Annunciation Orthodox Church

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Annunciation Orthodox Church is located on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda. Begun over 30 years ago, services and sacraments are offered every Saturday and Sunday. Confession is heard whenever one of the hundred parishioners seeks out the rector. The temple is built out of stone and is topped with a Russian style cupola.

Ordained in 1988 in Montreal, Canada, the priest, Father Christopher Walusimbi quickly returned to his home in Uganda to continue the missionary work begun by his brother, Gerasimos, and sister, Sarah. Father Christopher is joined by his wife, Maria, in this sacred endeavor. He is the first Black African priest ordained in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russa and is under the omophorion of Metropolitan Hilarion, first hierarch of ROCOR.

In addition to the needs of his parish and parishioners, he cares for his wife, children and orphans. Though his parishioners have never been able to afford a salary for Father Christopher, he and his family survive by growing their own food, selling what they do not use, and donations given to them. His wife, Maria, sells her delicious cookies at the local market. He also runs a boating service for public transport from the island to the mainland which is located 40 miles to the north.

Fr. Christopher Walusimbi

You can read about the history of Annunciation Orthodox Church in Tears On The Equator by Gerasimos L. Kambites, who began the mission. Proceeds of the purchase of the book go directly to support Annunciation Orthodox Church. Click on the book to purchase it.

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From Darkness to Light – One Stone at a Time - March 18, 2018

The parishioners at Annunciation Orthodox Church on Bukasa Island, in Uganda are blessed to have Father Christopher Walusimbi and Matushka to care, nurture and teach the Orthodox Faith to them.  They are deeply grateful, yet due to widespread poverty are unable to provide any kind of income to them.  During our Executive Director’s visit to […]

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Happy Birthday Father Christopher! - January 24, 2018

January 12, 2018 was a very special day.  Nsobya Basil Walusimbi and his family decided to celebrate their father, Reverend Father Christopher Walusimbi’s 70th birthday with a surprise party. Basil said, “This was the first of its kind in his life…and he felt overwhelmed.” Surrounded by friends and family, Father Christopher received everyone with his, […]

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Holy Ground of Orthodox Africa - December 10, 2017

How difficult is it to be a missionary? Can you imagine how hard it is for one man, Father Christopher Walusimbi, to have labored for 34 years to build his Temple to the Annunciation? Alone, cold, hot, tired, hungry—often what we would consider a strict fast is what Orthodox Christians in Africa ordinarily would call […]

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“…if You are real, then not much else matters.” - October 8, 2017

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On Helping a Mission - September 3, 2017

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