This is a big figure, whichever way you want to look at it. If you still doubt it, lets get some context going…
At 2455 UGX for each benjamin, that’s a whooping 2,523,740,000UGX – in words, Two Billion, five hundred twenty three million, seven hundrend forty thousand Ugandan shillings. 50,475 notes of 50,000/= each.
That’s my gross salary for 1009 and half months – just over 84 years! Considering that I started earning this gross salary only a few months ago, I have to live close to 120 years to ever make that money – and still, almost 40% of it would remain black holed into PAYE and NSSF!!!
Simple – I will never live to make that kind of money, atleast while still at my day job!
This figure will go down in books of history, as the first donation of its kind by a sub-saharan african church, to 3 churches outside of the boundaries of its own country! Watoto Church has just given away over 1 Million USD to Israel, Burundi and SouthSudan, for the purpose of building the church in the 3 capitals.
In a country where 64.5% of the population live on 2 USD and below – source – how is it that some 20,000 or so faithful givers have the means to raise 1 Million USD? In a country where there is no money, or atleast we have come to believe it, where do these christians get this much?
So it was a miracle missions offering – interesting! This money was all given as individuals, men women, husbands and wives, parents and children, companies sought to give an offering to missions, for a miracle.
Ok here is why this is mind boggling. If these christians would do it, imagine if 10 churches in Uganda, gave 500,000 USD in miracle offerings – imagine what that would do. To the spirit of Generosity, the breaking of the bonds of greed, and for Ugandans to learn to give – selflessly give.
Imagine what a challenge that would place to the government, to know that a community could mobilize to stock a hospital’s drugs for 1 a whole year, or a church would single-handedly fund a school, for the sake of the children getting off the streets and getting into classrooms. Imagine the challenge it presents to governments and authorities if a community of believers bought a ferry, and reconstructed a landing site?
You might say, that’s the church getting into politics -but what about the problems of the society. It would be great for christians to give 10,000 USD to Bududa Victims. You see the church is not just about the spiritual stuff. The church is very much community. Small groups meeting in a home, iron sharpening iron, small groups praying together, meeting each other’s needs. These small groups were first seen in the early church – read the book of The Acts. These small groups meet once in a week to encourage each other, and to celebrate their Christ. These small groups form a large unit. This Unit raises 1 Million USD. For that amount of money, which church shouldn’t be involved in politics?
Anyhow, What would you do with 1 million USD?