Pastor collapses in church, dies

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Church service at Shilo Baptist Church belonging to the Providence Industrial Mission in Area 22B, in Malawi capital Lilongwe, was brought to a halt on Sunday when their pastor struggled for breath and collapsed hitting the back of his head against the floor.

He sustained a cut at the back of the head after the collapse. Witnesses said church elders went immediately to fan him with some air, but could not resuscitate him and took him to Kamuzu Central Hospital where doctors told them he was already dead.

Pastor J.D. Makande is a third pastor to die suddenly in the month of January after pastors Buleya and Chitedze.

The death of Pastor Makande has unearthed long dead stories of pastors’ deaths in which residents suspect foul play.
Local leaders in Area 22B said on Monday morning they were fed up with the deaths and wanted to talk to the president of PIM, but after their meeting with him in the afternoon they seemed not to have reached a consensus.

Pastor-CollarGroup village headman Chimpunga said he was disturbed at the deaths saying there was need for an immediate solution to the problem. “We are very worried about the deaths.

This is the third time that a pastor has died in the same fashion. Not sick and in January,” complained Chimpunga. Maybe the church should close temporarily until we find a lasting solution,” he suggested.

At the funeral ceremony on Monday, five women were taken out of the church in feats of hysteria while one girl fell unconscious, but woke up later.

However, PIM president Rev Dr Patrick Makondesa ruled out foul play saying the cause of death was injury. Rev Dr Patrick Makondesa however says the church was equally concerned but they will go by what the doctors indicated that the deceased died from head injury.

He said the church was unfazed and still had the hope that God was in control of the situation and dismissed calls from locals to close the church.

“It has not happened in three consecutive years. We have lost three pastors in the past ten years at Shilo Baptist Church. Every death is a mystery and we believe God will take care of the church,” he said.

However, rumours are still rife that the deaths were unnatural. PIM was established in 1900 by John Chilembwe and was closed in 1915 after Chilembwe uprising but has continued to grow ever since its reopening.

(Malawi News Agency)

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  1. Moto umapita kwatsala tchire iwo kwawo kwatha.Amene tatsalafe tizingokhala okozeka ndi miyoyo yathu.Nanga titani bolani kwa a Pastorwo iwo zagwa zatha.Koma nanga otsalafeee???

  2. Hw Sure Ru Kuti Amulandira Kumwamba, Kungofera Mu church Does Not Necessarily Make Someone Reach Heaven, There Is More To This. Nthawi Zina Tikhoza Kunena Kuti Sanali Oyenera Kuyima Mu Church. In Short This Scenario Is Subject To Many Interpretations.

  3. Its good to remain silent sometimes if u feel u dnt have something to say than to talk bt nonses..take ur time n think.. The pastor kwao kwatha u r busy criticising y this is news huh? Think about ur own life my friend …imfa yadzidzi yoteleyi itakupeza zako zizakhala zilibwino ndi mulungu wako?? All wat we need to do is to repent thr is no one righteous .. the end of time is near!!! May his soul rest in peace!!

  4. We are all children of God / Allah, we all shall die in different time and condition!! After death all ( pastor, prophet, church elders, etc) we shall wait for judgement!! WHAT A STRAINGE THING ON THE MATTER, Simon Peter saids that PEACEFUL DEATH! pray to God that your death wl be Peaceful than painful.

  5. Nthawi yamulungu siyamunthu. Yankhulani m’mene mungathere koma dziwani mawa ndiinu ndiine,osamatha mau. Tonse tikdikira njira yomweyi.tangosiyana malo onyamkira ndi nthawi. Nzimu wanu uuse muntendere abusa a Makande mudatisiya m’malele uthenga wanu wa mafunde panyanja, usadathe.hmmmmm mulowelerepo ambuye.

  6. Pali ufiti opsa pa mpingo uwu, palichisisi chopsa zd, pali satana kholo laziwanda apa pa mpingo wa P I M, APA PALIBE MZIMU OYELA KOMA PALI MZIMU WAKUDA KOMASO WAKUMPHA AZIBUSA. MIND U. KOMA MIZIMU IKAZAKWIYA ZIZACHITIKAPO ZOPSA. WAMWAI IWE YEMWE UKUCITA IZI POTI NDIWE YEMWE UNALENGA ANTHU UKUMPHAWA. UZAYANKHA MULANDU KOMASO UZAFA IFA YOWAWA. WABISALA MBATATA

  7. How many pastors will die like this at this Church? Its like this is the third one at this Church. Come on PIM leadership do something before another one goes again.

  8. Rest in peace pastor…sitizakuiwalani chifukwa cha ntchito zanu zomwe munali nazo zomanga mpingo maka kuno ku Mulanje Mj 6 & 9…Mulungu akuyanganireni pa Ulendo wanu.

  9. Mwayambapo a mabodza 24 inu,dzana mwatinamiza kuti m’busa wina wasanduka njoka chithunzi chake simunationetse,lero ndi izi stupit

  10. Pali munthu wina akufuna Udindo nde chofunika mungowauza anthu kuti amene akufuna kuti akhale m’busa aime,amene ataimeyo ndiamene akutha anthu.enanu ngati mulibe kalikonse musayesere kuima mutherapo pamenepo

  11. sun=dzuwa, day=tsiku” sunday=tsiku ladzuwa, mmmmmm amasochelesa athu amapembexa dzuwa ku siya tsiku la sabata iiiii yehova alinaye tchito yaikulu tsiku lachiweluzo, Ezekel 7″vs”13. 2 mafumu, 23″vs:5″ mmaimaimmmm ananena dani kuti abusa amavala za brack? zovala zopatulika ndizi Eks… 28″vs:3. luka 15:vs,21: chivmblso 3:vs”2. ndie za brack zoo! mulungu wake ndi zuwa, yesu wake ali ku rom papasy,remember nw nw, national sunday low is come woooooo!!! imfa ndiyo hade,mmmmm odala iwo akafa amapita kunguwa lasembe kudikila moyo wosatha

  12. M’mene umabwera uthenga woti abusa amwalira kulilongwe kutinso tili pa maliro achristu wanthu wina tikukayika mitima ya anthu ambiri inansweka.R.I.P. pastor anthu.

  13. M’mene umabwera uthenga woti abusa amwalira kulilongwe kutinso tili pa maliro achristu wanthu wina tikukayika mitima ya anthu ambiri inansweka.R.I.P. pastor anthu.

  14. So good to die in the house of the lord just as David promised to be in the house of the lord.rest in peace pastor.it was good that u died in the Church not at a tarven

  15. So good to die in the house of the lord just as David promised to be in the house of the lord.rest in peace pastor.it was good that u died in the Church not at a tarven

  16. Malawi24 yangofuna kutidziwitsa zomwe zachitika ngati ndizoona. sindikuona cholakwika apa. Malawi24 yangokamba zachitikazi. Siidanyoze aliyense. mwina kumva kwavuta sure.

  17. Malawi24 yangofuna kutidziwitsa zomwe zachitika ngati ndizoona. sindikuona cholakwika apa. Malawi24 yangokamba zachitikazi. Siidanyoze aliyense. mwina kumva kwavuta sure.

  18. when speaking u have to know that this was a pastor to a certain church,he was a father,a husband,,an uncle,a brother to some1! so dont add lnsult to an injury coz hundreds of pipo are still mourning!

  19. it is a good thing in the eyes of the LORD for the righteuos man to die, you cant judge anythng here Let GOD do HIS work,because now his soul belongs to GOD

  20. koma chavuta ndchan pamepa?kodi mapastor powalenga anat sazafa??nanga kufera muchurch ndivuto?inu mukuweluzanu kod mukuzwa komwe muzafere?had it bn wafera kubar bola ikanakhalako nkhani ina ndipo amene tasala ndimoyofe szot mulungu watisiya fukwa ndfe oyera mtima ayi nafe tili ndmachimo athu kulibwino kusamala zamoyo wathu fukwa izi zkingotiuza kut imfa ilipafup tizikhala okonzeka nthawi zonse

  21. wat is happening to our so so-called pastors?? A prophet Shepherd Bushiri akwangwanulidwa k130 million ndi Venda wina Ku Lilongwe, a Prophet a Mbale anasanduka njoka yowoooooooooooopsaaaaaa akupempheretsa, three pastors have died mu nthawi yondondozana,,,lero ndi izi. mmmmmmm timva zinthu chaka chake nchino

  22. Inu ndiyakalekale nkhani iyi kodi mumadikila kumvela pa zodiak kaye eti??? Mumacedwa kupanga post article kwabasi, ru really journalist kapena munangopanga create pageyi for fun

  23. It is normal for a pastor to die. He is also a human being. If Bingu (Professor, the President, Commander in Chief, Chancellor of the University of Malawi, the Ngwazi) collapsed and died, who is the pastor not to die???

  24. kkkkk zili kumeneko early january 2016 eish ma pastors ndiye akuyoyokatu pastor buleya, chitedze nd’ makande kkkk mpakana prophet foster mbale kusanduka “holy snake” azikapuma mbwiye ndi ntchito zaozo RIP