Rev. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, the former Anglican Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda, was speaking Monday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Nkoyoyo is in the United States to raise money for Chain Foundation Uganda, which helps visually-impaired children and other vulnerable kids.
Ugandans often believe blind children to be under a curse, but the largest cause of blindness in Uganda is measels, Nkoyoyo said.
Blind children need to learn skills that can help them earn money, Nkoyoyo said. They can learn skills like playing musical instruments or massage therapy, he said. A Chain Foundation Uganda brochure says that many blind children become beggars “due to lack of relevant training.”
Nkoyoyo also talked about sharing the Christian faith with Muslims and other groups within Uganda. He said the Anglican ministers often work with Pentecostal ministers. “The [Ugandan] church is growing because the Christians are involved in the work of evangelism,” Nkoyoyo said.
He later added, “We need to learn to speak one language as Christians.” He said some Christians have become confused by thinking that there are many ways to God, a statement that hinted at theological and doctrinal differences between the more-traditional African Anglicanism and the progressive Anglicanism within Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.