Introduction / History
The Bagungu are one of the smaller language groups in Uganda, numbering about 80,000. Traditionally fishermen and pastoralists, they live on the shores of Lake Albert in the bottom of the Great Rift Valley where it is hot and dry. Most people live in mud houses with a grass roof and they keep cattle with the larger herds indicating wealth. Polygamy is common and the people are very poor.
Many years ago missionaries brought the gospel and about four denominations have churches in the area. Unfortunately very few attend church, and even though the people call themselves "Christians" only a few are believers and traditional religion which binds the people in fear is still very real. The Bagungu have been marginalized by the surrounding Runyoro people and very little development has occurred in the area. Although there are schools, the attendance rates are low and literacy, health care, sanitation and accessible water are real needs. Greater than these though, is the need for the gospel of Jesus Christ to come in power and relevance to these people.
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