KAMPALA – Tears of joy filled Namboole Stadium on Friday night as Pastor Aloysius Bugingo introduced his Rwandan parents to the congregation at the pre-Independence night anniversary prayers.
Pastor Bugingo then knelt before his parents for a blessing, who also obliged.
“God had a reason why he separated us and today, we are witnessing what our son has done. Thank you my son. Without hard work, you would not have achieved all this,” his mother said.
Pastor Bugingo revealed that he was born in 1974 at Masaka Referral Hospital. His parents at the time were living in Uganda. However, when the Rwanda War broke out, his parents had to go back to Rwanda, leaving him in the care of his uncle.
“Life became so hard because my uncle did not treat me like his son. He did not take me to school and instead made me his cattle keeper,” Bugingo said.
He added that he eventually fled the area by lorry and moved to Kampala where he started vending old shoes. The pastor added that he eventually became a regular caller of Impact Radio owned by Pastor Joseph Sserwada who eventually encouraged him to become a street preacher and eventually a pastor.
“I thank God who led me through this hardship. Now I know where I am going. As a man of God, I forgive my uncle,” he said.
He said he eventually established contact with the parents.
The prayers were led by Pastor Simeon Kayiwa of Namirembe Christian Fellowship who said Bugingo’s life should be a lesson for everyone.