R.I.P Mercy Kigame

September 7, 2006 at 8:58 pm 36 comments

The news yesterday that Mrs. Mercy Kigame had passed on via a tragic road accident saddened many of us in the Christian community in and outside Kenya.

I first met the Kigames at a Christian conference at Kenyatta University some 6 or so years ago.

Then, as would be the case at subsequent conferences I attended (which Reuben would also grace), it became obvious that cults and the Christian response to them in the Kenyan context was something close to their hearts.

It was during one such conference that Kigame lightened our afternoon with details of how he, supposedly a “very blind man,” had landed the romantic gift that was Mercy.

While I never had much of Mercy, the couple’s apologetics as well as profound worship ministries continued to attract my attention.

Reuben’s much-publicized take on Benny Hinn a few years ago, at the same time as a dying friend of mine was questioning the preacher’s doctrines, cemented the couple’s place on my watchlist (of people and issues of great interest to me).

The Kigames have their place in my assesment of Kenyan Christianity; they belong to the great tradition of the KU and UoN Christian graduates of the 1970s and 80s who have continued to challenge the contours of our country’s and world history in some interesting ways.

Rest in peace Mercy, we shall be joining you on that side of eternity some time.


Entry filed under: Africa, Kenya, Literature, Media, Missions, Personals, Religion, Society, World.

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  • 1. Toiyoi Birgen  |  September 8, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the “passing” of his saint.
    Reuben, the Lord trusts you to handle this.

  • 2. Kenyan Analyst  |  September 8, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    “…Reuben, the Lord trusts you to handle this….” that’s a deep thought and quite true to Scripture.

  • 3. john chege  |  September 10, 2006 at 8:00 am

    May the Prince of peace prevail, to you , your family , your extended family and friends.
    He has the best of your interest and his grace is suficient.

  • 4. Njeri Karanja  |  September 10, 2006 at 9:21 am

    May the Lord strengthen you Reuben and your three daughters, and may you always know that Mercy is in the good hands of the Lord. Your children will rise up and called her blessed for having been a wonderful mother and loving wife to you.

  • 5. David Mbuvi  |  September 10, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Gods ways are too wide for us to undrestand. My first time i saw Her- Mercy was at Moi Universtity when they joined us for a weekend challege. It was then that i Learnt its all possible with God.

    In all God be praised that he has great plans not to ruin us but to a bright future. Mercy may your Soul rest in eternal peace and at this Moment God grant The Kigames all his mercy and grace to see you through this trying period.

    In God We Trust AMEN>

  • 6. Random Sunday « Kenyan Analyst  |  September 10, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    […] *Mercy Kigame’s requiem mass was held at the Nairobi Pentecostal Church a few hours ago.  It’s expected that she will be burried at Kapsoya in Eldoret on Tuesday, September 12th, 2006. […]

  • 7. Samuel Njenga in South Africa  |  September 11, 2006 at 10:54 am

    Mercy was a true friend and one who shared her heart with all who were in need. I will always remember our visit together with Mercy to Kigame’s room at KU (her first) and indeed how that friendship blossomed with Mercy learning how to read and write Braille. Mercy had a soft and incredibly warm way of letting one know that they were special to her. I will miss you very much my freind. I have great pain and no words. I have loads of questions that defy shallow simplistic answers. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that reuben and the children must be in as well as Steve and the Rev.Mwangi family. Our only hope is that one of this days, we will understand why and indeed that God will wipe away all our tears.

  • 8. Lilian From London  |  September 11, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    We the kenyan community in england wish the Kigames the peace of God that surpasses Human understanding. Most of us have known Kigame through his powerful songs. Our God will comfort Kigame and his family. For you we are praying.

  • 9. Naomi  |  September 13, 2006 at 8:06 am

    Reuben,i’ve never net you, but you’ve been such a blessing to me and my family thro’ the Media.My family is praying for you and we know that His Word is forever true and when He says He has good plans for you,He means exactly that. It might be hard to see that for now, but His Word remains true.

  • 10. Mike  |  September 13, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    At this time when we all mourn for the loss of your wife, I guess the real impact dawns on you and what your children will go thru learning to grow without a mother. We pray for the real comfort from the Holyghost to be with you. Be strong

  • 11. kristine  |  September 13, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    May the peace of God be multiplied in Reuben’s life in Jesus Name.

  • 12. christine  |  September 13, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    The Lord is still Faithful inspite of all. May the peace of the Lord be with you and the girls. LOve you.

  • 13. jane  |  September 17, 2006 at 7:04 am

    Mercy, rest in peace we all love you there in Boston, and especially quincy fellowship.

  • 14. Daniel Ole Salaton  |  September 18, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    when i heard of what happened to you Reuben i couldn’t hold my tears even though i have never met you or your wife in person; this is very hard for you brother but i know that the LORD is faithful and HE is a nearer friend. am praying for you and may we be reminded that we are but passerbys here on earth.
    pole sana na tuendelee na mbio za imani tukimtazama YESU aliye mwanzilishi na mkamilishaji wa imani yetu.


  • 15. Rev Joshua Kyande USA  |  September 19, 2006 at 12:42 am

    Dear Reuben and your precious girls. May the peace of God suround you and keep you.
    I met you and Mercy for the first time at IFC Jericho when we came of from Tanzania with my brother Ev Kyande ASK about 15 years ago. However your music full of anointing has continued to minister to us even in the foreign land. It is time to live what you sing hakika wema nazo fadhili zitanifuate mimi na nitakaa nyumbani mwa Bwana siku zote za maisha yangu. It is easy to be said than done but God is on the thone and somehow he will fill in for your beloved one. He is still good and he will do it.
    God blesinngs
    Pastor Joshua Kyande
    IA USA

  • 16. Viola Nakuti Andola  |  September 21, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    My Dear Brother Reuben,

    We thank God for protecting you and the girls through this very difficult period. God’s Grace is surely sufficient for you all. I met you and Mercy at Sirikwa Pentecostal Fellowship and I am happy because I was able to fellowship with Mercy at the Mother’s Room and Ladies Fellowship. Your testimony always inspires me and my family and we know God has even greater plans for you. We and all the Christian community here in Brampton, Ontario – Canada are stand with you all in Prayer. God Bless You.

  • 17. Random Wednesday « Kenyan Analyst  |  September 27, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    […] * For those who commented on this site following the passing on of Mercy Kigame (here and there), I wish to inform you that I have passed your messages on to Reuben Kigame.   If and when he pens down anything in response, you can be sure I’ll have it here for you. […]

  • 18. Kevin Osido Esq of Bangkok  |  September 28, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    What a shicking news to me. However, I know that GOD’s GRACE IS VERY SUFFICIENT to Brother Reuben and GOD will suely see you and your family through.
    Your ministry is such a great one.

    Take heart Sir.

  • 19. aloice ndege  |  September 28, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    eh,bro. no words to give but to take you to the final prophesy of the book of revelation of John in the island of patmos chapter no.14:13,say from now on blessed are they that die in the lord………………amen GOD give you alot of strengh this time,I LOVE AND PRAYING FOR YOU.AMEN.

  • 20. judy Olepere  |  October 2, 2006 at 11:02 am


  • 21. Vincent Lusanji  |  October 3, 2006 at 8:07 am

    My dear friend Reuben,
    Having met you [apparently for the second time – might have met when I was much younger during your school days, as I remember you talking about my dad as you chaplain] I have been doubly blessed with your music. I want to send my sincere heartfelt condolences to you after the loss of you beloved wife. The picture of her gracious heart and her caring [for us – the Lusanjis] as we visited with you in Eldoret does not leave my mind nor my heart. It truely is a great loss to all of us. She however rests in the arms of Jesus at this time. God [I AM] is presently with you and always. He carries you and the girls during these sorrowful times so you don’t have to walk alone.
    Always in my prayers.

  • 22. Moses Simiyu  |  October 4, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    Reuben your life has been a challenge to me.You are multitalented.The loss of your wife came as a shock to m,I had to ask myself so many times why her?The question that only God can answer.May God give you strenth to go through it.

  • 23. Rosie Lusanji  |  October 5, 2006 at 8:38 am

    Papa Kigs,
    Was a pleasure hanging out with you in Eldy last Dec, and I know for sure you will be seeing a lot of me again sometimes. Just want to say POLE sana for the loss, and I keep praying for you. A lot has been said that I just have no more words to express my sincere condolences. One thing I trust is, the Good Lord will strengthen you no matter what. Keep trusting, chigila kuveye haala mu lisala anoho mba ndi? Nyasaye akugatsize sana halala na tukana twotwo tulahi.
    Sincerely, Rosie L

  • 24. Mauryne Mukami  |  October 18, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    I thank God that He has given u the strength to go through what happened last month. Our God is forever faithful and He will alwz be the closest friend no matter what happens around us. Uve been a great inspiration through ur music. May God continue to take u far as u glorify His name. Ur Blest.

  • 25. noreen rugut  |  November 8, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    My dear brother reuben,God gave me such a burden to pray for you and your daughters when mercy went home to be with the lord.i want you to know that for you who loves the lord,all things are working together for your good.i have always lifted shalom in prayer especially now that she is doing her exams.Reuben,shalom is going to a very good NATIONAL SCHOOL.so start thanking the lord.i also pray for you,shammah and shekinah.it is well brother.the lord is by you.and with you and the girls. i am a close neighbour.God bless.

  • 26. Daniel Kikwaya  |  January 3, 2007 at 10:45 am

    It was a great shock to learn of the untimely death of Mercy Kigame.I got to see and apreciate her on one presentation by the Kigames in Kampala Uganda in 2005 at a Commission International Dinner at Hotel Equatorial. I listened to Reauben Kigame testimony and was greatly touched, especially the kind words to his wife and whole family.
    We pray that God Almighty takes charge of this whole situation

    Daniel Kikwaya

  • 27. Fred Masoni USA  |  April 14, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    We’re Praying that the Lord may fill you with the peace of God that goes beyond all human understanding. Take heart Brother.

  • 28. esther okwengu  |  June 3, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    pole brother God is always on ur side.He has every reason why he works according to his will though we r at times hurt but he cares more en will fill the gap at his own special time.peace be with u en ur entire family.Rem.God is LOVE

  • 29. James Wandimi  |  July 27, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Reube,

    I met Reuben the many times he preached at the UON main campus christian union. He was and has always remained a blessing to many in his whole world. The Lord God is your strength at all times Reuben and your wonderful daughters.

  • 30. angelo owino  |  August 1, 2007 at 8:48 am

    may God rest her soul in peace!

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  • 32. Richard Makela  |  January 18, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Mr. Vincent, please, contact me : richardwetu@yahoo.ca whenever you receive my message.

    Richard (Mwana mboka)

    • 33. Edward Sr. Ilunga  |  July 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Hello Richard,

      It is me Edward K. Ilunga. When are you coming back to Ottawa. Th kids are waiting for you especially the David. Scan your passport and send it to my son. His email is : yoyomic@hotmail.com. I’ve sent you a text message and an


  • 34. Richard Makela  |  January 18, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Dear Vincent Vidija Lusanji, I am your friend from the Democratic Republic Of Congo. I need your e-mail address please. Richard Makela

  • 35. BOAZ  |  March 18, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Br Kigame, your songs do bless me so much,I always find myself in that prayer mood whenever i start singing them.

    How I wish i would find myself able to sing like you. I would always do it for God like you do

    May you live long to worship and prays God.

  • 36. PETER  |  March 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    where can i get hakika wema nazo fadhili mp3 by mercy kigame? please help RIP MERCY KIGAME


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