It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we bid farewell to our dear friend, Rev Dr. Simon Peter Mukhama, who departed to glory on the morning of May 12, 2023, in Uganda. As CEO and General Secretary of the Bible Society of Uganda, Rev Dr. Simon played a vital role in advancing the mission of spreading the Word of God throughout the nation. His vibrant personality, infectious laughter, lively conversations and humble demeanor endeared him to all who had the privileged of knowing him.
One of Rev Dr. Simon’s remarkable qualities was his ability to connect with people effortlessly. His genuine warmth, friendliness, and genuine interest in others created an environment where meaningful relationships could flourish. He possessed a sharp mind and a quick wit, engaging in lively conversations that left a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to converse with him. His intelligence and wisdom were evidence in his speeches, which inspired and challenged people to grow in their faith and in their journey of hospitality in giving what they can for the Bible cause.
As a dear friend of the Bible Society of India, Rev Dr. Simon’s presence and contributions will be deeply missed. His unwavering dedication to the cause of spreading the Gospel, combined with his charismatic personality, left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege of working alongside him. His impact extends far beyond the borders of Uganda, as his commitment to God’s Word transcended cultural and geographical boundaries.
While we mourn the loss of Rev Dr. Simon, we take solace in the knowledge that he has been called home to his eternal reward. We give thanks for his life, his friendship, and his profound influence on the Bible Society community. Let us remember Rev Dr. Simon’s laughter, his vibrant spirit, and the wisdom he shared. May his memory serve as a constant reminder of the values he embodied and inspire us to continue the important work of spreading God’s word with the same passion and dedication.
Simon Peter has served for many years in different leadership roles:
- Member of the Global Council (by election): November 2017 – November 2022;
- Member of the Finance & Audit Committee (by appointment): since November 2017;
- Vice Chair of the Fellowship Council (by election): since November 2022;
- Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees (by appointment): since November 2022;
- Member of the Solidarity Fund Oversight Group since September 2021;
- Member of the Oversight Group for the World Assembly in October 2023.
He was also the Chair of the Africa Mission Sustainability Clusters Taskforce and a member of the Africa Affinity Group Steering Committee.