Every day, Dr. John Katamba Kimbe begins his day in Uganda with a 5 a.m. online prayer meeting. By 7 a.m., he leaves the house, shuttling three children to swim practice and homeschool activities. At 2:30 p.m., he begins seeing clients at the dental practice he owns. In the evenings, Kimbe responds to emails, works on personal projects, and attends virtual meetings with the many organizations for which he volunteers his time. In every segment of his busy schedule, Kimbe’s focus is on one thing: ending Gospel poverty.
“Being a Haggai leader is undoubtedly a huge privilege, but it is also a huge responsibility,” Kimbe says. “The Bible tells that for whom more is given, more will be expected. My 2017 Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) changed my life — not only in the sheer amount of wisdom I got but also in the realization that we have the mandate to go out into the world and tell others about the saving power of Jesus Christ. Afterward, I was determined to do my part and not keep this Good News to myself.”
Dr. Kimbe uses his dental practice as a way to share the Gospel with his patients.
Kimbe has placed information about the Gospel as reading material in his dental waiting room, and he says at least two patients ask about it every day. He is involved in his church, especially with mentoring young people. Kimbe even hosted a radio show on a popular Christian station for eight years and is now working on a syndicated podcast and an autobiography. But he sees his primary role as a leader of leaders, someone who can energize people to use their gifts to serve God and share the Good News. Kimbe has equipped church leaders to share the Gospel with the next generation, was integral in organizing three virtual Haggai National Seminars and two Regional Seminars in East Africa, and mentors leaders who serve on the boards of influential nonprofit organizations; altogether equipping 150 leaders.
Each of these leaders Kimbe has equipped and mentored is having his or her own ripple effect on the people of Uganda. When he thinks about the people who made it possible for him to complete the HLE, Kimbe smiles and sings an old song to himself: “Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am I life that was changed. Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am so glad you gave.”