Friday October 13, 2017 will always be remembered among All for Jesus Church Faithful and the entire pentecostal church fraternity as they witnessed the burial of remains for Apostle Dr. Felix Zalimba who died on the evening of Wednesday 2017 after being hospitalized at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for close to a month.
Apostle Zalimba’s death united the clergy especially those in the pentecostal and charismatic movement as they came to pay their last respects while recalling old days when they worked together during revival crusades which were a new concept in Malawi and Africa as a whole at least up to the early 90’s.
The notable faces included that of Bishop Dr. Mark Kambalaza of Chatismatic Church who led the main service, Bishop Prof. Geoffrey Matoga of Faith of God where Zalimba’s body lied in state, Rev. Njala of CCAP, Apostle Dr. Willy Chaponda of Mustard Seed Church, Pastor Mary Nkosi, Dr. Patriciah Pindeni, Pastor Vincent Chirwa of Baptist Church, Bishop Kadango, Bishop Mgala, Bishop Maliza, Apostle Dr. Mchenga, Bishop Kanthiti, among many others from both pentecostal and main line churches who came to pay last respects to a man they descibed as friend.
The funeral proceedings were led by chapel pastors, a grouping of pentecostal church pastors aimed at enhancing their work and welfare.
Presidential Advisor on religious affairs Apostle Timothy Khoviwa who is also Founder of Word of FaithTemple delivered a condolence message from President Peter Mutharika who assisted with K500 000for the casket and other expenses.
Khoviwa said President Mutharika was saddened by Apostle Zalimba’s death and if not for the tight schedule he would have loved to come.
“The President and first lady asked me to convey their heartfelt condolence to the church and wife to the departed church leader Pastor Rose Zalimba“ said Khoviwa
Apostle khoviwa also described late Zalimba as his spiritual father having lived in his house , worked together and groomed him to become what he is today.
In their eulogies many described Late zalimba as a humble , visionary , dedicated and selfless servant of God who impacted many lives and helped in pioneering revival meetings in Malawi.
Speaking on behalf of All for Jesus Church he church Bishop Kanyoza described the death of the founder as a great loss which has left them devastated and feel robbed.
He however was quick to encourage church members to united and continue with the legacy he has left behind.
“We are saddened and at loss of words, however let me say that the demise of our father should be the start of another phase for our church and not the end. Lets us hold hands, pray together and seek God’s wisdom for direction,” Said a grief stricken Kanyoza.
He also thanked President Mutharika and the first lady, chapel and and many others who offered help in cash and kind for being there to make the send off colorful.
Apostle zalimba was among the first Malawians and church leaders to own a Television station.
He established AFJ TV which became training ground for budding journalists in 2010 among them Gerald Viola, Kelvin Sulugwe, Taonga Botolo, Mwai Mtumodzi, Deitrich Frederich, Mathews Malata, Ida Kazembe, Chimwemwe Mikwala, Felton Ziyaya, Thoko Phiri, Obert Mkangama, Jimmy Nembere, Harvey Makanjira, Tinyade Mathanga, Francis Kambewa among several others.
The station which which was the first private owned to operate in the country during late Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime went off air in 2015 due to financial challenges.
Born on January 6 1951 , Late Dr Zalimba is survived by a wife , 3 children and grandchildren. Prior to his admission at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital four weeks ago late Zalimba suffered stroke which attacked his left side and had been in and out of the hospital.
Before engaging in fulltime ministry, Late Zalimba worked for Admarc where he formed part of the senior marketing team for the cooperation.
He graduated in ecomimics at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College before he quit his lucrative job at Admarc to serve the Lord.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :