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'''Festo Kivengere''' (1919–1988) was a Ugandan [[Anglican]] leader sometimes referred to as "the [[Billy Graham]] of Africa".<ref name="Schmidt"/> He played a huge role in a Christian revival in southwestern [[Uganda]], but had to flee in 1973 to neighboring [[Kenya]] in fear for his life after speaking out against [[Idi Amin]]'s tyrannical behavior.
He later authored the book ''I Love Idi Amin'' to emphasize the qualities of forgiveness for those who wronged you and love of those who persecute you. Kivengere stated, "On the cross, Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do.' As evil as Idi Amin is, how can I do less toward him?"<ref>Quinn, Frederick. ''Dictionary of African Christian Biography'' http://www.dacb.org/stories/uganda/kivengere_festo.html.</ref> A second article about Kivengere is found in the same online dictionary.<ref>{{Cite web |url=http://www.dacb.org/stories/uganda/kivengere2_festo.html |title=Archived copy |access-date=2009-02-25 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080723165352/http://www.dacb.org/stories/uganda/kivengere2_festo.html |archive-date=2008-07-23 |url-status=dead }}</ref>
 
Bishop Festo was invited by Michael Cassidy to join African Enterprise in 1969 and to build up a team of AE evangelists in East Africa.
There is an authorized biography by British author Anne Coomes. The title is Festo Kivengere and the ISBN number is 1854240218, published in 1990 by Monarch Books, Eastbourne.
 
In 1975, Kivengere shared the Bible Expositor post at [[Eurofest '75]] with [[Luis Palau]]. Eurofest '75 was co-sponsored by the Billy Graham organisation and was held in [[Brussels]], [[Belgium]] at the [[Palais du Centenaire]] and the [[Heysel Stadium]] from 24 July til 2 August.
Kivengere was known as a great storyteller and often thrilled his own and other's children with his storytelling skills. A favorite story of his: "One day a little girl sat watching her mother working in the kitchen. She asked her mummy, 'What does God do all day long?' For a while the mother was stumped, but then she said, 'Darling, I'll tell you what God does all day long. He spends his whole day mending broken things.'"<ref name="Schmidt">Related in Schmidt, p. 320. Incidentally, Schmidt reports that Kivengere was at one time invited to join the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as an associate evangelist.</ref>
 
Bishop Festo was invited by Michael Cassidy to join African Enterprise in 1969 and to build up a team of AE evangelists in East Africa.
==Notes and references==
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== Bibliography ==
* Coomes, Anne (1990). ''Festo Kivengere'' Eastbourne: Monarch. ISBN 1854240218. Authorised biography.
 
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