Pastors mount ‘holy guard’ for fallen colleague Charles Bagenda

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In Summary: A ‘holy guard’ of honor was mounted by a full cast of some pastors from the National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in Uganda and abroad in honor of their fallen colleague Pastor Charles Bagenda. The remains of the deceased were laid to rest at his ancestral home in Bulyansime village in Iganga district, Uganda late last month. Pastor Charles Bagenda died of a blood clot at the West Houston Medical Center on Saturday, February 24, 2018.   The founding pastor of the Houston Praise Community Church in Houston, Texas, USA, had just returned from a church minister’s conference in Uganda and was hospitalized after a week. He was pronounced dead three days later.  The body of the departed man of God arrived in Uganda on March 19 and a requiem service for the deceased was held at the Praise Cathedral church in Ntinda-kigowa on March 20. Pastor Charles Bagenda, 53, is survived by a widow, Betty Bagenda, 3 children; Aaron, 16, Anne, 14, and Amazing, 10. RIP, Pastor Charles Bagenda, the selfless servant of God and His people!  

The casket of the fallen Pastor Bagenda was brought into the cathedral by the pallbearers. This was witnessed Some of the pastors from the National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in Uganda and others from abroad who mounted a ‘holy guard’ of honour in honor of their fallen colleague. They paid glowing tribute to pastor Charles Bagenda during the requiem service at The Praise Cathedral and at his home in Bulyansiime village, Iganga district before the burial.

Iganga, Uganda—A ‘holy’ guard of honor was mounted by a full cast of pastors from  the  National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in Uganda and abroad in honor of their fallen colleague Pastor Charles Bagenda whose remains were laid to rest at his ancestral home in  Bulyansime village in  Iganga district, Uganda late last month. Pastor Charles Bagenda died of a blood clot at the West Houston Medical Center on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Pastor Charles Bagenda, 53, is survived by a widow, Betty Bagenda, 3 children; Aaron, 16, Anne, 14, and Amazing, 10.

The family of the deceased

The founding pastor of the Houston Praise Community Church, Texas, USA, Pastor Charles Bagenda had just returned from a church minister’s conference in Uganda and was hospitalized after a week. He was pronounced dead three days later.  The body of the departed man of God arrived in Uganda on March 19 and a requiem service for the deceased was held at the Praise Cathedral church in Ntinda-kigowa on March 20.  Pastor Dr. Godfrey Kamese led the service and was assisted by his wife Pastor Edith Kamese.

The family of the deceased Pastor Charles Bagenda

Several pastors and religious leaders  from the  national fellowship of born again churches in Uganda and others from abroad who mounted ‘a holy’ guard  of honor to send off their fallen colleague at the funeral and the burial in Iganga included among others: Apostle John Bunjo, Pastors Kamya Emmanuel, Joseph Kabuye, Osborn Muyanja, John Israel Bazze and his wife Esther Bazze, pastor Lydia Lugumya of Houston Praise Community Church, the former deputy to the deceased,  pastors Kenneth Kamese, Magezi, Ssekito,  pastor Tumwine, Pastor Gidudu, and many more from the national fellowship of Born Again churches of Uganda.

The men of God paid glowing tribute to their deceased comrade pastor Charles Bagenda for his selfless service to God and humanity during the requiem service at the Praise Cathedral in Kigowa, Ntinda and at another service at deceased ’s home in  Bulyansime village in  Iganga district before his burial. All the services were led by  Pastor Dr. Godfrey Kamese of the Praise Cathedral assisted by his wife Pastor Edith Kamese.

Some of the residents of Houston who flew to Uganda for the funeral included the former president of the Ugandan community in Houston Mr. Daniel Jombwe, Hajjati Yudaya Naiga, Sarah Namulondo, and Josephine Sabiti, pastors Lydia Lugumya and Paul Gidudu, among others. The A-Plus Funeral Management took charge of all the funeral-related activities from the time the body arrived at Entebbe airport through to the burial at Bulyansiime village, Iganga district.

During the requiem service for the deceased in Kampala at the Praise Cathedral church in Ntinda-kigowa on Tuesday, March 20, hundreds of mourners including pastors, relatives, friends, and well-wishers thronged the Cathedral beyond its capacity. The 3-hour service was streamed live on the church’s Facebook page from 9 am to 1:00 PM local time.   Pastor Dr. Kamese told hundreds of mourners that the fallen man of God had left a legacy of service to both God and humanity that should challenge every believer to immortalize. “We thank God for the time we have shared with Pastor Charles Bagenda. He spiritually fed, received and guided many. He was a brother, a friend, a mentor to many at both The Praise Cathedral and Houston Praise Community Church (HPCC) in the USA,” Pastor Dr. Kamese eulogized his fallen friend and brother in Christ.

To the hundreds of mourners, relatives, and friends, the funeral service at Kigowa in Ntinda was a glorious and befitting send-off for the fallen man of God. The three children of the deceased were overwhelmed by the over pouring of emotions as speaker after speaker praised the good deeds of the departed father.

Joseph Muwonge, President of the Ugandan community in Houston, USA.

Mr. Joseph Muwonge, the President of the Ugandan community in Houston expressed gratitude to all those who contributed funds, time, and material items toward the funeral of their beloved and departed pastor, friend, brother, and father. “We thank God for his life, commit his family, relatives, and relatives to prayer, and in all this, we ceaselessly give all the glory back to God for giving us the gift of Pastor Bagenda,” he prayed.

Pastor Charles Bagenda’s death dealt a heavy blow to the Ugandan community in Houston and to the global faithfuls. Beyond morning and paying off their last respects, the community celebrated his life, and voted with their pocketbooks and generously contributed to the repatriation the remains of the fallen man of God to Uganda for burial. “He deserved every bit of our time, energy, and resources to give him a decent and respectful send-off,” Mr. Muwonge told the EADM.

 

 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7(KJV).  RIP, Pastor Charles Bagenda, the selfless servant of God and His people! A video of the funeral service can be viewed at:

https://www.facebook.com/PraiseMinistriesUg/videos/?ref=page_internal#!/PraiseMinistriesUg/videos/10159096339457355/

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