“I want to know Jesus better than I used to know Him. That’s what, why my passion of my heart. I’m not here only just to take the Word and to give the people, but I want God to change me and to use me effectively—that is my foremost.”

Dadley Tembo

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 42
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and four children

Dadley is a father of four and is passionate about empowering younger men to spread the gospel. Dadley was saved, by God’s grace, from a life characterized by drug and alcohol addiction. Since then, he has planted several churches and helps with home-cells in the community. He hopes that God will use CAPA to change him, help him understand Jesus even better, and to aid him in ministering to the Malawian people.

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

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Interview with Dadley Tembo

2017

Q1

How did you first come to know the Lord?

Q2

How old were you when you were saved?

Q3

Is there anything that concerns you as you go back to school?

Q4

What are some things that you are looking forward to for this coming to CAPA?

Q5

What kind of ways do you want to see or help your church grow?

Q6

How is it studying full-time and then still being a pastor at the same time?

Q7

What ways have you seen God’s providence over your life?

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you first come to know the Lord?

Actually, my background. … My parents—my mother only was a church-goer. My father was a drunkard. My grandpa was a witch doctor. So my background was so, so sour, and I don’t even know how things in this spiritual life went by. And myself, I was totally boozer, was so ever since I was there. I was ready to break.

But ah, one of the days when I was coming from drinking joints, I heard some people singing, chatting, or waiting, so I say, I said, “Ah! What’s going on there! Let me just have a look at it.” So when I check out the place, immediately I saw a young man—gentleman—in a very good suit, who goes to a front seat and started preaching the Word. So he preached, and I was pierced! I was totally confronted, so I said, “Oh! Is this—is this leader what God does?”

So I was convinced and I was actually—I don’t know how I can say, but I was totally, eh, touched with the Word of God. So, upon coming my home I said, “No, I have to do something else.” So, in my pockets and in my bed, I used to keep some cigarettes. I said ,“No! I can’t do anything else. I have to [bring] them out. I need to tear them. From today, I’m now a born-again Christian.”

So, the following day I started looking for some people […] who can assist me in this spiritual things. So immediately I found a friend of mine. So he sent me to a certain man of God, and he started teaching me little by bit, bit by bit, and I say, “No! This is so great! I have to do something. My friends are there in the world, are sinning! What can I do?” So I say, “No God, here I am! Use me. If you can use anything in this world, use me!”

So God started using me bit by bit, until this time around, I said, “No! I have to reach people. There are some people who are knowledgeable enough than myself. There are doctors out there, there are […] those people who are extra education, but they’ve not yet know Jesus Christ. So I said, “How can I go and reach them?” I have to know better the Word of God, because they are on the better position even to confront me, even my, the message that I’m believing. So how can I know better about preaching the Word, expositing the Word of God?

So as I was looking, a looking, I went to somewhere to look for some special education. [… But] I could not afford. So I say, “What I’m going to do now?” But immediately, when I was learning ups and down, I come into contact with a friend of mine—[…] he’s in the year one of [Master of Divinity]. [He] say, “No, look. We have CAPA here; they’ve got best teachers and actually sometimes they offer good stuff. And there is such kind of sponsorship—so if you can try them, I think you have, you not go back the same. You are going to be equipped.”

So I said, “Oh.” So I came in person […] I ask the teachers, and I said—they say, “No, yes, here, ah! You have to—you have to apply. If we approve you, then are going to ask you come here.” And I said, “No look now.” So I started praying, “God, yeah yeah, I’m—I want to use me, use me as you can use anything.” So when I prayed, that’s why—that’s when I received a note later, that you are—know we have picked you, so you can come and join us. Yes. God’s yes.

Q2

How old were you when you were saved?

[I] started serving in Jesus Christ right away from at the age of 23. Yeah. Doing this and that. I’ve, of course—I did some other things. I studied [relationships] somewhere, I’ve lived and planted some churches, and now it’s populating. That’s why now […] I have to expand our knowledge, especially the expositing the Word of God. So that’s why I’m here. Sure.

Q3

Is there anything that concerns you as you go back to school?

Yeah—I have some other things at home […] as a man, as a husband, as a father, especially as a pastor; so there’s—it is a balance, of course. And by—it means, when I’m here, some of the things that I would have done, but since I’m away, then there some other things want going to go away, as they are supposed to do, supposed to be. And in fact, my children are—other children still at school—someone is maybe be for going for university, he is first in university, the other one is in Form Four, so I have a challenge so I [laughs] so it’s such a challenge that age. Yeah.

Are there a lot of people back home?

Of course, you know, […] we Malawians believe in extended family. So when somebody is doing something else, so they—those people, are like, “Woo, what are going to do?” Yes, yes, the big breadwinner is doing this and that is lining ups and downs and we are left here without ABC. [note: ABC is like saying XYZ]

[…] I trust God—that is, going to be our provider is Jehovah. Jehovah Shamah is going to provide. Even though I am away from home, but God still looks after my family and would be providing for [my family]. I believe that God is going to be good for. Sure.

Q4

What are some things that you are looking forward to for this coming to CAPA?

Yeah. I want to be a changed man. […] First of all, before I go out to change people, I want myself to be changed. I want God; I want to know Jesus better than I used to know Him. That’s what, why my passion of my heart. I’m not here only just to take the Word and to give the people, but I want God to change me and to use me effectively—that is my foremost.

Q5

What kind of ways do you want to see or help your church grow?

My passion is to see young men grow into pastors, into vessels God can use. I want to devote this time—that’s what I have a passion for. The people outside there, there are a lot of people just—they are just sinning in their hearts. So my passion is to see these young ones—they growing up kids to be a useful vessel of God. Yeah.

So that church that I’m planting, I have a lot of a few people, of course. I’ve just planted this. […] Yes, just planted it and yes. And generally, so I’m seeing to it that I see that a lot of people are coming. However, they are coming and go. But, as time goes by, I know for sure that they are going to be planted within and young men grow up and actually take the Word of God outside.

So you’re hoping that they spread the gospel. Are there people who do so?

Yeah—and for your information, […] I’ve scattered home-cells and I have assigned people so that they can look after those home-cell Christians.

Can you explain what a home-cell is?

Home-cell. Yeah. Within the week, they must be busy in their work, so they don’t have to be in town [… so] we have opened home-cells. They can gather within the community, within their city; they can gather and share. And actually, I try to teach each other. Yeah. When they—whenever there is a hiccup, then I usually come there and do—be do their assistance.

Is that what you’re going to do while you’re here at CAPA too?

No—there’s still people. That’s why I said, “No.” My desire is to develop the young ones—develop the young men so those young men are still there, they are looking at the home- cells. No problem. I mean there’s no problem since they have my number, and if a problem arise they call me. Also, if they have a problem at this angle, however, how can I handle them so we are going to communicate, so no problem with that. [laughs]

Q6

How is it studying full-time and then still being a pastor at the same time?

[laughs] It’s a challenge. It’s a challenge. But with God, all things are possible. I believe, going to make it by the assistance of the Holy Spirit. We cannot do it on our own accord, but we depend upon God, upon the Holy Spirit, to for everything to be achieved. Mm. Sure.

Q7

What ways have you seen God’s providence over your life?

Many things. Because, while I was addicted to be it drinking, smoking, and the like, I had no peace of mind. And even my neighbors were worrying whether I was going to get married, because they look at me as a somebody who’s just not—nothing. Nobody. [Someone] who has no brains, who has no care for everything.

So I find that, because when I—when God called me, He has shepherded me. He has put me together; He has given me peace of mind. When I see—even when problems come, you know, we are live in the world—and there are with this world there are no many problems. But whenever the problems comes, I say, “Oh, here, God, I am; what is your will upon me? What will these problems here for?”

So many cases I say, “God, uplift me of all those problems—doing though away those problems and give me peace of mind and support me materially everything—spiritually.” So God has done a lot of things [for] me: God will be taking care of my kids, and seeing my […] first child is now going for year one university, so it by grace of God without me. Without God, nothing would have happened, and even my child would have been just a mere child without know—without having no any knowledge of education and the like. So I thank God because has seen me, yeah, in different adversities of life. So it’s so many things.

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

As I’ve said, that my challenges in life and as of now, you know, even registering money that where money—I’m waiting [for] the money to come from somewhere, but it seems like somebody’s blocking that money, something’s—somebody’s blocking the fees to actually prepare to the account of CAPA. So it’s a challenge in terms of how I’m going to get money even for the next semester.

So that is the only challenge, bearing in mind that I have a responsibility at home. So these things, when I see them, when I look at it, I see a challenge—and I need a prayer so that things should go smoothly.