Dedication of Makoka new church building
February 7, 2016 was an exciting and memorable Sunday for the members of New Apostolic Church in Lusaka’s Palabana area when the long awaited Makoka church building was dedicated by District Apostle Helper Robert Nsamba.
Mathew 5: 17 was used as text word.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.”
571 members attended the service. District Apostle Helper Nsamba was accompanied by Apostle Stanley Munsaka and Bishop Kalumiana.
Located in Mwashinango Village in Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II’s area, about 29km east of Lusaka and 4km northwards off Great East Road, Makoka congregation has a membership of 193. The area is known for its thorny trees locally known as Makoka, hence the congregation’s name and falls under the Lusaka Central-Kabwe East Apostle area.
The history of the work of God in Makoka started in 1998. There were a few New Apostolic Church members who settled in Makoka area. At the time, the nearest congregation was Kasisi which is about 10 kilometres away. Owing to the distance, Shepherd Francis Kapalamoto (late) and other pioneers established a branch to enable members especially the aged who could not walk the long distance to attend divine services within their locality.
Brother L. Nyawali, now a priest, offered his house for divine services. In May of 1998, on Pentecost Day, the first service was held in Makoka. This particular service was a transmission service on radio and television by Chief Apostle Richard Fehr. From there on, Shepherd Kapalamoto continued conducting divine services for about 8 members.
With the passing of time, the membership increased to 60 making it necessary for a temporary shelter to be erected within Brother Nyawali’s plot as his house had become small. The attendance during divine services continued rising as more settled in Makoka for agricultural purposes.
In the year 2006, plans were made to construct a permanent church building. After making some requests with the help of the village headman, a widow, Sister Eniah Lungu offered a piece of land measuring 45m x 65m to the church for a permanent structure.
In 2007, members mobilized resources for the construction of the church with assistance from members of Chelston congregation which was the headquarters of the elder district, Chelston, to which it belonged then. The total cost of construction of the church is K157, 067. 00, with 85% of the labour force coming from members.