Alex M. Mutagubya grew up in abject poverty in Uganda, East Africa, his father having abandoned the family shortly before Alex was born. He gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 14. He became so passionate for God and began sharing the gospel with his classmates resulting in three quarters of them giving their lives to Christ. His call into fulltime ministry was confirmed to him during his time at university. And so, upon graduating, he began serving on the ministerial team at Ggaba Community Church.
It is there he met his wife, Faith. In May of 2007, they were married in Ggaba Community Church and three months later came to Portland Oregon to attend Multnomah University. In April 2009, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Aaleyah, Matina, Mutagubya. Alex graduated from Multnomah University with a Masters of Divinity in May 2010 and Faith graduated in May 2011 with a bachelors in Bible and Journalism. Today, they serve together as the senior ministers in Luzira Community Church, Kampala Uganda.
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What are some ways African pastors and Western pastors miscommunicate?
“I still go back to that issue of training and education,” answers Alex Mutagubya, Founder of Transform African Ministries and Pastor of Luzira Community Church in Kampala, Uganda. Often times, because of the different experiences or education of the pastors, you end up coming at an issue at two different angles, causing miscommunication.
How does discipleship differ between different contexts?
“In the US…most of the people are literate,” describes Alex Mutagubya, Founder of Transform African Ministries and Pastor of Luzira Community Church in Kampala, Uganda, “In our context, not so many people…know how to read.” To share the gospel, to evangelize or disciple someone in that context, “it has to be more relational than cerebral.”
How should we approach short-term missions?
“I am all for short-term trips, but for long-term relationships,” discusses Alex Mutagubya, Founder of Transform African Ministries and Pastor of Luzira Community Church in Kampala, Uganda. When we do short-term missions, we need to remember that we are being taught from the people as much as we have to teach them.
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