“We still believe in the sovereignty of God. God is able to do whatever, exceeding abundantly more than we need and ask Him, and in His own timing He will draw people to Himself.”

Kennedy Kachingwe

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 28
Ministering in Lilongwe, Area 25
Family Brother and sister

Kennedy is studying at CAPA with his pastor: Kennedy is pursuing his Advanced Diploma while his pastor is pursuing his Master’s of Divinity. Kennedy was saved by hearing radio messages by Pastor John MacArthur on the local station. Since then, his desire is for his local church and the church in Malawi to be actively involved in preaching the gospel to the unsaved.

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Interview with Kennedy Kachingwe

2015

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

Q3

What is your current ministry?

Q4

What does evangelism look like?

Q5

What are your future ministry plans?

Q6

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

Q7

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

Q8

Do you remember who the pastor was on the radio?

Q9

What’s your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q10

What prayer requests do you have?

Q11

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

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

I’m not a pastor yet—aspiring to be one! I’m serving under my pastor, Newton [in the M.Div program at CAPA], as an assistant. I just found myself involved with a church plant, kind of just at the center of a new church plant, and I happened to be one of the leaders there, so I think it’s God’s call on my life to be a pastor! [laughs]]

Anyway, my interests are going there towards that direction of serving God in the church, my local church. Yeah, it’s that burning desire to serve God in the local church.

Q2

Why did you decide to attend CAPA?

Well, for a number of reasons. Firstly, I very much appreciate what CAPA is doing. I’m very much in agreement with the statement of faith. But also, I looked at the content, the stuff you are teaching here at CAPA, very much in agreement with the content. But the other fact is that CAPA is very affordable for me. Looking at the stuff that you’re teaching and the fee that is attached to all this, it’s just affordable.

Q3

What is your current ministry?

Well, in my local church, I do preach at times when my pastor is not around. I’m involved in evangelism, visiting people in our church… yeah. I almost do everything the pastor does at our church. [laughs]]

Q4

What does evangelism look like?

We encourage our members to be evangelizing wherever they go. We’re not really saying that this particular day is for evangelism, although we do have a day for evangelism at least once a week. But we encourage them to go out there to reach out to people.

And whenever we’re out there meeting with people at work or different things, we make it intentional to share the gospel. And much of the people we have [at our church], we have met them through that way, maybe at work, or just maybe on the road.

Q5

What are your future ministry plans?

Wow. That’s a difficult one. I wouldn’t say I really have plans. I just want to serve, be where I am and serve.

I’m happy to be doing what I’m doing right here at my church. But I’m also aware that I’m very young in ministry, by the way. I know the Lord may have a lot of things up ahead of me, so I just want to be ready for whatever is out there, you know, waiting for me. Right now I just want to serve at my local church.

Q6

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

Well, I guess I’m still learning, being young in ministry. But I think what comes out very clearly for a young church plant like ours is you really want people to come, you know.

Now, people don’t like the way we do things because we like to open the Bible and speak about the Bible and share the Bible. But people aren’t interested in those things. They would rather go for entertainment.

So at times, I’ve been tempted to use carnal means to draw people to ourselves. I think that’s been an issue for us, but gladly we haven’t yielded to that. We still believe in the sovereignty of God. God is able to do whatever, exceeding abundantly more than we need and ask Him, and in His own timing He will draw people to Himself.

So I guess what I’ve learned so far is to trust on the Lord in His own timing to bring people to us, not to use carnal means to draw people to ourselves. Like I said, I’m still learning. Quite young in ministry. [laughs]

Q7

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

Well, I was raised in a Catholic family, and everyone else at home is Catholic except for me and my younger brother. Since my childhood, I always knew that Christ died for me, but that didn’t just make sense. I mean, it was just a fact that didn’t mean anything to me. It just didn’t apply for my own life, if you know what I mean.

But this other day, I was back home flipping—playing with the radio, turning from one station to another. There was a preacher there on one of the radio stations, talking about the Bible. I got interested. I wanted to know more about the Bible.

So I started listening to that radio station like every day, and I eventually—what’s the word—I was able to tell which program comes at what time, and there was this guy I listened to before who got my attention, and I was listening to him every other day. Then through that means—as I was listening, there was this knowledge building up. And as the knowledge was building up, the more an interest was also growing for the things of God.

Eventually I believe I was saved, though people never told me [laughs] that to be saved you need to ask Jesus to come into your life. I knelt down the other day and asked Jesus to come into my life. But though I did that, looking back, I believe I was really saved. It was a gradual process of listening to messages on the radio, just this knowledge building up and my life being changed.

Q8

Do you remember who the pastor was on the radio?

Oh, yeah! I remember the pastor—he’s a friend on the radio to me, you know what I mean? [laughs] It was pastor John MacArthur on ABC Radio. They used to feature him then at half past eight in the morning. Then they would also feature him on another radio station at midnight. So I would listen to him in the morning at half past eight, and then turn on the radio again in the middle of the night at twelve midnight. I learned a lot—I’m still learning a lot from him.

Q9

What’s your favorite thing about Malawi?

Wow. Malawi… this is home to me, and there’s no better place than home, you know? So yeah. This is my home… pretty much that’s all.

Q10

What prayer requests do you have?

I think our greatest need here—I mean, it’s the greatest need of the human race. We want to see people getting saved, especially here where there is so much confusion about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to see an explosion of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and a revival. So we would appreciate people praying for us, praying for revival here. But also not only that, for biblical churches here.

Q11

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

[points to the whiteboard in the classroom] Do you see that on the board? [laughs] Do you see all these books and Bibles? Well, the skill, I very much appreciate the skill.