Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko is serving as the new District Superintendent for the East Central District of the United Methodist Church. Here is a letter of introduction written by him:
To the East Central District…
I would like to take this time to introduce myself and my family to all clergy and laity. I am married to Betty Kiboko. We have four daughters. Of all our daughters we only brought Grace, who is 13 years old, to Marion. Our oldest daughter works for Cerner in Kansas City. The one who follows her is a nurse working in Des Moines, IA. Our third daughter works for State Farm Insurance in Dallas, TX.
My office is the extension of the bishop’s office. My role would be to invite you into a special connection with God and with people. The United Methodist Church is a connectional church, a church that calls all the believers to connect to each other in a meaningful way. I found myself being called by God to invite each church to find ways to work with other churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
The role of the church is to help the people in their communities to experience God’s love and compassion, and to help put together their resources in order to make disciples. My goal is to encourage you to embody the presence of God where you are.
My ministry with you during our time together will revolve around four verbs: CONNECT, SHARE, CARE, and PRAY. First of all, you are called to stay connected to God and to the people of God. You should also share the good news of God’s compassion for humanity. You should care for your community because you are the embodiment of God’s love. Finally, you should pray with each other and for each other. As Jesus Christ asked the disciples 2,000 years ago to go, he’s still sending us to go. So, let us go.
I would like to leave you with this verse from Paul: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko