112 foot pilgrims
from Greater Ankole Dioceses have arrived at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo
dioceses of West Ankole, North Ankole, North West Ankole, South Ankole, and
Ankole Diocese were selected to lead this year’s Martyrs' Day event.
who were singing praises were received by Ankole Diocese Bishop Fred Sheldon
Mwesigwa. They arrived 4 days ahead of the Martyrs celebrations slated for June
3 on the theme: 'Hope beyond affliction.'
from Ntungamo and Mbarara districts among them young people and the elderly
narrated how they sacrificed their activities to seek God.
arrive was a team of 38 pilgrims from South Ankole Diocese led by Rev. Ambrose
Amanya who said they spent 9 days walking.
Among the pilgrims
was 28- year -old Rachael Kanyesigye, a hairdresser from Ntungamo who said
that she came to pray for God’s protection and success. With her legs dressed
in bandages, Kanyesigye moving with her friend, Ayesigamukama Agaba, 22, said
that she decided to walk as a thanksgiving because of the many things God has
done in her life.
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tailor in Ntungamo who was limping explained that she decided to walk as a fulfillment of her promise when God answered her prayers to start a business.
She said that although she suffered pain in the legs, she believes great
things will be done in her life.
Tumuhirwe, 73, arrived at Namugongo for the fifth time because of the peace and
to thank God for the prayers answered. She revealed that for the 4 years
she had walked, she can testify for the Lord for the many good things which
include success in her family.
said her years of trekking to Namugongo are a success in her life.
Newton Baryeije who led pilgrims from St. James Cathedral Ruharo in Mbarara explained
that it was a joy for them after braving the challenges on the road among them
heavy rains, and heavy traffic.
Baryeije, the main motivation for the trek is the faith, and liberation of their
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One of the pilgrims
is Joel Nabasa, 20, a secondary school student who said he abandoned his studies to
walk and pray for success. He said that it was a challenge to walk for
more than 283 kilometers.
said that the pilgrimage is meant for believers to pray for provision and
energize them spiritually.
Ankole Dioceses are also planning to use the martyrs’ day fete to awaken the
East Africa Revival Movement which had a great impact on many of the protestant
churches in the region having been birthed in Gahini, Rwanda around 1931 and
spread to Kigezi in 1935 and Ankole in 1936.