'Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing with water clear as crystal, continuously pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The river was flowing in the middle of the street of the city, and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life, with its twelve kinds of ripe fruit according to each month of the year. The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations. And every curse will be broken and no longer exist, for the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there in the city. His loving servants will serve Him; they will see constantly His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more. They will never need the light of the sun or a lamp, because the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever!' (Revelation 22:1-5)

I remembered back to 2004 when, on one of my first visits to Wellspring, Herbert took me to the Source of The Nile in Ginja and I remember that we rode a boat in the white water rapids of that mighty river. We had taken a detour on what Herbert famously called a ‘short cut’ on route to Tororo… The said 'short cut' actually ended up taking us an extra 6 hours I believe! It was always a source of great banter from then on.

Herbert lived his life in the rapids of this great river of the Spirit of God, allowing his Heavenly Father to take him wherever the currents would lead and, as he journeyed on this adventure of faith, Herbert invited so many to come along for the ride. For us in Links International Herbert, together with his amazing wife Eve, allowed themselves to become prototypes of new and innovative forms of ministry. Under their stewardship we saw literally thousands of families break free from poverty. They scattered those leaves of healing, seeing community healthcare teams spread life-saving information throughout their nation. Lives were changed and communities transformed through their faithfulness. I for one feel incredibly honoured to have been able to call Herbert my friend and my brother. My family will be forever touched by Herbert and Eve and the many heroes of Wellspring.

This amazing legacy will by no means now end but rather, like the mighty river that continues to flow, will keep building more and more momentum touching untold thousands of lives for the glory of God.

Looking back over our many photos with Herbert, what jumps out from everyone of them is the infectious broad smile that always lit up Herbert’s face. Herbert reflected God’s love and joy in all that he did and I know that, as we move forward, he would want us to know that this joy is now complete. He is free from pain, free from suffering and more alive than ever! 

Though our hearts are heavy, and Herbert you will be so very greatly missed, we will see you again and we will rejoice in that place where the Lord God will shine on us and we will reign together with Jesus forever and ever.

- Joe Gisbey

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The tears currently streaming down my face are evidence of the impact Herbert had on my life. Even a month after his leaving this earth to be with Jesus, I still can't believe my friend Herbert is gone. He was always bigger than life, and there are so many things I'll never forget.

I'll never forget Herbert telling local police offers to, "Search this Mzungu," (Mzungu is what Ugandans call people with white skin) as we walked by just to keep me on my toes. I'll never forget him turning a muddy sugar field into a shortcut on the way to Tororo. I'll never forget waking up finding out I would be leading a meeting or worship gathering. I'll never forget how excited he was to visit Cowboy Stadium in Dallas or Lakewood Church in Houston. I'll never forget arguing about how to properly say "water." I'll never forget him not asking which airport he should fly to in Texas (Texas is quite big) and having to drive 5 hours to pick him up because he picked the wrong one. I'll never forget sweet times of worship and fellowship in our home, at Wellspring, and churches in the US and UK. I'll never forget being included in a family wedding party in Western Uganda and being given a goat. As I remember Herbert, I think that's what many people remember...
when you were with Herbert, you were part of the family.

Herbert was an incredible visionary who transcended cultures. He had an amazing way of seeing what was possible, trusting God to provide to make it happen, while sacrificing whatever was necessary to serve the vision personally. He was a man of so many talents and a man of deep devotion who walked closely with the Lord. The depth of his faith is evidenced in the strength of those who are now carrying the torch into the next generation. As he was given the gift of empowerment, he gave the same gift to others.

I found a sermon from a few years back of Herbert preaching in Texas where he told a story about Africa. In the wild, lions are known to hunt buffalo. What's interesting is that lions are actually quite a bit smaller, but the sound and size of their roar intimidates and scares the buffaloes that are actually much bigger. He referred to a picture from Kenya where on one particular day, the buffaloes had finally had enough and decided to stand their ground against the smaller, but louder lion. You can see in the picture the lion running in fear from the herd of buffaloes. Herbert said this reminds us that greater is He that is in us than the one that is in the world. He invited us to be willing to stand up to fight for our purpose and destiny. He said we must stand up and be counted with the King and for His Kingdom. I can't think of anything that would honor him more than for his legacy to move us to this level of conviction.

As we move on, our prayers and support are with Eve, Marvin, Morgan, Maddie, and all of the Wellspring family. May we continue to stand in honor of our friend as we carry out the work of the Kingdom in Uganda and around the world. 

- Jason Bollinger