“After learning, I need to be transformed, and then I need to work according to what I’ve been trained, and then I need to go out and teach also.”

Blessings Mitawa

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 40
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and three children (8, 6, 4)

Blessings is a pastor at his church. The church is very small, but he wants to bring the gospel to these unreached villages; thus, although he does not get paid, he spends his time ministering to the people at his church. His plan is to pursue a master’s degree at CAPA.

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

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Interview with Blessings Mitawa

2017

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q2

Is there anything about school that you are nervous about?

Q3

Are there any things about CAPA that you’re excited about? Any class you are looking forward to?

Q4

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

Q5

What do you want your church to learn by you coming here and studying?

Q6

Do you work in addition to being a pastor?

Q7

What are you looking forward to at CAPA?

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Actually, someone was preaching to me, and he was just sharing his testimony about the Lord, and then I was very much convinced, and I made up my mind of following Jesus. In the process of following Jesus, then I was hearing a passion of serving others as one has served me from preaching; then I had that kind of zeal. Maybe if I can go out and preach, some people can also make the decision of following God. And in there I started. […] But I had not enough education. There I asked—somebody else was telling me about CAPA, and then I said, “Ah! If I could have an access of joining CAPA, then I’d be helped.”

Then by the grace of God, it was last year when one of the student here came to our church, and was trying to announce what he was doing with CAPA, and then I was very much attracted. And I said, “Ah! Can I happen to go into CAPA again?” Then he said, “Okay fine, I’ll go and bring you a form. Just fill that form, and then a [deposit], then you can complete again.” And so I waited until he brought me a form, then I filled it. It was like an application form, so I applied it. By the grace of God, I was called and said I should come to attend classes. But it was last year. Sure.

Q2

Is there anything about school that you are nervous about?

Actually, as of now, because it’s my very first class of CAPA, the things that I have learned this morning, everything’s new. It is—uh, some things are clear, I can say that I am now starting a new life, because even the way I’ve been preaching to the people. I have seen that what if I’ve been learning here is new, it is not the things which I know.

Does it seem overwhelming? Are you excited?

I was very much excited with the orientation, though I was looking at some challenges, challenges like time management. That was a challenge I experienced, because of time of starting classes, and also more or less having full time in study, which will actually need much of my time to study, and then I was trying to look at—because the church which I am ministering to now is not a very big church, it’s a very small church. I was trying to look at like how can I manage [laughs] spending close to 24/7 and study and then—yeah, just like that but—I thank God because by the grace of God, I am going to manage to finish up the course.

Q3

Are there any things about CAPA that you’re excited about? Any class you are looking forward to?

What I need is learning—just to learn, learning from whatever CAPA people are teaching. One thing I’ve learned in life is I was trying to define the total meaning of school which actually means after learning, I need to be transformed, and then I need to work according to what I’ve been trained, and then I need to go out and teach also. So what I need from here is just to learn. Just to learn. After learning, then I should be able to get books, then I should be able to study.

Q4

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

One of such is coming here is what God has done in my life. Because it was not what I was expecting, to be enrolled in this kind of school, so that is what God has provided for me; but there is a lot of things I see God is doing in my life, but the greatest one is this one, being a member of this school. I think the fees are so big, but people are paying for us. What more can I say? We are contributing a very few money, [120,000 kwacha], which is very few compared to what is happening here. Like today. Today we have received a lot of books. I was trying to value the books which I have got today. They are very expensive than what we have contributed, so that is what I can say that God is providing in my day to day life.

Q5

What do you want your church to learn by you coming here and studying?

Yeah, actually, they will be learning, because of what they said in orientation, that means I will be here in about two weeks, and after two weeks I’ll be in the church, so whatever I am learning here I will be sharing it to my people in the church.

Q6

Do you work in addition to being a pastor?

I am just a pastor, I am not working. I’m pastoring, but not being paid for. Like I said, the church is not that big. I happen also to be fond of that particular church, in the sense that that church is in one of the modest areas, where people cannot manage to go and minister. So I used to go there and come back, so because I used to go there, and people asked me, “Why can’t you just gather us together every Sunday, and you keep on coming to us and preach to us?” So I said, “No problem. I’ll be coming in.” So it is like I am pastoring the church alone. That is why I say it is very important for me to be with CAPA, because CAPA is going to give me, whatever I take it here, than I will go and I live it.

Q7

What are you looking forward to at CAPA?

Actually yeah, I am doing diploma, but my desire is to do master’s also. I desire to do master’s, because [for] diploma, I trust God I am going to finish it. And I trust God that I am going to do [a bachelor’s], and then I trust God that I will do master’s right here. Because I have seen that CAPA is very different than other [schools], because we are learning to interpret the Word of God, we are learning to dig the meaning of the Word of God, so that is very good and I like it. And I can—I desire to learn Greek, to learn Hebrew, I desire to learn such things so I’m not stopping. I will go up to master’s.