Bios of American and Ugandan Leaders in "Transforming Uganda"
See the article, Six Reasons Why Americans Should Care About What is Happening in Uganda, written as a preface for this list of bios.
The bios are listed below after the time signature indicating the first appearance of that person in the 20-minute video "Transforming Uganda." The bios are not necessarily in order of prominence and also include groups and media included in the video. The information given for individuals and ministries are not to infer "guilt by association" but to show the remarkable global interconnectivity of these charismatic networks and their links to political and religious leaders around the world.
Bios of Leadership in Transforming Uganda
Links to the video "Transforming Uganda"
[1:04] George Otis, Jr.
Otis heads Sentinel Group and produces the Transformation series of movies, beginning with The Transformations released in 1999 continuing to the present. The movies are presented as documentaries of prototype communities which they claim to have been transformed through spiritual warfare. This includes spiritual mapping, described as the reconnaissance work necessary before spiritual warfare to battle the demonic `strongholds` in an area. They claim that after the strongholds are defeated, the spiritual DNA of the geographic area is altered, allowing revival and Christian dominion over government and culture. Transformation is described as bringing miraculous results: reduction of crime and corruption; healing, including AIDS; and instantaneous repair of environmental damage.
[2:00] Cindy Jacobs
Cindy Jacobs is a major prophetess in the New Apostolic Reformation. She also heads Generals of Intercession and is the authority over the Reformation Prayer Network a state-by-state "spiritual warfare" network with an emphasis on impacting politics. The Reformation Prayer Network utilizes David Barton's Christian nationalist histories. Jacobs and Ed Silovso (bio below) were two of the original sources of the NAR brand of spiritual warfare and spiritual mapping as seen in the Transformations movies. Jacobs is seen at about 2:00 in this video calling for the expulsion of the demon of homosexuality.
[2:10] Adel Swart
Adel and Werner Swart (bio below) work for ITN. Based in South Africa, which has a very active Transformation movement, they have spent several years working on building transformation networks in Uganda. Adel is seen in the beginning of the video stating, "God has given us the key in Mama Janet and opened the doors to Africa." This is a reference to the access to other African First Ladies given to ITN by Janet Museveni.
[2:47] Ed Silvoso
Argentinian Ed Silvoso heads Harvest Evangelism and is founder and CEO of International Transformation Network, which has branches in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and South America. Silvoso, brother-in-law of evangelist Luis Palau, partnered with C. Peter Wagner, George Otis, Jr., and Cindy Jacobs in developing and popularizing the concept of spiritual mapping. ITN has moved their annual conventions from Argentina to Hawaii, home of ITN's Global Chairman Francis Oda. Silvoso and Oda have worked closely with Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, currently running for governor, and claim to be to be "discipling" the state of Hawaii..
[3:24]Transformation: Change the Marketplace and You Change the World, by Ed Silvoso (book)
Quotes from the book:
[3:42]Transformations Series (Movies)
The Transformations series of movies, produced by George Otis, Jr. (bio above), have been shown around the world for the purpose of demonstrating prototypes for Christian dominion. Uganda is considered by the Transformation movement to be a great success story. The second movie in the series, Transformations II: The Glory Spreads (2001) includes a vignette on Uganda which features numerous leading religious and political figures.
[3:49] John Mulinde
John Mulinde is head of World Trumpet Missions, based in Kampala, Uganda, with additional staff in Orlando. Mulinde's ministry resumé includes serving on the board of Janet Museveni's Uganda Youth Forum, a faith-based NGO. (Stephen Langa also lists the Youth Forum on his resumé. Langa is the Ugandan head of Transforming Nations Alliance to transform the "seven pillars of society" and has also promoted the anti-gay bill.) Mulinde is a Transformation Associate in George Otis' network and serves on the international board for Tom Hess's Jerusalem House of Prayer (JHOP) in Israel which hosts events for the Knesset's Christian Allies Caucus. Mulinde is featured throughout Transformations II and several subsequent movies in the series. Mulinde hosted and spoke at Lou Engle's The Call Uganda rally. As recently as 2009 Mulinde taught for the Institute of Campus Revival and Awakening conferences, held on the Yale University campus.
[4:00] President Yoweri Museveni
President Museveni is reported by Jeff Sharlet to be a member of The Family and is described as their "key man in Africa." This sentiment is echoed by the Transformation entities although they have worked even more closely with Janet Museveni. President Museveni is featured in the movies Transformations II and An Unconventional War. (The producer of the movies clearly had access to Museveni. These were not interviews taken from other media sources.) The Constitution was amended in 2005 to remove term limits and allow Museveni to win a third five-year term. Many churches criticized the change to the constitution but the National Federation of Born-Again Churches anointed Museveni as their candidate and held rallies in stadiums around the nation. It appears that he may run again in 2011.
[4:37] First Lady Janet Museveni
First Lady Museveni has worked closely with Ed Silvoso's ITN, attending conferences in Argentina and inviting Silvoso to Uganda. The First Lady is a Member of Parliament (Ruhaama County) and was appointed to the cabinet of her husband in 2009. She has played a primary role in the shift in Uganda's AIDS prevention program toward an abstinence-only policy, holding virgin marches and referring to condom usage as the equivalent of theft and murder. The Museveni's daughter Patience Museveni Rwabogo founded Covenant Nations Church in the suburbs of Kampala and heads the "Kampala City for God" campaign with her cousin Joseph Okia.
[4:50] Laban Jumba
Apostle Jumba is head of Intercessors for Africa and is seen in Transformations II reading the proclamation on New Year's Eve (ushering in the year 2000) dedicating the nation to God. Jumba is part of the leadership team of Deliverance Church of Uganda, an umbrella organization for indigenous churches, which was one of the endorsers for Lou Engle's The Call Uganda.
[5:47] Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda
Iloilo is the former president of Fiji featured in the Transformation movie titled Let the Sea Resound and also in The Quickening. Iloilo became president after the coup which overthrew Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudry, a former trade union leader and the first Indo-Fijian prime minister of the nation (and proponent of gay rights). Let the Sea Resound celebrates the coming together of church and state after the coup and includes claims of miraculous healing of environmental degradation.
[6:41] Bishop Grivis (Grivas) Musisi
Bishop Grivis Musisi is head of Prayer Palace Ministries in Uganda, also listed as a nonprofit in Crestwood, Kentucky under Musisi's name. (He inherited the ministry of Deo Balabyekubo in 1995.) Musisi partners with High Adventure Ministries to broadcast Dunamis radio in the Kampala area. Bishop Musisi is seen in the video (from Transformations II) claiming that he has overseen 372 miraculous healings of AIDS. Musisi later instituted home AIDS care from his church, stating that quite a few people seeking healing were dying, as many as 15 in one week, although he still maintains that some are miraculously cured.
[8:00] Allen Kagina
Allen Kagina is Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority and is featured speaking at the 2008 ITN convention in place of First Lady Janet Museveni who was scheduled but could not attend that year. Silvoso says to her at the end of the video, as she is surrounded by ITN leaders, "Uganda is poised to be the first nation to be transformed... because tax collection has been sanctified, because the Central Bank has been sanctified... I believe we are witnessing a major breakthrough in nation transformation. God has not only has brought together a team around the First Lady, an M.P., she has the political authority, the legal authority..."
[8:00] Werner Swart
(See Adel Swart above.) Werner and Adel Swart work with ITN and are based in South Africa. In the video Werner Swart claims that ITN is discipling 14,000 churches in all regions of Uganda including the Covenant Nations Church of Patience Museveni Rwabogo, (daughter of President and First Lady Museveni).
[9:34] Joseph Okia
Joseph Okia is first cousin of Patience Museveni Rwabogo and serves at her Covenant Nations Church in the suburbs of Kampala. Okia's resume lists him as owner of King Solomon Investments and CEO of Transform International Uganda. At the 2008 ITN conference, Okia stated, "Once Uganda is restored, Africa will be restored. Once Africa is restored, the earth will be restored. And so when you invest in Uganda, we are talking about reaching the whole world... Uganda is critical and important for world conquest."
[9:55] David Bahati
David Bahati is the Ugandan MP who introduced the draconian anti-gay bill in the Parliament. He is reported by Jeff Sharlet to be a member of The Family and has also been involved in the activities of the College of Prayer (described below).
[10:20] Benson Obua Ogwal
MP from Mototo who sponsored the anti-gay bill with MP David Bahati. Like Bahati, he is a participant in Uganda's College of Prayer. The blogger who writes under the name "gayuganda" wrote about his December 2009 correspondence with Obua- Ogwal, who is his Member of Parliament. It begins, "This bill means the difference between life or death for me."
[10:37] Julius Oyet
Julius Oyet was recognized by the Ugandan Parliament when the anti-gay bill was first introduced. He is General Secretary of the Born Again Federation which claims over 10,000 churches and is also head of the Ugandan College of Prayer (COP). COP is based in the suburbs of Atlanta and developed a "Servant Leadership Team" including David Bahati to work with the Ugandan Parliament. In this video Julius Oyet describes the work of College of Prayer. Oyet also works with the marketplace apostles of the NAR in the "Reclaiming the Seven Mountains of Culture" campaign as an expert on the "government mountain" and teaches for Wagner Leadership Institute, the international training programs founded by C. Peter Wagner, founding apostle of the International Coalition of Apostles (ICA).
[10:46] College of Prayer
Several of the major figures involved with the current anti-gay bill lead or participate in College of Prayer activities in Uganda including Julius Oyet, David Bahati, Nsaba Butero, and Benson Obua-Ogwal. Based in the Atlanta suburbs (Lilburn Alliance Church), the College of Prayer is led by Fred Hartley. COP initiated their Uganda branch in Arua before entering a "three year relationship to officially facilitate the College of Prayer for them [members of parliament] and other influential gate-keepers in the capital city of Kampala." The team also "facilitated a Kampala VIP Pastors' College of Prayer led by Joel Kangas" which, according to COP, resulted in broadcasts to 3.5 million Ugandans. COP was developed from Revival Prayer Institute, Inc. A 2010 Lilburn Alliance Church brochure shows mission trips by to facilitate College of Prayer modules in Senegal, Niger, and the Congos (Kinshasa and Brazzaville).
[11:32] Os Hillman
Hillman heads the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries based in Atlanta,which is the "market apostle" division of the NAR. He is faculty for Wagner Leadership Institute and is president of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce of the USA. Hillman oversees the "Reclaiming Seven Mountains of Culture" (7-M) initiative to take Christian dominion over arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media, and religion. Hillman and 7-M promoter Lance Wallnau claim that the campaign can be successful with only a "triumphant remnant of believers" or about 3 -5% of a population. Oyet is a regular speaker in the U.S. on the topic of the "Reclaiming the Seven Mountains."
[12:35] General Aronda Nyakairima
General Aronda Nyakairima is currently Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda and represents the UPDF in parliament. He was interviewed for the Transformations movie An Unconventional War which featured Apostle Julius Oyet's "Operation Gideon" to destroy the altars of the LRA rebels. Uganda's military participated in the project.
[13:51] Andrew Rugasira
Rugasira served as Chairman of Transformation Network Uganda which he describes as "formed by marketplace and pulpit ministers." Rugasira was featured in a Time Magazine cover article in 2009 for founding Good African Coffee, a Ugandan company he set up in 2004 to supply British supermarkets under the motto "Trade, not aid," and was a speaker at the 2009 Global Leadership Summit. (This is a prestigious event that also featured Carla Fiorina, David Gergen, and Bono.)
[16:24] Francis Oda
Francis Oda partners with CEO Ed Silvoso as Chairman of Global International Transformation Network (ITN) . He also heads Transformation Hawaii (now Hawai'i He'e Nalu) and founded and chairs the Hawaii Family Forum (associated with Focus on Family). Currently the Transformation Hawaii website features a video of David Barton encouraging Hawaiians to visit his Wallbuilders website to "equip you for the information you need to vote with confidence." Oda is minister of New Life Church of Honolulu and CEO of Group 70, an architectural firm in Honolulu. Oda and Transformation Hawaii have lobbied to block civil unions for gay couples in Hawaii. (Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed HB444 on July 6th.)
[18:50] Graham Power
Power is one of several regional ITN leaders working with Silvoso and Oda. He is founder and head of Power Group, an engineering and construction firm based in South Africa. Power accompanied Ed Silvoso in a visit to the Musevenis in March 2007 in which they discussed infrastructure development. Power organized a Day of Prayer for Africa which in 2005 was expanded to become the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP), held annually in May as a focal point for world transformation.
The first Transformations movie is now over a decade old and is no longer a new phenomenon. However, these movies helped to launch Transformations entities and projects around the globe including George Otis' Transformations Associates, Ed Silvoso's International Transformation Network, and Luis Bush's Transform World. See a more detailed list at the Resource Directory for the New Apostolic Reformation. Note that these organizations, like many in the New Apostolic Reformation, are constantly coming up with new ideas and new websites to keep their message innovative and their followers on the cutting edge of what they believe is a revolutionary movement to transform the world by taking Christian dominion over communities and nations.
Additional information below includes the list of ministry organizations which endorsed Lou Engle's The Call Uganda, and a text box on Rick Warren's involvement in Uganda.
Lou Engle's The Call Uganda was held on May 2, 2010. Endorsers of the event:
Bishop Simon Peter Emiau - Chairman Evangelical Fellowship of Uganda
Rick Warren, the GDOP, and Uganda
In 2005 Graham Power, a regional director for International Transformation Network, expanded his South African based day of prayer into the first Global Day of Prayer (GDOP). It was promoted by Rick Warren though his Purpose Driven Life network and Warren co-hosted the Dallas event with Bob Bakke, chair of GDOP, North America. On April 17, 2005 Warren had announced his P.E.A.C.E. plan, Saddleback Church's launch for "global expansion of the Kingdom of God."
See Bruce Wilson's report on Rick Warren's promotion of dominionism and involvement in Uganda, written prior to Warren's release of his December 2009 encyclical.
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