“I have to be equipped in the area of preaching the Word of God, yeah, because nowadays people—they're just preaching without training as they desire. They are teaching false doctrines, heresy, just going around Africa. So I wanted to improve so that I can teach sound messages.”

Barnet Phiri

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 45
Ministering in Liwonde
Family Wife, three sons, three daughters

Barnet is a diploma student who grew up in a Muslim household. But by God's grace, he was saved in secondary school. He is the father of six children and is currently planting and pastoring a new church called Sovereign Grace Church in Malawi, where he hopes to equip his congregation.

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

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Interview with Barnet Phiri

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

Is there anything that you’re nervous about for the upcoming school year?

Q4

What are you looking forward to learning this next school year?

Q5

How do you want to help your church grow? Are you a pastor at your church?

Q6

How has pastoring and church planting been?

Q7

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

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

In fact, I came to know the Lord in 1995 when I was at secondary school. Back then, I was a Muslim; my dad and mom both were Muslims. I got converted when a certain organization called [Student Christian Organization of Malawi]—it's a student organization of Malawi—came to preach at the secondary school. And then, I accepted Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. Since then, I've been a Christian.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Of course, I've been hearing about CAPA. I have to be equipped in the area of preaching the Word of God, yeah, because nowadays people—they're just preaching without training as they desire. They are teaching false doctrines, heresy, just going around Africa. So I wanted to improve so that I can teach sound messages, yes.

Q3

Is there anything that you’re nervous about for the upcoming school year?

Nervous? Oh, yes; it's quite challenging because I travel 200 kilometers from where I come from and it would be costly, in terms of fees, transportation, a session, all of those—but we hope that the Lord will help us get there, yes. I'm living within the city, but I have to connect two mini buses, so travel to and from—it's quite expensive.

Q4

What are you looking forward to learning this next school year?

Yes, of course. […] I think by the end of this module, I hope I would know more about exegesis, hermeneutics, homiletics, and other things. In terms of culture, because we are people from different parts of Malawi, we expect to learn more from others. Yeah, this is an opportunity… yes.

Q5

How do you want to help your church grow? Are you a pastor at your church?

Yeah, I'm a pastor. I'm a pastor of Sovereign Grace Church, yes. I'm hoping to teach what I'm learning here to my church because it's just new, and I hope these people need to be equipped with [the] true Word of God, yes.

Q6

How has pastoring and church planting been?

Well, basically I'm predominantly in Muslim area, so it's been quite challenging in terms of opposition at the same time. I need to have a wisdom and insight in reaching those unreached people groups. But Muslims—sometimes they are sensitive… yeah.

Q7

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

There are so many ways. In terms of… First of all, I should thank Him because I have life and provisions. We do have each and every day something to eat, and even have seen open doors of preaching the Word of God. So there are so many ways we should thank Him.

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Yeah, just pray for open doors in terms of preaching the Word of God in Malawi. The door is still open, unlike other countries. Another some time, you should pray for sound teaching in the country. Of course, there are opposition in the country—there's something that is going on in the country like prosperity gospel, which is just confusing people. Everybody is focusing prosperity, prosperity part. We are not addressing the need—everybody need to repent. […] Yeah so, people should pray for Malawi, yup. And I'd just like to say pray for our main school, CAPA, because it is useful in Malawi, yeah.