MBARARA- Bishop Bernard Kakuru Bampata, of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in charge of south western Uganda field, has asked Christians to give offerings and tithe in their homes as they pray and later after the lock down they hand them over to the church treasurer in their respective localities.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) also adhered to the president’s directive to suspend religious gatherings as one of the counter measures to control the spread of corona virus pandemic.
At the headquarters of South western Uganda field in Kamukuzi Mbarara, the main gate leading to church building has remained closed with a small notice reading “No congregational worship until 30 days elapse, this is due to COVID 19” is placed at the door entry which was also closed with a big padlock.
Bishop Kakuru, says that Christians should not change the norms of praying at home.
Bishop Kakuru, urged Christians not to lose hope but rather pray too much so that God hears and accepts their prayers much as they remain in their homes.
Bishop Kakuru, encouraged Christians with a scripture in the book 2chronicles 7:13-14 in order to have hope and assurance that the living God they pray and worship is in control.
Ronald Rubuguri, a Christian, says praying at home is ok but it’s hard to follow the church procedures and to pay offerings at home. He says that those who lead prayers at church are trained to do so.
“We shall only try to pay the offerings but we have always been praying at home so it is really hard to give offerings and following all the church norms of praying.” He says.
Last Saturday marked the first Sabbath since the president issued the directives on Wednesday March 18th 2020.