By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
The Mzuzu CCAP congregation of the Nkhoma Synod breathed new lease of life on Sunday, March 29,2020 when the it installed the new church minister Rev. R. Chimzimu at a ceremony which was held at the church campus in Mzuzu.
Speaking during the ceremony, Nkhoma Synod former General Secretary Reverend Dr. D. Chifungo who spoke on behalf of the moderator for Nkhoma Synod Rev. Biswick Nkhoma, it’s GS, Rev. Vasco Kachipapa and the entire synod of Nkhoma thanked God for keeping the Mzuzu congregation in the times they had no minister and also thanked the congregation for calling another minister in time. Rev. Dr. Chifungo further thanked the synod of Livingstonia for the sisterly working relationship with the Synod of Nkhoma. He added that Rev. Chimzimu is the Nkhoma Synod’ ambassador in the Northern region.
On COVID-19 commonly known as Corona Virus disease, the synod said it has suspended all holy Communion services and assembly of more than 100 members and that every service must not go beyond 2 hours. Above all the synod encouraged its members to pray for the outbreak to come to an end.
On behalf of Rev. D. Chipofywa who is the moderator of Synod of Livingstonia and the entire Synod, Rev. Dr. Levie Nyondo welcomed newly installed church minister and said the Livingstonia Synod believes that the relationship between them and Nkhoma Synod will keep growing as it has been the case before. He then advised the members to pray for the outbereak of Corona Virus to come to an end so that the forth coming elections aren’t postponed but that Malawians go and vote in their large numbers. He said Malawians have a very big task ahead and that the outbreak can be a very huge setback. Rev. Dr. Nyondo then said the Bible teaches against theft of any kind and wondered why others are failing to resign after mismanaging Malawi’s elections. He said as a church they will not stop teaching against evil including theft.
In his remarks moderator for Kakonje presbytery, Rev. C.W. Chipembere thanked God for allowing the ceremony to be so gracious, he then advised the newly unveiled minister to keep together the flock of God of Mzuzu CCAP and requested the congregation to take care of their Church minister.
Some of the notable faces present included senior officials from the Synod of Nkhoma and Livingstonia, church ministers from different churches, Member of parliament for Kasungu West Hon. Jailos Bonongwe, Mr. Kampheta who was sent as an envoy for Kakonje presbytery and is also a ward Councilor in Kasungu.
Reverend R. Chimzimu was ministering at Kanjera CCAP in Kasungu and becomes the second church minister of Mzuzu CCAP after Reverend Yassin Gama who was the first to open the doors of Nkhoma Synod in the North in November 2016 and has since been transferred to Mvama CCAP in Lilongwe.