The Pastor's Retreat took place at the Blessing Centre, Emmasdale Lusaka with over 100 in attendance.
Presiding Bishop Joe Imakando hosted the retreat for Bread of Life Church reverends and pastors from 28th April - 1st May 2015.
Guest speaker Bishop Boniface Shonga also had a session with the pastors.
And on the last day of the retreat, an anointing service was conducted as evidenced by the move of the Holy Spirit.
The Two Days of New Beginnings with Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo will take place from 5th-6th June 2015 at the Blessing Centre corner of Vubu and Lumumba roads in Emmasdale, Lusaka, Zambia.
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Mark 5: 25-34
‘And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had sent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, if I just touch his clothes, I will be healed. Immediately he bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, who a touched me clothes.
You see the people crowding against you, his disciples answered, and yet you can ask, who touched me?
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering’.
The woman had triumphant faith over her sickness. It does not matter how long you have suffered, with God all things are possible.
The Bishop shared a testimony of a brother who interpreted for him in Mongu Western province of Zambia. The man and his wife were barren for 19years. But the faith the man had in Jesus made things to turn around - the wife conceived. Time is not a factor with God.
The problem of the woman
She had continuous bleeding which made her unclean. The woman refused to die.
In this world, HIV is not a death sentence, you can live a positive life for a long time.
The woman’s effort to seek healing
She traveled many places and spent all she had but the problem became worse. However, this woman kept her hope alive, even as Christians we should believe that one day, you will get a job, be healed, graduate from college/university, have a baby, get married and your story will change.
One day she heard about Jesus
There is healing, salvation, deliverance in Jesus. The woman believed in Jesus for healing.
She had faith:
- She heard God’s word
- Believed in Him
- Released her faith
There was a certain crippled man who went to attend a miracle crusade and promised everyone that he would come back walking. None the less, the crusade finished and this man was in the same condition.
When the villagers came back, they all ran to testify of their miracles and left this man alone in the car. Upon realizing that there was nobody to help him come out of the car, he tried to stretch his legs and to his amazement the legs began to grow, he also managed to walk and went to testify to the others that God had healed.
This man believed that he would come back walking and it happened to the Glory of God.
The woman with the issue of blood sought for Jesus, she touched Him with faith. God honors faith, without faith it is impossible to please God.
Jesus said, who touched me?
The woman came forward and Jesus said, your faith has made you well.
Three women went to Bishop Imakando’s home with a very sick woman from the hospital. These women believed that if only the bishop could lay hands on her she would be well. Bishop Imakando prayed for this woman and believed God for her healing.
A few months later, the woman came running to bishop to testify that she was the woman who was dying, but due to the prayers, God came through for her and was able to move on her own, she was healed.
The bishop then began to glory God for what He had done for her.
Your faith is going to release your miracle, faith does not look at the problem. It is possible for you to have a baby, finish school, be healed, get a get/scholarship, get married, even for your spiritual life and finances to grow.
All things are possible with God – if only you believe
Another woman was healed of fibroid because of her faith in God.
The woman with the issue of blood refused to die, she took her problem to Jesus, look to Jesus - all things are possible.
The Explosive Easter conference took place at the Blessing Centre in Emmasdale from 3rd – 6th April 2015.
Thousands attended the conference and many encountered New Beginnings in their Spiritual, relationships, marriages, studies, jobs, businesses and many areas of people’s lives.
The host Bishop Joe Imakando, guests Apostle Symon Kariuki, Rev. Chimwemwe Chiwaka preached on the following messages:
- The Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross, Part 1 & 2 (Luke 23)
- The Cross A symbol of New Beginnings (Mathew 27:38-55)
- The Cross A Weapon of Spiritual Warfare (Colossians 2:15, Mathew 27:38-44)
- The Altar of Judgment (Exodus 23:14-25)
- Apostolic Altar (Mathew 27:28-45, Ephesians 2:14-20)
- The Sin God hates the most (Exodus 20:3-5)
- Your Dead Situation shall live (Ezekiel 37:1-10)
- Be Fruitful (Genesis 1:28)
- The Wood, the Knife, the Sacrifice and the Sacrificer
- Closing Altars of Affliction - Fighting Fire with Fire
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During the conference, many people answered the call to salvation, while others dedicated their lives to the Lord.
And hundreds of people went through deliverance on Monday during the prayer and intercession service.
The Marriage Dedication service took place on Sunday 5th April 2015 during the Easter Explosion Conference with four couples dedicating their marriages to the Lord.
Marriage Dedications offers an opportunity to people whose marriages were not blessed in church to dedicate their marriage to God and make a promise to God and between themselves in terms of vows.
In attendance was Presiding Bishop Joe Imakando, Pastor Bernadette Imakando, Former Chief Justice Ms. Lombe Chibesakunda, senior marriage counselors Elder and Mrs. Mutwale, Council of Elders, Pastors, relatives to the couples and members of Bread of Life Church.
Some of the topics taught during the class include:
Finances, in-laws, HIV/AIDS, communication, prayer, studying the word of God, children, intimacy, to mention but a few.
The chairperson for Couples/Marriage fellowship, Elder Chilambwe encouraged the couples to look to God both in good and hard times.
And Bishop Imakando read Colossians 3.18-19 and had this to say to husbands:
- Bless your wife as a priest of the house
- Provide leadership
- Love her
- Affirm her
- Be faithful to her
- Meet her needs
And to the wives:
- Admire him
- Be a wife not a knife
- Respect him
- Be there for him
- Think positively of your husband, concentrate on his strengths
- Attend to his needs
- Be humorous
In addition, the bishop implored the couples to forget what they went through in the past and start afresh.
The Bishop thereafter prayed for the couples and presented them with certificates.
Mr. and Mrs. Banda testified to the glory of God that they were grateful for the wisdom and knowledge they have received from Bishop Imakando and the entire leadership of the Couples Ministry.
During the dedication class they learnt that it’s important to forgive your partner, learn to love, communicate, share resources, pray together, to mention but a few.
And the Vote of Thanks was given by Mr. and Mrs. Chibesakunda, who thanked the church and their families for the love, patience and leadership shown to them.
Bishop Joe Imakando preached a powerful message entitled, 'IT IS OUR TIME'. He later led more than 5000 people that attended the prophetic all night concert at the Blessing Centre to confessions and making declarations for the new year 2013.
The year 2015 was declared the year of 'New Beginnings', by Presiding Bishop Joe Imakando on the eve of 31st December 2014.The bishop read Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland"
Bread of Life Church New Year's Eve 2014 comprised of praise, worship and sharing of God’s word at the Jubilee Crossover concert. Thousands of people filled the Blessing Centre auditorium as they welcomed 2015 under the theme, ‘The Year of New beginnings’
The Joshua Generation International Youth Camp closed with an overnight dubbed" Divine Visitation." The Camp was more prophetic after Bishop Joe Imakando graduated the youths into the Joshua Generation and challenged them to take over and possess the land during this year of Jubilee.
The Bread of Life Church International Men of Destiny ministry visited Chimbokaila prison in Lusaka on Saturday 25th May 2013 where over 1,000 inmates gathered to hear the love of Jesus Christ and about 500 gave their lives to the Lord.
On this special day, many wished Pastor (Mrs) Bernadette Imakando all the very best, all the joy she can ever have and to be blessed abundantly through to the years to come.