“The first thing that I want to learn on [is] how I can live personal as a Christian, before I take it and teach it to other people because I believe that I cannot transform other people before I am transformed.”

Friday Chisale

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Ministering in Chinsapo
Family Wife and two children

Friday grew up going to church but only later realized the necessity of attending a church that teaches the Bible clearly and whose members demonstrate transformed lives. During his time at CAPA, he desires above all to learn how to live as a Christian because he understands that people’s lifestyles must be consistent with the messages they teach.

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

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Interview with Friday Chisale

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

What are you excited to learn about while in CAPA?

Q3

Is there anything that you’re nervous about this next year at CAPA?

Q4

How will your time at CAPA benefit your family at home?

Q5

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Yeah, my family background is that I was born from a Christian mother, and my father is a Muslim. But as we are growing up, we are given freedom by our parents; that is, our father allowed us to choose where we can go, [saying] that we choose the Christian way, or we choose to go to Islam. But the growing up, seeing things, I decided to follow my mom—that is, Christianity.

So it’s like I grew up in the church. I used to go to church, as people usually do every Sunday. And then we grew up, so going to church was just like normal life. Just like what other people do. And as I was growing up, as I was getting to know some Christians [and] the way they were living.

It was 2010—that was when I was introduced to one of the radio stations in Malawi; that is, African Bible College. Then I started listening to the sermons that were being preached on that radio, and after listening to their preaching and teachings, it was then I discovered that I used to call myself a Christian; but with the way that these people are preaching, they are shedding more light.

It was totally showing me that, despite the fact that I was going to church every Sunday, but really I was not a Christian because I could now know what was required by a person that was called a Christian. From those teachings, it [was] when little by little, I started trying to find people that could help me face to face. You know, listening to the radio and meeting a person face to face—it’s something that is different, because on the radio, you don’t ask questions. But once you meet a person, you have the right to ask questions.

And then from there, I stopped going to my church—the church that I was going—because I saw that everyone was just like myself. And then I found a second church where I started going, where I felt people were learning the true Word of God. And when I started going to that church, I started knowing the truth; that is, I can tell they were teaching. And I was not only knowing the truth because their teachings—even the way they are living—it was showing me that this is now Christianity because it is going in line with what the Bible says, unlike where I was at first. [laughs]

And then from there I accepted Christ. […] And after receiving Christ as my personal Savior, then I started following what made those people who are teaching the Bible would teach me, so that I can teach the way that they are teaching because I was really tired, because I could even see many people living the way I was living, calling themselves Christians, but their life was not in line with how a Christian was supposed to live. So I had that feeling of reaching out to them because it’s not everyone who had the access of listening to the radio just as I was.

So then I found out that most of those people was trained on how to communicate the Word of God to other people, and from that point, it started to be my desire to find someone or an instructor that could teach me so that I could also go and reach out to other people, shed more light so that they could also know the truth just as I knew. Yeah, and up to now I am still searching the truth; I’m still digging into the Word of God.

Q2

What are you excited to learn about while in CAPA?

Yeah, there are so many things that I want to learn. The first thing that I want to learn on [is] how I can live personal as a Christian, before I take it and teach it to other people because I believe that I cannot transform other people before I am transformed. So my first point is that I have to come here [to] learn how to live as a Christian—that’s the first point. When I learn […] how to live as a Christian, I start to live out what I am learning here, and then I can transfer this same thing to other people. Yeah, yes; that’s what I’m planning to do.

Q3

Is there anything that you’re nervous about this next year at CAPA?

Yeah, there is nothing other than finding the part of this school is that we are paying; that’s the only problem that I can. […] These other things I think we’ll manage because for some of us, you know, to find this money that we are paying, it’s difficult. For example, myself, I got a family, having a wife and two kids, so it’s like having two responsibilities. But I believe that God is faithful, and that He will help us find what we need.

Q4

How will your time at CAPA benefit your family at home?

There are so many benefits, and I cannot only say it only benefit my family, my wife and my kids. It even benefits my whole generation—like my whole family, even my brothers, my sisters, even the whole village where I am coming from—because what is going to happen is that what I learn here, I’m not only going to share it with my family, but everyone that is around me. Then I will be transmitting to every person I encounter. So it not only affect you; it not only affect me; it not only affect my family, my children and my wife; but it will affect so many people because this has been my desire. It has always been my desire to transmit the truth to others, just as how other people did to me.

But I wouldn’t know how, so I’ll use this opportunity to fulfill my dream because it is when that you have been taught, you can teach others. But before being trained, I think it can be hard because I discovered that the reason why I couldn’t get the truth from the first church that I was going, it was because people were just teaching anyhow; they wouldn’t know how to transmit the Bible to other people. So if I am having this opportunity, it means that some of my friends that are living there are going to benefit.

Q5

Do you have any prayer requests?

Yeah, I have. If the people could only pray for me so that I should be able to raise a little money that we are paying, the school fees, that would be okay. If they can also pray that I should be able to support my family.

Yeah, I realized that as we are learning, you know, as we are going through this journey, there are so many difficulties that we face, we encounter. So, we just need the grace of God to be upon us so that we can go. There shouldn’t be anything that can stop us from what we [are] doing because my plan is that, after finishing my diploma, I plan going to go to my bachelor’s degree, and even to master’s. That’s what I’m planning—I’m not planning on stopping.