Peter Moore—How the East African Revival Saved the Anglican Communion

Posted by Kendall Harmon

I stood there with my wife, Sandra, in 2004 and whispered to myself: here is where God began to save the Anglican Communion.

We were visiting Kabare in the central western part of Uganda. We were there to take a look at an Anglican theological seminary, and visit the grave of Bishop Festo Kivengere a remarkable African leader whom I had slightly known. There, near the seminary in a grove of trees lies a natural amphitheater. On its curved hillside hundreds gathered in 1935 to hear an African layman preach powerfully about his conversion to Jesus Christ, his repentance from sin, his breakthrough to victory over recurrent wrong behavior, and his overflowing love for other believers regardless of denomination.

This event, continuously recalled in recurrent festivals right up to this day, sparked a revival that has left an indelible imprint on the worldwide Anglican Communion and continues to bear fruit today.

The preacher that day, Simeoni Nsibambi, had only recently met in Kambala with a missionary from England with a most improbable name: Dr. Joe Church. The two men met for several days, reading the Bible and praying together. They lamented the sad state of Christianity in Nsibambi’s home country of Rwanda, and elsewhere throughout East Africa.

Read it all from 2013.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalGlobal South Churches & PrimatesGAFCON II 2013* Christian Life / Church LifeChurch HistoryMissions* International News & CommentaryAfrica* Theology

Posted December 18, 2013 at 6:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. MichaelA wrote:

Impressive stuff, thank you Revd Moore.

I was privileged to hear +Festo speak many years ago in Sydney.  The Lord used him powerfully.  He is now in glory, where we will one day be with him.  Amen.

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