June 10, 2019
Statement Regarding the Dominican Republic and Zambia
From the Superintendent's DESK
Deivys Pichardo was formally installed on Sunday, June 9, as the Dominican Republic Superintendent. Brother Deivys has attended the Portland camp meeting with his wife, Sister Leidy, and their children, Jose who is 18, Andres, who is 17, and Megan, who is 9.
On the same day, Boniface Banda was formally installed as the Eastern Africa District Superintendent during the morning service at the headquarters church in Lusaka, Zambia. John Musgrave, Director of Africa Work, read the following letter to them from me on behalf of Portland Headquarters and the worldwide work:
To the Apostolic Faith Congregations of Lusaka, all of Zambia, and throughout Eastern Africa;
First of all, we again extend condolences to Sister Sowi and the Kaibula family, as well as to all of you present today. We are thankful for the life and legacy of Brother Timothy and are inspired by the example he set.
While Brother Timothy has made the goal, the rest of us remain here to carry on the work that he stood for. While time must be allowed for everyone to grieve, we simultaneously have no choice but to give consideration to Brother Timothy’s successor.
When it comes to appointing a successor, we follow the Biblical model, which emphasizes “called,” “chosen,” and “appointed.” Brother John Musgrave, Director of Africa work, will provide the Biblical references when he speaks shortly. In making such appointments, it is also important to be reminded of the Bible criteria necessary for filling leadership roles in the Gospel. “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (I Timothy 3:1-7).
In writing to Titus, he repeated some of the same words while adding, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (Titus 1:9).
After prayerful consideration, and consultations with Zambia board members, we believe that the mantle of leadership for pastor of the Lusaka, Zambia, church and District Superintendent of all of Eastern Africa falls on Boniface Banda. We thank God that Brother Boniface is willing to pick up the mantle of leadership that has fallen on him. We are thankful that he has demonstrated a pattern of loyalty and support of Brother Timothy while he was the district superintendent. We also appreciate that Brother Boniface’s wife, Sister Esther, has faithfully served by his side. At the same time, we express appreciation to all the Zambia ministers, workers, and congregation members who have also supported Brother Timothy in the past, and who we are confident will support Brother Boniface in the same capacity in the future.
We depend upon you all to throw your whole-hearted support behind Brother and Sister Banda as they endeavor to continue in the spirit of the Kaibulas in standing steadfast in this Latter Rain Gospel. God bless you all.
Many thanks to Brother John Musgrave, as well as to Brother Cliff Paulsen, who are here to represent World Headquarters in Portland. Brother John will continue with the installation service on my behalf.
In His Service,
Darrel D. Lee
Brother Boniface is 43 years old. He and his wife, Esther, have been married since 2007 and have three sons: Blessings, who is 11, Vincent, who is 8, and Caleb, who is 6. He worked as an accountant for a bank, and he speaks six languages. He has been pastoring a small church thirty miles from Lusaka.