Our partnerships

Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo

 

Chris Howles, UMS staff member and former student at Oak Hill, writes:

“The partnership between Oak Hill College and Uganda Martyrs' Seminary Namugongo (UMSN) goes back to the 1980’s when the principal of UMS, Godfrey Bazira, was killed in 1984 by government soldiers during a time of unrest. Students were also tortured and taken away, and the college, which back then was just a small training centre, was in need of rebuilding. Some Oak Hill staff heard about the dreadful incident (the murdered principal had previously been a student at Oak Hill) and started to pray and support the college, and the relationship grew rapidly from there.

It is a long-running and extensive relationship. Both colleges regularly pray for each other in times of corporate worship. About 30 students from poorly-resourced dioceses are studying here at UMSN because of bursaries we can offer from money generously raised by Oak Hill students. The UMSN principal Canon Henry and his wife Christine have been to visit and stay at Oak Hill twice in the last 8 years to fellowship with, teach, and learn from, folk there, and there’s also been 4 faculty members from Oak Hill come to visit UMSN over recent years to do the same.

Perhaps the richest and most beneficial component of the relationship between the two colleges is the regular ‘partnership weeks’ we enjoy. These are visits to Uganda of teams of Oak Hill staff and students who come and partner with UMSN students in thinking how to preach through a book of the Bible, whilst also spending time praying together, learning about each other’s lives, and talking together about opportunities and challenges in ministry. We’ve now had 21 of these partnership weeks involving a total of 172 different Oak Hill students going back to 2009.”