“Because I see what I am learning here at CAPA—if I cannot impart these thing even to the children, to the youth, then, there is no generation changing coming.”

Maxwell Banda

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 37
Family Wife, Ellen, and two daughters (7,3)

Maxwell is currently an Advanced Diploma student at CAPA. He has a passion for youth and children’s ministry, which he has developed in his church. Maxwell says that he would like to develop 70 young leaders in his lifetime. He desires to be a full-time pastor in the future.

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Maxwell asks for prayer as he desires to faithfully lead his church full-time.


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Interview with Maxwell Banda

2015

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

What are some of the challenges you have faced in ministry? What do you think God has taught you through the challenges?

Q3

Do you have any future ministry plans?

Q4

What are some ways we can be praying for you?

Q5

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

Well, at the very first time it wasn’t my dream, sure. Before I converted to be a Christian, I was really lost because I would be involved in excessive beer drinking, smoke marijuana.

But one day I found a crowd of people on the ground. I thought there was a football [game], then I realized someone was speaking. Then I went there for a very short time of period I listened to the message and he was preaching from the book of Hebrews, chapter 9 verse 27—the very same message attached to my heart.

There I was convicted, decided to repent, and after repenting I confessed my sins I accepted Jesus to be Lord and my Savior. Yeah, that was 1996. Then, I thought of myself going to church. After going to church, I started growing up spiritually; later in 2000, that was the very first time that the call of being a pastor raised in my heart. Then, this is how I am, and now I am a pastor.

Actually, before coming to CAPA, I planted a church [in Lilongwe, Area 24] that I am ministering at right now. It’s a small church, that’s got 30 members.

Q2

What are some of the challenges you have faced in ministry? What do you think God has taught you through the challenges?

The very same challenges I have faced are that sometimes, I meet people that are… they are at a higher class than me. So when I… I speak to them on the message, they look at me the way I am. They come up to balancing between them and me. So they see like to me, it’s nothing.

Sometimes when we meet people who are wealthy, they can’t easily be convinced to the message that I preach—and the other things like… to support myself, then to minister at the very same time, becomes a very big challenge.

Yeah… the very encouraging word for me is from the book of Joshua, chapter 24, verses 24: Choose whom to serve—so despite whatever, I choose to serve the Lord. The verse is speaking about when Joshua was speaking to the Israels: “But for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” So for me, whether I am in whatsoever circumstances, I have chosen, and I have dedicated my life, despite whatever, to serve the Lord.

Q3

Do you have any future ministry plans?

Yes, I have future ministry plans for me. Like for me, I also have the passion for a children’s ministry. Because I see what I am learning here at CAPA—if I cannot impart these thing even to the children, to the youth, then, there is no generation changing coming. Unless we bring what we are learning, and imparting the youth—then! Will bring the change.

Otherwise here in Malawi, youth, they are not so committed to serving Christ, because of the, the world changing system itself. Because of the western development that is coming, so… youth children are involved in things like pornography, and the worldly things.

In Malawi?

In Malawi! So, my heart is so passioned for the youth. So, I’m really willing to… I’ve already developed the ministry…in my church. We have children that we meet every Saturdays, and eh, I also meet with the youths every Wednesdays. And, I am also trying to, ah… to equip, or to develop, into young leaders. And really, if God-willing, upon my heart, I’d like to develop probably, seventy, young, powerful leadership, before I die.

What are you doing for the children's and youth ministry right now?

Well, my wife is there teaching—ah, is volunteer teaching them. I am there for the spiritual things, teaching the Bible, trying to help them reciting the verses, so my wife is taking like the academic– for me, spiritual things.

Like when they are back from the government schools, so they are coming, at the church two days per week, whereby my wife is the trying to teach some readings and writings. So, this is my passion that it would come in time whereby I can help those writing materials, school uniforms, providing school fees… this is what I am looking for so that they can see the church… is helping, or supporting them.

Q4

What are some ways we can be praying for you?

1) One, being a pastor who desires to be a full [time] minister. [pause] It comes to me, a very big challenge… with a, a new ministry, a new church, that is just being planted. So, so the planted church is very hard for me, to get support from within the church.

2)My heart is to take my full time to the church, and at the same time, I am looking to support my family. So these two things, because of planting the church and nothing else that I can get the support, I have no other profession apart from being, saying, I am called to be a pastor. So no any profession that can support my… support me financially. So this is a very big challenge that I’ve experienced through the years that I’ve been a minister as a pastor, since 2010, sure.

3)Right now, if I can be helped with some, let’s say the team, that is involved in children’s ministry. Leaders, so that they can help me teach the youths.

4) Ah, I also need [someone] that can help me, empowering the church or making the church grow, yeah.

5) And also, we have another, we have a church building, that is unfinished. If the building can be finished, it would be good, sure.

Q5

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

My favorite thing about Malawi, is… there are people, that really believe in discussions. Like we say, dialoguing. People who like peace. So, it’s a peaceful country. I like to be a pastor, not just because it’s peaceful, but because I like to pastor in Malawi because… [pause] I was a person who was lost, and some people understand my… bad things that I’ve been involved in before, so when they see me, some can say, “Really, God is doing miracles. This man is changed person.” I want to be a testimony!