“Having an opportunity to learn at CAPA, such a high-quality institution, and being highly subsidized, most everything paid for, it’s God’s providence.”

Eldin Mlelemba

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 54
Ministering in Blantyre
Family Wife and one daughter (15)

Eldin is an elder at his church and leads evangelism activities. He was also chairman of a Muslim outreach organization, until the group faced persecution from the Malawian government when a Muslim president came to power. Eldin is applying for a certificate for a new ministry he is starting, and he looks forward to learning proper theology to better serve in his ministry.

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

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Interview with Eldin Mlelemba

2017

Q1

How did you um hear about CAPA?

Q2

Are you a pastor?

Q3

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q4

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith?

Q5

Is there anything about CAPA that you’re nervous about as you start?

Q6

What are you looking forward to this upcoming year?

Q7

How are you involved in your church?

Q8

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

Q1

How did you um hear about CAPA?

I heard about CAPA first from another pastor who had interactions with the people here, but has never been here himself; and then later I heard it again from Pastor [Gideon] Manda. Yes. So we talked over the phone with Pastor Manda, and then I said, “[I]t looks like a good idea that I could come.” So yeah, I come. Sure.

Q2

Are you a pastor?

No, I was working for government. So I just retired end of May. So I said, “Okay, this school is starting in August, it’s good now for me.” So yeah, I said, “I’ve spent first part of my life serving government, […] now let’s commit the rest of the time to the Lord.”

Q3

How did you come to know the Lord?

It was in 1985 when I was in college. At that time, we had a student union from Chancellor College, which is in [southern] Malawi. And so I was part of the group that was going for an outreach at a Sunday school in Mangochi, from around the lake.

So we went there, and […] [some people] were there as ministers, but [they] had hired some seasoned preachers to come and do the preaching. And so when they came, they preached. The first sermon, I resisted. I said, “No, I came here as an official, so this message not for me, it’s for the students.” Then later, the evangelist came in the afternoon and preached again! I couldn’t resist. I found myself in front, giving my life to Christ, and that’s how I became born again. That was on 25 of May, 1985.

Q4

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith?

Nobody’s ever asked me that question. [laughs] It’s an interesting question. Yes. There was a time I was chairman of an organization called Jesus Among Muslims ministry here in Malawi. And the founder was a former Muslim Sikh who had converted to Christ.

So we were doing our activities, and unfortunately we got a [national] president who was a Muslim. And so he didn’t like our activities, and so of course, yes, he locked my friend up, and then I was also locked up for some three days in a police cell, and then were released. So basically for the faith, that’s one of the hardships I have faced.

Q5

Is there anything about CAPA that you’re nervous about as you start?

Well, they require us to pay a small fee, you know, they got [them almost] fully subsidized. I’m just trusting God that He—I’m sure He would be able to make that contribution for the rest of the three years. Yeah.

Q6

What are you looking forward to this upcoming year?

I’m going to getting all knowledge to be able to serve the Lord. I’m involved in quite a number of things, one of which is actually production of [audio] tracks. So, my first challenge is in producing those, because I have to rely on other people all the time for each and every little thing I decide to write, just make sure that it is theologically sound. So I think coming here and learning some theology for myself, actually listen, and actually make me even more effective in that kind of ministry.

Q7

How are you involved in your church?

I’m an elder at my church. They give me responsibility as a leader for the evangelism activities, missions whenever there is an opportunity, and train it. So I oversee that, that activity at my church.

Q8

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

Wow! This has been one of them! CAPA has been one of them. I know when I went from a master’s in the UK and get something like 90,000 pounds [GBP] for one-year program, so I know that master’s programs are not cheap. But having an opportunity to learn at CAPA, such a high-quality institution, and being highly subsidized, most everything paid for, it’s God’s providence. You can see that this opportunity just came as soon as I retired. That must be God.