Healed Bishop Mutebi: He is back, fired up, in thanksgiving mode

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The recuperating assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese the Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi is back!

In Summary: He is back Healed.  Fired up and in thanksgiving mode. Cheerfully join him to laugh, praise, and worship. Diagnosed with  MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROMES (MDS) that transformed into an acute myeloidLeukaemia (AML-M7 in 2018, the Assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese the Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi, 60,  needed urgent chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant and other procedures if he was to have a second shot at life.   The Bishop was flown to London, the UK for specialized treatment at the King’s College Hospital in February 2019. A little over a year ago, the ailing prelate, penniless and anxious, was almost a basket case with his obituary halfway written. Does the image of the biblical Moses come to mind? It was almost doom and gloom for the man of God as his health condition became increasingly perilous. Desperate? Absolutely. Hopeful? No Question. His treatment required over £200,000 for him to receive a bone marrow transplant to reverse the debilitating Myeloid Leukemia (AMR), an acute and rare form of blood cancer. Now, all that is history. What we know today is: multiple factors conspired to miraculously turn around the life of the man of God. The money was raised, the bishop got a perfect match (10-10) for the bone marrow transplant, the chemotherapy treatments and all procedures conducted, and the Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi is back, healed, and raring to go. He is singing a new song. Joy and hope have replaced anxiety and desperation. He is ready to start doing what he loves and does best; preach the Word of God. But the primate returns to a diocese and a world grappling with a spiraling pandemic that is gone amok; leaving in its wake, thus far, over one hundred sixty thousand people dead and over 2 million infected. That is more than just a full plate. But in the midst of all that, one can’t but stop, pray, give thanks,  and marvel at the omniscience and miraculous restoration and re-energizing power of the Almighty. He instructs us to do exactly that:  “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. I will be honored by EVERY NATION.  I will be honored THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.” (Psalm 46 10). I agree.

Raring to go: The assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese the Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi is back and in a few months, he will be doing what he loves and does best; preach the Word of God.

Kampala, Uganda—The assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese the Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi is back. He is healed.  He is fired up and is in thanksgiving mode. He was diagnosed with  MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROMES (MDS) that transformed into an acute myeloidLeukaemia (AML-M7 in 2018. Bishop Hannington Mutebi, 60,  needed urgent chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant and other procedures if he was to have a second shot at life. The Assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese was hastily flown to London, the UK for specialized treatment at the King’s College Hospital in February 2019. No treatment for this rare form of aggressive leukemia exists in east Africa.

Bishop Mutebi in December 2019
Bishop Mutebi in March 2020

But on Sunday, March 8, 2020, exactly a week after the newly enthroned archbishop of Uganda Dr. Stephen Kalimba Mugalu was enthroned to head the Province of the Church of Uganda, the recuperating Bishop Hannington Mutebi, the Assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese was on hand to receive and welcome his new boss, Archbishop Kaziimba who was installed as the new Bishop of Kampala Diocese. According to the constitution of the Province of the Church of Uganda, the archbishop of the church becomes the substantive bishop of Kampala Diocese whose headquarters are located at All Saints Cathedral, nakasero.  During the colorful event, former Archbishop Stanley Ntagali handed the diocese to his successor, Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu. Bishop Hannington Mutebi will serve as the Assistant Bishop to the new Archbishop Kaziimba Mugalu.

Bishop Hannington Mutebi with his wife and partner for life Mrs. Milly Mutebi
Bishop Mutebi and his wife Milly cutting a cake to mark their respective birthdays

Appearing in public for the second time after he was discharged from hospital last December, the animated Bishop Hannington Mutebi, who had just returned from London for a follow-up visit a couple of days earlier, testified before the mammoth gathering that his recovery was a miraculous act of God.  His physical radical make-over was clearly evident. The recovering bishop thanked his wife and friend Mrs. Milly Mutebi, a permanent fixture in his life; ever by his bedside throughout the time he could neither stand nor sit.

Bishop Mutebi taking baby steps supported by a walking stick outside the hospital in London
Bishop Mutebi’s first appearance in public on his return to Uganda in December 2019 from treatment in a London hospital

 A little over a year ago, the ailing prelate, penniless and anxious, was almost a basket case with his obituary halfway written. Does the image of the biblical Moses come to mind? It was almost doom and gloom for the man of God as his health condition became increasingly perilous. Desperate? Absolutely. Hopeful? No Question. His treatment required over£200,000 for him to receive a bone marrow transplant to reverse the debilitating Myeloid Leukemia (AMR), an acute and rare form of blood cancer. 

The ailing Rt. Rev.  Hannington Mutebi, the Assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese seen here before he left Kampala, Uganda for London, the UK for treatment in February 2019.

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Now, all that is history. What we know today is: multiple factors conspired to miraculously turn around the life of the man of God. The money was raised, the bishop got a perfect match (10-10) for the bone marrow transplant, the chemotherapy treatments and all procedures conducted, and the Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi is back, healed, and raring to go. The dark cloud of uncertainty that previously hovered over his treatment and life has since lifted. He is singing a new song. He is reading from a divinely ordered script. Bishop Hannington Mutebi is now the new poster child of God’s saving grace. Joy, thanksgiving,  and hope have replaced anxiety and desperation.

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But more importantly, for the 60-year-old bishop, there is one wonder drug that caused his radical make-over, Jesus Christ. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes, we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). “A year ago, I had no chance in a hundred. Now I am here healed,” the now vibrant assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese Rt. Rev. Hannington Mutebi testified before a fully packed All Saints Cathedral on March 8, 2020. Bishop Mutebi is ready to start doing what he loves and does best; preach the Word of God.

Former Archbishop of Uganda Stanley Ntagali after installing the new Archbishop Dr. Stephen Kaziimba as Bishop of Kampala Diocese. Bishop Mutebi will serve as assistant bishop to Archbishop Kaziimba.

The prelate thanked the government of Uganda and  President Yoweri Museveni in particular for contributing generously towards his expensive treatment and upkeep in London.  President Museveni was represented at the ceremony by the minister of finance and planning in charge of general duties Mr. David Bahati. The recuperating bishop paid tribute to the outgoing Archbishop Stanly Ntagali for launching the fundraising drive and prayers in Uganda.  He thanked the newly-enthroned Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala Diocese His Grace Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu for taking the fundraising drive in the United States where the Ugandan Diaspora community generously donated to the cause. 

A cross-section of the congregation.

Bishop Hannington Mutebi also saluted his peers; serving and retired bishops of the church of Uganda who led prayers and fundraising drives in their respective diocese to save his life. He paid tribute to  Christians from all walks of life in Kampala Diocese, the entire province of the Church of Uganda, and the worldwide Anglican communion who spent countless hours in prayer for him and contributed selflessly towards his treatment.

  

Mr. Robert Ssekidde and his wife Margaret Ssekidd played a pivotal role in the fundraising effort to raise money for the Bishop’s treatment. They delivered.

The bishop saluted his friend and head of the laity in Kampala Diocese Lt. Col(rtd) Robert Sekidde and his wife Mrs. Margaret Ssekidde who spearheaded and coordinated the fundraising drive that helped raise money for his treatment and upkeep in London for nearly one year. But the primate returns to an anxious diocese and to a world grappling with a spiraling pandemic that is gone amok; leaving in its wake, thus far, over one-hundred sixty thousand people dead and close to a 2 million infected. That is more than just a full plate. In the midst of all that, one can’t but stop, pray, give thanks,  and marvel at the omniscience and miraculous restoration and re-energizing power of the Almighty. He instructs us to acknowledge thus:  “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. I will be honored by EVERY NATION.  I will be honored THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.” (Psalm 46 10). I agree.

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