Pastor Wilson Bugembe has declared his new-found interest in drama as a form of reaching out to the multitudes.
Well known as a recording artiste, with a flourishing music career, Bugembe has released several songs that have made him a household name and he is now ready for a new challenge: drama.
In a bid to minister to more people, the man of God is penning One Bottle that he hopes to finish soon and have it released as a short film targeting the youth.
While launching the 2017 edition of Campus Move at his church, Light the World ministries in Nansana, last weekend, Bugembe said plays are an effective way of providing spiritual enlightenment.
One Bottle, according to Bugembe, is based on the true story of a female university student whose life took a bad turn over one bottle of beer she had during a nightout with friends.
“She says after that one bottle of beer, she had no idea what happened next. When she woke up, she realized she had been sexually abused and also contracted HIV. The rest is now history,” said Bugembe.
THE CAMPUS MOVE
Vowing to help guide vulnerable university students who could end up in the same position, Bugembe had no idea what his intervention would be until one evening while driving past a university.
He saw a bus offering free transport to students to go attend a party with free beer in what he says was dubbed ‘campus night’.
“I was hurt, because I knew the people in that bus were our future leaders, pastors, ministers and I knew somebody had to do something,” he said. Bugembe hatched a plan to start the campus move.
Like the campus night, campus move also provides free transport to students but this time buses take students to Light the World church for a fun-filled spiritual and moral strengthening overnight service.
“They sing all the way in the buses. Buses from far have policemen in them for security purposes,” said Bugembe.
According to Ronald Amanya, head of the Campus Move, the number of students has been growing and so far, the initiative has more than 5,000 registered members from all universities across the country.
“At least 200 students commit their lives to Christ every time we do campus move,” said Amanya.
Charlotte Atuhaire an administrator at Kyambogo University who became part of the campus move while in her final year as a student in 2014 is full of praise for the program.
“I attended it and loved it. I have never stopped coming even if I am no longer at campus. There are some things you can’t learn from school, but from church,” said Atuhaire, now pursuing her post graduate studies in project planning and management at the Uganda Management Institute.
Next on Pastor Bugembe’s agenda is the street church, which targets prostitutes, thugs and any other kind of street dwellers who may not ordinarily go to church.
“We have been doing it and it has produced results. We had some ‘kifeesi’ members who turned to Christ and are now part of the church security,” noted Bugembe, who is determined to take the church to the streets.