Dongo's final words to his church...
Several memorials have taken place for Pastor Dongo. There were at least four in Uganda...at the highschool, at the primary, at Kabalagala Pentecostal Church, and at the Dongo residence. The below video is the entire service at KPC.
(Above) This took place around 4pm October 19th at the God Cares Primary School. It was the first of three memorials for Dongo. Listen as they sing "good bye my dad" with the hope of seeing him again.
Calvary Community Church held a memorial on Thursday, October 19th for Pastor Dongo. The speakers included: Julie Dimas, Curtis Johnson, Kirk Dewitt, Mark Davis, Placide, Courtney Germann, and Kyle Roche.
One thing that all the memorials had in common was this, Jesus was lifted up. All glory to God for what was accomplished through the life of Pastor Bethuel Dongo.
You're invited to share your reflections on this wall of this amazing man of God.
God blessed Pastor Dongo by allowing him to speak one last time at KPC this past Sunday and part of what he said in that short message was...
“It is our responsibility to make disciples. Stop talking about Dongo and focus on Jesus. Bring people to Jesus; tell your neighbor; bring the lost to Jesus. The purpose of why we exist is to bring people to Him. Celebrate what Jesus is doing in your life.”
We know God is near as He told us, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15. God is with us to strengthen us, and He has given us the promise of heaven for those who are in Christ Jesus.
As one of his friends said, “Heaven just got the biggest smile ever.” We look forward to that day of celebration when we will all be together again, where there will be no more separation from those we love, and we will be with our Father in heaven together as the sons and daughters of the King of Kings.
From: Vicki Bragg
My heart cried this A M, as I learned of Pastor Dongo's passing, but it rejoiced knowing He's praising The Lord! My prayer is that The Lord will continue to strengthen Florence an the Dongo family to continue seeking " Him" an the vision to bring forth a generation that will share Gods message to others! Always in my prayers!
From: Paul M.
I remember vividly meeting pastor Dongo for the first time. It was immediately after surgery here in Irving Tx where I work as a nurse. I remember his big smile and encouraging words "God has big plans for you" he said even as he laid in bed recovering. It is with deep sadness I read about his physical death but also with great joy knowing he is at rest in the Fathers arms. I only met him for a day or two, but he left a big impression on me.What a legacy he has left behind.
From: Nancy Thompson
I first met Pastor Dongo when he spoke at Oaks Christian School, where I am a math teacher. I was so moved by his talk, that I began sponsoring a child. Tim Fenderson, our academic dean at the time, visited God Cares School. Students from Oaks Christian would take mission trips to God Cares School. One of our graduating classes donated money for the foundation of the new school. Then a year or so later, I attended a dinner event, where Pastor Dongo spoke. I also met Julie Dimas, and then I became a little more involved with Buyamba, Inc. Pastor Dongo is a man of God, and he will truly be missed. I pray that God will lift up new people to continue the work of God Cares School. Blessings, Nancy Thompson
From: Duane Griffith
I will miss my dear friend, my little brother, and a most extraordinary man. We crossed many bridges together and I will forever cherish the memories. I am blessed that God allowed our paths to cross. I'll miss you LB.
From: Liz Griffith
Today when I woke,God placed the words to an old hymn on my mind.."When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory!" That's how I picture Dongo when he saw his Savior and Creator..'rejoicing,singing and shouting'. He will be missed so much by so many, but this 'king' to so many is now with the King of Kings. We love you little brother and we will continue to care for your family and your ministry.
From: Susan Mangino
I have had the privilege and joy of serving the past four Summer's in Uganda with the Dongo family.
I went to Uganda to bless others and was blessed in return beyond measure. Pastor Dongo was a loving father and friend to everyone God put in his path. I sought his wisdom when my own family was falling apart and with his big smile and confidence in God's truth, he said, "forgive, love, and wait on the Lord, she will come back."
When we look back on our journey of faith and see God's faithfulness in our lives, we remember saints like Pastor Dongo who stood on God's truth and pointed us back to Jesus.
"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." Phil 2:12-13.
Pastor Dongo, a light in the world now a light in heaven. May God continue your work until Jesus returns!
From: Michelle Telfer
There are so many memories of this wonderful man! Dongo taught me as much Lugandan as I was able to learn. We used to joke that I would make a good parrot, repeating words after him again and again until his face would break into that wide smile and he would say "Yes, ha ha! You got it!" I remember when I preached at KPC how he would raise his hand into the air from time to time - as if to let his people know that he agreed with the message. He joked that next year I would get a Ugandan name from him! He was such a blessing to so very many. Our loss is heaven's gain. I look forward to seeing Dongo again some day - until then though gone, he will not be forgotten!
From: Vanessa Baldoz
On Monday, Francis Chan came to APU and spoke to our student body about what it means to live a selfless, obedient-to-God life. When I found out later that day that Dongo had gone home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer, I realized something important—Pastor Dongo was that example of a selfless, obedient servant who did everything possible to make God's name known. Anyone who knew Dongo knows that this is true. He was a man who always said "yes" to God even if he didn't know what the outcome would look like. He always looked out for others. He loved his family, his neighbors, his students at God Cares, and anyone he had ever met. He always wore the biggest smile on his face. He worried not about himself, but about those who had not found salvation, about those who were suffering, about those who needed love and care. Even in his final message at his church the day before he passed, Dongo said, "It is our responsibility to make disciples. Stop talking about Dongo and focus on Jesus. Bring people to Jesus; tell your neighbor; bring the lost to Jesus. The purpose of why we exist is to bring people to Him. Celebrate what Jesus is doing in our life." Uganda and the whole world is a better place because of Dongo. I am constantly in awe of the radiant, joyful, faithful, selfless life that this man lived. I want to emulate the love and kindness that he showed to every person he crossed paths with. I know that every day, I will celebrate the life and legacy that Dongo created, celebrate who Jesus is, and celebrate the lives of those who find salvation in Him. #CelebrateDongo
From: Roger & Linda Green
Linda and I have NEVER met a God filled man like Dongo. Thank you Lord, for allowing us to meet him, work with him, and love him. Earth has lost a father to the fatherless, while Heaven has gained a true saint. We miss you, brother...
From: Nydia Jenks
I saw Pastor Dongo for the first time in Bristol CT. At that point I had only been in the States for a few months living with my sister and looking for a job. Pastor Dongo was a guest at the church my family attended and he was talking about the children in Uganda.
I felt prompted to approach the table and found the picture of a precious little girl and I decided to support her.
That was a moment of great blessing in my life. I was deeply touched by this pastor's work with orphans.
Several years after that I ended up moving to Fort Worth TX where I met my now husband and his dad works for The Hills Church were I got the opportunity to meet with Pastor Dongo again in 2011 during one of his trips to TX. Pastor Dongo was so energetic and passionate about God Cares School and all the work that was being done to help the children. He was a true follower of Christ. It was contagious... it filled my heart with joy to be able to partner with him and now been connected for almost a decade.
He will be deeply missed.