“The most important lesson I’ve learned from CAPA is that through CAPA, I’ve been grown in humility and my love for Christ and also reverence to the Word of God.”

Amos Mapira

Program Master of Divinity ('18)
Age 40
Ministering in Namadzi
Family Wife and one daughter (6)

Amos is highly involved at his church—he offers leadership through preaching, teaching, and leading worship. Although Amos lives a few hours away from school, he is willing to make the commute because he values the expository skills taught at CAPA.

$100 a month provides a pastor a scholarship to study at CAPA.

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Interview with Amos Mapira

2017 2016 2015

Q1

Which class have you liked the best and why?

Q2

How has your preaching changed in the past year?

Q3

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from CAPA?

Q4

What has been your biggest challenge in school?

Q5

What are you looking forward to learning in the next year?

Q6

What are some ways you have seen God’s providence in your life?

Q7

What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

Q8

Prayer requests?

Q1

What do you like to do during your free time?

Q2

What's your favorite memory at CAPA?

Q3

What has been your favorite class at CAPA so far and why?

Q4

What is one attribute of God that you experienced this year personally?

Q5

What wisdom from wise men has benefited your ministry, from here or anywhere else?

Q6

How CAPA has influenced your family life?

Q7

What are your friendships at CAPA like?

Q8

What is one book that has influenced your life and your thinking?

Q9

In what ways has the Lord grown you this past year?

Q10

What are you looking forward to this year?

Q11

What are some challenges that your ministry has faced?

Q12

If you could give a word of encouragement to your fellow Christians in Malawi, what would you tell them?

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

And how long have you been pastoring a church? What are some of the challenges you have faced in ministry?

Q3

How did you decide to join CAPA?

Q4

What are your future ministry plans?

Q5

How did you hear about Jesus and come to believe that Jesus died for your sins?

Q6

Prayer requests

Q7

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q1

Which class have you liked the best and why?

Expository preaching, because it helps me to exposit the Word of God clearly to people—so I like it most. As a pastor, one of my tasks is preaching the gospel. So through CAPA, I am able to expound the Word of God to the people. Yeah.

Q2

How has your preaching changed in the past year?

It has been changed because I have learned how to proclaim it, how to find the PNP [plural noun prepositions, a preaching outline technique], which is the prepositional pronouns, and how to come up with the exegetical outline.

Q3

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from CAPA?

The most important lesson I’ve learned from CAPA is that through CAPA, I’ve been grown in humility and my love for Christ and also reverence to the Word of God. That’s the most important lessons I’ve learned from CAPA.

Q4

What has been your biggest challenge in school?

My biggest challenge is CAPA is so involving. There are a lot of assignments. So also like distance from where I am residing and to this place, is somehow far away.

Q5

What are you looking forward to learning in the next year?

I’m looking forward to, if God’s willing, next year, if possible, I will be graduating. So I’ll be very, very grateful to God and to serve to God for training us to be into what we are right now.

Out of the classes you are taking right now, which ones are you excited to take?

Biblical Hebrew, and also New Testament survey, and Greek exegesis.

Q6

What are some ways you have seen God’s providence in your life?

Okay, I’ve known God has deposited the Word to me; and through my presence here at CAPA, it has helped me to devote that which is in me by God’s calling to increase my knowledge so that I can minister well.

Q7

What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

It’s quite a difficult question to answer. However, I think Galatians, because it says that we are saved not by works, but by faith. Or by grace through faith in Christ. So, I like that book because had it not been by grace, I wouldn’t be here today. But because of grace, I am what I am in Christ because of grace, not by my works. So, that’s very encouraging to me.

Q8

Prayer requests?

My prayer request is that God should give me grace in finances—that after this program, I should proceed with my Ph.D. That’s my desire. I want to learn more. I understand that there is a saying which says that the higher you go with education, the more you discover many things and the more you become humbled. So I know that there is two more things to study. That’s why M.Div is not the limit for me. So I need more grace that I could proceed with my education and be higher than this.

Q1

What do you like to do during your free time?

I like working, like, in the farm, doing some gardens of flowers and some vegetables. That's what I like to do.

Q2

What's your favorite memory at CAPA?

My favorite memory at CAPA is the slogan by Jim [Ayres], "Repetition is key for learning." Yeah, I like that slogan. If you want to learn, you must keep on repeating the things.

Q3

What has been your favorite class at CAPA so far and why?

Marriage and family. Yeah.

Has it impacted your marriage?
Yeah, very much, and in my church as well. I’ve changed my life – how I treated my wife, how I treated my family members, and how I can conduct the church, knowing that a strong church is made up of strong families, so I’ve been trying to teach the church, especially families in the church, how they can be strong so that the church can be strong.

Q4

What is one attribute of God that you experienced this year personally?

God's provision – that God is able to provide all my necessities, even in terms of my school fees. Yeah.

Q5

What wisdom from wise men has benefited your ministry, from here or anywhere else?

Yeah, I've learnt a lot from wise men, like the saying that "it's not over until God says it's over." It has benefited my life a lot because whenever I am facing some challenges, I still believe in God to do something.

Q6

How CAPA has influenced your family life?

I've been praying with my family. I've been reading Scriptures with my family. I've been sharing tips that I've learnt here with my family. So, [it] has benefited my family, and my church as well.

Q7

What are your friendships at CAPA like?

I've learned that friendships are for keeps. What I'm trying to say is this: that if God allows us to be here, it is to help us, not only here, maybe after this place, we must assist or help each other to achieve some goals in life or in ministries. Yeah.

Q8

What is one book that has influenced your life and your thinking?

The book Uprooting Anger [by Robert Jones], just assisted me a lot. There was some piece of anger in my life before I read that book. But when I read it, and I was trying to practice what it read, it has assisted me a lot.

Q9

In what ways has the Lord grown you this past year?

God has helped me advance in my ministry, even in my knowledge. I've learned how to understand the Scripture, how to interpret the Scripture, according to the original meanings like Greek. Currently, we are doing Hebrew. I think we'll learn a lot.

Q10

What are you looking forward to this year?

I'm learning to proceed with my studies as I improve my performance in class and my understanding of Scriptures. Yeah.

Q11

What are some challenges that your ministry has faced?

Leadership and finances. Just some people – they are not faithful in their ministry, in their ministries. Finances in terms of assisting the church or the projects of the church, so it has been a challenge.

Q12

If you could give a word of encouragement to your fellow Christians in Malawi, what would you tell them?

I would encourage them to come to CAPA if they got a calling to serve God, because being here, they will be assisted in how they can read and understand the Scriptures and how they can put into practice in their lives.

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

When I heard the call of God upon my life, I accepted. It was 10 years ago.

How did you know it was God's calling?

Some people told me, and I knew I had a burden for ministry. [Before becoming a pastor,] I was serving the church, like teaching, preaching, leading the youth ministry. I was serving as the church elder, as the church secretary, as the Sunday school teacher… so, I was very much empowered to do those ministries.

So it was like part of my life. So when I accepted the call of God, I feel complete, yes. And I felt peace in my heart, yeah.

Q2

And how long have you been pastoring a church? What are some of the challenges you have faced in ministry?

10 years. Some of the challenges that I’ve faced in ministry… it’s like the issue of… marriage. What I mean is that some people are going into marriage following traditional ways, not biblical ways. They just go in marriage without informing the church, without informing the pastor, without proper biblical arrangements, yeah.

Sometimes when I am greeting/meeting people, it is sometimes difficult to understand different cultures and different personalities, but by God’s grace I am able to [get to know] every person and every personality, yes.

There are some challenges but I believe that challenges are a part of victory, yeah. To have victory in ministry is to see your visions coming true—the values that you have, the goals that you have in ministry being accomplished.

Can you give an example?

We had some plans at our church whereby we were planning to construct the church, and there were a lot of challenges whereby some were resisting to contribute to the project. But by God’s grace, we have made it. We finished 2 months ago—making the floor and putting in some windows.

Q3

How did you decide to join CAPA?

When I heard about the mission statement, I was… compelled that this is the right place for me to be, so that I can keep on strengthening the church of Christ, as the mission statement states.[CAPA] has been so good. So, so good. The professors are well-prepared, and the delivery of the presentations are so good. And they are very, very clear to follow.

Q4

What are your future ministry plans?

I am planning to go ahead serving God and advancing in all areas—ministerially, academically, all areas. I will stay at my current church up until when the leadership saw it fit for me to transfer to another area, and I will go to that area. I want to reach the lost people, anywhere wherever God will lead me.

Q5

How did you hear about Jesus and come to believe that Jesus died for your sins?

I had a friend, long years ago, who witnessed to me about Christ. He told me that Jesus died on the cross for me, and that I need to change my life after I have been saved. So after realizing that I was a sinner, I came to accept Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior.

After I accepted Jesus, I started behaving differently in accordance to the word of God. It was a challenge—it was not easy, since I was used to do some sort of evils. I remember I was stealing, fighting with friends, and fond of lying… but once I’ve surrendered my life to Christ, I stopped doing those things, yes. But after that confession, I started to adhere to the word of God.

Q6

Prayer requests

1) My prayer requests… that I should continue with my studies by God’s grace.

2)Ah, God should give me grace financially, academically so that I can achieve my goals.

3) The greatest need for my church is to be taught the word of God, the truth of the word of God, to be grounded in the Word—that’s the great need for my church.

Q7

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Malawi? It’s a peaceful nation—it’s good to stay, yeah.