Elizabeth Mpundu

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Christian Professional Ministry Sunday

Mrs. Pauline Simwaba
Text: Romans 12:4-8 Luke 5:1-9
The Blessing of having Professionals in the House of God.

Professionals are people who are skilled and have expert knowledge (trained & qualified). They belong to Professional bodies affiliation – e.g. ZIM, Teaching Profession Code of Ethics (SI 1 2018), LAZ, etc.
Characteristics of professionalism 
Appearance, Demeanor, Reliability, Competence, phone etiquette, etc.
Professionalism + Christianity= influential, integrity, quality & quantity of output light & salt of the earth 
Professionals are from different works of life. Examples of professionals in the bible:
Paul– Tent-maker Act 18; 2-3
Luke – Physician Col 4:14
1. The example of Simon Peter
-He was a fisherman: this represents the various occupations and professions we have.
- The washing of nets
They had knocked off going home. The Lord asked Simon to perform a certain task after he had knocked off.
-Results of obedience (availability)
How can you come in as a professional? 
- Participation in the ministries
•You are serving God
•You are blessing others with your skill, character, etc. as you interact.
•You demystify the notion that professionals are 
unapproachable, unsociable, (they are people like you and me!)
-Avail self by offering expert knowledge in the Bread of Life Health Services, Bookshop, Building projects etc 
Common excuse for not serving
I do not have time
I do not know what to do
I do not have any special skills to contribute
They do not need me. But Simon was needed…
The lord does not call the equipped, he equips the called.(Moses, David) 
Benefits of Professionals in the Church
Professionals’ participation in the clinic, school – results in providing quality service at much lower cost and a greater impact on the community.
Outsiders such as NGOs and will get to see what we are doing and will begin supporting the good work being conducted.
If we get involved in our numbers (thousands), what an impact we will make on the community and the nation  at large.

Sunday 18th November 2018
Professionals Sunday
First Service

COUPLE'S CONFERENCE 2018

MARRIAGE DEDICATION AND RENEWAL OF MARITAL VOW: On the last day of the couples conference hosted by Bishop Joe and Rev. Bernadette Imakando and the Married Couples Ministry, we had over ten couples renew and dedicate their marital vows. The following couples participated in the marriage dedication: Louis Lason Changula and Elaine Queen. Derrick Mwale and Jacqueline Linda. Chongo Kalaba and Ellen Luphala. Alston Jumah and Blessing Kalebuka. Elvis Musumuko and Mwila Nyirenda. Marron Chiwembe Mwanza and Elina Mumba. Julius Chanda and Comfort Mwelwa. Royd Makumbilo and Fatumata Diallo. Collins Chipasa and Servia Chilwana. Andrew Thole and Clare Mulyata. Patrick Kati Kawanu and Priscovia Nachalwe. Bupe Chungu Kalukhu and Joy Mikwalah. Akapelwa Lubasi and Inutu Muyunda. We congratulate and celebrate with them.

BLCI Joins the Nation in commemorating this year's National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation

Bread of Life Church Emmasdale, led by the Council of Elders, Reverends, Pastors and other church leaders joined the rest of the Nation in commemorating this year's National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation on Thursday 18th October 2018. The theme for this year's prayers is, 'Facing the future as a reconciled and prosperous nation under God's guidance - 2 Corinthians 5:19-21.' God bless mother Zambia.

National Day of Prayer and Fasting - 18th October 2018

Bread of Life Church family joins the nation in Praying and Fasting for the Great Nation of Zambia on Thursday 18th October 2018. The theme for this year's prayers is, 'Facing the future as a reconciled and prosperous nation under God's guidance - 2 Corinthians 5:19-21.' Transport to the National House of Prayer site will be provided by the church, buses starts off from the Blessing Centre at 08:30hrs. God bless mother Zambia.

First Lady Madam Esther Lungu worships at Nchelenge Bread of Life Church on Women's Sunday.

First Lady Madam Esther Lungu took some time off her busy schedule and worshipped at Nchelenge Bread of Life Church on Sunday 14th October 2018. In her remarks the First Lady appreciated the fact that she was blessed with both the excellent hospitality, the worship and the word of God that was preached. She also added and said she was so overwelmed with God's presence in the house. Furthermore, she acknowledged the Lord for leading their steps into Bread Of Life Church International - Nchelenge and that she wondered why she felt so much at home. She greatly acknowledged the grace and work of our Father in the Lord Bishop Joe Imakando. She mentioned that she's been following him through his work in the country and beyond; and also through his popular television program on ZNBC - The Hour of Blessing. She further appreciated and honoured his great sacrifice and work for mother Zambia and summarised with a proclamation of blessing upon his life, family and church. Bread of Life Nchelenge Resident Pastor Prince Blessings Banda mentioned that it was a great joy, honour and privilege for the Nchelenge Bread of Life Church to host the mother of this great nation of Zambia. He later preached message entitled: "taking over through victory" and God's power and glory was evident .The resident Pastor thanked the First Lady for visiting the church. The first lady who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for Luapula Province and other top district leaders was on a tour of Luapula Province to check on programs of educating and empowering both the girl child and the women.

40TH ANNIVERSARY IN MINISTRY AND MARRIAGE - BISHOP JOE AND REVEREND BERNADETTE IMAKANDO.

Bread of Life Church International, the Zambian Government, clergy, family members and well wishers celebrated Bishop Joe and Reverend Bernadette Imakando’s 40 years in ministry and marriage at Hotel Intercontinental on the 7th of October, 2018. In attendance during the awesome celebrations was Honorable Reverand Godfridah Sumaili Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Guest of honor Bishop Edgar N’gambi of Praise Christian Centre, Bread of Life Church Council of Elders, Reverends, pastors, family members. Speaking on behalf of Bread of Life Church, Chief Elder Banda, quoted an African Writer Chinua Chebe “A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.” The elder stated that bishop has always been in the battlefront. The pride of every child lies in the stability on the family they come from, that is one of many good reasons we have all come to rejoice in the 40 years of consistent ministry and good marriage. As a church, we have witnessed the good leadership, prayer, the word of God, family values, community values and pledge allegiance to the leadership of Bread of life Church headed by Bishop Imakando. And council of elder and resident pastor for Ndola Bread of Life branch church Reverend George Chanda, appreciated Bishop Joe Imakando for making ministry easy and for being a role model due to consistency in ministry and marriage to his wife Reverend Bernadette Imakando. The guest of honour Presiding Bishop for Praise Christian Centre, Bishop Edgar N’gambi also mentioned that Bishop Imakando has been consistent in prayer and the study of God’s word. Bishop N’gambi stated that, ‘marriage is the most attacked institution, the reminder therefore is never to follow wrong things about marriage’. As a Christian never think of divorce, God Should give us grace to love each other in marriage. What has kept Bishop Imakando and Reverend Bernadette is commitment to serving God. Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili appreciated the Bishop for making ministry easier to follow. Bishop Joe Imakando’s ministry started in 1978, the same year he married Bernadette. Bishop Imakando mentioned that it is not his work but God’s work, the Lord always directs the work. The Bishop also acknowledged the Holy Spirit as the senior pastor. One of the key things is to have a vision and implement it. As of marriage, Bishop Imakando, stated that marriage encounters challenges but according to Philippians 1:6, ‘being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’. A marriage which is begun in God will be seen through whether in good or challenging times. God’s grace is always sufficient. And Reverend Imakando appreciated her husband Bishop Imakando, the family, the church for the prayers and for the faithfulness of God. Towards the end of the celebration, a cake was cut and photos taken with Bishop and Reverend Imakando

Frequently Asked Questions

How can one become a Member of BLCI?
To start with, one has to give his or her life to the Lord that is to be born again. After this, one has to through a foundation class which basically aims at grounding the newly born again believer to the basic Christian principles. On completion, of the foundation class one goes through the waters of baptism after which one qualifies to be a member of Bread of Life Church International and will then be encouraged to join one of the many ministries the church has.
What organization is BLCI Affiliated to?
Bread of Life Church is affiliated to the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, which fellowship was established in 1964 for the purpose of providing fellowship among the evangelical missionaries serving in Zambia.
When was Bread of Life Church founded?
Bread of Life Church International was founded on 13th September 1992 with a vision of bringing thousands into the kingdom of God. The church, then located on plot 136 Chinyunyu road in Emmasdale had a congregation of 120.
Who is the Presiding Bishop of BLCI?
Bishop Imakando is currently the Presiding Bishop of Bread of life Church International. He also happens to be the founder of Bread of Life Church in August 1992, when while in Lagos Nigeria God gave him the vision that led to the birth of Bread of life Church International.

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