A Tribute to Nsama Kaoma

Kalengule and Nsama Kaoma

Nsama Mwila (nee) Kaoma came in my life thirty-three years ago. Of these, 28 years have been spent together as husband and wife. We met in Grace Communion International (then WCG) in April 1987. Nsama served the Lord until she died on July 12, 2020.

God gifted, equipped and prepared Nsama for many roles she did in her life. Her warm and friendly smiles made it possible to attract people and make friends. Coupled with pioneering traits and administrative abilities Nsama contributed to my pastoral office as Office Administrator. Although she was not ordained as an elder, Nsama functioned as a minister in wonderful ways. The impact of these endowments resulted in visionary, servant, gracious and loving leadership.

Nsama’s giftedness and passion in ministry moved her to serve in several areas: as a Children’s Ministry Teacher, Youth Camp Ministry Coordinator, Camp Office Administrator, Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Church Board Member (GCI-Zambia), Pastors’ Wives Coordinator, Maid Servants Coordinator, Couples Fellowship Facilitator, Marriage Counselor, Region Office Administrator (Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), GCI-Zambia Office Administrator, Africa Missions Office Administrator, Ambassador College of Christian Ministry (ACCM) Facilitator and Teacher, and Africa Superintendent Office Administrator. She ably filled the role of a great assistant.

In the communities where she lived, she served as a founding member of Mothers with Infants Support Talks (MIST), Village Banking Secretary, Silverest Community Development Team Secretary, Young Women Empowerment Group, and Women’s Financial, Self-Development, and Empowerment Teams. Nsama passionately believed in making a difference in people’s lives and that she could work within her identified circles of influence. She invested in people’s lives through education by paying school fees and generous donations to needy and vulnerable people.

To empower people with skills, Nsama established a school to teach various life skills to help graduates to stand on their own. She would say, “No one can take away your skill. You are the only person who can waste your skill.”

All in all, Nsama lived a fun-filled, responsible and engaging life to the glory of God. A few days before she passed on, she and I talked to our children about death. Nsama spoke to each child and blessed them. As a family, we prayed together and I anointed her before we slept.

My family and I look forward to seeing Nsama in the Kingdom of God.

Kalengule Kaoma, Superintendent, GCI Africa


25 thoughts on “A Tribute to Nsama Kaoma”

  1. Kalengule, I was incredibly saddened when I heard of the loss of dear Nsama. Her smile and genuine warmth are what I remember from our days together at AC. Though it has been years since I have seen either of you, my heart aches for your family. Your wonderful tribute to her clearly shows her life was a witness to the love of the Father, Son and Spirit.

    Together in Christ,
    Rebecca (Davison) Johnson

    1. Kalengule, I am so sorry for your earthly loss. We all look forward to what’s next in our journeys with the Lord, but I know grief is real meanwhile. I’m keeping you and your children in our prayers and know God will honor Nsama’s blessing over them. Many years and miles since, I’ve remembered you and Nsama Mwila Kaoma fondly through them.
      Cindy (Berrie) Bauter

  2. The first image that comes to mind when I think of Nsama is her beautiful smile and warm, gentle spirit. It was always a delight to talk with her. Nsama was such a warm, loving person with a strong faith and determination to serve and help others. She will be missed by so many and for so many different reasons. My prayers are with you and your dear family.

  3. This is an apt, yet wonderful tribute to a true servant of God. Pastor Kaoma also demonstrates a deep love and respect for his dear wife, Nsama. Our prayers are with the Kaoma family for God’s grace and comfort over Nsama’s departure from this world.

  4. We remember you and Nsama so fondly from our days at Ambassador. We send our sympathy and love…. Nancy & Richard Bydlon

  5. What a lovely tribute to your wife, Kalengule. Nsama lived a rich and beautiful life — an example for all of an “abundant life”. It was a privilege to meet you both all those years ago in Zambia, and although it is a pity our paths have not crossed more recently, we look forward to the Kingdom! May God embrace and comfort you and yours in your great loss!

  6. Touching Spirit filled tribute to our dear mother. The mother of GCI Africa. She is resting peacefully and feeling safe in the Arms of Jesus. Dear Ps. Kaoma our Heavenly Father is with you till the end of time. Be of good cheer. Blessings to you!

  7. Our thoughts are with the Kaoma family at this time. The church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe has fond memories of Nsama, such a warm personality and dedicated to the work of God. True woman of God. We shall miss her deeply..

  8. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

    In Him,
    Santiago and Elke

  9. Beautiful Tribute
    My condolences to you and your family
    God be with You

  10. I will always remember her as a very humble,intelligent, ever smiling,loving,friendly and God fearing woman, may God be with Mr Kaoma and family and may her soul rest in perfect peace, awaiting the resurrection. We thank God for her life and good works.??

  11. Thank you for your tribute to your wife. I am touched and in tears. You are reminding me that there are people out in the world living real lives. They might be far, but they are close. Thank you. Marlena

  12. Kalengule, I am sitting here crying after reading your beautiful tribute to your wife, Nsama! My heart breaks for you, your chidren, and all of the people she helped. It is clear that Nsama loved and served with a caring heart, and that she was cherished by many. I pray that God will comfort you and your family in this time of great loss. May you feel His loving arms wrap around you and bring you peace.

  13. Dear Kalengule, my heart aches to hear of your loss. You were truly blessed to have such a Proverbs 31 woman by your side for many years. It will be hard for someone to fill the shoes of such a capable encouraging loving pioneering person. May our Lord Jesus grant you and your family heavenly comfort and peace beyond understanding in your time of need. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, my friend.

  14. Dear Kalengule, Doris and I are very sorry to hear of Nsama’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you in your loss. God be with you. Love, Allen And Doris Bullock

    1. What a great tribute Pastor KK for your dear wife Nsama. From the time we met when we were both single, I always knew that there was something special about you. All the singles activities we attended, your contributions displayed great intelligence and spiritual depth. I will always cherish the good times we had at various Women’s Ministry retreats. Be comforted in the Lord Pastor KK and family.

  15. Dear, dear Kalengule,
    I am so sorry to hear about Nsama. You two always seemed like the best team anyone could put together–and your beautiful tribute reflects that. Nsama beamed kindness and goodwill. I am so sorry for your loss, which is obviously also a huge loss to so many others.

  16. Dear Kalengule. Nsama may not have known how many people God touched through her as she participated in Jesus’ ministry. Thank you for sharing how she lived and shared Jesus’ gospel, making a difference for so many others. Nancy and I join in thanking God for her and praying comfort for you and our family.

  17. Kalengule, I am so saddened for you and your children. It was such a pleasure to know both of you in college and what a wonderful and fitting tribute you have written for your dear partner. Prayers, comfort and blessing to you all in this difficult time.

  18. Kalengule my friend, I am so sad to hear of the passing of your wife. But clearly the love of Jesus shined through her in all she did while on this earth and your tribute is heartfelt. I pray God’s comfort to be on your and your children. May God wrap his arms around you all.

  19. Kalengule, my heart aches for you as I read of the passing of Nsama. Praying for you and your children.

  20. Kalengule,

    This was some tough news to hear and read about today of Nsama’s passing. But I rejoice in learning that you have both spent your lives together, and in service to the Lord. I cherish the time we spent getting to know each other at Ambassador College, and I will always remember your wife’s kindness and generosity at school. I miss and love you all.

    -Nichole (Fairweather) Millette.

  21. Dear Kalengule my friend, so very sorry to hear of your beautiful wife’s passing and huge loss to you, your children and community. Thank you for the tribute above. I pray for comfort, strength and courage for you and your dear family. In Jesus’ name. – Jerome & Lara Feltracco

  22. Dearest Kalengule, Our hearts ache for you and your family at the loss of your beloved, Nsama. Although it has been decades since our time together at AU, her warmth, kindness and beautiful love are remembered by so many. Her years serving those around her have been a blessing to many, I am sure. Know that your have our love and our prayers.
    Jorge and Julie (Mayer) Diaz de Leon

  23. I have just learned of Nsama’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her in 2009 at the Connecting and Bonding Minister’s Wives Retreat in Los Angeles, CA. She was such a blessing to me with her inviting and warm personality. We met again later at one of the International Conferences in Orlando, Fl and again I was blessed in her presence. May God comfort KK and the family at this time. When you think of her….Smile!

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