ABOUT US

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE

Rwenzori Field of the seventh-day Adventists covers the inhabited East and North facing slopes of Mountain Rwenzori mounts. The mountain which stands at 5101 metres above sea level and snow capped throughout the year despite being crossed by the equator. The lake region of Albert, Edward and George, within Ugandan borders, are part of Rwenzori Field.
The neighbour entities include; South Western Uganda Field, Western Uganda Field and Mid Western Uganda Mission within Uganda. The main inhabitants are the Bakonzo or Bayira, Bamba, Batuku, Basongora, and Batoro.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Adventist gospel work in Rwenzori Field began in 1946 in Mitandi and Mpondwe (Ndongo). The first missionary was Pr. Lind and his wife who reached here from Nchwanga. Nchwanga was the hub from which the Adventist faith spread across Uganda.


In the period from1947 to the early 1980’s, church growth was slow but steady. There has been a leap and fast pace of church growth from the late 1980’s to the present. There are now 256, organised churches whose membership, by the end of 2019 has 48,287 baptised members and 78,994 Sabbath school members.


Rwenzori Field has passed through several stages of metamorphism. It began as part of Uganda Field generally but more specifically as part of the Western Uganda Station whose headquarters were in Fort Portal. In 1983, Western Uganda station was allowed Field status. Soon after in September 1987, the headquarters were transferred to Kasese. By 1989, there was a geographical schism, such that the regions of Toro and Bunyoro, seceded from Kasese. A new field was created for those regions, and was given the name Western Uganda Field. The field which then comprised, Mountain Rwenzori area, Ankole, Kigezi and Kisoro, was called South Western Uganda Field, with headquarters at Kasese. By the end of 1992, the regions of Ankole, Kigezi and Kisoro became semi-autonomous and assumed the name; South Western Uganda Mission. The mother entity remained South Western Uganda Field. In 2013, as the vassal entity of South Western Uganda Mission, became a field, then the name South Western Uganda Field, was shifted to it. The mother entity at Kasese, adopted a new name Rwenzori Field, depicting it geographical location.

There are major historical sites in the development of Adventism in Rwenzori Field. They include; Mitandi, Mpondwe, Ndongo, Bumate, Kaghughu, Kasulenge, Kitswamba, Kasangali, Kyanya Bubotyo and Kasese town.


Rwenzori Field has departments through which it runs the mission. They are: Sabbath School and Personal Ministries (Evangelism), Stewardship, Youth Ministries, Children Ministries, Adventist Women Ministries, Education, Ministerial, Health, Publishing, Spirit of Prophecy, Voice of Prophecy and Family Life. There are also chaplaincy and communication departments.

The mission of the Seventh-Day Adventist church Rwenzori Field is to call all people to become Disciples of Jesus Christ, to proclaim the everlasting gospel embraced by the Three Angels’ Messages (Revelations 14:6 - 12), and to prepare the world for Christ’s soon return.

Guided by the Bible and the Holy Spirit, Seventh-day Adventist pursue this Mission through Christ-like living, communicating, discipline, teaching, healing and serving.

In harmony with Bible revelation, Seventh-Day Adventists see as the climax of God’s plan the restoration of all His creation to full harmony with His perfect will and righteousness.


Other auxiliary, organs impeded within the major departments these include: Adventist Men Organisation under Personal Ministries, Young Women Ministries and Widows and Orphans under Adventist Women Ministries, AMICUS, AMR, Prisons and Hospital Ministries are a little autonomous functions still attached to other departments.
Rwenzori field has 84 schools of which eight are secondary schools the rest are nursery and primary. These schools provide Christian education to the people of the Rwenzori region. There are three Health Centre facilities namely Mitandi, Ebenezer, and Kyanya. All are at Health Centre III level.
There is a “102.9 LIGHT FM radio” which is run 24/7 by the church in Rwenzori Field. It was opened in March 2015.
Rwenzori Field has a centre of influence- KASESE BETTER LIVING CENTRE. It is at the heart of Kasese Municipality. Its purpose is to influence the urban population for Christ through the Christ- like services.

SOURCE OF INCOME

All funds to run church activities are raised from the church members and well wishers. We call for people who will freely give us funds for:

  • Evangelism of the lake region and pastoralist tribes in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo. There are also the havens of traditional Bakonzo in the hills of Kasese running from Muramba through Kilembe to Bwatsinge who deserve the Adventist Message. We need to reach the Muslim and Hindu and Buddhist Communities who live within Rwenzori Field boundaries
  • Completion of Kasese Better Living Centre as a Centre of Influence for the urban community.
  • Construction the classes and dormitory of Mitandi Ministerial College and sponsoring students for the diploma in applied theology and practical evangelism in Mitandi Ministerial College
  • Academic Bursaries for people offering Bachelors degrees in Theology, Education, Business, I.T., Medicine, Engineering, Communication Technology and those for higher degrees like Masters degrees and Doctoral studies.
  • Health facilities’ improvement in terms of equipments and programs.