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Uganda Update—Far and Deep 

Andrew discusses Idi Amin's broadcast tower with Station Manager, Gary Everett (Click to enlarge) Thanks to the friends and partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries, a former source of lies and terror is being used to set people free. Today, Andrew visited Lighthouse Television in Kampala, where he has been broadcasting a special Ugandan version of Gospel Truth since 2005. The widespread success of Discipleship Evangelism, of Charis Bible College Uganda and of the new Karamoja outreach, is a direct result of this investment in broadcast television. Ironically, the television station was originally built by Idi Amin Dada, in collusion with communist China, as a propaganda machine to subdue the voice of the people who were brutally slaughtered from 1971 through 1979. In 1997, Calvary Cathedral International of Ft. Worth, Texas, acquired the station. This is the church pastored by Andrew Wommack board member Bob Nichols.

Everyone gathers together as Andrew prepares to give a much needed gift to a group of pastors (Click to enlarge)Broadcasting Gospel Truth from this facility twice each day (Click to enlarge)Today, thanks to the support of his partners, Andrew buys time on the station twice per day, at 8:30 a.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. In his travels, he is recognized more often on the streets of Kampala than in any other city of the world. This is testimony to the fact that Lighthouse Television is the preferred source of Christian programming in Uganda.

Kampala Satellite (Click to enlarge)Andrew gives six motorcycles to rural ministers
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With a reliable form of transportation, the pastors in Karamoja will be able to travel more efficiently and safely as they carry the Gospel with them (Click to enlarge)Andrew saw a crowd of 2,000 in Victoria Hall for two nights in a row, mostly drawn from his television audience in Kampala. The message of grace was labeled a cult in this city a decade ago, but since Andrew began teaching twice daily on Lighthouse Television, the message has found wide acceptance, even among many religious leaders. Each night, more than 200 responded to Andrew’s invitation to receive Jesus as Savior, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the meeting, Charis Bible College students lined up to minister healing to the sick. Many lives were forever changed.Every eye was fixed on the stage as they listened to a man they had only ever seen on television (Click to enlarge)Andrew addresses a crowd of over 2,000 in the heart of Kampala (Click to enlarge)From cult to captivating, the message of grace has completely captured the hearts of the people in Kampala (Click to enlarge)


New Resources for the Karamoja Project

The Elder (red) of a village in the Karamoja region welcomes Andrew and Pastor Francis (pink shirt). (Click to enlarge)In a story we posted last summer about Andrew's 2012 trip to Uganda, we shared a glimpse of how a remote region of the nation impacted him and how it has affected the course of his ministry going forward. The poverty, both spiritual and physical, made such an impression that Andrew knew God had called him to action in the Karamoja region. Andrew's focused efforts in the area, since his visit, have become known as the Karamoja Project.

Rudi and Kam Van Tonder, Directors of Andrew Wommack Ministries in South Africa.
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Through the connections Andrew has made in Uganda, he has been able to equip pastors, including the leader of AWM's efforts in Karamoja, Pastor Francis Tumusiime, with evangelistic materials. Andrew's teaching resources and the ministry's Discipleship Evangelism program are now being used to reach the primitive villages of the area.

Recently, creative new outreach resources have been brought to Karamoja by Rudi Van Tonder and a pair of traveling companions. Rudi and his wife, Kam, are the Co-Directors of the offices of Andrew Wommack Ministries in Tygervalley, Cape Town, South Africa (AWMSA). In March, Rudi completed a 20-day, 7800 kilometer road trip through four countries; the purpose of which was to deliver a one-of-a-kind, mobile movie theater to Francis. The custom truck and trailer will be used in crusades to reach the most under-evangelized people groups in Africa.

Rudi sitting on the custom-made movie trailer, created for the ministry by AWMSA partner, Philip Botha. (Click to enlarge) Rudi's excursion began shortly after hearing about Andrew's desire to reach the communities in rural Uganda. The topic had come to the Van Tonder's attention when David Hardesty, the former COO of Andrew Wommack Ministries, visited South Africa in 2013. During their conversations with David, the Van Tonders shared the story of Philip and Hanna Botha, who are partners of AWMSA. Philip had a vision to build a custom trailer that he could haul all over South Africa, showing the Jesus Film as an outreach. Rudi and Kam thought such a trailer would be quite beneficial for use in Uganda as well. After hearing Rudi and Kam's excitement about Philip's vision, David expressed interest in the idea and agreed the trailer would be a great way to evangelize the outer The investment for the complete package, including the Toyota 4x4, trailer, generator, A/V equipment, camping gear for three, totaled just over $36,000 US.
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reaches of Uganda. He asked the Van Tonders to find out more about Philip's project for him. Both Rudi and Kam agreed to seize the opportunity for their branch of the ministry to sow into Andrew's Karamoja Project by purchasing everything that was required to outfit Philip's trailer and outreach vehicle.

After much hard work, the Bothas and the Van Tonders finished equipping the vehicles in February. Before heading North to Uganda, Rudi and Philip held a trial crusade in Heidelberg to make sure everything was in working order. "They managed to secure a football field in the center of town for the crusade. CBC South Africa students came to help Rudi as well as minister after the altar call at the (L-R) Rudi, one of Rudi's traveling team, Francois Pieterse, and Philip, setting up the new system for the trial run in Heildelberg, SA. (Click to enlarge)conclusion of the film. Approx 100-120 people attended the crusade. Others sat and watched the Jesus Film from the stoops of their houses. All-in-all it was a great success and really got Rudi fired up, even more so, for Uganda," Kam said.

After the test run in Heidelberg, Rudi made final preparations for the trip to Uganda. Part of the prep included connecting with his traveling companions, a Malawian man named, Allan and a CBC-SA graduate named, Francois. Allan brought a much needed skill set to the team in that he was familiar with border crossing procedures in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, where accurate paperwork was the team's least concern. While Allan was fluent in the regional languages Rudi and Philip making final preparations for the long journey. (Click to enlarge)and well acquainted with gaining safe passage into the foreign countries, he was unable to participate in the physical driving of the vehicle—that's where Francois was needed. Rudi and Francois took turns sharing the wheel as the trio covered the distance from Cape Town to Zimbabwe and through Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda.

While the trip's overall purpose was to bring the new evangelism tools and equipment to Francis in Uganda, the journey was also very valuable to Rudi on a personal level. He reached a whole new place in trusting God for his protection and provision, and he witnessed, firsthand, His awesome faithfulness. The trip Setting up the theater, after the long journey to Karamoja. (Click to enlarge)was not without struggle and complications, but God always made a way, even when there didn't seem to be a way. Rudi said God used this journey to show him things to come—especially through the opportunities he was given to minister in the classroom setting in front of CBC students in Harare, Zimbabwe and Kampala, Uganda.

While there were many who responded to the outreach efforts made by Rudi and his team as they traveled across Africa, there is no real way to gauge the overall impact the trip has made. Rudi and Kam are comfortable not knowing, this side of heaven, how many lives have been and will be impacted by Rudi's Rudi and his team training Francis and his team as they set up for the first crusade in Uganda. (Click to enlarge) journey, and through using the equipment Philip created and the ministry provided. "The highlight for me was the crusade we held in a small town called Kotido, Uganda before leaving for Cape Town," said Rudi, "God left the best 'til last. There were in excess of 1000 people watching the Jesus Film intently. But what was really touching was that every time Jesus’ face would appear on screen, from the moment Mary gave birth, right up to when He ascended into heaven, the crowd would applaud and cheer Him on. They gave Jesus a standing ovation."

After the long excursion was made and As dusk approaches, the team makes final checks. (Click to enlarge)the delivery of the new equipment was completed, Rudi and his team flew back to South Africa. While their journey is finished, the mission is really just beginning... The Karamoja region is the least evangelized area in all of Africa. Pastor Francis, who is now in possession of the vehicle and movie trailer, has been implementing Andrew’s DE course for some time through approximately 16 church congregations. Just picture the additional impact. Imagine the looks on the faces of the people when they see this vehicle roll into their village and they view a movie for the first time—and it's about Jesus. Glory!

Curiosity began to build before the movie presentation. (Click to enlarge)Rudi and Kam saw an opportunity to be part of Andrew's Karamoja Project and they helped meet a need. "Andrew wanted a way of reaching the unreached in Uganda, and we, through the faithful giving of AWM's partners here in South Africa, simply provided him a means to be able to do this," said Kam.

Be sure to check this blog for future updates regarding the Karamoja Project. For more details, see our Inside Story post, In the Backcountry of Uganda. In the post we share an interview with Andrew as well as pictures and video from his 2012 trip.

Jesus time in Karamoja!
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Rudi enjoying the first movie event in Uganda.
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Rudi handing the mic to Francis for the altar call.
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Hands going up to receive Jesus!
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Andrew's Trip to Uganda - October 2012

Andrew in Kampala, Uganda with (L-R) CBC's Dean of Education, Greg Mohr and Lighthouse Television's, Gary Everett. (Click to enlarge)Andrew Wommack Ministries continues to share the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the gospel in Uganda as the ministry expands its presence into previously unreached areas of the country.

Many readers probably remember the post we shared two years ago about the passing of Leland Shores III, the former Director of Charis Bible College in Uganda. Because of Leland’s unexpected death, AWM was forced to close the Kampala-based campus at the end of 2011. AWM never gave up on the extension school; rather, Andrew and his staff waited for God to bring new directors to lead CBC-Uganda. As we shared in a post in September 2012, those directors have been found in Hank and Mary Lenz. The couple welcomed Hank and Mary Lenz, the new Directors of CBC-Uganda. (Click to enlarge)150 students to class when they reopened the school at the end of January 2013.

In addition to the school, AWM has been advancing the gospel in other ways in Uganda. For the past eight years, Andrew has been broadcasting the Gospel Truth twice a day on Lighthouse Television. This station, also located in Kampala, was originally erected by the Chinese Communists for Uganda's brutal dictator, Idi Amin. Once used to broadcast Amin's propaganda, this station is now used to advance the Kingdom.

A busy market in Kampala.
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AWM also established a bookstore in downtown Kampala, at the busiest intersection in the city. Nearly 10,000 people walk past the location each day. An average of 25 people per week come to the Lord, and many more receive prayer and the baptism of the Holy Spirit through ministry at the bookstore.

More recently, the Lord has opened new doors for AWM to expand into one of the most remote areas of Uganda—the Karamoja region in the northeastern part of the country. This area is home to more than one million people, living in 5,000 primitive villages.

An aerial view of villages in the Karamoja region. (Click to Enlarge)The people in these isolated villages live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. The tiny grass huts, in which they live, are made of sticks with thatch coverings. Some of the larger huts have two levels; the lower level is only about four feet tall, and the entire hut is only eight feet in diameter. It is not uncommon for families of eight or ten people to live in the lower portion alone! With the exception of cooking pots and mats for sleeping, the families have no possessions. Some of the villagers do not wear any clothing.

Andrew visits the village of Lodoi.
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Perhaps the saddest part of the Karamoja existence is the overwhelming malnutrition and widespread water contamination. The villagers are ranchers and goat herders, but fighting among the people has wiped out the majority of the cattle. All that remain are very small, thin goats. With the villagers' focus set on trying to find enough food to survive each day; it is a seemingly hopeless situation. They are only a step away from death at any given time.

Andrew, with a military guard (left) ministering in Moroto. (Click to enlarge)Spiritual poverty is rampant in the region as well. The Karamojan people have no idea what a Bible is or who Jesus is. Instead, they adhere to the many pagan practices of their ancestors.

Here’s the good news: God is moving in Uganda—even in the remote areas of Karamoja—and His Word is beginning to go forth in powerful ways. Recently, Ugandan President, Museveni, publicly repented for all of his sins, as well as those of his nation, and he dedicated Uganda to the Lord. Uganda is in revival, and God has positioned AWM to be a big part of what He’s doing there.

Natives of the Karamoja region.
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Last October, Andrew visited Karamoja with a Ugandan pastor named, Francis. Pastor Francis is from the southwestern region of Uganda and was among the first Ugandans to be discipled through AWM. Pastor Francis has personally discipled more than 300 ministers and, with AWM's help, he teaches the Discipleship Evangelism course on five radio stations, reaching thousands of people on a daily basis.

Andrew teaching (Click to enlarge)After seeing the physical and spiritual poverty of the Karamojan people, Andrew knew he had to do something to help them long-term. As he shared his heart with Pastor Francis, Andrew learned that after pastoring for twenty-five years, Francis had heard from God that beginning in 2013 he was to turn his church over to an associate and begin traveling to teach Andrew's Discipleship Evangelism course The peolpe listening (Click to enlarge)full-time. In January 2013, Pastor Francis came to work for AWM, and through their partnership they are reaching the people of Karamoja.

Francis travels to Karamoja regularly and uses the Discipleship Evangelism program to train approximately one hundred believers. He teaches up to five lessons over a couple of days Andrew praying (Click to enlarge)and then sends the disciples out in groups to show the JESUS film in the native language of the people. This in itself is a huge deal, as most of the people in this area have never seen a movie. Just showing the film could draw every person in the entire village to come and watch.

After viewing the movie about Jesus, villagers have a frame of reference as to who Jesus is and what He did for them. Immediately after The Elder of Lodoi giving Andrew his staff and stool. Pastor Francis (pink shirt) Pastor Robert holding the staff. (Click to enlarge)watching the film, Pastor Francis’ team gives an invitation to receive the Lord. Over the weeks that follow each outreach, the new converts are discipled by those who have already received the Discipleship Evangelism training.

In addition to these efforts, CBC-Uganda will take their future mission trips to the Karamoja region, bringing hundreds more laborers into this harvest field. With these avenues in place, Andrew and Pastor Francis plan to reach all the villagers in the region with the gospel within three years.

For more on the Karamoja project, be sure to check out our Inside Story post In the Backcountry of Uganda. In that post we share an interview with Andrew as well as pictures and video from his trip.

Adapted from the article Uganda–October 2012, originally printed in the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.