“The moment I’m here, I am just amazed at the ways God has provided for me, because I have things I don’t expect to have.”

Collins Phiri

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 43
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and two daughters

Collins is a father of two daughters and currently serves as an elder at his church, supporting his pastor by helping with evangelism and planting churches. He currently works as a dentist, but would like to transition to full-time ministry after he advances more in his pastoral training through CAPA.

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

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Interview with Collins Phiri

2017

Q1

How did you hear about CAPA?

Q2

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q3

What are you looking forward to this year at CAPA?

Q4

Are you a full-time pastor?

Q5

What is your other job and how is the balance?

Q6

Are there any plans for your ministry?

Q7

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

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you hear about CAPA?

Somebody introduced to me. She was at the African Bible College, so I think she was a student with the Pastor [Gideon] Manda. So I think she was introduced, so she said there was another school called CAPA, and I applied for it.

Q2

How did you come to know the Lord?

I came to know the Lord a long time ago when I was in primary school. Someone was just preaching. By then, there was a model for evangelizing everywhere, so I went to one of the evangelizing meetings and there—there was an altar call. Then I was invited and asked to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior, so I got saved at that time.

Q3

What are you looking forward to this year at CAPA?

This year, I’m so excited because it’s my first time to learning new languages like Greek and Hebrew. So I’m so excited, because I understand that the Bible was first translated from the Greek and most of the words are derived from Greek, so I’ll be very excited that I’ll know Greek and understand more where it was a bit confusing before I came here.

Q4

Are you a full-time pastor?

No, I’m not a full-time pastor; but at my church, I am an elder. But I’ve been working in ministry for so long. I’ve been helping my pastor to plant churches, to do evangelism, yeah.

Do you have many church plants?

Every local church has the mandate to plant. One pastor can’t do all that, so you need to make sure the sheep can do that—can do the ministry work. So we got to do evangelism stuff.

What ministries are you involved in specifically?

I am treasurer. I also teach the youth at my church.

Q5

What is your other job and how is the balance?

I am a dentist. I know that any success is good planning, so I do plan my work better. I know how to plan work better so I can come and be in ministry and evangelism. And actually, here in Malawi, most weekends we don’t work after Friday. We have Saturday, Sunday, so we have two days. Even doing it working at the hospital, I can minister when I’m working there. I’m encountering other people while working there.

Q6

Are there any plans for your ministry?

Yeah, yeah. I am planning to be full-time minister—that’s why I came here. Because I don’t want to have ministry without having an in-depth knowledge of the Word of God. So I think after here I will go into ministry.

Q7

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

Yes, so many things. The moment I’m here, I am just amazed at the ways God has provided for me, because I have things I don’t expect to have. I work in the government, where the work is very small, but I’ve accomplished some big things. I have my own house—it is to me a miracle, God’s provision. I see God in all those things. Yeah.

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

I would like if you could help me to pray if I could achieve my goal to be full-time minster, because I think that it’s a big calling; it’s not simple. I need support, financially and mainly spiritually, so I can be a full-time minister.