The week of 24th to 28th October was a remarkable one as the Bible Society of Uganda (BSU) hosted the 10th African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) forum which attracted delegates from across Africa, Chine, United Kingdom and America.
Under the theme, “Rediscovering the Biblical Vision for Mentorship”, ABLI began with a youth forum that was held on 24th October at MTN Arena Lugogo where youth equipped on how to be better mentees and find reliable people who help them walk the journey of life. This was followed the ABLI main forum from 26th to 28th October at the Commonwealth Speke Resort – Munyonyo.
The forum had powerful speakers who include;
• Prof. PLO Lumumba from Kenya
• Bishop Dr. Henley Luke Orombi, Retired Archbishop of Uganda
• Mr. Simon Peter Mukhama, General Secretary -The Bible Society of Uganda
• Pastor Kola Taiwo, New Wine Church – United Kingdom.
• Dr. Dare Ajiboye, Africa Region Mission Sustainability Champion – United Bible Societies.
• Prof. Esther Acolatse, Professor of pastoral theology and intercultural studies at Knox College, University of Toronto.
• Mrs. Pheona N. Wall, Lawyer and Founder Fidelis Leadership Institute.
• Dr. Ruth Senyonyi, Counsellor and Provincial Mothers Union President, Church of Uganda.
• Rev. Dirk Gevers, Secretary General – United Bible Societies
• Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, Chairman, Kenya National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
• Eng. Francis Musinguzi, African Regional Director, water.org
These speakers were backed by wonderful music from Lion of Judah Choir, St. Francis Chapel Makerere, Clevers Origin School choir and Katikamu S.D.A Secondary School. Panels of discussion with speakers and break away sessions addressing different aspects of mentoring made the forum engaging and special.
It was made clear that mentoring is deliberate and intentional thus a need to fully embrace the Bible as a tool that facilitate the process. Although Africa has failed in the way to handle godly mentoring, it was revealed that this has not completely been lost and there is a hope to strain forward, use the available resources and regain it.
Ugandans from different forums like Churches, government, academic institutions, judicially, business, police force among others fully attended ABLI and witnessed God challenging them to take on godly mentorship and walk the life journey with others especially the young generation.
As ABLI is not just an event but a movement, Uganda is now working on a mentoring program, Uganda Biblical Leadership Initiative (UBLI) which will take on the challenge to mentor young leaders and build resilience in the area of succession planning in organizations with biblical models and principles.
As ABLI is an African Initiative, BSU handed over the hosting obligation to the Bible Society of Zambia which will host the 11th forum in October 2023. A team from Uganda will be travelling to be part of ABLI Zambia in October 2023 as well.
Watch the ABLI 2022 Forum speeches at https://www.youtube.com/@thebiblesocietyofuganda196