“I am experiencing God’s provision everyday, in my home, in my church, even in the society where we are living in there. You know it’s a lot, it’s a lot, it’s a lot.”

Bornface Banda

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 52
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family N/A

Bornface has been a full-time pastor for over 13 years. Although most of his ministry was spent in Blantyre, he has recently moved to the capital city of Lilongwe to be a full-time pastor. Although classes may seem intimidating, Bornface sees it as an opportunity for growth.

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

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Interview with Bornface Banda

2017

Q1

Can you tell me how you came to know the Lord?

Q2

What are you looking forward to learning in school?

Q3

Why did you come to CAPA?

Q4

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith, especially as a pastor?

Q5

Are you nervous about anything in school?

Q6

Do you have any future ministry plans after you finish school?

Q7

How have you seen God’s goodness, God’s providence in your life?

Q1

Can you tell me how you came to know the Lord?

Well, it happened that when I was 18 years, I was in the primary school and my elder brother happens to be my the pastor and during that he called me that he preached to me Jesus. That’s how I got saved, through his preaching.

Q2

What are you looking forward to learning in school?

You know, life is about growth. And it’s about development. When you are learning something, you develop yourself in certain careers, in certain areas of your life. And even in ministry-wise, you develop certain areas which you could not even when you were just alone there.

So in this time, I’m looking for better understanding of the Bible, better understanding of taking care of church of God, better understanding of things, how they’re moving now, current situations, so that I can help people better than I been used to. Because I don’t want to be stagnant; that’s not what I’m for. I’m just having that mind of progression so that I can progress in my ministry.

Q3

Why did you come to CAPA?

Well, somebody shared me about this school. And it made me to have that passion to be here. Not necessarily because he convinced me about whatever’s here, but because I saw what teachers here, it’s something that’s unique and really to help me.

Q4

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith, especially as a pastor?

Definitely. You know when you are starting a new work at a place, you find a lot of resistance. First time they don’t trust you, that you can take care of them, and sometimes because of different beliefs. You know, people say, “We don’t belong to this one, we belong here, so we cannot just quickly move and follow you there.” So these are kinds of things which are normally in the ministry. When I was starting my ministry, because I started my ministry here in Lilongwe 25 years ago, yeah, so I met some challenges, like you know, traditions against the biblical point of view. […] So in that sense, that’s a challenge we meet in life.

Q5

Are you nervous about anything in school?

Yeah, you know, when you are standing outside of anything and you begin to look at it from afar, you get nervous. But when you are now into it, you say, I was just feeling nothing here. So in fact, when I was coming here, introducing about Greek and writings of other Hebrews. I said, “Hey, come on, I haven’t done this before and this is my first time.” There’s some kind of nervous, but now it’s gone.

Q6

Do you have any future ministry plans after you finish school?

Yeah, I have plans. In my church, it’s in a youthful stage. I want it to reach out to other people that are vulnerable—uh, orphans, such kind of people. That’s the plans I have after this. Not only that, but to have income generating funds. I mean, those kind of things that can support our church and enhance the ministry.

Q7

How have you seen God’s goodness, God’s providence in your life?

Oh, many, many, many. Even coming here. Coming here, this is God’s provision. Because, let me be honest with you, I’ve been looking for a school that I can afford to pay my school fees, and all the way, I mean […] none school came up and say, “We are going to give you this.” That to me, that is God’s provision. Not only that, but even everyday life, I am experiencing God’s provision everyday, in my home, in my church, even in the society where we are living in there. You know it’s a lot, it’s a lot, it’s a lot.