“My future vision is that we have additional church plants. Hopefully we don’t expand for the sake of expanding, but we can meet the needs of the people of this world. I want to be equipped to be outside of Malawi, in Malawi, wherever the Lord sends me.”

Edward Mwalweni

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 47
Ministering in Mzuzu
Family Wife and five children (15, 12, 7, twins age 3)

Edward Mwalweni is currently an Advanced Diploma student. He is the father of five children, including twins. He was a market preacher, then began to pastor Christian Love Church in Mzuzu. He hopes to plant more churches in the future.

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Interview with Edward Mwalweni

2015

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA? What is one thing you hope to learn at CAPA?

Q3

What is your current ministry? 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

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

Q8

What are ways we can be praying for you?

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

I decided to become a pastor after I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was in college when I started serving the Lord. At first, I was a preacher in the market, but things were coming up. From there, I decided maybe the Lord wanted to use me in a different way, that’s why I became a pastor. When I became a pastor, I still had that deficiency in my life, because I wanted to be trained, so I could become a pastor who is fully trained.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA? What is one thing you hope to learn at CAPA?

I’ve got high expectations that by the end of my term, I’ll be able to preach the Word of God in order and in accordance to the Bible. Already from the trainings, I can see things are changing in my life and in my way of preaching.

I hope to learn new ideas of preaching, expository preaching. New models of preaching and new systems for the church, and how to preach and prepare sermons. And even to have proper languages and applications, and how to assist the church and body of Jesus Christ.

Q3

What is your current ministry? What are your future ministry plans?

My ministry, where I’m pastoring, is Christian Love Church in Mzuzu.

God willing, my future vision is that we have additional church plants. Hopefully we don’t expand for the sake of expanding, but we can meet the needs of the people of this world. I want to be equipped to be outside of Malawi, in Malawi, wherever the Lord sends me. I’ll be able and comfortable wherever the Lord sends me to minister to His people, no matter what are the boundaries.

Q4

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

Preaching the gospel is a work of God, and depends upon the power of God, and how you commit yourself. As of now, I can tell you that I’m just a pastor, I move on foot to visit people. I don’t have any transport for the ministry for the work of God. Even at my church, there’s a problem that we’re lacking Bibles. They come to church empty handed yet they come to worship God. They just sit idly. We don’t have Bibles for the church, or transportation.

[I’ve learned that] it’s nothing that I’ve done. I pray to God that God might open the door for us. I’m very much involved in ministry, but getting myself into prayer so God can open the door for us to go out and preach the gospel. God is working among us in the name of Jesus. I thank God that He has been able to live with us, encourage us, to see us in times of problems. When we pray, Jesus is intervening. He is the one who has compassion for us.

Q5

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

Before I became born again, I was a person who was doing a number of bad things, I was even drinking. He has transformed my life. Rather, I’m bound. Jesus has taken me out of my life of darkness. I am living now a new creation. I am now a servant.

I heard about Jesus about 1997, a friend of mine, I was working for him, at a golf company. A friend of mine had already been saved at the time, so he witnessed to me. He asked me if I had received Christ as my personal Savior so I invited him to my house, and he asked if I wanted to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, so me and my wife received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Malawi’s a good nation. We have good peace that we can preach the Word of God. Other countries where people are at war and a number of violences that are happening, but here, we have good peace to preach the gospel without fear or intimidation. People also love the Word of God, they can understand, and they can get the word and apply it to their lives. They have the passion for the Word of God.

Q7

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

Psalm 1, God has a way, He is separating the righteous from the unrighteous. Joshua 1:8, the chapters show the truth of God. [These verses show that] when you live by his word and His truth, He will never forsake you. If you walk according to His will, when you pray, He hears your prayer. Whatever they do shall prosper.

Q8

What are ways we can be praying for you?

There are challenges for serving God. For me, please pray that God will open for me a door for which challenges should be overcome, like transport and how to live. I want to fulfill my calling. The church is lacking Bibles, some of the members, because of poverty, don’t have anything.

Please pray that the Word of God will be fulfilled in my life. I want Him to use me fully, according to His will in the mighty name of Jesus.