CCZ staffer Emmanuel Nkhata dies

The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) regrets to announce the death of one of its members of staff Emmanuel Nkhata who died on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) around 10 hours after an illness.

Born on 12th September 1971, Mr Nkhata joined the CCZ on 18th August 1995 as a Security Guard. Four years later on 1st October 1999 he was elevated to the position of a driver, the position he held until May 2, 2017 when he was promoted to become Transport Officer. At the time of his death Mr Nkhata was pursuing further studies as he looked forward to climbing the ladder beyond the Transport Officer position.

And in one of his SMSs to one of the staff members at the Council, Mr Nkhata had thanked those who were praying for him during his illness period and that all was in God’s hands.

In the same SMS he had shared a scripture from 1 Peter 4:7-19 from which he implored everyone to be good managers of God’s gifts, as well as suffering as Christians as they continued to pray for him.

Scripture in 1 Peter 4:7-19 says “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory[a] and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”


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