initiate income-generating activities.

Balyeku promised to support all church ventures. He also cautioned against over-reliance on offertories as a source of revenue to the church, saying it tires believers.

With the church’s available land, the legislator, who helped in rebuilding the once-dilapidated church, tasked Rev Kiiza to come up with proposals aimed at making the church self-sustaining.

“We want our youth and women in the church to also get involved in some gainful projects which I am ready and willing to support in any way,” said Balyeku.

He later pledged to roof the proposed Children’s Church and asked believers to speed up the construction so that the young generation can get a place suitable for their spiritual nourishment.

The Christians appreciated the MP for always being generous to the constituents during times of sorrow and joy through the provision of monetary and physical assistance, and promised to repay him with another term in parliament come 2021.

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