Masaka Baptist College
Masaka Baptist College teaches a wide range of practical subjects including Christian Home, Christian Leadership, Christian Finances, Philosophy of Christian Education, and Baptist Distinctives. By the end of the course, students have completed a verse by verse study of the entire New Testament. These students graduate with a very good working knowledge of the Bible and an ability to preach and teach the truth taught to them (II Timothy 2:2).
Currently Masaka Baptist College has twelve students enrolled with four of them already involved in church planting. The Bible makes plain the truth that the laborers are few. Please pray that God will send students with a teachable spirit that may be trained to go out and preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In 2001, God gave the Keith Stensaas family the opportunity of establishing a Christian radio station in Uganda. They dedicated it - Word of Life Radio, as its purpose is to proclaim the Word of Life to a lost and dying world. Only heaven will be able to tell us the true effect that Word of Life Radio has had, but the visible results are amazing. In sixteen years, we have had four churches started as a result of the radio station and several people added to our church. We have also received numerous phone calls, letters, and personal testimonies of lives that were changed as a result of listening to Word of Life Radio. Within the hearing radius, there is not a village that we go to that has not heard this Christian radio station. Remember, radio is still the top media outlet in Uganda!
Every day with Christian radio we are able to reach three districts in Uganda: Masaka, Rakai, and Ssembabule, plus several islands in Lake Victoria. In these districts there are approximately one million people living and working. Unlike developed countries that have many types of entertainment, radio is still the main source of media in Uganda. It is listened to in the homes, the work places, the fields, and the villages. Nearly every one has a radio or has access to one.
Although the radio is not nearly as expensive to operate as in developed countries, it does cost about $1,000 dollars a month to fully operate the station. Since the beginning, we have operated the station from our personal support. However, with rising costs, lower exchange rates at the forex, and the need to assist men as they go out to start churches - the full amount of money is no longer available. We have had to cut back on many things necessary to a radio station, including staff. As of April 2017, we have $450 coming in on a monthly basis for Word of Life Radio. We are asking the Lord to give us an additional $550 support for the radio station. This will get us by with the necessities.
I think all of us would agree that $1,000 a month is a small price to pay to reach a possible one million people every day with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What an opportunity God has put before us! Would you help us? If ten individuals and churches could support the radio for $100 per month or twenty for $50 per month, this need would be met, and Word of Life Radio would continue to have an impact on the lives of the Ugandan people.
I truly know what Paul had in his heart when he told the Philippians, “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to you account.” A radio station takes a lot of time and work, and there is no money-making in a faith-based radio station. However, it is worth it to see one more soul come to know Christ through this ministry. Would you pray about helping us financially? Would you add Word of Life Radio to your prayer list and pray for us every day? I know that you will see fruit on your account in heaven.
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Starting churches out of other churches is the natural, biblical way to continue the propagation of Christianity and the church. Since 1997 we have had the opportunity of seeing eleven existing churches established. Please pray for these churches and their individual specific needs.
MASAKA INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Keith L. Stensaas / Pastor Ddungu Charles
This church was the original church we started in the town of Masaka in 1997. Trained men from this church have begun the other churches we have seen established. Please pray as this church is in the transition period of leadership. I have pastored this church for many years and God is now opening the doors to turn the church over to national leadership.
LIGHT INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
Brother James Sebyoto / Ssebuuma Frank
This is a church that was started out of Word of Life Baptist Church in Lukaya. Once the leadership of this church was turned over, Brother James Sebyoto felt the call of God to go to a fishing village called Kalangala. The church is unusual in that is is actually a "grandchild" of Masaka Independent Baptist Church. We believe very strongly in churches starting churches. Recently this church was given a good size piece of land. We are praying for God's provision in putting up walls for the structure they are meeting in.
MBIRA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Tony Applegate
This church was started out of Masaka Independent Baptist Church by J.J. Kalanzi, a graduate of Masaka Baptist College. After J.J. led several people to the Lord while working in this area, God burdened his heart for the need of a church in that area. God richly blessed this ministry. Sadly, on March 29th, 2017, Pastor JJ went home to be with the Lord. Currently the church is being led by Missionary Tony Applegate. Please be in prayer for this church as they seek the Lord's direction
MBIRIZI BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ssebanja Henry
WORD OF LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Brother Robert Byekwaso
Lukaya is a trucker town that has all the wickedness that goes with this sort of town. Prostitution and drugs are rampant. It has been called the "graveyard of churches" because many are started but few ever last. It is into this town that the Lord led Brother James Sebyoto, a graduate of Masaka Baptist College, to start a church. In 2012, after discipleship and training, Brother Sebyoto has turned the leadership of this church over to Brother Robert Byekwaso.
EQUATOR INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
Brother Jacob Kafero
Equator Independent Baptist Church was started under the authority of Masaka Independent Baptist Church by Brother Jacob Kafero after hearing the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ on Word of Life Radio. Brother Jacob and his wife Maria are doing a tremendous job reaching their community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Brother Jacob is currently studying in Masaka Baptist College. The church is averaging 25 adults. The church location is literally 50 feet north of the equator line.
LAKEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Sserunjogi Paul / Ddingiro Matia
This is a church on Bunyama Island in the village of Kivunzaoin Lake Victoria that was brought about by Word of Life Radio. They had been meeting for quite some time but had never had any discipleship or training. When they heard the broadcasting of Word of Life Radio, they began to realize that we believed the same way they believed. They came to us literally begging us to help them. Since that time a lame man by the name of Pastor Paul Sserungoji, who is a graduate of Masaka Baptist College (pictured in the front of the picture to the right), has been going out to this village twice in a month with much needed discipleship and training.
SINGIRO BAPTIST CHURCH
Brother Julias Byaruhanga
This church was actually started out of our prison ministry at Masaka Independent Baptist Church. Brother Julias was saved while in prison and when no one brought evidence to accuse him of the alleged crime, he was released. He felt burdened to see a church established in his village and so went back and started one in the primary school that he owns. Brother Julias is excited about serving the Lord and is currently enrolled in our Tri-annual Bible Institute.
LUSANA INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ssebanja Henry
This church was started by Pastor Ssebanja Henry out of the Mbirizi Baptist Church. Two men by the names of Laban and Kizza were listening to Word of Life Radio and came to Pastor Henry asking that a church be established in their area. The church is currently running about 25 people. Land has been donated to them. Pray for them as they are in need of a permanent structure.
KYAZANGA INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ssebanja Henry
This church was started by Pastor Ssebanja Henry out of the Mbirizi Baptist Church. Byamukama Mishack was discipled and mentored and sent out of MBC to establish this church. They are currently running about 15 adults. Land has been donated to them and they are praying for a permanent structure to meet in.
WATCHMAN INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH
Brother James Sebyoto
This church is our newest church plant. It is a border town located in the Tanzania/Uganda border. Currently they are running about 10 people and and renting a storage facility until the Lord opens the door for them to get their own property. This is a tremendous open door and that we not only can reach the Ugandans but also reach into Tanzania as well. This is the third church that Brother Sebyoto has established out of Masaka Independent Baptist Church.
Tri-Annual Bible Institute
Our newest ministry here in Masaka is Tri-annual Bible Institute (TBI). This is a Bible Institute designed for pastors and church leaders who are not able to come to regular classes at Masaka Baptist College. TBI is held three times a year during the school break and is designed to teach the men eight hours a day, Monday thru Friday. Because of where these men are in the village, this type of setup is very conducive to their schedule. We feed them, house them, and provide them with the books they need for the course. They are responsible to provide their transport to and from the Institute. In our first TBI in August of 2012 we had eighteen men from ten different churches that have either been out of Masaka Independent Baptist Church or who have come to us for assistance in helping them get churches started. $11 will feed, house, provide a textbook, and train one of these men for this week long institute. Since that first TBI we have grown to having 50 men from 11 different churches.
If you would like to give towards this ministry in the training of men of God for the ministry, please send your gifts to BIMI account #793
and earmark it: TBI. These gifts will go towards providing for these men when they come. Please pray for our next TBI that will be August, 2015.
Village Mentorship & Assistance Ministry
This is the ministry that we look forward to starting soon after we return to Uganda in June of 2017. This ministry will involve myself and my team spending up to three days a week in one of the above churches helping the church leadership with evangelism, discipleship, open air meetings, medical clinics, counseling, church planting, etc. I am so excited about this new ministry! I believe this is going to expand our church planting goals and we can truly make an impact on Uganda for Christ. Please pray about the needs that we have in starting this new ministry. God has answered our prayers and has provided the funds for a Mitsubishi Canter truck. This truck will enable us to be able to carry tents, chairs, medical supplies, sound equipment, literature, and will be the living quarters for our team while we are in the village. God has also provided the chairs and sound equipment. Our biggest prayer is that God will raise up someone to assist us in this ministry. It will consume a lot of time and energy, but I believe it will bring fruit and glory to God!!