Sunday, May 26, 2024

Malawi’s Police Chief Yolamu Becomes Nkhoma Synod’s Church Elder


Merlyne Nachulu Yolamu, Malawi’s 22nd Inspector General of Police, was ordained church elder at the Police Headquarters Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Lilongwe, affiliated with the Nkhoma Synod, on Sunday. This makes her the first Malawian Inspector General to hold such a position within the church, allowing her to lead, preach, and teach the gospel while fulfilling her responsibilities as head of the national police force, which necessitates adherence to the law.

In her address to five church ministers, elders, and deacons following her ordination, Yolamu emphasized that contrary to common belief, a law enforcement officer can also serve as a church elder, asserting that a proficient security officer is one who is well-versed in the word of God and committed to serving Him.

Yolamu disclosed that the Malawi Police Service, comprising 19,570 officers as of April 12, 2024, has designated Tuesdays as a day for all uniformed personnel to engage in prayers to bolster their spiritual faith. She called upon clergy members and fellow believers to pray for her and the two others ordained as elders, stressing the importance of maintaining a clear distinction between their professional duties and their Christian service.

“Pray for us as we assume this role. If you pray for us, God will guide us, and we will succeed,” said the IG.

Police Headquarters Church Minister, Reverend Julius Siwinda, hailed the IG for setting a good example to the law enforcers by putting God first in her work.

“We hear some Christians saying I am too busy to work as a church elder, but God calls those who are busy to serve Him.”

The other two elders ordained were Deputy IG (Administration) Happy Mkandawire and Christopher Gaven.

Police headquarters CCAP, with 570 Christian members, has seven wards or zones, namely: senior quarters where IG and her deputy are residing, 30B, where Mr. Christopher Gaveni will serve, other wards are 30A, 30C, 30D, Areas 18, 43, and 10.

Leading the service of worship during the function, Reverend Easten Chisale of Kapita CCAP emphasised the need for people to repent and eat their own sweat rather than amass wealth through corrupt practices to receive blessings and salvation from God.

Quoting Micah 6 verse 8, Rev. Chisale said the Lord requires man to do just and walk humbly in Him.

Among other CCAP high-profile people in attendance were Reverend Dr. Mwai Chilongozi, Secretary General, CCAP General Synod, who awarded the IG a church elders barge and put it on Yolamu’s women’s guild uniform, and Reverend Martin Mthiko of Kawira CCAP.

The theme for 2024 at Police Headquarters Church is: “Gifted to Serve One Another” 1 Peter 4 verse 10 and church slogan is, “Touching Hearts and Changing Lives in Jesus Name.”


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