“I have a need to go through a formal training. At our church, we have over 35 pastors, but I am the only one who has this opportunity of passing through a formal training. My church is waiting for me, but after going through the training, I should help my fellow pastors.”

Kennedy Kwenda

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 42
Ministering in Kasungu
Family Wife, twin sons (19), two daughters (12, 7)

Kennedy is a full-time pastor. He is eager to be formally trained in preaching the Word so that he can better minister to his congregation, and train the other leaders in his church to do the same. Although coming up with the finances to pay for school while also supporting his family is a challenge, he aspires to continue his studies through the master’s program.

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

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Interview with Kennedy Kwenda

2017

Q1

What ministries do you focus on?

Q2

How did you come to be a Christian?

Q3

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q4

Is there anything you’re looking forward to at CAPA?

Q5

Are there ways you’ve seen God’s providence in your life?

Q6

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

What ministries do you focus on?

Well, I’m the teaching pastor: I run the church. But I’m also involved in the evangelism. I go out with the church and I make sure that I do evangelism ministries, outreaches, on every Friday night. I teach on Tuesday nights, we meet on Tuesdays, and then meet on Fridays to go out.

Q2

How did you come to be a Christian?

Yes. I was born in a Christian family, with Christian values. But it was really… I think it was 19… 1995? 94? When I was in school. Where I had a personal conviction and I was touched and I gave my life to Jesus Christ.

At a church or at a school?

At school. A Christian organization came and taught.

Q3

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Because of the teaching of pastors, I am a bishop of my church, not the founder. But I look after some churches and pastors. Looking at that work, I really see that I have a need to go through a formal training. At our church, we have over 35 pastors, but I am the only one who has this opportunity of passing through a formal training. My church is waiting for me, but after going through the training, I should help my fellow pastors. Here, pastoral training is very expensive and very few can afford. Yeah.

Q4

Is there anything you’re looking forward to at CAPA?

Yes. It is in the name “Preaching Academy.” I like it because I believe a pastor’s main job is to preach the Word, and to make others also good at preaching. So I’m looking forward to understanding the Word and connecting with good people.

Q5

Are there ways you’ve seen God’s providence in your life?

Yesterday, I came expecting that I pay the other half [of the tuition] next week Friday. Then I came yesterday. I was told, “No,”—that I can’t do that, but that you need to pay Wednesday morning or you go home. But God provided the money right today. That is an example of how God provided for me.

Q6

Do you have any prayer requests?

Yes. I don’t just want to end up in diploma class. I’m looking for a diploma to go to master’s. Yes. So I really need people to help my finances. Yes, and good health, because […] I need good health that I should attend all the classes. I have challenges with finances. My kids are going to university and taking exams this year. So fees for them and me. That’s the main challenge.