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Bishop Zachary Kakobe is the Founder and the General Overseer of the Full Gospel Bible Fellowship Church. He pastors a megachurch in Dar-Es-Salaam City, Tanzania,which is the Mother Church: and from there, he oversees more than 400 branch or daughter churches which he planted scatteredly across all the regions and districts of Tanzania mainland.
Bishop Zachary Kakobe is a Tanzania national, born on Monday, June 6, 1955 in Kibondo, Tanzania. His spiritual journey began on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1980 when he was born again at a Miracle Healing Indoor Crusade, which was conducted by a renowned National Evangelist in Tanzania, Bishop Moses Kulola, at the Tanzania Assemblies of God Church, Ilala Dar-Es-Salaam, pastored by Pastor Titus Mukama. On that evening, the Gospel message that was preached by Bishop Moses Kulola, made Zachary Kakobe to go forward to the pulpit for salvation. He went forward to the pulpit, weeping bitterly in public, and repented his sins with a real intention from the depths of his heart, to turn away from all sins and deceitful pleasures; and he accepted Jesus in his heart to be his personal Lord and Saviour. From that day on, his life was completely transformed. His wife and his friends who knew him before, testified that his life was changed. He was born again. He was a new creature in Christ. Shortly after, he made Tanzania Assemblies of God Church, Temeke, Dar-Es-Salaam, his local Church home. For a number of years after his conversion, he was a faithful member of this Church and his Pastor was the late Callist Masalu; who was a renowned Servant of God in Tanzania for more than four decades.
The founding of the Full Gospel Bible Felllowship Church is directly related to Kakobe’s call to ministry. Bishop Zachary Kakobe’s call to ministry, was paranormal; or to put it in simple terms, it came through a supernatural experience. In 1982, Jesus Christ came personally to his living room, on two different occasions, to deliver His message of calling him to ministry. On all occasions, Jesus came to the room in the early hours of the night, long before bedtime, when normal business was going on in the living room. In the first instance, Jesus knocked the securely locked door and before the door could be opened, he went through the door without opening it. When he entered the room, the living room lights went off without being turned off by anyone and His glory illuminated the room. He then took a seat and started by saying, “Fear not, I’m Jesus”, and then He said that he will be sending Kakobe to preach His Word.
He continued to say that Kakobe will be a shepherd of a large flock of sheep and he will tend and feed thousands of His sheep and lambs; moreover, he will oversee many other sheep flocks. At the same time he will preach the Gospel to multitudes, beginning in his Nation and in the later years, to greater multitudes in many Nations around the World with mighty signs and wonders following him wherever he goes to preach His Word. He spoke a lot of other things pertaining to God’s plan for Kakobe’s life and ministry, and finished by urging him repeatedly to be faithful to Him till the end so that he can see all these things come to pass in his ministry. After the concluding remarks, He didn’t give any room for discussion. He departed through the same door, in the same manner, and immediately the room lights went on again.
Surprisingly after receiving this message, Kakobe responded negatively to the call of Jesus Christ. In a heart to heart discussion with his wife Hellen, Kakobe told her, “I’m sorry, I can’t be a Crusade preacher or a Pastor. I’m not interested at all in this kind of ministry. I’m only interested in becoming a big businessman and using my money to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing more, nothing less!” At this particular time, Kakobe was involved in the ministry of helps in his church, the Tanzania Assemblies of God. He helped the National Evangelist, Bishop Moses Kulola, to start a tape ministry and was using his electronic equipment to record his Gospel messages and distribute the sermon tapes to a wider audience, at his own costs and expenses. He had a burden to spread the Word through the Sermon tapes of Bishop Kulola.
He was also a partner in Bishop Kulola’s ministry. He was burdened to give his all, to the Gospel of the Kingdom. He had absolutely no interest in becoming a Crusade preacher. At his Assemblies of God Church home, he didn’t have any preaching or teaching assignment. He was just an ordinary member of the Church. He told his wife, “If Jesus gives me a chance to respond to His call, my answer will be, I’m not interested in becoming a Pastor or a Crusade Preacher; and I will ask Him to give me power to get wealth; so that I can offer a bigger support to the Preachers of the Gospel.”
A couple of months later, that same year; Jesus came again to Kakobe’s residence, in more or less, the same way. On this occasion of His second visit, He took a shorter time elaborating on God’s plan for Kakobe’s life and ministry, but this time with greater emphasis; and then He concluded by saying that it will take a much longer time for Him to come again in this manner, and thereafter He departed.
Did this second visit of the Lord bring positive developments in Kakobe’s response to the call? Not at all! Kakobe continued with the same stand for a number of years, without relenting. Then came the year 1987, in November, when the Internationally renowned Evangelist, with the heart for Africa, Reinhard Bonnke, held an evangelistic Crusade in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. That Crusade attracted multitudes of people, coming from all over the Nation. Kakobe was one of the ushers of that Crusade. On the last day of the Crusade, there was a great move of the Spirit of God. Thousands of people decided for Christ, and many miracles occurred. As the preacher was winding up with words of farewell, Kakobe took a little time to think about the masses of people, the numerous decisions for Christ and the miracles that occurred, which had greatly glorified Jesus in the City and the nation at large.
While he was thinking about these things, the two visits of Jesus in his living room, five years back, came fresh in his mind, and suddenly, he heard a small still voice speaking in his heart saying, “Son, the preacher is now saying farewell to the multitudes, who then, will continue to glorify My Name, after his departure?” After this voice, what happened? In his own words, Kakobe tells the story, “This voice broke my heart within me, and all my bones shook. I was helpless. When the multitudes sang joyfully songs of praise in conclusion of the Crusade, I couldn’t sing with them, but instead, I wept bitterly and cried at the top of my voice. I repented of my stubborn disobedience to the call of my Lord, thanked Him for being patient with me and surrendered my will to His will, and said, Here am I Lord, use me as You will. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon me and I was suddenly filled with Holy Ghost power, boldness, faith and an inward intense desire to preach the Word and pray for the sick and needy. I just couldn’t wait another single day to preach His Word in Miracle Healing Crusades!”
After the necessary spiritual preparations, then the day came. That was August 3, 1988; when Kakobe started his preaching journey. With his evangelistic team, the Gospel Evangelistic Team (GET), he went upcountry to start a series of Miracle Healing Crusades, on the invitation from various Pentecostal churches. He conducted a total of ten Open air Crusades in Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Tabora, Mbeya, Coast and Dar-Es-Salaam regions, in Tanzania. Commenting on the success of these Crusades, one Senior Pastor said, “These first ten Crusades in his ministry have confirmed his calling.” In all these Crusades, the attendance was far above average. Hundreds of people decided for Christ, in each Crusade; and phenomenal miracles occurred.
Kakobe’s last Crusade, among the ten; was done at Kijitonyama Pentecostal Church grounds in Dar-Es-Salaam. That was late February 1989. After this Crusade, he took some time to communicate with all the host Pastors of the ten Crusades, in order to find out, if serious intensive follow up on the new converts who decided for Christ, in these Crusades, had been done thoroughly after the Crusades. His interest, right from the start, was not only to bring forth fruit in the Crusades, but to make sure his fruit remained; because he had conviction in his heart that this is the will of the Father (JOHN 15:16; 1 THESSALONIANS 3:5,8). In the assessment of the work done, he found to his dismay, that most of the host Pastors hadn’t taken keen interest in doing follow-up on the new converts. They somewhat considered Miracle Healing Crusades, more or less, as mere entertainment. In fact, some of them took their holidays immediately after the Crusades. This evaluation made Kakobe to seek the face of God seriously, and inquire of Him whether he should continue in that direction, or otherwise. After praying for about one and a half months, the Lord clearly directed him to start a Church so that he could go and bring forth fruit and see to it that the fruit remains. Then Kakobe inquired of Him what name should the Church bear, and the Lord gave him the name. In his own words, Kakobe elaborates, “The Lord answered me and said, “Write the name”, and I took up a pen, ready to write the name. Then He mentioned the name loud and clear, “FULL GOSPEL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP”, and I wrote it down.”
Thereafter, in mid April 1989, he gathered 13 young converts and camped in his residential house at Kijitonyama, Dar-Es-Salaam; for an intensive two-week Bible Study course. Then on Sunday, April 30, 1989; he started the first Full Gospel Bible Fellowship Church Sunday Worship Service with the 13 faithfuls, at Jamhuri Primary School in Mnazi Mmoja area, Dar-Es-Salaam. So the Word of the Lord spoken to Kakobe, was fulfilled. Kakobe was now a Pastor, and more was yet to come! Having also in mind the training of Pastors, a few months later, he started Bible classes towards the cause.
From this humble beginning, to date, the Church in Dar-Es-Salaam has grown into a megachurch and Kakobe has personally trained and sent out into the Lord’s fields, more than 700 Pastors. On Sunday, March 7, 1993; he ordained the first batch of 28 Pastors (19 Pastors and 9 Assistant Pastors); and commissioned them to open up the first 19 branch or daughter Churches, in all the then 19 regional headquarter towns in Tanzania Mainland and thereafter, succeeding Pastor Ordination Services were held on Sunday, March 3, 1996; Sunday, December 21, 1997; Sunday, January 17, 1999; and Sunday, January 30, 2000. In these succeeding Ordination Services, hundreds of Pastors were ordained and sent out to open up branch churches in all district headquarter towns: and also in other small towns and villages. By February 2000, Kakobe had already planted more than 400 branch or daughter Churches, scattered across all the regions and districts of Tanzania Mainland. Currently, Bishop Zachary Kakobe pastors the megachurch in Dar-Es-Salaam, which is the Mother Church, and from there he oversees all the 400-plus branch or daughter churches in Tanzania; fulfilling the Word of the Lord who said that he would be a Shepherd of a large flock of sheep and he will tend and feed thousands of His sheep and lambs, and moreover he will oversee many other sheep flocks.
It is also good to note that, Jesus said that Kakobe would preach the Gospel to multitudes, beginning in his Nation and in later years to greater multitudes in many Nations around the World with mighty signs and wonders following him wherever he goes to preach His Word. This Word of the Lord has also been fulfilled. Let alone the ten Open-air Miracle Healing Crusades that he did before founding the Full Gospel Bible Fellowship Church, Kakobe has continued to do lots of Open-air Miracle Healing Crusades after the founding of the Church. Over the years, Kakobe has done hundreds of Open-air Miracle Healing Crusades across his native country, Tanzania; not to mention, hundreds of Indoor Miracle Healing Church Services. Multitudes of people have been attracted to his Miracle Healing Crusades and mighty signs and wonders have been accompanying his preaching of the Word wherever he goes to minister.
For example, in the year 2007 alone, he did a total of 211 Open air Miracle Healing Crusades, in 211 different Cities, towns and villages; scattered across all the regions and districts of Tanzania mainland, in a period of 256 days only; starting from January 5, 2007 at Mlali Village, in Morogoro Rural; and ending on September 17, 2007 at Ngerengere Village, in Morogoro Rural. In some of these days, he did three Crusades per day, in three different towns or villages; one Crusade in the morning, the following in the afternoon, and the last one in the evening; and in some days he did two Crusades in two different towns or villages, each day.
All in all, within this period of 256 days, he did three Crusades each day for 10 days; two Crusades each day for 53 days and one Crusade daily for 75 days. So the total number of “Crusade days”, if you like; were 138 only and the remaining days were used in moving from one area to the other, and also pastoring the Mother Church, in Dar-Es-Salaam. He did these Crusades not only in big towns and Cities, but also in the remotest villages across the Country where no Crusade had ever been held before. From Mahurunga Village in Mtwara Rural District in the South East, near the Tanzania Mozambique border (July 28, 2007); to Wampembe Village in Nkasi District in the South West, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika (May 28, 2007); and from Bwisya, Ukara Island in the North West (May 12, 2007); to the Duga Maforoni Village in the North East, near the Horohoro, Tanzania Kenya border (August 16, 2007) and from Kabanga Village in the West at the Tanzania Burundi border (May 16, 2007); to Kilindoni, Mafia Island in the East (June 28, 2007), and from Njani Marikanda Village in Arumeru District (March 26, 2007) and Loliondo (March 30, 2007), both in the North; to Mpwayungu Village in Chamwino District, in the Central area (March 12, 2007); and to Tunduru, in the South (July 30, 2007).
On the International scene, Bishop Zachary Kakobe is also an International Revivalist who reaches out to other Nations of the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through his international ministry, namely, Bishop Zachary Kakobe International Ministries (BZKIM) which is registered and based in U.S.A. Through this international ministry, he reaches out to the uttermost parts of the earth by working in partnership with the Global Body of Christ, empowering, equipping and supporting the local churches in the various Nations of the World, to fulfill their mission. Bishop Zachary Kakobe has done a number of Miracle Healing Crusades in various countries around the world. Great multitudes have been attracted to these Crusades and mighty signs and wonders have accompanied his preaching of the Word. Among these countries are: Korea, India, Burundi, Kenya, Congo (D.R.C), Zambia, Sri-Lanka; and the list goes on!
Bishop Zachary Kakobe is the husband of one wife, Hellen. They got married on December 11, 1979; and together they have four children.