September 2005 – I was at the university, in my second year, just turned 21, excited about life and not really worried about taking ‘measured risks’. I don’t remember the exact date, but I remember the details; Moses Mukisa aka Mosze, the team leader of the Worship Harvest Music Group which I belonged to at the time, called my boyfriend and I and took us out for ice-cream.
He tried to be funny and light hearted but we could tell there was something important he wanted to tell us. Thankfully, he didn’t waste much time. Once we had our ice-cream in hand, he dropped the bomb. Apparently, God had told him to start a church, and he was asking us to come along with him.
We waited for him to laugh and high five us, but he was serious. What? Us? Start a church? We had no doubt we were going to support Mosze, but start a church? Didn’t we need to go to Bible school? Now, knowing Mosze, we knew that he never used the ‘God told me’ line, and often discouraged it, so this had to be God.
He told us that he would allow us time to pray and hear from God for ourselves. Well, deep in our hearts, WE KNEW we were going to be part of this crazy experience, but we needed to seem serious and also pray about it. So we did. By the evening, I think we already had our answer – it was a Yes! Not really a yes to start a church, but a yes to support Mosze.
To say that we had NO CLUE what we had just signed up for is a big fat understatement. Life as we thought we knew it was about to change in small dozes.
The journey of preparation begun. The team broke up, from more than 30 people to less than 17. We went through the pain of telling our pastors since we were all committed members of different churches, and most of us were leaders. (The details of the story are in the book Church Begins On Monday. Get your copy – wink wink)
On April 2nd 2006, we held our first service. We had more than 120 people attending, mostly to come see what this bunch of crazy, inexperienced kids were doing. Mosze preached about Embracing The Dream. It was real, exciting and scary! The only issue was, unlike the concerts we had pulled off, we were going to be doing this EVERY Sunday. There was no turning back.
Guess how many people came back the next Sunday? – None!
It was just the team – about 17 of us. We didn’t discuss it, mostly because there was nothing to discuss. We set up the sound, the 50 hired plastic chairs, and we had our 30 minutes of praise and worship, the offering (if you can call it that), and then we left the stage, formed the congregation, and Mosze left the keyboard and preached to us.
That went on for a while… I remember that I couldn’t really tell my family what I was up to. I was from a very organized, traditional church family. There was no way of explaining that instead of concentrating on school, I was part of a crazy group of people who had started a church. No way! But, we kept going… we knew there was no turning back.
11 years later and here we are! More than 2500 people’s lives are being impacted every week in 7 locations, we are planting our 8th location this week, my boyfriend and I are now pastors (O Gosh!), and we are still an inexperienced, excitable lot, AMAZED at what God can BIRTH when someone says YES!
People come and ask us how we do it, and we genuinely, and I mean genuinely, rarely have an answer – we KNOW that it is all a work of God. Totally. We still get so excited when we get guests at any location, we still share stories of transformation with child-like glee, we still get embarrassed at God’s blessings, and we are EVIDENCE that God can use ANY available person. We, my friends, were simply carriers of God’s dream!
As we birth our 8th location, the crazy bunch that have dared to dream with God are as excited and scared as we were 11 years ago, and they have no clue what a beautiful set up they have walked into.
To our 8th baby – God’s baby – Worship Harvest Kibuye, due this Sunday, 19th February – you are carriers of God’s dream. Remain undaunted. Remain hungry and excited. You have just started on the journey of your lives and you will tell the story for generations to come!
#WHKibuye 19th February, 10a.m, Muganzirrwaza building, Nakummat Katwe. Come be a witness!