Family and friends gathered at Saint Michael and All Angels in Blantyre last Saturday to celebrate 40 years of service in the ministry of word and sacrament of Reverend Lieutenant Colonel Lau Makata of Blantyre CCAP Synod.
Reverend Reynold Mangisa, former synod moderator, preached during the celebrations where Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) commander General Henry Odillo was guest of honour.
Makata, a pastor in the CCAP Blantyre Synod, was born on March 3, 1944 at Matanya Village, T/A Mkanda in Mulanje. He began his early education at Kambenje Primary School before pursuing secondary school education at Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) in Blantyre.
In 1972, Makata graduated from Nkhoma Theological College with a certificate in theology while in 1976 he obtained a diploma in social and youth work from Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Zambia.
In 1981, he received a certificate in crash cadre officer from the Malawi Defence Forces College in Salima.
Makata was ordained in 1972 and went on to serve as director of youth and presbytery clerk in the synod.
From 1981 to 2000, he served as chaplain for in MDF while from 2000 Makata worked as church minister in the synod.