“I’m planning to train more leaders so that they can also be equipped and they can handle the Word of God correctly. And this school, CAPA, has helped me how I can train them.”

Francis Meza

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 53
Ministering in Zomba
Family Wife, three sons, three daughters

Francis Meza is a pastor who has a passion for planting churches and training more leaders within the church. In the past, he has faced persecution from political leaders who thought his church revival rallies were part of Jehovah’s Witness activities. Francis was part of the first class of CAPA, where he graduated from the Advanced Diploma program, and now he is back to pursue his Master of Divinity. He is excited to learn biblical languages and expository preaching to better handle the Word of God as he ministers to his churches.

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

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Interview with Francis Meza

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

Is there anything that you are looking forward to learning this year?

Q4

What are your future plans for ministry?

Q5

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Yeah, that was 1986, when I was at primary school—I believe that was the time. […] There was a certain boy at school who is to come at our school, and he was a born again that time. I was not born again. One day when we met with him, he talk to me about Christ. So I was so much convicted with his encouragement and finally I decided to receive the Lord, and it was 1996. […] So, from there, we had to go there and here, preaching the Word of God at young stages—that was when I was 18 years, yes. Yes.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Yeah, actually before I came to CAPA, I went to [a] Baptist theological seminary. I am a pastor of the Baptist church. I went to Baptist theological seminary for quite a number of years, four years about, doing certificate.

It was one day when we were attending a meeting in Nkhotakota, there came Pastor Jim Ayres and Pastor Brian Biedebach. They came there to teach us during seminar there, so after they teaching is when they introduced about CAPA.

So, from that day I was so much interested to come to CAPA. I met with Brian, I asked him when he give me the application form and I signed it right there. So from that time is when after—it’s maybe after some time Pastor [Gideon] Manda confirmed that I’ve been admitted here to CAPA. So, I came to do my Advanced Diploma, and I graduated from that course, then I went back home. So, that is how I came to know about CAPA. Yes.

Q3

Is there anything that you are looking forward to learning this year?

Yeah, actually as I have already said that, I [was in an early class] of CAPA, because we went in my diploma class. We learned more about expository preaching like that and it is very good because when I had graduated from that course, I saw a change in my message sermon [delivery].

So, this time around, my passion is just to continue. I’m very passionate to know more about how I can handle the Word of God to the people whom I am I am ministering. So, this is what I’m longing much for, but from where—I’m very passionate to learn about the biblical languages like Greek and Hebrews, because you know, the Bible is written in those languages, so my passion as of now is to—one, to continue learning about expository preaching, and again to learn the biblical languages so I can deliver the truth of God. Yes.

Q4

What are your future plans for ministry?

Yeah, actually I’m pastoring a church. I’m currently a pastor of the Baptist church, and we have already planted about four churches from 2014 up to this day. I have planted four churches, but you know, I’m becoming older and older, but I’m sure that the Lord will give me strength to continue maybe planting the church.

Apart from my pastoral ministry, I am also a teacher of a Bible school at home. So, I’m very committed to [teach] other people so they can also come to know how to serve the Lord. My future as of now—I am planning maybe to plant more churches, in fact, but also I’m planning to train more leaders so that they can also be equipped and they can handle the Word of God correctly. And this school, CAPA, has helped me how I can train them. So this is one of the my upcoming goals and plans, but I’ll never cease to plant the churches.

Q5

Do you have any prayer requests?

Yeah, exactly! Uh, from Zomba up to here, it’s a distance, over 300 kilometers, so I have school fees like that. So my prayer request as of now, is in fact maybe get some scholarship [for] this study. You know, I’m just started M.Div, so maybe that might be my prayer request.

And the second one is for my family. I have two children who are going to secondary school here—I guess you say “high school,” but here is “secondary school.” So it’s a challenge to me to get how I can get their school fees, so you have, of course—this is a prayer request which I can learned of now.

And also the last one, I would like people to pray for me so that I can be bold in serving my Lord. Yeah. These are the some of the prayer requests I may learned. Yes.