The way to give, the way to worship

“You are to offer a male without defect… Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord.” (Lev 1:3, Mal 1:14)

I have encouraged the congregation about the Musiime Hall Project. The completed project will truly stand as a gospel witness, reminding us of the gospel witness of faithful men and women of God who laid the foundations for development work in this place. Indeed, it is time to build! Kakumba Chapel embarked on the vertical extension of the Chapel Hall to create more working space and the Musiime Hall – a multi-purpose Hall which will majorly be used as a Teens’ Chapel, and also for fellowships, meetings, parties, short courses and University lectures and exams.

The motivation of these physical development actions is the Gospel; we want the good news of Jesus Christ to reach more and deeper, and to equip more people to go and proclaim the same. The gospel liberates and gives life and light. Our teens need deliberate focus; they are in transition from being children to becoming adults, and are many times lost in between; yet they face potentially confusing circumstances both from internal changes happening in their bodies and from external influence by peers real and virtual. How can we support this project? What kind of offering shall we bring?

The book of Leviticus outlines different kinds of offerings for different purposes and occasions: burnt offerings as free will offerings, fellowship offerings, sin offering to atone for accidental wrong doing, guilt offerings to atone for deliberate sin, and a few other variations. For all these, it is repetitively mentioned that an offering from the flock or herd must be without defect flock or herd. This phrase is repeated at least 35 times in Leviticus and Numbers alone. In fact, there is a curse from the Lord as recorded in Prophet Malachi for one who goes against this rule: “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the LORD Almighty. ‘Without defect’ means complete, sufficient and the best from what the Lord has given you. May the Lord give us the grace to bring exactly this to His service.

At least Ugx 86 million has already been spent (in the first five weeks of the construction work), and the foundation and gallery structures are up. Thank you for your giving! Unfortunately, work has temporarily stalled as we raise more money for next tasks. The next activities include pushing the columns higher and casting the Second Floor slab (the Musiime Hall). I call upon you to support the physical prosperity and peace through your generous contribution to the building project at hand – the Musiime Hall Project, to cost us Ugx 300 million (this phase). The successfully completed project will stand as a gospel witness – a statement that God is able, He provides and His worship must continue through generations.