Monday, 19 Dec 2005
is with a mixture of great sadness but also joy that I received the news
of Archbishop Sam's going to be with the Lord whom he so dearly loved.
Praise God for a life completely dedicated to Jesus, to his
church and to the community and nation in which God had placed him.
Having worked as Archbishop Sam's Personal Assistant for two years,
living as a member of his family for some of that time, I have some very
special memories of this
remarkable man. His
gentleness, wisdom and humble spirituality were an inspiration to me and
provided the stable foundation I needed as a young, first-time mission
Having worked as Archbishop Sam's Personal Assistant for two years, living as a member of his family for some of that time, I have some very special memories of this remarkable man. His gentleness, wisdom and humble spirituality were an inspiration to me and provided the stable foundation I needed as a young, first-time mission partner.
trust in God and his perseverance through deep personal sadness and
loss, as well as the suffering of
I have always felt a great sense of privilege at having had the opportunity to know and work with Archbishop Sam and to be considered an adopted daughter. My heart goes out to his family, and the people of Matana in particular, to the EAB and the wider Christian community, as they mourn their loss. May the Lord raise up many more who will walk in the light of the Lord, following in the footsteps of this remarkable saint of God.
I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who
die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit,
"they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow
Puis j'entendis une voix venant du ciel me dire: "Ecris: Heureux, dès à présent, ceux qui meurent unis au Seigneur. Oui, dit l'Esprit, car ils se reposent de toute la peine qu'ils ont prise, et ils seront récompensés pour leurs oeuvres."
Archbishop Sam Sindamuka
our brother, lived a remarkable life.
He was drawn to Christ as a boy, first through early missionaries
attracting him with a tennis ball, ‘itenisi’.
Although he came for tennis, he was soon drawn to Christ the
Saviour of whom they spoke. He went to great lengths to learn more of the
Christian faith and as a teenager walked from Matana to the Kabale
life was marked by strong leadership qualities and a moral decisiveness
that set him apart. He was
one of the first Members of Parliament in an independent
Buyoya has spoken of his personal debt to Sam as a believing Christian.
We too, at the time of our expulsion in 1974 will not forget his
loyalty. When I was obliged
to return from the airport to the capital for further interrogation, he
stayed by my side until I was eventually told to go home without further
questioning. After our
expulsion he spoke for us at Government level as a result of which we
were invited back to
made a number of visits to
came close to death some years ago when he was operated at St. Luke’s
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
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