“I should go and get formal training of studying the Bible, so that when I teach, I teach the right things, what God wants people to hear and understand the right things.”

George Kamtande

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Ministering in Azuko

George Kamtande came to know Christ when he was around 14 years old. Though he is a pastor now, he has a desire to assist other pastors in their ministry and has humbly served as an assistant to pastors and church workers throughout his life as a Christian.

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George shares about his desire to study the Word of God so that he may teach the Word accurately.


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Interview with George Kamtande

2015

Q1

Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

Q2

How did you first hear about Jesus? How did you come to trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Q3

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

Q4

Any prayer requests you’d like to share?

Q1

Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

My name is George Kamtande. I come from central region. Specifically I come from Azuko district. I was born there and I was raised up there. It’s about 100 kilometers from Lilongwe, so it’s a bit far. Maybe 30 minutes drive from where I live to here.

Q2

How did you first hear about Jesus? How did you come to trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

I was raised up in the church. When I was in grade 3 in Secondary school (Form 3), that was when somebody preached Christ and I was convicted, that time I saw that I was a sinner. Though I was attending church and doing church activities as a young person, but I was a sinner and I needed a Savior. That was when I surrendered my life to Christ and accepted him into my life. That’s when I understood that there’s more to Christianity than just going to church. So since that time, I’ve been a Christian among people who also confess Christ and a willing heart.

Q3

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

For the past three years, I’ve been wanting to go to Bible school. Because I thought like I needed to know what I’m doing. I preach the Word of God but I need to know what it means, what the Word of God is and I need to know maybe theology, I need to study God and to understand the principles of teaching and preaching the Word of God.

My job is to teach and to preach the Word of God, I needed to understand it. If my job is to counsel, I need to understand, what is counseling, biblical counseling, how to counsel people using the Word of God and before you can counsel people, you should know the Word of God. So that prompted me to desire to go to Bible school. So that I can lay the Word of God properly. And apply the Word of God properly.

Because the problem that we have here in Africa is that we don’t have a formal training as pastors as leaders of the church. Most cases, people only have one translation of the Bible, sometimes you only have a Chichewa Bible, which is our mother tongue, and the language that is used you may not be in a position to understand. Because even the Chichewa language, not all of us Malawians speak. So it’s even hard to understand some of the Chichewa language. So that was in me, that I should go and get formal training of studying the Bible, so that when I teach, I teach the right things, what God wants people to hear and understand the right things.

Q4

Any prayer requests you’d like to share?

In terms of ministry, people could pray that we should continue standing and living for Christ because this is the most challenging thing these times. Most people are joining the church because they want money [through the prosperity gospel], so for you to stand for Christ is somewhat difficult, you have to lower your standard and do what other people are doing [like preach the prosperity gospel, if you want] to have members. So people should pray that God should help us that we should live for Christ, whatever it is, to present Christ properly to people and to live for him.

Pray for my wife and my children. Pray for our family that we should be exemplary. Because if we understand what we are doing, if God helps us in what we are doing, we can live exemplary lives even to members, to the society.