Bakae Makgana was born on the 1st day of January 1959 in a place called Sehitwa in banks of Lake Ngami in Botswana.
Bake Makgana as a young person grew up acquainted with going to church. He attended Sunday school classes at the Lutheran Mission station in his home village which he believes gave him impetus to hunger for more of the things of God leading him to enrol in the Students Christian Movement when he got to secondary school.
Bakae Makgana surrendered his life unto the Lord on the 14th of August 1977 at preaching of Pastor Johannes Mentz Kgwarapi during SCM camp meeting held at Shashe River School in Tonota.
It was after his commitment to the Lord that the Lord began speaking to him about the condition of his fellow brethren that they too needed to hear this Good News, he says he could not resist the Lord so he accepted His call into His service and in the year 1979 he went for training into ministry and he started serving the Lord in the year 1980 till now.
Pastor Bakae Makgana got married to Kgalalelo Moalosi the fourth child of Mr and Mrs Moalosi of Manyana in the Southern District of Botswana and God blessed them with four children, two boys and two girls.
Pastor Bakae Makgana served the church in various capacities of leadership during its “formative years of restructuring” even before he was ordained he served as a member of the Executive, General Treasurer, Acting Secretary, Administrative Secretary at the Head Office.
He served as National Treasurer of the National Youth Council, Regional Vice Chairman, and Regional Chairman.
Pastor Makgana was instrumental in the formation the Christian Faith Mission Evangelistic Team which, in 1980 when serving in Ramotswa Pastor Makgana and Evangelist Tlhaolang agreed to use their salaries for manufacturing bricks in order to raise money to buy a tent and equipment for the team and when Pastor William Scheffers had paid them a visit and saw what they were doing and questioned them as to what was their intent is and realizing that it was a noble intent he began to advocate for the support of their endeavors and funds began to come it, his son Albert Scheffers donated P500.00, Pastor Scheffers donated P1000.00 and an account was opened in the name of the Team. When news reached Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke about this mission he signed a check of R20000.00 to buy the tent. Pastor Bakae Makgana served as the Administrator of this team.
Bakae Makgana served as a Pastor of Tlokweng for eight years, pioneered the establishment of Lobatse Assembly.
On the 18th day of March 1979 Pastor Alan Mokoka, Brother Dikgang Tlhaolang and Brother Bakae Makgana journeyed to Maun with intent of starting a Pentecostal church in Maun. These three moved to Maun armed with their Bibles, one sound box, one lead guitar and one microphone to start a crusade.
On their arrival in Maun the trio spent the first week at the relatives of Brother Bakae Makgana. Within two days upon their arrival in Maun the chief of the village was contacted to solicit for the use of the main Kgotla to hold the crusade to which the chief gladly gave them the permission to hold the crusade.
The nature of operations was such that Pastor Alan Mokoka was the main preacher; Brother Dikgang Tlhaolang was the chorus leader whilst Brother Bakae Makgana was in charge of ushering and teaching of the new converts.
The second week of the team saw us moving from Brother Bakae Makgana’s relatives to Maun Secondary School whereby an old lady Methodist missionary by the name of Miss Mildred Taylor a former English teacher to Bakae took care of the team for all what they needed during the crusade! She provided accommodation, meals and transport to and from the crusade until the crusade was over.
The products of this crusade are the likes of Elder Godfrey Modimoosi.
Mochudi Assembly came about through the Youth Camps that were held consecutively by Botswana Youth Outreach Ministry in the early 1980’s. These were house to house evangelism equipping seminars were conducted for the Secondary School Students from different Pentecostal churches in Botswana. These camps were led by Pastor Bakae Makgana and Pastor John Phillip. The converts from the house to house campaigns and open airs were followed up discipleship classes conducted and there after the disciples were handed over to those Pentecostal Churches desiring to start some church work in Mochudi.
On the 4th of February 1982 it was reported that a new work has been established officially by sending Pastor B. Makgana and Brother Ramotshabi to conduct a two-week special services. 16 souls were brought to the Lord. A new meeting place was also found for the church at monthly rental of P30.00.
INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIETY LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALY
Spearheaded the registration of Botswana Christian Prison Fellowship and serving as its Chief Executive Officer having been seconded by The Botswana Government to facilitate the possibility of this new organization to be self sustaining, and this was archived in a record time of six months!
Pastor Makgana established an income generating project for Botswana Christian Prison Fellowship.
Treasure of The Apostolic Faith Mission In Botswana Youth Council from 1993-2003
Resource person: Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Program, in collaboration with Botswana Council of Churches since 2001 to date.
Coordinator of Prevention Behavior Change Communication Project (Faith Sector: Mahalapye, Palapye, Serowe and Selibi Phikwe) in association with African Methodist Episcopal Trust/PSI Botswana 2008
Chairperson: Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana local chapter which has as its members all Pentecostal and Charismatic churches in Mahalapye
Mahalapye Assembly has been notoriously known for disturbances and instability leading to Pastors removals and 1993 was such a year which saw another Pastor made to leave after a short stay in this Assembly. Most of Pastors who were unceremoniously removed from Mahalapye Assembly ended up giving up on ministry. One Pastor who was approached in 1993 with an intent to transfer him to Mahalapye, blankly told the then Regional Chairman that if he is serious about transferring him to Mahalapye he should first transport all his belongings to his home village since he will be on transit!
Pastor Bakae Makgana was approached and asked to transfer to Mahalapye to stabilize and rehabilitate the Assembly, which is one of the four pioneering churches of the AFM dating back to Bechuanaland era but never progressing in numbers nor any noticeable infrastructures.
When Pastor Makgana was transferred to Mahalapye the church was meeting in 5x8meter room constructed in the early 1980’s. The church now has structure measuring 23x12meters
Bakae Makgana his junior certificate and General certificate of education from 1974 through 1978 at Maun Secondary School in the North Western Country of Botswana.
He enrolled for three year Minister’s Diploma with Botswana Bible Training Institute which was newly established in Botswana and the church was advised to utilize it by the Missions Superintendent Edgar Gschwend.
In 1981 Pastor Makgana was sent to Central Bible College in Mabopane South Africa to do church administration and church law.
In 1987 Pastor Bakae Makgana received a Certificate of Achievement on Leadership awarded by Prison Fellowship International in Nairobi Kenya.
This was followed with another Leadership Development certificate awarded By Leadership Development Institute of Winnipeg Canada in 1996.
The year 2000 Pastor Bakae Makgana did another course on Strategic Thinking and Planning with Development Associates International in collaboration with Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe.
Awarded a Bachelor of Theological Studies in 2002 by Vision International University USA
Pastor Bakae Makgana holds a certificate on Research Training by Inserv (Institute for Strategic Services) South Africa which he received in 2004.
In the year 2007 he went for an Advanced Leadership Training at Haggai Institute USA