An Interview With Festo KivengereFesto Kivengere is probably the best-known product of the East African revival movement. Since 1962 he has worked as an evangelist around the world. He is the leader of the African Enterprise evangelistic team in East Africa, and since 1972 he has also been the Anglican bishop of Kigezi, with headquarters at Kabale, Uganda. He holds the M.Div. from Pittsburgh Seminary. The following is a condensation of an interview by the editors ofChristianity Today:

Question. What is the East African revival, and why has it lasted over forty years?

Answer. Can I explain? This is a question I have been asked repeatedly for over twenty-five years, and all I have ever been able to do is to share what I have seen. The only explanation I can give is that it is God’s work. It is not a technique. It is a movement that cannot be contained. It is renewal within renewal. It is an attitude toward the Lord, toward the Bible, toward the fellowship, and toward the Spirit. It has always been open to a fresh touch.

Q. What does this revival mean to the people involved in it?

A. It is when Christ becomes a living, risen Lord in the life of a believer. For the non-believer, it is when he is brought into a confrontation with Christ and accepts him as Saviour, thus completely changing his life morally and socially. In other words, revival is when Christ becomes alive in a life, changing that life. The person is born again, and if he has previously had that experience, then his life is changed in such a way that it affects all his relationships.

Q. Is it visible to an outsider?

A. Absolutely! Go back to a village a week after a man comes to the Lord in a meeting in the market. The whole village knows something about it. He has paid ...

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