June 5, 2019
In Loving Memory of Reverend Timothy Kaibula
From the Superintendent's DESK
On Saturday, June 1, Reverend Timothy Kaibula, the District Superintendent of Eastern Africa, passed away unexpectedly at the age of sixty-five. He is survived by his wife, Sowi, and their five children and six grandchildren. His obituary states, “He was consistent in the work of God and led an exemplary life and total submission to the sovereign will of God... He gave all his life for the cause of Christ and was a prayer warrior... He was a source of encouragement to both old and young people. He was a gallant soldier of the Cross, full of faith and fearless.”
A funeral service will be held in Lusaka, Zambia, on Saturday, June 8, at 10:00 a.m. and will be webcast live on the East Africa Region YouTube Channel. John Musgrave, the Director of Africa Work, and Cliff Paulsen will attend on behalf of the Portland headquarters.
Following is a testimony Brother Timothy shared at the 2006 Portland camp meeting. His life has been an inspiration to many, and his family, the Lusaka congregation, and all the members of the Eastern Africa work will feel this great loss. May we remember them in our prayers as we carry on the Gospel work to which he dedicated his life.
Testimony of Reverend Timothy Kaibula
Like the songwriters have said, “I cannot tell it all,” but this much I know, “He took my sins away!” and today I can tell the whole world, “Jesus saves!”
In my early years, one of my schoolteachers told my class how this world came into being. The first verse of the Bible still stands out to me even today: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” I understood that there was a God out there somewhere, but I did not know how to find this great God who spoke our world into existence. Eventually I reached the point where I felt there was no reality in religion and gave up going to church. Consequently, I became wrapped up in the things of the world, to the point that I was skeptical of religion, reckless in my lifestyle, self-centered, and bound by sin.
I am so thankful that the Lord led me to Himself and revealed His grace for my salvation. On February 9, 1980, I had an encounter with God and He saved my soul. That was twenty-six years ago, and I thank God that the peace I had been missing has been in my possession from then until now. After that day, my perspective toward life drastically changed. God later sanctified me wholly, and then baptized me with the Holy Ghost and fire.
When our overseer in Zambia passed away in 1992, I was appointed to that position, and later to lead the work in Eastern Africa. There have been a lot of challenges since then and it has not been easy for me, but as I look back, I can see nothing but the goodness of the Lord all the way through. I thank God for the grace that Jesus gives. Through the prayers of the saints all over the world, and in Zambia in particular, the Lord has been with us and has encouraged us. We are praying that the Lord will help us to raise up a standard in our country and to share the Gospel as it should be.
I owe everything to the Lord who searched for me when I was lost and paid a high price to redeem my sin-sick soul. Please pray for me that I will stay with this life-giving Gospel of Jesus till I reach the end of my earthly pilgrimage.