James & Lilian Teira
At first I wanted to become a businessman to create jobs for my people, but later the Lord showed me He wanted me in full-time ministry. During the process, the Lord provided for me to attend Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. I hold a bachelors degree in commerce with a major in marketing. Later I attended Glad Tidings Bible College in Uganda where I received my pastoral training in youth ministry. Through prayer and circumstances the Lord showed me He wanted me in the ministry working with children and youth. God has revealed to me that the only way to change a nation is by influencing the younger generation the right way. If we bring this young generation to God, teach them His ways, educate and equip them with necessary life skills, we will be able to build a new generation of God-fearing people. These will be godly parents, husbands/wives, politicians, etc. with a right attitude. From my own youth I have worked with youth and children. I have worked as a children’s and youth pastor in a number of places since the early 90’s: AWANA, annual children’s & youth camps, Makerere Full Gospel Church, Gaba Community Church, African Children’s Choir, Mwangaza Children’s Choir and Africa Renewal Ministries.
Lilian holds a Diploma in business Administration but has spent more time in ministry than study – she is an excellent song writer and worship leader. She has worked with many Children’s Choirs: Mwangaza, Royal Junior School and Gaba Community Church.
James says, “When God called us to start a church in North Kampala; there were many things to leave behind (comfort, glory, sure income, friends…) and step into uncertainty. The community where God told us to plant the church was very messy and scary; there were over 20 shrines, gamblers gambled right next to the church, in front and behind were drinking places…Personally, I was fearful but my wife kept on saying; this is the place.
It would take a stranger who had never been there to confirm that God wanted me there. We stepped out in faith, in September 2007 and in 4 months we had over 150 people coming to Church. We currently have over 350 adults and over 400 children coming to Kampala Community Church every Sunday. God has changed many hopeless people, healed many of sickness and diseases, delivered many from demonic control and possession. We are now glad that we obeyed God.
At the beginning of 2008, we had to approach the church in a new way because of the challenges we were facing; we needed more chairs each Sunday, the children met under a tree and whenever it rained or shined too much, their services were interrupted, we needed more leaders in all areas of the church to cope with the growth. We therefore had to control numeric growth to match it with leadership growth and quality. Today we are happy to have a children’s building and meeting place for the adults. We are still challenged by space but know that our God will take of all these needs.”