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 Reconciliation Ministry

 Ogwang

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ACCS Reconciliation Ministry: Past, Present & Future. ACCTS SC09 Presentation.

 

My comprehension of ACCTS Reconciliation Ministry traces back to the 2004 World Conference at Seoul, South Korea with the remarkable meeting with Craig Conrad whose life and commitment has made considerable impact in my life and ministry and deepened my understanding of Peace and Reconciliation. Today I am most grateful to be able to trace my history as we share together in this Seoul Council 2009. I continue to praise God for Craig and Alison for all they have done in making ACCTS Reconciliation Ministry alive and well over the years and for their contribution and sacrifice in modelling me and others through the comprehensive peacemaker trainings with the Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC) and faithful mentorship.

Years have come and gone with a succession of new challenges. There will surely be more to come. Violent conflict will not disappear but will instead take new forms as the global context changes and problems within and between differing societies continue to build.

Economic globalisation, increased pressure on the world’s natural resources, and social marginalization amid population growth are creating rapid social and economic changes and tension – especially within poorer countries like those from where I originate, Uganda in particular, the grate lakes region of Africa in general. If affluent nations respond to this tension with force, problems will only worsen and the direct human price will increase. It is therefore essential that these cycles of violence are broken rather than fed.

ACCTS has made a modest, but effective, contribution to addressing some of the gravest armed conflicts in Africa. Now we need to build on our strengths: our people, our activities and our approach. Our work would not be possible without the knowledge, expertise and dedication of our staff and partners. And this work would not be as effective if our activities and approach were not rooted in a dual focus on ACCTS biblically based policy and local efforts. Over the coming years, we will continue to deepen our understanding of peace and reconciliation issues by creating stronger links between our sister organisations: Accts MMI, MSO, MCFs  and our peacemaking and advocacy work with Peace and Reconciliation Ministries in Africa (PRMA). This is what ACCTS Reconciliation Ministry was founded on, what has seen us prosper and what makes us unique

New areas, New Challenges:

It will appear to you that reconciliation ministry is a new area of ministry in the traditional work of ACCTS and the AMCF in general. Like other  ministries, ACCTS Reconciliation Ministry  requires sustainable funds and a solid business plan to meet the needs of project and programme activities, as well as core costs. To this end, we will continue to improve our financial management and budget discipline. We also will continue to strengthen our institutional fundraising capacity and develop a more active outreach programme. In Africa Reconciliation Ministry is finding its subsidiary support through Business As Mission (BAM) strategy and this need to be supported and encouraged through increase in capital base so that we are able to raise more profit and sustain the program.

Our future success is dependent on success in the wider peace and reconciliation sector as well, particularly its effectiveness and credibility. The sector needs to be more proficient in both gauging and explaining the impact of peace building. For ACCTS Reconciliation Ministry this means increasing public awareness of the issues involved in peace and reconciliation as understood by ACCTS and of the work of peace building organisations. We are happy to do this among you the key groups that influence opinion and policy that affect especially the AMCF globally (ACCTS, Accts MMI & MSO). The presence of the regional Vice Presidents in this Seoul Council 2009 is key as we look to them for the successful introduction and implementation of reconciliation doctrines and practices within MCFs they oversee.

A larger preoccupation will be balancing our geographical presence and scale: how best does one organisation impact the wide-scale problem of violent conflict? Often, funding constraints and other factors have meant operating on too small a scale and in the margins of the key issues. ACTTS UAS will need to ensure that we are working on a scale that is commensurate with the problems we address. We also expect to see a greater field presence relative to our lean International staffing to better assist AMCF efforts for peace globally within our AMCF Constituents. V.Ps, we are at your service and what we need is just your support to the program and endorsement.

The doctrines of reconciliation that we stand for and aim to continue promoting is that we as peacemakers worldwide has adopted – the peacemaker’s pledge from the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a branch of Peacemaker Ministries that we have adapted as our own and stand for: Reference is here made to the Reverend Craig Conrad’s’ Reconciliation Presentation during the 2004 Seoul Council at Seoul, South Korea.

To remain a vibrant ministry, to contribute to strengthening the reconciliation sector, and to remain abreast of the evolving international agenda, ACCTS Reconciliation ministry needs to continue embracing new challenges. To carry out new work, we can both mobilise existing capacities and develop new ones as necessary. We must look at engaging in new countries and regions even as we continue to take Africa as a special case.

What is certain for the future is that AMCF must remain prepared and able to change and innovate, as it has done in the past, accepting and adopting new areas of ministries. The road to a peaceful world is a long one, and we must build our strength increasingly on our ability to communicate effectively. The field of peace and reconciliation is becoming more recognised and respected globally. As ACCTS USA we will continue to help strengthen the sector, sharing the learning of the past years and helping to find new ways of making peace possible within the MCF constituents and be able to impact the military and the outer world positively.

The following activities were carried out in recent and past:

Since our meeting with WO2. Craig Conrad (Rt.) reconciliation ministry has taken dramatic progress and we have been able to impact nations for peace and reconciliation. Among the countries we have been active are: Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, South Africa Republic, Liberia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and now we are exploring the possibilities of working with Pater Laurence on the Madagascar Truth and Reconciliation as ACCTS special project.

  1. We have conducted training in Peace & Reconciliation to various groups including to the Military Christians especially in Northern Uganda. Right now we have set up in place Peace & Reconciliation leaderships and structures among the 4th and 5th divisions of the UPDF in Northern Uganda (Uganda Conflict zone).

 

  1. We have conducted conflict coaching, supplied bibles and a few peacemaking materials to the UPDF Military Christians in Northern Uganda as well as to the LRA contacts as part of our contribution to the Juba Peace Process.  We had evangelistic and peace ministries to a few LRA rebels (combatants) in Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda. We continued to travel and minister to places where life used to be impossible without military escorts though with a few heart beats of fear as you are reminded of the atrocities associated with these areas by the sceneries you can’t avoid catching eyes on.

 

  1. We have had fruitful ministry to children and communities affected by LRA insurgency in Northern Uganda under the theme ‘building a culture of peace in the new generation’. The kids are being trained to convey the messages of peace through storytelling, poems, music, dance and drama for purposes of rehabilitating them and instilling the culture of peace in them.

 

  1. We have conducted training in biblical Peace & Reconciliation principles and practices to so far 659 Pastors, Evangelists, Para-church and community leaders serving and ministering to the military in various parts of Africa.

 

  1. Representing ACCTS USA Reconciliation Ministry I have had ministry visits to the United Kingdom where I joined ACCTS MMI in a training weekend at Serum College, Salisbury. During the training weekend, I spoke with emphasis on the need to integrate peacemaking as part of military discipleship program for Military Christian Fellowships (MCF) in Africa and around the world. We had in attendance Maj. John Seii and Col. Francis Ogola from Kenya Military Christian Fellowship among others. They both agreed with me that Peacemaking and Reconciliation training should be incorporated as part of Military Discipleship in order to cultivate and nurture a culture of peace in the armed forces and to raise peacemakers within Africa MCFs as well as to the rest of the military world over. I affirmed my availability to the four AMCF Vice Presidents in Africa whenever they are ready to have peace and reconciliation training reach their Military Fellowships since we are not able to take every member of the Africa MCF to the US for Peacemaker training with the ICC. The training I have received should be put to good use to benefit the entire region and I am available to do the training as the VPs deems fit. I noted that what is required is the support of the peacemaking vision and funds to enable us take the training nearer to the Military.

 

I also had the opportunity of meeting a few Ugandans living in the UK who have links with the LRA in one way or the other with a view of enlightening them on the real situation at home and solicit their support towards the then Peace Process at Juba, which was a clear road to lasting peace and security stability in Northern Uganda.

During my visit I was also able to join my wife Jennifer at Ellel Ministry, Pierrepont where we both attended the Centre’s Married Seminar and Core Identity Issue Training which I find beneficial as we carry out ACCTS Reconciliation work in Africa.

  1. We have done Conflict coaching and mediation successfully though non of our cases has gone to arbitration stages yet. We remain open in helping conciliate cases from our militaries and communities especially from areas of Uganda and Liberia and  Africa in general where we have now instilled Peace & Reconciliation awareness to the military.

 

  1. Alongside Flame International we participated in conducting workshops in war trauma healing and reconciliation training in Northern Uganda.

 

  1. We were part of the observer organization at the Juba Peace process between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army with the late  Maj. (Rtd.) Ben Olila full time at Juba and my personal  occasional visits.

 

  1.  We have trained 60 staffs of Sports Outreach Uganda in Peace & Reconciliation principles and practices to empower them in their work of ministry in the war torn Northern Uganda.

 

  1.  Africa Union continues to recognise our work for Peace & Reconciliation and we have been recognised among civil society organisations to work with Africa Union in developing Policy framework for Post Conflict Reconstruction & Development (PCRD) in Africa. In this spirit I was invited to a number of Africa Union meetings at Lusaka, Zambia for a workshop on PCRD and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where I made excellent contributions to the policy framework addressing areas of Justice, Human Rights & Reconciliation.

 

  1. We have become more equipped with training materials and resource that occasionally is being sent from Peacemaker Ministry. We continue to receive financial support that has helped us in implementing ACCTS Reconciliation Program from the Rev. Craig Conrad through CMP. We now have a well organised training program on PowerPoint that makes my training very interesting. God has been faithful and we now have a very good brand new Multimedia LCD Projector and a brand new DELL Inspiron 1420 which has eased our training a lot.

 

  1. The past years has not been without challenges. We have always lacked resources that would otherwise empower us to do more than we plan to do.

 

As we implement ACCTS reconciliation Ministry we are committed to the belief that Peacemaking & Reconciliation is founded on the centrality of Christ, the role of the Church and Christian Counselling based on the Word of God which clearly fits within ACCTS core values of being Biblically based, Spirit led, Prayer centred, and People focused. Our strategy is based on the strategy of Jesus: There is no person in history who has impacted all of mankind more than Jesus Christ. Jesus was deeply concerned for the continuation of redemptive, reconciling work after the close of his earthly existence, and his chosen method was the formation of a small band of committed friends. He did not form an army, establish a headquarters, or even write a book. What he did was to collect a few very common men and women, inspire them with the sense of his spirit and vision, and build their lives into an intensive fellowship of affection, worship and work. We will be doing just that through the network of committed friends within the AMCF Constituents.

One of the truly shocking passages of the gospel is that in which Jesus indicates that there is absolutely no substitute for the tiny, loving, caring, reconciling society.

One of the most powerful ways of turning people’s loyalty to Christ is by loving others with the great love of God. As ACCTS Reconciliation Ministry we are committed to train and teach MCFs to practice Peacemaking principles that will enable them stand on top of all kinds of conflicts rather than the ordinary escape and attack responses common to our society and militaries. This will enable them be one and walk in love which is honest and sincere – the true love of Christ and indeed impact their societies.

If there should emerge in our day such a Fellowship of Military People who love each other greatly with the love of God, wholly without artificiality and free from the dead hand of the past, it would be an exciting event of momentous importance. A society of genuine loving friends, set free from the self-seeking struggle for personal prestige and from all unreality, would be something unutterably priceless and powerful. A wise soldier would sacrifice all it takes to join such Military Fellowships.

We will continue to integrate lessons learned and successes into future work, building upon our strategic peace and reconciliation approaches through continued planning, assessment and evaluation. We will continue our aim to make a difference – to enhance the prospect of a better life for people now living under the daily threat of violence and, we will value your love, prayers and support. Grace & Peace!

 

 

Prepared and presented by Dickson Ogwang: ACCTS USA Staff member – Reconciliation Ministries, a former member of the Uganda paramilitary, a Ugandan based lawyer, and a member of Advocates Africa Network of Advocates International where he co-chairs the AI Peace & Reconciliation Global Task Force, Africa Regional Director - Community Mediation Project, Founder & President of Peace & Reconciliation Ministries in Africa.

 

 
     

 


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1  Including "Other Support Organizations"     Barnes 2009-08-12 3158
2  Enhancing Efforts for WoWW Ministry     Minks 2009-08-12 3105
 Reconciliation Ministry     Ogwang 2009-08-12 3122
4  Training of Military Ministry Leaders     Reifsnyder 2009-08-12 3314
5  Mobilizing Churches to Pray for the Military     Prindle 2009-08-12 3244
6  Funding for Vice Presidents of AMCF     Kaltenbach 2009-09-11 3138
7  Mil Ethics Paper in MSO CI from Dunlap     CalDunlap 2009-09-11 3027
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