Alfred Musungu is a busy guy. He’s a pastor and a farmer – two full time jobs. He also has seven children and is the chairman of Pastors Unity Alliance that includes three districts in the Easter part of Uganda.
When you first meet Alfred the first thing you’ll notice is his smile. His whole face lights up and you find the laughter spreading to your face as well. Alfred has a gap between his front teeth that is typical of the people in his tribe, the Bamasaaba. He’ll be the first to tell you that life is not easy, but his joy comes from faith in Jesus Christ.
Every month, Alfred joins other pastors in three days of prayer and fasting. The Pastors Unity Alliance is a vital part of what God is doing to bring revival. Pastors and their congregations come together to worship, hear the Word and pray. No meals are served, no coffee and doughnuts. They take a cup of corn porridge in the evening and then get right back to the business of prayer. They will pray deep into the night, sleep a few hours in the church then get up early. By four in the morning they are praying again. What do they pray for? Alfred and the other pastors are firm believers in the scripture found in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
There is a lot of witchcraft and demon worship ingrained in Alfred’s tribe. But he knows that is not how God created the Bamasaaba to be. The Lord created Alfred’s people to worship the one true God as only the Bamasaaba can. God gave them a unique language, dance and heart. Alfred wants to see his people come back to God and leave the futile sinful ways of their forefathers. Alfred believes the prophecies that say the fire and anointing of revival will begin with the Bamasaaba and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the rest of Uganda, then to all of East Africa and then the whole world.
Various pastors in the Alliance take turns hosting the conference. We go to a new venue every month. Hosting over 200 people for a three day prayer and fasting conference happens every June at Open Chapel International. This year we had rented enough plastic chairs, but the tapelines had holes and the generator blew the sound board. Except for the persistent torrential rain, everything else went well. It was a good thing people came from great distances without the expectation that they would sleep in beds or eat or be comfortable. Pastor Alfred had trained them well. They came to pray and that is exactly what they did.
The people of Uganda say, “If you’re not sweating, you’re not praying.” That means prayer is hard work. There were not simple bless the food type prayers here. We were in the battle and that means war against the evil powers and principalities in high places. Even when it rained so hard we couldn’t hear the preacher and the roof leaked like a sieve, we hunkered down for the fight and won in prayer. Pastor Alfred, along with all the rest of us, got very, very wet. But that didn’t stop us from praying.
God was gracious to send so many people to help us by giving us the gift of their fervent effective prayers. We expect to see a real difference in the spiritual atmosphere in our area, allowing people’s hearts to open up the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a greater way and releasing the power of God in allowing us to be more effective. Will you help us pray. If you can’t make it to Uganda for the conference in June 2018, just pray right now – where you are. Your prayers on our behalf make a difference.