Meet James Odong Piny. James, his wife Janet, and their 6 children live in rural Uganda.
First, we'll provide you with a little information about Portugal and where the money we raise will go...
Percentage of Christians in Uganda: 33.83%
Our Special Offering will go towards: Motorcycle (provides transportation to visit churches and plant new ones), Generator- (for the newest Ethos Church planted in Lira), Supplies for the new church (instruments, rent, etc.)
Amount Needed: $7,350
We asked James some questions — what their needs are, stories that they want to share, and more. Click the categories to learn more about James and the work in Uganda...
BASIC INFO & STATS
James' Biography, written by Ethos Church
James Odong Piny has been a pastor for almost 25 years and has planted 15 thriving churches in the past 10 years. He is passionate about making disciples and raising up godly leaders to advance the Gospel in every village of Uganda. By making disciples and reproducing healthy churches, James wants to awaken the movement that Jesus began and see the Kingdom of God come to life in Uganda and beyond. He says that he’s learned to trust the Lord completely after seeing God’s faithfulness over and over again.
Ethos has gotten to partner with James and Onward over the past 3 years to help train over 1000 African pastors in numerous villages in Northern Uganda as well as Kenya. James discovered his gift and passion for teaching and discipleship when he started going to new villages, raising up leaders there and seeing them start new churches. He and his wife, Janet, have 6 children. James is currently planting a new Ethos church in Lira, Uganda.
James, written by Jana Ogg
James has absolutely incredible stories from walking with the Lord, and is one of the most faithful men you will ever meet. He says he’s learned to trust the Lord completely after seeing God’s faithfulness over and over again. One example of that is from James’ early years of being a pastor. Northern Uganda was ravaged by war for 25 years, and one day he was preaching in his church when Joseph Kony and the LRA Army stormed in. They held him at gunpoint and told him to stop preaching, but James firmly stayed put and simply asked that his church be allowed to continue to worship. The army amazingly replied for him to continue to do his job and they would continue to do theirs, and at once left him and his church unharmed.
Another way James saw the Lord move in extraordinary ways was a day he and his team were traveling to another village to plant a church. Travel was extremely dangerous because of landmines that were placed in the road, but it didn’t deter James and his team. They safely arrived in the village, only to find out that hours after they passed through a bomb had exploded on a road exactly where they walked. There was no explanation for it not going off other than the Lord’s protection.
Ethos has gotten to partner with James and Switchboard Missions over the past 3 years to help train over 1000 African pastors in numerous villages in Northern Uganda as well as Kenya. James realized his gift for teaching and discipleship when he started going to new villages and raising up leaders, and churches just started being planted through that. James is currently planting an Ethos church in Lira, Uganda.
Onward Uganda has graduated 17 people. 2 have called James telling him that they are praying and sensing that they should start planning churches.
Many people are tithing to the churches they attend and participate in. There are many good locations for church as well. God has blessed them with a good sound system!
There has been some opposition from other church leaders.
Transportation (that's why we are helping purchase a motorcycle!)
Ethos Uganda Expenses
Support: 26.9 M UGX ($7,350 USD)
Drum Set- 3M UGX
Guitar- 1.2 M UGX
Rent for 6 months-4.2M UGX
Upkeep for 6 months-6M UGX
We hope you have been inspired as you read about James. If you'd like to give towards our Special Offering, go here and make sure to select "Birthday 2019" as your designation.
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