The Quicken Trust is taking a holistic approach to transforming the Ugandan village of Kabubbu which has suffered decades of destitution and disease. The charity is focusing on meeting the spiritual needs of the people as well as their physical needs.
The Kabubbu Community Church in the Village Centre
On 11th November 2018 the new Kabubbu Community Church was dedicated. Raw concrete walls and roof were in place with no finishing touches or electricity. Built for 500 – including the balcony for 150 not yet completed – there were 500 attending, including 300 Trust High School boarding students.
The second service to be held here was an all-night prayer meeting from 7.00pm on New Year’s Eve to 7.00am New Year’s Day. 500, again, crammed into the seating area for 350! This time there were no boarding students from Trust High School who were at home on their Christmas holidays. 30 people came forward that night to dedicate their lives to Jesus.
The building is still in the process of completion but is holding weekly meetings with regular congregations up to 200.
The weekly meetings have also moved to this new church from its previous meeting place including home groups which meet during the week. It will also run Alpha Courses for villagers. Other activities include a women’s fellowship, a men’s fellowship, Bible studies and a Sunday school.
The 350 boarding students at Trust High School continue to hold their own services in the main school hall.
Quicken is a bridge between churches in the UK and those in Kabubbu. There is a strong Christian foundation in the Primary and Trust High schools. Quicken has also been working with local churches of different denominations for more than twenty years. Accomplishments include:
- Training local pastors to give better teaching and support for their congregations
- Putting a roof on one local church
- Building a church baptistry
- Supplying musical instruments and other resources for worship
- Providing Bibles in local languages from the Stuart Hine Trust to churches and for pupils at the Primary school and Trust High School
Quicken has also shown inspirational films to the local community using equipment funded by the Spring Harvest Charitable Trust. Often more than 200 people turn up to watch.
A number of churches in the UK have been particularly supportive, including Battle Baptist Church; Gateway Christian Fellowship; Horam Chapel; St James Church, Exeter; St John’s Church, Rowlands Castle; St Lawrence, Winslow; St Peter & St Paul, Buckingham; St Wilfrid’s, Willingdon; Shinewater Community Church; The Society of Friends, Herstmonceux; Union Church, Heathfield; Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne; Waltham Chase Methodist Church; Welcome Baptist Church, Heathfield
The Previous ‘Church with No Name’!
In 2007 Quicken and the Kabubbu Development Project set up a new church which met at the Trust High School – called the Kabubbu Community Church. More than 400 people attended Sunday morning meetings – mostly local families and 300 pupils boarding at the school. It’s become known just as “the church that meets at the High School”.
The service opened with an hour of lively praise and worship followed by a preach lasting about 45 minutes. There was also opportunity for testimonies and prayers from the congregation. Visitors and volunteers were encouraged to attend the church (Visit)
A growing demand for a more dedicated building of its own for a range of community services has meant a move to the centre of Kabubbu to be part of a Community Centre.
Pastor Swaps Classroom for Pulpit
The pastor, Peter Babu, was appointed in April 2008. Peter is a former deputy head of the Primary school. He stepped down to concentrate on the church. In December 2011 he completed a diploma of Theology in Education at Kampala Evangelical School of Theology.
Peter’s aim is to provide spiritual encouragement and pastoral support in community. Watch: Peter video
The other elders are the Executive Director of the KDP, Enoch Kagoda and his wife Lillian.
Christianity is the most widely-held faith in Kabubbu. Among the other churches nearby are a Pentecostal, a Roman Catholic, a Church of Uganda and a Seventh Day Adventist. Quicken and the elders at the Kabubbu Community Church have been keen to maintain good relations with all of them and Quicken personnel organise events for Churches Together. There are also a number of Muslim families who attend the local mosque.
Teaching through the church is vital to provide truth and dispel myths and superstitions which maintain a hold on a rural community. The local witchdoctor still exerts an unhealthy influence, offering charms and spreading nonsense such as the idea that AIDS can be cured if the sufferer sleeps with a virgin.
Home-grown Evangelism Best
There is a hunger in Kabubbu to hear about Jesus. Quicken Trust doesn’t take evangelists there but encourages consistent outreach to the community. Uganda has plenty of evangelists who can speak the local languages and are more culturally relevant.
But local pastors do need theological training to get a better understanding of scripture. So there’s an appetite for books, DVDs, Bible study aids and other training materials. (Shop)