The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Rev Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu has asked the youth to use their bodies well through things that glorify God. The Archbishop made the remarks on Saturday 18 June 2022 while presiding over Kampala journalists Team game with Diocese of Kampala clergy.
The game was organized as one of the activities to commemorate the Diocesan Jubilee celebrations that will be climaxed in August 14-21, 2022. Archbishop added that football could be used effectively to fight awkward behaviors like drug abuse, corruption, sexual immorality and HIV/AIDS avoidance in the society.
“You see with such games, you cannot get time to indulge in awkward behaviours like drug abuse, corruption and sexual immorality,” Archbishop said.
He lauded journalists for the media evangelism they have accorded the church, which he says, has been and is still vital in spreading the gospel. The game ended with three goals to nil in favor of the Kampala journalists
This year, the Diocese of Kampala is celebrating her 50th anniversary since her inception on 16 January 1972. Under the theme; Ebenezer: His Mission – Our Priority (1Samuel 7:12; Matthew 6:33; Luke 4:14-19)
According to 1 Samuel 7:12, Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us”.
The stone was a remembrance of God’s intervention because the Philistines had won that battle twice but by God’s help, they had overcome them. Therefore, Ebenezer – the stone of help was to recognize the Lord’s help to them and to be thankful. Therefore, as we celebrate 50 years, we need to remember that it has been His help hence the word Ebenezer. In addition, it is important to note that we need the same help in the coming years after all He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow plus we do not know what is ahead but He knows.
Also importantly, to note is His Mission is our Priority is a call to the church to remain focused on its call in the coming years. God’s Mission in the world must remain the priority. Luke 4:14 points out Jesus being in the power of the Spirit (which we need to be as a church) and then proclaiming good news to the poor, liberating the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, setting liberty to the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
If in the coming years we make seeking God and His righteousness first (Matthew 6:33) as a Church and make God’s Priorities our Priority all the other things will be added to us. Hence, the theme: Ebenezer: God’s Mission – Our Priority.
Meaning with God’s help as He has done in the last 50 years of this Diocese, if we make His Mission Our Priority, we can achieve much more than we have ever thought or ever imagined.