Meet Allan Tayebwa
My name is Allan Tayebwa and I was born in the southwestern district of Uganda called Ntungamo. I am the sixth child with four brothers and four sisters. I am married to Maggie and we are blessed with two children, Niella 2 and a half and Neil 6 months. At the time of my birth in 1985, my parents were serving with Anglican Church as priests. They retired recently after serving close to 40 years with the Anglican Church. It was a very tough ministry for my parents as they had no formal salary given to them. Their salary was the land that was available to till at the respective churches that they would be shifted to. As a result, we found difficulty in attaining education and other basic needs... but God is good, we by the grace of God were protected and provided for. Miraculously I was able to finish my university in 2012.
During my High school, I was chosen to be the scripture union fellowship organizer as I had some knowledge on the Bible from being involved with my parents’ church. In 2004 we organized a scripture union conference and invited other schools, on 18th as the conference opened with the first preacher, I realized for the first time that I needed to know Christ personally. I understood that religion and being nice could not save me, and I remember coming in front crying as the preacher invited those who wanted to give their lives to Christ. My real Christian service started after that conference. In 2007 I got baptized and continued to be shepherded by brothers at Rukungiri Bible church. Hungering for the word and wanting knowing the Lord better, I went to Glo, Zambia for ten months on a discipleship course and returned to Uganda to serve mainly with school ministry, and teaching at church. Not many churches in Uganda are Bible teaching and I had a desire to see many Bible teaching churches being planted. It was difficult though to reach out to the nation while operating from the village miles away from the capital and my desire was to get to the city, reach out to many people from different regions and these people would get back to their areas and plant Bible teaching churches.
In December 2012 after getting done with my university education, I travelled to Kampala, and with my wife settled in Nansana town, a few miles from Kampala city centre and started reaching out to this community, we later started meeting in our house as a fellowship while Maggie taught children on Saturday evenings. People continued to come and we could not fit in our small house any longer. We decided to rent a hall and we started meeting on the Lord’s day. God has continued to bring souls to himself and many that yearn for the word are coming to enjoy and learn Christ. It has not been an easy time ministering but we thank God who is making it possible for us to keep on the altar as living sacrifices! So difficult it has been but we keep the faith till the day we meet our Lord and savior. Meanwhile as I serve by mainly teaching the Bible and doing evangelism, I am studying at Calvary Chapel Bible College. I definitely need to be trained more so that I can better and more effective teach God’s word.
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It was in late 2014 that I (Sam) met Allan through my parents, who had recently moved to Michigan to establish a new ministry for military veterans. A missionary family that had a tent-maker kind of business doing electrical work and came to service their house, regularly made trips to Uganda, and my mom put together a package of Sunday School materials to send to them. Along the way, Allan and I ended up corresponding online, and soon we became friends. God laid it on my heart to begin supporting him, and eventually I took it to my church and asked if they would partner with me and help support this church in Uganda. Together we raised several hundred dollars for them, but I knew even then that we needed something more permanent, and something with accountability. It was at this time that an old missionary friend of mine from Calvary put me in touch with Les Loftquist, who directed me to Cornel Stef and PIEI. And now we have the foundation in place for this new partnership ministry. Will you help us build upon it?