From Fear to Faith
From Fear to Faith
Uganda-born Cambridge Man Hosts Motivational Conferences
John Lukyamuzi once lived in an environment where free speech and freedom of information were so restricted, a subscription to TIME magazine could result in loss of life.
Today, Lukyamuzi – a native of Uganda – hosts his own show on CCTV, has appeared on national radio and television programs, and travels the world over as a motivational speaker.
The 50-something Cambridge man – and leader of Christian Faith Ministries for All Nations nonprofit – never knew such liberty under the dictatorship of Idi Amin, president of Uganda in the 1970s.
“There was a lot of fear. This is a common thing with dictatorship governments – they become suspicious. It was so dangerous, you couldn’t speak in public or even subscribe to TIME magazine – you could be killed. It was really ruled by fear,” Lukyamuzi told NeighborMedia.
Fear, he said often stands as an obstacle in many people’s lives and can lead to disappointment and unfulfilled aspirations.
This weekend, he’s hosting a conference dealing with the subject. It’s called, “Stop Disappointments from Stealing your Big Dreams,” and will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 556 Trapelo Road in Belmont. The event is free and open to the public.
“Most people have really big dreams, but run into obstacles,” he said. “Don’t stop.”
Lukyamuzi knows a thing or two about fear.
“I was brought up in a negative environment. My parents, not being Christian, believed in suspicion,” he said. “That brought fear and anxiety.”
It’s his belief that such fear took the lives of his three sisters. “Demons literally choked them to death,” he said.
Years after losing his sisters, Lukyamuzi was the target of Amin’s henchmen.
“I was coming from an underground meeting, and then they stopped me and my wife. We were pulled out of the car and they interrogated me about being a CIA member,” he said.
Lukyamuzi said he was targeted because he was a successful businessman who owned a couple of cars and a motorcycle. He was also a prominent member of his local church, “so they looked at me as a leader, and that really became a danger.”
Another incident found Lukyamuzi facing fear yet again.
He had just pulled up to his house in his car. “It was dark, I get out of the car and these guys came out of nowhere,” he said. “They were very abrasive. They told me to give them the keys. One of the guys aimed a gun at me, shot a bullet, but missed.”
The intruders, frightened by curious neighbors stepping out from their houses, fled.
Preparation for Inspiration
The years under Amin’s regime were challenging, Lukyamuzi said, “but we found energy through each other. It was swim or drown, and we learned to swim.”
Lukyamuzi said he considers the time to have been training for the work he does now.
“I think it was one of my highlights in life. I see the grace of God in it,” he said. “Today, I feel like an expert, like I can really survive through anything. So, my positive attitude was born.”
Lukyamuzi left Uganda shortly after the fall of Amin, and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. He moved from Seattle to the Boston area two years ago.
Now he is an international entrepreneur and motivational speaker, heads Christian Faith Ministries for All Nations, is an executive producer and host of the radio and television program, “All is Well,” which can be seen every Monday at 7:30 p.m. and every Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. on CCTV Channel 9.
“My goal is to bring unity in love and faith. When we are united, we can do much more; we are more effective,” he said.
Lukyamuzi organizes a motivational conference every two months. He has another one coming up on July 26, and urges anybody and everybody to attend.
“Everybody has a need: encouragement. We all do,” he said. “Nobody has arrived yet.”
For more information on Lukyamuzi, his organization and his upcoming events, call 206-777-5885 or visit www.cfmfan.org.