PYGMY RALLY AT BUHOMA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE May 4th, 2005

DIOCESE OF KINKIIZI CHURCH OF UGANDA (ANGLICAN) P.O.BOX 77, KANUNGU. UGANDA

Here is an example of the gospel in action, bringing peoples together through Christian Love and Service. The following address was given during a rally including nine camps of about 600 Batua (Pygmies) who have come out of the forest and found new hope and health for their life and their children. This celebration lasted several hours and included a parade of the Batua camps; display of handcrafts; numerous speeches, songs and dances by various Batua and Bakiga groups; a play, and a firemaking demonstration; a tour of the new Health Centre, and a feast for everyone afterwards, hosted by the Kellermans. There were a couple thousand people in attendance, including both Batua and Bakiga, and a few Muzugu's (the Kellermans and seven of our ACTI mission team). The proceedings were presided over by the Bishop of Kinkiizi Diocese, the Rt. Rev. John Wilson Ntegyereize. It was announced that the Batua will be invited to enter the Diocese singing and dance competitions as well. A sermon was delivered by the Rev. John Pickett, Pastor of University Presbyterian Church, Las Cruces, NM, USA, and leader of this 2005 Mission team. I, Barry McWilliams, had the honor of the closing prayer. These pictures are mine as well. There are still several thousand Batwa in the forest, and it is hoped that many more will be led by these to a new and better life.