Have you ever imagined about the smallest churches in the world? Did you know Uganda has one of the smallest churches in the world? If you are interested in religious tourism, then Biku hill in Nebbi District must be one of your one stop destination. Visit the smallest church in Uganda in Nebbi district on your short safari Uganda so you catch a glimpse of this exceptional Bethel church.
With a drive of about 18km from Nebbi town, this church has a width of 2.5 meters and height 8 feet, this smallest worshiping site Uganda only accommodates a total of 3 people including the preacher.
Its history dates back to 1996 when a Korean national Pastor Song in conjunction with the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi established this amazing structure that has in turn picked the interest of many tourists on Uganda safaris.
A visit here will offer you impressive views on your short Uganda safari.
What makes this smallest church or Bethel church unique?
Prayer point one is situated on top of the hill where the big cross lies. This is where prayers start from.
The second point is a Lilliputian building crafted in memory of Jesus Christ. This building has 12 windows in its west and eastern side, representing the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. Pilgrims that come to pray from this church use this point to pray for Uganda’s neighbors; Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya for spiritual peace and revival. This is also one of the points that provide the excellent views of Namrwodho falls that offers refuge to the elusive shoebill stork, the most fascinating and sought-after bird species by bird enthusiasts in Uganda.
This Lilliputian building also offers impressive panoramic views of the Namrwodho Falls that habitats the rare Shoebill stork that never misses in any birders’ list on birding safaris Uganda.
Prayer point three was constructed with a shape of the map of Africa and it has two entrances. This point features 10 windows symbolizing the Ten Commandments of God. The Islamic states and other African countries usually gather here to pray to their God.
Prayer points 4, 5, & 6 are positioned in an expansive quiet garden.
Prayer point 4 of this smallest church in Uganda is made inform of a heart reflecting Jesus Christs’ Love. It has a cross that was made of 33 stones to signify the 33 years of Jesus Christ.
Prayer point five was crafted in the shape of an arrow head that signifies the youth speed. While at this point, you will witness 66 windows that were constructed to the demonstrate 66 books in the bible. The 39 windows at the back signify the books of Old Testament and the other 27 windows signify the books in the New Testament.
This point has 3 doors fashioned inform of a standing man representing those who are well equipped with God’s word.
The sixth prayer point was constructed in an alter shape which is a living testimony that church is a living offering to Christ’s mission while the rough stones on the cross justify that Christians are living stones.
Situated at the back of a towering rock with an open-ended cave at its base, prayer point seven was constructed in a globe shape. For one to pray from here, one is to crawl from one end to another to have a glimpse of Christ’s suffering. Undertake this five-minute crawl through the cave’s darkness and experience a terrifying thought that the cave might collapse and bury you underneath.
Prayer point eight brings you the world’s smallest church itself. This Bethel church has 12 windows at its entrance representing the 12 stones on Aaron’s breast plate i.e. the 12 tribes of all the saints. The church ceiling contains seven beams that are used to demonstrate the seven colors of the rainbow. The rainbow in the Bible, demonstrates God’s covenant never to destroy the world with floods again. The Eastern window on this church provides views of the cross that is placed on the top giving Christians an opportunity to always look up to Jesus.
The midpoint is set purposely for spiritual healing for people and the church whereby persons who come to the site meet God in a unique way, get vision for their future and to become bold soldiers for the Gospel. What is amazing about this structure is that regardless of its size, it consumed 79 cement bags and was constructed with intention of lasting at minimum 500 years before the weakening of the foundation. While in your Uganda safari or safaris in Uganda, endeavor to visit site for your spiritual healing and you won’t be the same.
The prayer point was built in a womb shape along the main chapel and it is the smallest of all points. This point is not accessed by the clergy and tourists as well.
In conclusion, the Bethel church is a breathtaking tourist site that was established to offer spiritual healing for people and for them to meet God in a special manner. Visiting this smallest church offers tourists with life time experiences! You can add it in your short Uganda wildlife, Uganda wildlife safari or Long Uganda wildlife safari itinerary especially if you plan to visit tourist destinations in West Nile, Murchison Falls National Park-Northwestern Uganda.