“One of the things I’ve really been praying for is that I don’t just simply gain knowledge. It’s easy just to gain knowledge and get a big head, but really just to be humbled by the Scriptures.”

Chisomo Masambuka

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 24
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family N/A

Chisomo has a heart for evangelism and college ministry. Although he grew up believing he was saved, it was only in college when he realized that he was deceiving himself. He prays for humility as he studies at CAPA and as he learns to rely on God’s character through difficulties.

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

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Interview with Chisomo Masambuka

2017

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q2

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q3

What are you looking forward to learning this year?

Q4

How do you want to help your church grow?

Q5

Do you have a job on the side?

Q6

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

Q7

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Well, I finished college, and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, so I was serving in church for all the years through college. CAPA came up, [and] I talked to the elders at my church. Then my pastor—he recommended me to come to CAPA. I was praying about it and thinking about it and discovered it is something I would like to do to pursue more training, to be better equipped for the stuff I do—youth ministry, teens. And I’m a writer, so to better my understanding of theological writing as well.

Are you an associate pastor?

I’m actually just a member. But I lead a gospel community and evangelism team on my side of the city.

Q2

How did you come to know the Lord?

Like a full story? Interestingly, I got saved in Bible college. I came to know the Lord in 2011. I was going to another Bible college [for the] first year, just trying to figure out, get to college, really just trying to get a degree. First sermon, first week of chapel, someone was talking about the pretense of life. So my dad’s a pastor. Kind of grew up in the shade of “Dad’s going to heaven, going to take the whole family with him.” And so I had no conception of sin, no idea of what salvation really was. And so got to college and got confronted with the reality of the pretense I’d been living in and the level of sin I’d pushed under the rug, when you’re a good kid at home, and there’s someone else outside. I realized, “Okay God, I’m a sinner,” and gave my life to Christ then and started the walk.

Why did you decide to go to Bible college then?

My dad had connections to the college, and I wasn’t really doing Bible Bible; I was studying communications, mass media.

Q3

What are you looking forward to learning this year?

This year, I’m looking forward to learning Greek. My mind is still trying to figure out exactly how Greek was going, but I look forward to learning Greek. One of the things I’ve really been praying for is that I don’t just simply gain knowledge. It’s easy just to gain knowledge and get a big head, but really just to be humbled by the Scriptures. And I’m slowly seeing that happen. I’m hoping that by the end of three years, I’ll be more humble than when I started.

Q4

How do you want to help your church grow?

Yeah, so I was thinking—in college, I was one of those people who had conversations with people around campus because I went to a secular university to get my degree, and being real was one of the things I really enjoyed and just integrating that into being a Christian as well, and having meaningful conversations.

One of the steps I’ve taken even before coming to CAPA was visiting different universities around the city and talking to young people. Some of the debates and questions are on apologetics. Some are just a lack of faith and unbelief. So that’s something I’m really passionate about and would like to see myself grow [in] because our church is relatively young. Like, the oldest person in the congregation is around 32. So just having a community of young people who actually know what the Bible is saying and leading more young people to the truth and actually enjoying the Bible.

Q5

Do you have a job on the side?

I am pretty much unemployed. What can I say…my degree allows me to do some work online. It also allows me to do photography. I write sometimes if sanctioned. I also do graphic designing, stuff that involves creatives. I write poetry, and I can also do, like, basic spreadsheets work. I’m hoping, trusting, and praying that along my studying, when I’m more set and established, I can do something on the side to actually just provide.

Q6

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

Wow, where do I start? Being here. That’s number one providence. I never thought for a moment I’d be in Bible college and pastoral ministry. But the providence of God—it’s one thing I was thinking about when I was coming here. The providence wasn’t shaken by second causes. That’s one thing that’s appealed to me by coming here, things that could’ve told me not to come to CAPA.

But in His grace and in His own way, I am here and knowing that the providence of God isn’t a contingent activity—it’s actually His purpose—and knowing that His sovereignty actually shares His attributes of being sovereign. I’ve seen it even in Him providing for my school fees and transport, and just love and support from people around me. It is just daunting sometimes when you are the youngest person in class. Just realizing that I wasn’t put here because it was just “one of those things,” but it was actually Him doing exactly what He knows is best.

Q7

Do you have any prayer requests?

I need, like, a lot of humility. And I was considering marriage, like a couple months ago, and just for God to help me walk through that process of separation and that process of understanding exactly what His will is. So it’s been a bit hard to just concentrate, you know? So a lot of humility and a lot of surrender. I believe to have to trust in His goodness and His faithfulness because that’s actually the pillar of our life.