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

The 2018 Word Explosion Conference attracted thousands of delegates across the nation of Zambia and beyond from 31st August to 4th September 2018.

The theme for the conference was dubbed, ‘Destined to Take Over’ – in relationships, ministry, business and education.

Bishop Joe Imakando hosted the well attended annual conference at the Blessing Centre in Emmasdale with guest speakers Bishop Tudor Bismark, Bishop Archibald Cole Apostle Enock Sitima, Reverend Blankson and the local Bread of Life pastors such as Reverend Peter Lungu and Reverend Samson Thole.  And the guest gospel artist was James Okon.

During the conference, workshops were tailored to meet the exact needs of the people. Workshops included the Youth, Girl Child, Music (Praise Team), Professionals, Missions, Men and women respectively.

And on Sunday 2nd September 2018 was a very memorable occasion as Bread of Life Church International celebrated the 40th Anniversary in ministry for Presiding Bishop, Bishop Joe Imakando. The celebrations took place the Blessing Centre in Emmasdale, Lusaka.

The attendance was overwhelming as thousands both young and old, men and women, the clergy and the Zambian government congratulated Bishop Imakando.

Others, also recognized Bishop Joe Imakando’s wife Reverend Bernadette Imakando for being such an unquestionable support to the bishop.

On behalf of his brothers and the entire Imakando family, Caleb Imakando, Bishop Joe Imakando first born son also appreciated their dad for being available to them despite his busy schedules and  providing for them.  

In attendance was minister of Justice, honourable Given Lubinda, Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs honourable Godfridah Sumaili, Apostle Enock Sitima, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, Bishops, Bread of Life Chief Elder H. Banda, Council of Elders, Reverends, pastors and distinguished invited guests.

Many organizations, Christian mother bodies, the clergy, individuals have testified about Bishop Joe Imakando’s consistency, simplicity, good leadership, wisdom a fatherly heart and a good number of virtues.

Speaking during Bishop Imakando’s 40 year celebrations, honourable minister of Justice Given Lubinda alluded to the fact that Bishop Imakando has been outstanding, a source of hope and inspiration, a selfless leader and servant of God who has relentlessly dedicated his life to serving God in this nation and beyond.

And Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza spoke on the fact that, 'Bishop Joe Imakando is focused in the calling, dedicated in the service and has been consistent on emphasizing the scripture, uncompromising in character, preaching with clarity and rare wisdom, depicting personal relationship with the Lord.

Bishop Imakando has shown simplicity to everyone which is an attribute of servant hood. He teaches what is right in terms of doctrine also through a widely watched television programme called the Hour of Blessing. The programme reaches everyone who have testified of prospered job, restored marriages, souls being saved and businesses growing, all this is on the teachings of the cross. People do not need to go far because the bishop is around to learn from.'

Bread of Life Church Chief Elder on behalf of Bread of Life church family, Elder Banda, stated that Bishop Joe Imakando is a man of Integrity who willingly accepted the call of God. The chief elder mentioned that despite the 40years not being rosy, as he had to sacrifice personal comfort for the sake of the vision, the bishop kept having faith in God.

The 2018 Word Explosion Conference ended on the 4th of September with thousands of delegates testifying of the goodness of the Lord.

The following were the message titles preached during the just ended 2018 Word Explosion Conference:

  • A night before your season of taking over-Reverend Peter Lungu
  • A Season of Divine Visitation-Bishop Joe Imakando
  • Breaking through into harvest collection [07 00hrs]-Apostle Enock Sitima
  • Change that changes you-Apostle Enock Stima
  • Dealing with serpentine spirit for taking over [Part2]-Archibald Cole
  • Dealing with serpentine spirit for taking over-Archibald Cole
  • It's Your turn-Bishop Tudor Bismak
  • Money Management-Bishop Tudor
  • Professional-workshop
  • Stretch-Bishop Tudor Bismak
  • Taking Over by Choice-Reverend Samson Thole
  • Taking over by operating in immortal realm-Bishop Archibald Cole
  • The Art & the science of vision-Bishop Tudor Bismak
  • The law of Expression-Apostle Enock Sitima
  • What happens When God Visits-Reverend Oral Reverend Blankson

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WORD EXPLOSION 2018 Day 4

Evening Session #STRETCH Bishop Tudor Bismarck Zechariah 4:6 - 10

The Bible is a very important book because it is the only book that reveals to us who Jesus is.

John 1:1 shows us that Jesus' heavenly name is the Word. His earthly name is Jesus. If you are please God you have to submit to the pattern that Jesus set. We must be transformed into Jesus' character, example and glory. This begins through repentance.

Galatians 5:16-21, shows us that the works of the flesh must be removed. Transgression is crossing over the line that God has set. An iniquity is a generational kind of sin that runs from one generation to another. Sometimes iniquities can haunt even pastors, if the word does not grow in them.

It is one thing to grow in knowing the word but it is another thing to have the word grow in you.

When we talk of celebrating 40 years of ministry, it is the combination growth in so many areas.

The book of Zechariah has 5 partitions. #The introduction - the challenge to build the House of the LORD. #Night Visions - I pray that God gives you night visions, visions brighter than visions of the day. #The Interlude of Spiritual Renewal #Yahweh's Spiritual Arrival #Establishing Yahweh's Spiritual Arrival.

Isaiah 44:12. Do you know what it takes to keep the fire burning. A leader cannot afford a moment to take a break or to faint. It is time for engagement. It is time for unity. It is time for putting our minds together.

1 Samuel 13:19 - 20. It is a hard thing in the church of Africa to take over, yet we shall push. The African church is a dangerously praying church. But we also need STRATEGY to take us to the next level.

Revival is coming not only in church attendance and church activity - we are stretching to another level. We are taking the palaces, we are taking the market places, we taking the universities, we are taking over. GOD WILL STRETCH US!

Write up  by Pastor J. Ntuntu - Kalulushi Bread of Life Church

BISHOP JOE IMAKANDO'S 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Bishop Joe Imakando undeniably represents one of the greatest success stories of Zambia's religious history.

Thousands of Bread of Life church members, the clergy, the Zambian government, the entire nation and beyond celebrated 40 years of Bishop Joe Imakando’s consistency, simplicity integrity, sacrifice, wisdom, hard work and dedication, excellent leadership and fatherly love in the Christian ministry on the 2nd of September 2018.

In attendance was minister of Justice, honourable Given Lubinda, Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs honourable Godfridah Sumaili, Apostle Enock Sitima, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, Bishops, Bread of Life Chief Elder H. Banda, Council of Elders, Reverends, pastors and distinguished invited guests.

MANY PEOPLE ASK WHAT MAKES Bishop Joseph Imakando tick in Christian ministry?

CONSISTENCY - Bishop Joe Imakando has been consistently doing one thing for 40 years, Preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. He has never jumped from one thing to another. He is a Focused Leader.

SIMPLICITY - Bishop Joe Imakando's messages are simple and straightforward. You don't need to sit with an Oxford Dictionary to understand Bishop Imakando's messages. You just need your brains and an open heart. He doesn't preach to impress, he simply delivers the word that touches all classes of people at the same time. Bishop Imakando's life is not a complicated life, so is his ministry. It is a life very easy to follow.

WISDOM - This rare virtue is what has by God's grace helped Bishop Imakando raise a small former Baptist Congregation into one of Zambia's biggest evangelical denominations. Bishop Imakando let's the people own the vision and let's them run the vision. He leads with the people. He has put transparent structures in place within the denomination to which even himself as founder and bishop is also accountable to. He avoids assuming "the alpha and omega" status in the denomination that he founded. He is just focused on the job - doing God's work.

Speaking during Bishop Imakando’s 40 year celebrations, honourable minister of Justice Given Lubinda alluded to the fact that Bishop Imakando has been outstanding, a source of hope and inspiration, a selfless leader and servant of God who has relentlessly dedicated his life to serving God in this nation and beyond.

Bread of Life Church International (BLCI) was born from a prophetic word on 13th September 1992 from a small Baptist Church with 120 members, to now over 10,000 members with 137 local churches in Zambia and 14 international churches.

Bishop Imakando has established centers of blessings that takes care of the spiritual, physical, social, academic and health needs of society. The Blessing Center in Emmasdale offers education such as the Bread of Life School, Blessing University of Excellence, Clinic, Banking Hall (rented by Cavmont), Cafeteria, Bookshop, Home Based Care for the vulnerable, Girl Child programmes, hosts the widely watched Hour of Blessings television programme just to mention a few.

The minister quoted Joshua 13: 1 and energized Bishop for another 40years, that there is so much to take over just like the theme for Bread Life Church for 2018 - The Year of Taking Over.

And Chief elder for Bread of Life Church Elder Banda, stated that Bishop Joe Imakando is a man of Integrity who willingly accepted the call of God. The chief elder mentioned that despite the 40years not being rosy, as he had to sacrifice personal comfort for the sake of the vision, the bishop kept having faith in God.

The chief elder thanked Bishop Imakando for being a servant leader and proving a safe environment for the church by being a role model of success. The future plans for Bread of Life is to build the Blessing City that will help reduce accommodation, health and education challenges.

Chief elder Banda also thanked Reverend Bernadette Imakando for being such an unquestionable support to the bishop.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs honourable Godfridah Sumaili also thanked Bishop Imakando for being such a valuable asset in the nation by standing in the gap praying for mother Zambia.

And  Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) executive director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, on behalf of EFZ and all the Christian mother bodies congratulated Bishop Imakando on the memorable and important day in the body of Christ. Reverend Mwanza added that Bishop Imakando has made us proud of how God has used him in the four decades of unbroken service in God’s vineyard.

'Bishop Imakando is focused in the calling, dedicated in the service and has been consistent on emphasizing the scripture, uncompromising in character, preaching with clarity and rare wisdom, depicting personal relationship with the Lord.

The bishop has shown simplicity to everyone which is an attribute of servant hood. He teaches what is right in terms of doctrine through a widely watched television programme called the Hour of Blessing. The programme reaches everyone who have testified of prospered job, restored marriages, souls being saved and businesses growing, all this is on the teachings of the cross. People do not need to go far because the bishop is around to learn from.'

Bishop Imakando has made tremendous contribution to body of Christ in particular the EFZ of which he was the Chief Executive Officer and past board chairman.

Reverend Mwanza added that non Zambian authors in the circular have written a history publication entitled, ‘One Zambia, Many Histories – Towards the history of Post Colonial Zambia’. In this regard, this is the right time to write an official biography on Bishop Joe Imakando.  

The publication states that, ‘Bishop Joe Imakando is an influential charismatic leader of Zambia’.

In a recorded video interview Bishop Joe Imakando narrated how he answered the call of God to minister in 1976. Thereafter he attended the Bible College in Kenya and the United Kingdom. He served as Baptist Church Pastor for 9 years; thereafter he resigned to serve on the wider body of Christ as Executive Director for Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), an umbrella body that unites Pentecostal and Evangelical churches in Zambia. In 2010, Bishop Imakando was elected President of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), an organization that has 10 Southern African countries affiliated to it.

In 1990, Bishop Imakando had an encounter with God that transformed his life; the change was evidenced in his preaching and ministrations of God's word. In August 1992, while in Lagos Nigeria God gave him a vision that led to the birth of Bread of life Church International.

The prophetic word “I am giving you thousands, you will possess the land and feed the people with the Bread of life” was later transformed to “Bringing thousands into the Kingdom” which was in line with the vision of the church.

However, the vision has now been transformed to 'Bringing Tens of Thousands into the Kingdom'.

And the biological children of Bishop Joe and Reverend Bernadette Imakando - Caleb, Phillip, Benjamin, Jonathan have also appreciated their dad for teaching them how to pray, read the Bible, win souls to the Lord and for being a practical example on and off the pulpit. Bishop Imakando’s eldest son Caleb on behalf of his brothers appreciated their father for loving them despite his busy schedules, providing for them, being available to them and sending them to good schools. Caleb also appreciated their mother Reverend Bernadette for being a prayer warrior at all times.

The celebrations took place at the Blessing Centre in Emmasdale where a cake and various gifts were presented to Bishop and Reverend Imakando. Prayers were also offered by one the guest speaker of the 2018 Word Explosion Conference, Enock Sitima.

Congratulatory messages came from across the nation and beyond on Bishop Joe Imakando’s 40 years in ministry.

Bread of Life family, Sunday school and Youth ministries were also part of the memorable celebrations.

To God be the glory!

 

  

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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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