Dr Chiwele presenting a gift to Pastor and Mrs Makashinyi at the induction

Pastor Isaac Makashinyi was inducted to the pastorate of the Emmasdale Baptist Church in Lusaka on September 16, 2018. In an event witnessed by scores of invited guests from various sister churches around Lusaka and beyond, the occasion was also used to officially mark the church’s weaning off from Lusaka Baptist Church and to celebrate Pastor Makashinyi’s ten years of ministry as a missionary pastor at Emmasdale. Pastor Makashinyi was sent to Emmasdale Baptist Church as a missionary by Lusaka Baptist Church. It is a journey that had been long in coming to fruition. Presiding over the service, Elder Misheck Daka gave a brief account of what happened in the background culminating into this event. He said that although the church attained financial autonomy five years ago, it only elected its first elders in March 2017. These were Mr Misheck Daka himself and Mr John Malipenga. From that time, the elders began to pray and effect a process of calling a pastor for the church. They did not look further than the man who had been serving among them for a decade. Having engaged in discussions with Pastor Makashinyi with regard to taking up the pastorate of this church, and having secured his favourable response, the elders laid his candidature before the Elders Malipenga and Daka laying hands on Pastor Makashinyi members of the church. And at a special church members meeting held on July
28, 2018, Pastor Makashinyi was voted in as an incoming pastor.
The induction was preceded by the official weaning formalities that
were facilitated by three elders from Lusaka Baptist Church—Dr Dennis Chiwele, Mr Steven Tembo and Mr Milandu Dubeka. Giving a background that led to the weaning of the church, Dr Chiwele mentioned that the planting church (Lusaka Baptist Church) was guided by several factors, which included the establishment of a biblical eldership, numerical growth of the church, financial
autonomy and self-propagating mindedness of the church. Mr Malipenga, read out the charge to the incoming pastor and offered the dedicatory prayer. In accepting the call, Pastor Makashinyi prayed that the God who had called him to the ministry by his grace would grant to him and his family strength and wisdom equal to the task. He thanked his wife Shupe, their children Mwitupa and Taonga, and their foster son Webby for their support. He also thanked the elders and church members of Lusaka Baptist Church and the elders and church members of Emmasdale Baptist Church for their prayers and support. He finally paid tribute to the first pastor at the church, Pastor Oswald Sichula, for laying a good foundation on which he hoped to continue building.
Pastor Makashinyi came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in Luanshya
in 1985. He is a graduate of the Evangelical University (formerly, Theological College of Central Africa) in Ndola and the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He had previously served as an elder at Central Baptist Church in Chingola, as the first pastor at Nkana West Baptist Church in Kitwe, and as an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
Bringing God’s word on this occasion was Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa who preached from Acts 20:17–38, reminding all in attendance of the role of the pastor as a watchman, a guard, a guide, a physician, a ‘saviour’, and as one who feeds the flock of God. He also implored the church to appreciate its pastor and to fulfil its obligations to him. The induction service was immediately followed by a fellowship lunch. After that the church celebrated Pastor Makashinyi’s ten years as a missionary pastor at Emmasdale Baptist Church.

Misheck Daka
Elder, Emmasdale Baptist Church.