NTUNGAMO: The Church of Uganda provincial secretary Rev. Canon William Ongeng has commended the South Ankole Diocese for embracing agriculture ventures aimed at accumulation of wealth and development in the church.
Rev Canon Ongeng noted that the church must get involved in the economy saying that if the church owns the economy then the economy will be in the right direction.
He stressed the need for the accumulation of wealth by the church if the gospel was to be preached worldwide like what missionaries did in the early 1800s.
Rev Ongeng on Thursday was handing over a dummy Cheque of UGX 259,321,840M (Two hundred Fifty Nine Million Three hundred Twenty One thousand eight hundred Forty shillings) to South Ankole Diocese for the construction of coffee huller machine held at Diocesan Boardroom Ntungamo Municipality.
He thanked Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe for the hard work and involvement in a cocktail of agriculture projects which enabled the Church of Uganda to consider South Ankole Diocese among 37 dioceses
The provincial Treasurer Muheebwa Balam noted that in the ending financial year 2021/2022 government through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Church of Uganda extending an additional UGX 2Bn to the church for promoting commercial agriculture and fighting food insecurity, and poverty among the faithful.
Muheebwa revealed that the pilot project is being implemented in only 5 out of 37 dioceses of South Ankole, Central Buganda, Busoga, West Lango and Kitgum to spearhead church development and wealth creation among all parishioners.
He noted that the success stories of the pilot projects will determine its continuity, asking leaders to cooperate with the Bishop Ahimbisibwe to reach its expectations.
While receiving a dummy Cheque, the Bishop South Ankole Diocese the Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe applauded the Government for supporting the Church of Uganda to fight against poverty at household level through their interventions aimed at promoting commercial agriculture.
Bishop Ahimbisibwe noted that this will help the diocese to harness food security and development and these will accelerate the spreading of gospel because the hungry church cannot preach the good news of the Christ.
He pledged to multiply it and transform the lives of the people in Ntungamo district.
South Ankole Diocese has over 350 acres of coffee, fruit growing, banana, beekeeping, hatchery, construction and irrigation
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