“In this level of M.Div, I am desperate to learn more…if I know Hebrew and Greek, I will be able to deliver the Lord's words to the people.”

Daniel Mkweteza

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 42
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife, two sons, two daughters

Daniel pastors a church in Lilongwe. Before he was saved, he would smoke and drink alcohol; but he has seen the work of God to transform his life after salvation. He attended CAPA for the Advanced Diploma program and is eager to learn even more through the master’s program.

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

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Interview with Daniel Mkweteza

2017 2015

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

Before coming to CAPA, what did you do as a job?

Q4

Have you faced any hardships because you are a Christian?

Q5

What are you looking forward to learning this year at CAPA?

Q6

How are you currently involved in your church?

Q7

Do you have any plans for ministry?

Q8

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

Q9

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q2

What is your current ministry?

Q3

What are your future ministry plans?

Q4

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

Q5

How did you first hear about Jesus? How did you come to believe He died for your sins?

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q7

Prayer requests?

Q8

What are some things about CAPA that you are thankful for?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

I was saved in 2000. I was saved after struggles had been up and down, and I really made a point to be serving the Lord. But I became a born again in 2000.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

I like CAPA. My first Advanced Diploma I did here also, and I enjoyed the development and the lessons and the relationships between the professors and us. I thought it wise that I should come again and attend it for my master’s.

Q3

Before coming to CAPA, what did you do as a job?

Yeah, my background—I am a marketer. I did marketing. I've been doing that up until 2007.

Q4

Have you faced any hardships because you are a Christian?

Hardships are there—spiritual hardships and physical hardships. I remember, when I just got saved, my life did not just change immediately. So of my bad habits, those years, I was drinking, smoking, and I would drink the whole night until morning. So when I got saved, I started to stop little by little.

Q5

What are you looking forward to learning this year at CAPA?

Yeah; in this level of M.Div, I am desperate to learn more. Here, we are learning Greek and Hebrew. I understand the Bible was originally in Hebrew, then Greek, then other languages. So my passion is that if I know Hebrew and Greek, I will be able to deliver the Lord's words to the people.

Q6

How are you currently involved in your church?

Currently, I am a pastor. I'm a pastor, and I'm serving at Lamb of God Church. It is a church of about 60 to 80 members.

Q7

Do you have any plans for ministry?

I just plan to serve the Lord more—to have the Word of God be spread where God calls me to go.

Q8

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

A lot of things God has done in my life. But just to mention a few: When I started serving as a pastor, it was only my wife that was working in the government. But I'm still surviving. In the first place, I was still afraid, thinking, "How am I going to manage this?" I am still able to pay the—whatever you call it—school fees.

Q9

Do you have any prayer requests?

I do—that I must pass my studies and acquire what is needed for the program and what God wants to do with me. So my prayer is that God should give me more wisdom to understand this language.

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

CAPA on its own, I didn’t know it. At first, I was at Hope Bible School. It’s in our area. Pastors meet there, we have lessons from the Bible.

Now one of our facilitators said, “What if I connect you to another school?” So I said, “What is this?” He said, “CAPA. Are you willing?” I said, “Yeah, why not? This is what I’m looking for.” So he gave me some forms, I read them, I filled the forms, and submitted. So I was just praying, if God divines, I will come.

Yeah, so, long at last, I saw the grace of God after receiving a call that I’m successful. I have to come to CAPA and pursue my studies, so I am glad.

Q2

What is your current ministry?

I like hospital ministry. Yeah, especially weekends, I do go to the hospitals, interact with the patients, pray with them, share with them the word of God. I like people receiving Christ, especially those who run away from us when they are free. I meet them there in the hospital. I like the ministry.

With the patients: one, I encourage them, or I talk more about salvation of the soul. And I talk about why do people got sick. And about God, and tell them it’s just a test God wants us to undergo. Sometimes, after sharing this, people do [examine] themselves. Some do confess, some only ask for prayers, “Oh, pray for me. I know where it went wrong, I know Jesus is speaking.”

I have also a youth ministry. I like small kids. I have a ministry also, which just stopped because [I am attending] this school. About 300 children gather together, I chat with them, I give them a ball, they play, we sit down, we share the Word, and we say bye-bye to each other.

Q3

What are your future ministry plans?

I will emphasize the hospital ministry, and I would wish to have the elderly ministry. One time, they approached me already, but I said, “No, I don’t have enough money to do that.”

After this, I’m very sure I want to do it, because I’ve got more information now… I think I will plant my own church. That church is where I will bring all these ministries together, elderly ministry, the youth ministry, yes, as one church.

Q4

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

Yeah, it’s a good question. There are really challenges, especially when you are under someone. Because in the Spirit, you see differently. If I see a youth ministry, the older pastor might not see a youth ministry.

So when you approach each other, most of the time, the senior pastor will say, “No, no, no. Stop this. Listen to what I’m saying. I am in charge of this place.” It becomes a hiccup in the calling.

I have realized or learned that when you are under somebody, always we have to humble ourselves, and wait for the time of God. Because while I was waiting there, I have seen God taking me to CAPA.

If I was discouraged and went away, I am sure I would not come to CAPA. I will always wait and see what God will do for me.

Q5

How did you first hear about Jesus? How did you come to believe He died for your sins?

At first, when I was Catholic, I was just praying like it was the culture. There was one priest. He was Roman Catholic, but he rebelled from the church, so he had a crusade in Lilongwe. So as a Catholic, I followed there.

For me, it was good news because it came with a Bible. He preached that Jesus died for your souls. Look at the cross. We are all sinners. See what we are doing. The teaching itself was really good news to my soul. It felt like I was listening to the word of God. When I was a Catholic, it was just culture, just doing as what we are used to do. Then I came to realize this must be God talking to my soul. So yeah, I got convicted and I received Jesus.

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Yeah, when I was not saved, I liked watching football and boxing. But after being saved to Christ, I like going to the mountains to pray, doing fastings, going to crusades. Especially where people are praying, I like it so much. Worshipping, encouraging each other.

When I’m totally free, I go to the hospitals. In Christmas holidays, you always find me in the hospitals, chatting with people there. Yeah, sure.

Q7

Prayer requests?

Yeah, yeah. Why not, yes. People must pray for me, that I must still grow in the Spirit, I should know more of the Lord.

I learned also here—he taught us, Dr. Brian [Biedebach], that [God] said, “I desire mercy, and I desire the knowledge of the Lord.” That hitted me also, this is what I want, to know the Lord more.

Q8

What are some things about CAPA that you are thankful for?

CAPA. Yeah, I really thank CAPA most a lot of things, everything. Because what I pay and the reception I am receiving here, it is totally different. Yeah, because the breakfast itself is about the money I paid. The lunch itself, the books I’ve received, yeah, the powerful teachings I’m getting, it’s so wonderful. So I can’t imagine with what I’ve paid.

Totally CAPA has done in the Lord. May God bless CAPA and everyone who is taking part in this ministry. It is my prayer that Jesus Himself may reward everyone.