“When I meditate, I know it was someone who started that work in me. Jesus Christ is the author and perfector of my faith. So if he’s the author and perfector, what’s remaining is for Him to perfect it.”

Gerald Kandulu

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 55
Family Wife and five children (28, 25, 23, 22, 21)

Gerald Kandulu is currently an Advanced Diploma student. He is married with five children, and one grandchild. He has a radio program, and is a retired pastor, who helps out with other ministries at his church.

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Interview with Gerald Kandulu

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 remember, in 1961, we were having a family altar; I was staying with my grandpa. He was asking my siblings, my cousins, and he asked me, “What would you like to be?” I said I wanted to be a reverend. I ended up being other things.

1984, I was called by God to be in full time ministry. I just finished my technical school, I’m a professional electrician. Somebody was preaching on Isaiah 6, where God was asking, “Who should go for us?” It was like God was directly speaking to me and I responded.

Q2

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

I’ve been in the ministry over 30 years. Right now, I’m slowing down. I’m growing up and I want to start raising up leaders. CAPA would be the right training [because] it’s not full time. The two weeks gives me time to work on other things. I’m working my time.

One thing I hope to learn at CAPA is the expository teaching. I’ve done homiletics, and hermeneutics. But the approach here is totally different. The grammar and syntax, we didn’t do that. The concentration is on the Greek and Hebrew translation.

Q3

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

I’m working on the radio, I have a radio program. I do go out to preach evangelistic meetings. Here and there, I do leadership trainings. I’m a retired pastor, but I’m doing my own ministry within the church.

I’m working to work more on the radio. I’m reaching a lot of people in a short time. I want to grow my radio ministry. I want to grow youngsters that are growing up. I also want to work with churches to plant more churches. I was with a church, and the Lord used me so much in church planting. I’ve planted churches both local and international. I could use my expertise to help local churches plant more churches.

Q4

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

There are quite a lot. We call them stepping stones. When you are in the ministry, you hear a lot of things about you. Some people talk positive, some people talk negative. When they talk negative, sometimes it really affects you. Lastly, the challenge that I still feel is there, is integrating. We, as ministers, we don’t really lock together, work together. Sometimes, you can greet one another. It’s not something where I can come to you and ask you for information, and, “Can you help me? Can I come and help you?” There isn’t that openness. That’s a big challenge.

What I’ve learned is to walk by faith. God’s timing is always the best. Just wait for God for the right time. I’ve also learned to be patient.

Q5

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

The name Jesus, I grew up with it, my grandfather was one of the four people who were there when they opened up the Presbyterian Church here in Africa.

I gave myself to Jesus, when I was 23. The challenge that came that day when I gave myself to the Lord, this guy was preaching. I can’t remember the message, but it really touched my heart. I was really convicted. Unfortunately I didn’t do the altar call at church, but I went home, and kneeled beside the bed, and just asked Jesus to come into my heart.

I can see my life has really changed tremendously. The first year was a big of a struggle, because I used to smoke, I used to drink. When I gave myself to the Lord, I realized that the appetite for smoke and alcohol was not there. But it was like an indicator to me. Nobody prayed [for] me saying you should stop this. The confession was what brought the change in me.

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

My favorite thing about Malawi is the climate. People are friendly. I enjoy the physical features, I like nature. My favorite is going to Lake Malawi or going to the game park.

Q7

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

Philippians 1:6. It gives me confidence. When you face challenges, when I recite that verse, when I meditate, I know it was someone who started that work in me. Jesus Christ is the author and perfecter of my faith. So if he’s the author and perfecter, what’s remaining is for Him to perfect it.

Q8

What are ways we can be praying for you?

Please pray for mobility, I’m going to go in the village for a week or two to preach. Pray for the ministry so that it can continue to grow. Also physical strength to carry on, there is a lot of challenges that we need to face. Some things are very hot, some of the roads are difficult. Please pray for my family.