Pastor Joash Grace Haguma is a former resistance fighter who was called by God out of the military and into the spiritual battle for His nation of Uganda. God sent him to Kiboga – a town 120 km north-west of the capital Kampala. Pastor Joash leads Elim Church Kiboga and has planted over 40 churches in the former Kiboga district of Uganda – now divided into Kiboga and Kyankwanzi.
He is also the Founder and Director of FOWEPLAK – the Foundation for Orphans, Widows, the Elderly and People Living with HIV/AIDS, Kiboga. FOWEPLAK is a registered charity in Uganda and is overseen by a board of district leaders. This organisation runs an orphanage, a primary school, a vocational education college, a sports academy with several winning teams as well as programs for the Elderly and people living with HIV/AIDS in their region.
Elim Church has its own run-down building that is also used as sleeping quarters and a training facility as well as being used to host spiritual life conferences. The Church has a large ministry in the District and has creative ministry teams that reach out to young people both in their District and in Uganda generally, including Kampala. Healing Crew, for instance, is a team of musicians, singers and dancers with a powerful ministry to Uganda’s youth.
This large ministry works in one of the depressed and neglected parts of Uganda and the work runs on a handful of US dollars a month. A recent visit there highlighted the fact that this work cannot continue as it is without significant support and assistance. Food is scarce and teachers often cannot be paid. Transport costs prevent sports teams from making their games and Pastoral teams from reaching the villages of the District.