"The Lord has called me to work for Him. […] So by that time, I am changed. That's why, although I am disabled, you see me here, I am studying.”

Daniel Manzie

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 50
Ministering in Mzimba
Family Wife, one son (12), one daughter (10)

Daniel is a pastor at his church. Ever since he was called to ministry, he has made it his goal to serve God as best he can. He hopes to be a good steward of the Word of God.

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Daniel shares where his desire to become a pastor comes from.


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Interview with Daniel Manzie

2015

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

Q3

When did you decide to become a pastor?

Q4

What is your current ministry?

Q5

What are your future ministry plans?

Q6

What are challenges you have faced in ministry, and what have you learned from them?

Q7

What’s your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

Well, my decision from old is to serve my God in Jesus’ name. Since my youth, I’ve been in [the Presbyterian] church of central Africa, which is CCAP, to this time.

Before I became physically disabled, I applied for theology while in secondary school. But the arthritic disease has caused disability in me.

But my main aim, my main focus, is to serve my God. I don’t want to be employed even if it’s in civil society or anywhere else. But I need to serve God, though the church cannot employ me or give me anything, but my service is rendered to God.

Q2

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

I saw that CAPA is the best college which can equip me very well in preaching and any evangelizing—evangelization purpose.

Another reason is that I’ve been trying here and there to join theological courses anywhere, but others say because I’m disabled, I’m not physically able—ah, “well”—I can’t be trained in theology, or I can’t be a minister anywhere. So CAPA has allowed me to do so. Attending this course has made me happier and happier.

Q3

When did you decide to become a pastor?

What I know is that in the world, there are obstacles in my way, but spiritually, I’m eager, willingly, to go wherever my God will send me to go.

Q4

What is your current ministry?

In my church, I usually preach. Other congregations are hiring me to go and preach, even Zambia, because we are neighboring Zambia. I even pray for the sick, over the welfare of the people.

Mm… I teach Christians about evangelism… tithes, and many other activities. I usually give whenever the church says, “We need such and such things to be offered.” Well, if I have, I just offer.

Q5

What are your future ministry plans?

Well, I need to serve… anywhere! Anywhere. Even outside Malawi. Even America, India, Britain, South Africa, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong… I may go there, if the possibility is around.

Q6

What are challenges you have faced in ministry, and what have you learned from them?

Being disabled—see my legs. [rolls up pant legs and hits legs] One. The second is mobility. The third one is that—is poverty, I can say so.

The fourth one is other people who are ministers, elders, my fellow elders, try to disappoint me in any way, obstacling my way, saying I am useless because I am disabled, I can’t do anything.

The fifth and the last: traditional beliefs from my home. There is five. I can say that this is 100% to me, these are my challenges.

What I’ve learned is that God is loving me, and He’s sparing me to live for a purpose, and this is His purpose. God is love, and God has given me life through Jesus Christ.

Q7

What’s your favorite thing about Malawi?

Malawi… ah… is a peaceful country: one. And religion is prospering, mainly Christianity. And lastly, Malawi has good soil, rivers—although, we are not rich in minerals.