Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka of the Mamre Prayer Centre who also doubles as the leader of the Evangelical Orthodox Church in Uganda has revealed that the church has donated a total of 1200 piglets to believers as one of the ways to help them fight poverty.
Speaking at the end of the four-day Evangelical Orthodox Church synod on Friday, Kibuuka said the synod had resolved to ensure they develop believers both spiritually and materialistically.
“In that line, we have so far given out 1200 piglets to our believers in Kibuku district before rolling out the program to other parts of the country where we have believers,”Kibuuka said.
“We believe that after rearing these animals, we can get a good market for them so that our believers are not cheated and in turn, they earn some money as a way of getting out of poverty.”
President Museveni has always asked the different religious institutions in Uganda to play a role in the building of the economy by turning their believers into wealth creators.
“In the church today, people need to follow Christ’s teaching in the parable of the talents. The one who multiplied the talents was rewarded. In Genesis, we are told to multiply and subdue the world. People are doing well in multiplying and filling the earth but what we are not doing well is having dominion over earth,” Museveni said early this year during a fundraising dinner at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
According to the leader of the Evangelical Orthodox Church in Uganda, they after buying the pigs from believers at reasonable prices, they would add value onto it by packing and selling to both the local and international market.
“We shall be packing the pork to sell to local consumption and export. We already have a market in Sweden that we want to explore so that the believers benefit but also the church.”
He said the program will soon be rolled out in other areas including Kiryandongo.
Bishop Kibuuka said the synod had resolved that the Evangelical Orthodox Church in Africa should work towards its growth by empowering believers in all aspects.
He said that they had also resolved to ensure that church leaders join the fight against corruption by living exemplary live and are accountable to their believers.
The first-ever Evangelical Orthodox Church (EOC) Auxiliary synod hosted in Kampala was held under the theme “ EOC growth in Africa, the concerns, challenges and sensitive church mission in Africa” and held at the Mamre Prayer Centre in Namugongo.
Fr.Jacob Palm from Canada represented Patriarch Jerold Gliege, the Evangelical Orthodox Church leader in the world at the closing day of the synod.