The Revd Fr Edward Zimba describes how his two-fold ministry has been warmly accepted in a Zambian parish.
Mawanda Anglican Parish where I am the parish priest is situated 36km north of Petauke in the Eastern province of Zambia. The parish has 15 congregations which I try to visit as regularly as possible. I am also in charge of the adjacent parish of Mpanbongwe with ten congregations and an Evangelist living in their parish house.
I was ordained priest on 11 August 2013 and I have worked in the area for five years now. I am married to Esther Musonda Zimba and have a son John Mphatso.
I am a non stipendiary priest since I am also a male nurse and I have just qualified as a nurse midwife working in the local clinic next to the parish house where I live. I consider this to be a blessing to myself, to my family, and the Church to be both priest and nurse midwife - having a calling within a calling.
Mawanda Anglican Parish, with support from the Diocese of Eastern Zambia and the Zambia Anglican Council, is involved in health delivery to the families of Mawanda in the areas of:
Now that I am a nurse midwife, it’s time for more hard work, especially as on 21 December 2016, I was appointed as Mawanda Rural Health Centre In-charge. As I witness peoples' challenges, my desire to further my education in midwifery grows, and as I source support, I will pursue it.
I have also enjoyed counselling HIV positive clients and those with chronic illnesses and dying patients. I have found it easy to help clients with both medical and spiritual advice.
Finally, I thank my bishop, Rt Revd William Mchombo, for allowing me to work in Mawanda parish both as a priest and as a nurse in charge of a clinic with far ranging health activities. I also thank my family and others who have supported me in my work.
CONTACT: Revd Fr Edward Zimba, email firstname.lastname@example.org.