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Uganda’s smallest church revealed

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th January 2009 03:00 AM

YOU could hear a needle hit the ground in a gathering of 50 people. And; listen to the silence! A cool breeze from down the slopes whistles through the calmness of the trees at this church. It is a paradise.

By Kikonyogo Ngatya

YOU could hear a needle hit the ground in a gathering of 50 people. And; listen to the silence! A cool breeze from down the slopes whistles through the calmness of the trees at this church. It is a paradise.

A loud cry of mercy, kindness and compassion tears the silence. It is quickly embraced by other 50 or so souls in worship frenzy. You could believe they have touched a prophet amidst them.

Groups of three or so, then scatter the stones that form this hill. From far, you could easily take it for a picnic or a campsite. But the demons of Biko hill in Nebbi district are no longer at rest. Once a wilderness and an alter of the devil worshippers, there is so much at this smallest church in the world than what the actual church building itself. Before, human sacrifice was rife in this place.

It had always been a dream for Archbishop Luke Orombi of the Church of Uganda to make Biko, a place of the Lord. And he did. A carefully constructed architectural icon. Here, only three people can enter the church. The priest and two people who form the congregation.

It has one door and several coloured glass windows. It is made out of rock. The Korean architect, building the church, has put an artistic touch to the project.

“Nothing is being broken here. We are leaving the counter as it is,” one of the civil engineers on site said.

The floor is a rock surface. Here, several people who come to this now recognised prayer retreat enter and pray in peace. What is so fascinating is the unwithering battle of the Lord over the demons. People here speak in tongues. The men cry. Everyone yells for compassion and love. It is amazing.

The place feels sacred, but also scarily. At least it had such an impact on me. It is like leaving your heart with a blonde in California desert. For sure, praying at Biko is like nursing labour of love.

“It is under the Biblical notion than whenever three or so people meet and pray, the Lord would be in their midst,” Paul Koyoa, a preacher and founder of the Family to Family Christian Ministries, said. He had gone there for a prayer retreat.

Here, you can literally have your soul fly. And the freshness of the vines exerts the real feeling that really Jesus is Lord.

Uganda’s smallest church revealed

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