Christian circles also require role models to inspire the flock. Emma Mwasinga is one of such Christian role models. Grace Phiri spoke to her and discovered that she is not a Christian role model only, but also a professional in IT.
Share with us your background.
My name is Emma Mwasinga. I am the third born daughter of the late Patrice Makhumula and Enna Assani. My parents came from Zomba. I have three amazing sisters—Christina Mponda (married), Mayesero and Patronella Makhumula. I spent the first 12 years of my life in Lilongwe, before moving to Blantyre. I was Born Again in 2004 and I am happily married to Pastor Aubrey Mwasinga, president and founder of the Redeemed for A Purpose (RFP) Ministries International. We are blessed with one lovely son, Teleios. He is two years old.
Which schools did you attend?
I did my Form One and completed the rest of my secondary education at HHI in Blantyre. I then proceeded to the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic, where I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism between 2006 and 2009.
Employed of a housewife?
I work for the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA). I am the Online content officer in the Corporate Affairs Division. My job entails coordinating all online information originating from MRA to the taxpayer and from the taxpayer to MRA. In other words, I manage MRA’s online presence—website and social media. I also manage MRA’s online notice board (Intranet) and coordinate MRA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.
Apart from work, what else do you do?
I do a lot, which can best be summed up into one term—ministry. I am into God’s work, usually serving through music day in and day out. I have such a deep passion for music. Apart from that, I also co-run Beautiful Feet (BF) Clothing Line, an up and coming cloth manufacturing factory with Sylvia Nkando. BF is making its way into the Malawi market and beyond, watch this space (Laughs).
We have heard about Glamorous Ladies Ministry, tell us more about it.
Glamorous Ladies Ministry is an arm of RFP Ministries. It is part of RFP that mainly focuses on helping women to realise their potential in God and help them pursue their purposes in God by offering them a platform to serve. The ministry achieves this by teaching the ladies the accurate truths in God’s word and empowering them to become God’s best in their worlds.
What motivated you to start the ministry?
Let me begin by saying that women are the most valuable resource in God’s house. If you look at the ministry of the Lord Jesus, it was mainly women that supported it (Luke 8:2-3). So, if you empower a woman spiritually, you are sending the gospel to the whole world. For your information, all the successful ministries in the world have women as the steering wheels. RFP also believes in this and thought of giving women their own assembly to grow their potential and run with the Gospel. Our motto is: ‘Unless you arise, no one will on your behalf’ (Judges 5:7).
What specific message do you want to bring through Glamorous Ladies ministry?
There is a higher life in Christ Jesus, a life above sin, sickness, poverty and mediocrity. With firm mentorship from Pastor Mwasinga, we have come to realise that many women are living in a devil-painted world full of gloom, doom and fantasy. Most of them have come to settle for these lies as truths. But hey! Every woman is useful in God’s hands.
What inspired you to join the ministry?
I think I can sum it up in John 15: 16: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” I believe it is God that called me into ministry and the Holy Spirit that has enabled me to do what I do in this work.
Your greatest achievements in career and ministry?
Besides attaining my degree, I have on several occasions gained scholarships to study abroad on online and multimedia courses and young women empowerment. In my current job, I was key in helping my organisation scoop the Free Expression Institute (FEI) Award for having the most updated website among quasi-governmental organisations and parastatals in the ‘Moving with the Times Category’. The things I have achieved through the ministry are countless—from mentoring our ministry members, mending broken homes to empowering others financially.
You are clearly a busy woman, how do you reconcile your roles?
I sometimes think am not as busy as people think (Laughs). But I know why I feel that way even though I am this busy, I believe in discipline. I love the saying ‘You will never find an undisciplined distinguished man’. I have, therefore, chosen to do only that which is important for my advancement in life. I do not just find myself anywhere, anytime without planning or weighing my plans (2 Timothy 2:4).
What role has your family played in your success?
Firstly, my spiritual family has always trusted in my abilities to lead them with the pool of wisdom God has deposited in me. I do what I do or yearn to grow up every day just to add value to this family. In my physical family, I would say I owe a lot to them, in particular to my uncle Phillip Makhumula and his family, my sister Tina and her family and my grandmother Elizabeth Assani. Most importantly my husband. I call him my teacher and guide. His leadership in our marriage and as my pastor always helps me to step into the right paths of life.
What keeps you busy in your free time?
With the type of life I live, I cannot really say I have free time (Laughs), but I usually create time to sing, be with my son and husband outside town. We both love travelling and having time by the beach or some mountainous place.
You last words?
Yes. I would like to stress that life is not about getting God involved in your affairs. It is about getting involved in God’s affairs. There is a God-sized void in every person’s life that only Him can fill. Money, wealth, marriage or a good job cannot fill God’s space in a peron’s heart. I would, therefore, say to all those who have not given their life to God to get born again today and see all the impossibilities in their life become possible.