“I have learned that when we come to know the born again, truly born again, first thing he must sacrifice as self-sacrifice.”

Isaac Chiwanda

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 21
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Parents, two brothers (23,15) and one sister (28)

Isaac currently serves as the youth director at his church. He came to CAPA to learn how to study and teach God’s Word, and he is studying for his Advanced Diploma.

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Interview with Isaac Chiwanda

2015

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

Q3

What ministry are you currently involved in?

Q4

What are your future plans for ministry?

Q5

What are some challenges that you have faced in ministry, and what have you learned from those challenges?

Q6

What are some of the things that you’ve learned from those challenges?

Q7

How did you come to believe that Jesus died for your sins?

Q8

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q9

What are some things you would like people to pray for you?

Q10

What are some things about CAPA that you are thankful for?

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

It was around 2009 when I become born again, yeah. Because at first I was a sinner, so having realized the sinful, especially that I have passing through, is when I decide that I should be a servant of God, and ministering God.

Q2

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

Okay, the reason now, I believe, as I have read the articles and principles of CAPA, I come up with a conclusion that CAPA will help me in fulfilling my ambitions of becoming a pastor, and learning God’s word as the CAPA preaches. So that’s the reason, that I want to dig and exegete the word of God truly, and understand. Then I can go to apply in my ministry.

Q3

What ministry are you currently involved in?

Okay. [claps hands] Currently, I am now acting as a youth director at the church, yeah. But I was… a Sunday school teacher. Then I am now a youth director, yeah.

Q4

What are your future plans for ministry?

I believe that if I can attend CAPA and finish well, I can be able to preach the word of God truly, and exegete, and expose the word of God. That’s my future plan now, that God’s people must turn… they must come to know the word of God truly.

Q5

What are some challenges that you have faced in ministry, and what have you learned from those challenges?

Okay, in fact, there are still some other challenges that I’m now facing in my ministry, especially now among the youths, because I am acting as a youth director at our church.

So, the challenges that I have encountered are… unwillingness of the youths to take part in God’s ministry, in such a way that there are some other youths that are unwilling to… join some active place.

And secondly, the other challenges…okay, let me say like this. Among the youths, I have already encountered a challenge that maybe some people felt unconfidence, and they do feel for themselves as inferior to take part in the word of God.

Q6

What are some of the things that you’ve learned from those challenges?

Okay, now, I come up with conclusion that since people are unwilling to take part, or participate in any other things, I have learned that when we come to know the born again, truly born again, first thing he must sacrifice as self-sacrifice.

So I have learned that it is not a joke…it is not a simple way just to be born again. But you must face some other weaknesses. Then at the end, after realizing those weaknesses, is when you can become a true born again.

Q7

How did you come to believe that Jesus died for your sins?

At that time, it was…since 2004, when I studied some immoral behaviors, just persuaded by others. Yeah, I was…practicing karate, at that time. It’s a kind of fighting whereby it has troubled my mind for several occasions. Just because at that time, I had no knowledge about Jesus Christ, and I was just…when I heard somebody preaching, I felt that it was just a waste of my time to listen to the Scripture.

By and by, I remember at one point in time when I was at secondary school, I got sick, and surely I was near to die, is when my brother-in-law, somewhere, come and paid me a visit. And he was…at that time, a believer, a true believer, is when he encourage me and giving me the word of God, yeah.

I’m still remembering the Word, it was the scripture from Acts, whereby there was a conversion of Saul. So, having read that Scripture, I understand very well that Jesus Christ indeed died for my sins, and he paid the penalty of sins, so I must receive Jesus Christ and to be my Lord and personal Savior.

Q8

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

As I said, I am an original citizen indeed, in this country. The most favorite thing that I do prefer in my life is… encouraging one another in prayer activities. That’s my first thing, my first and my best present in my life, yeah. Having known Jesus Christ. The second thing that I do prefer is singing.

Q9

What are some things you would like people to pray for you?

First thing, I have been transformed, but there are also my relatives that are walking in sinful situations. So, my prayer, and the prayer that maybe some partakers can take, they must pray for me so that my family must be saved.

And there are some other friends of mine whom we were practicing [fighting]—those were not believers until now. They didn’t turn back. So, it’s my prayer and my petition that those people must also come to know Jesus Christ.

Q10

What are some things about CAPA that you are thankful for?

Okay, I am very appreciative of the support that CAPA already has provided. And one of the most thing that I am now learning, it’s very unexpectable things, just because I was not knowing that I could come to know the word of God and expository preaching as the way CAPA doing now. So I am very thankful for this support from the CAPA, from the people of CAPA, and may God bless them.