Thankful for the grace to inspire

By Basetsana Makhalemele

Inspiring women is part of Pastor Tumi Mbonambi’s daily life. Mbonambi is a co-pastor together with her husband at the King’s Word Christian Center. Through her work in the ministry she aspires to empower women and enable them to thrive. We sit with her to find out what motivates her.

Name: Pastor Tumi Mbonambi.

Name of the church: King’s Word Christian Center.

Location of church: Church is situated at Fairmount, JHB by the Genesis all suites hotel

Where are you from? I come from a loving and supportive family in Mamelodi Pretoria, where I am the eldest of the two children my parents have. I have a brother for a sibling and he is such a joy.

Tell us a bit more about the family, do you have any children: I have been married for six years in October, met my husband back in 2008 in UJ. We had a daughter back in 2017 who sadly passed away the same year. For now it's just me and my husband until God decides otherwise 


What are the qualities a pastor (pastor’s wife) should possess: Being a pastor's wife is a calling. God must call you to it. He equips you with necessary tools that you would need for the journey from an early age. I would say one has to be loving,supportive, have an understanding of what your husband is called into and be prayerful. As a pastor’s wife one has to be a hard worker, have a heart of a servant and be a giver, both of herself and material.

What are some of the challenges you encounter: Not too many, as God grants us grace, but I would say that one, you get to share your husband with everyone. The traveling for ministry might get too much especially if you can't both travel together.Thirdly, juggling ministry, career, family and marriage can also take its toll.

What’s your favorite Bible scripture: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”.

What are the five things you always have in your handbag when you go to church: Bible, notepad, lipstick, pen, and tissue.

Message to women: Enjoy who you are. Celebrate who you are and find out who you really are and don’t try to be anybody else except yourself. There is so much joy in finding out who you are.

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