"Let me speak about this man (Fr. Makarios Chipalila).
He is from zambia married to a beautiful Kenyan lady Papadhia Salome. Blessed with two beautiful children Gideon (Giddy) and Samuel. He was my student at the seminary and after graduating about 10 years ago, he returned to Zambia. While at the seminary and being my spiritual son, I noticed the passion in him to serve the lord and His Church and I knew he would be of much help to the Zambian Orthodox Church.
However things didn’t go that way. There were frustrations after frustrations and his spirit broke down. He had actually contemplated on leaving the Orthodox Church. I recalled him back to join us in the Diocese of Nyeri and Mt. Kenya and he accepted without question. Of course you don’t say No to your spiritual father even if he is wrong. There is a way of saying a Yes that is a No and all the blessings are yours in your humility and obedience.
So he came and we ordained him. Quickly because it was long overdue. We sent him out of the Diocese to a totally strange community to him to serve the beautiful church and people of Prophet Elias in Meru. Being the soft spoken man he is, he blended easily with the community, taught, liturgized and preached.
While deeply immersed with all his heart to serving the community he heard a voice calling him to the wilderness of Marimanti to go and serve the thirsty souls for Christ. He left immediately and the news is; We have St. Nina Orphanage and Mission Center.
Fr. Did not take himself, the gospel took him, he doesn’t speak his word he speaks the Word, he doesn’t say I am able but, the Lord is able. He is now off to finding another community. They are inviting him to go and give the Word, the message of love, Peace and Hope. This story is long and it is long already. I am just trying to say we are blessed to have him and his family with us.But most importantly, we are grateful for his presence in the desert. pray for him and support his mission in every way possible. He is on fire for mission work.Is he returning back to Zambia? Not at all, he is at home away from home. He is here to stay. Friends,
I am writing this on my way to St. Nina. We love you all for supporting our humble missions especially Fr. Makarios so that he may continue to water the desert with the gospel of Christ.
Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday. May the Holy Spirit fill us with Christ’s Love forever.