“Without knowing how to preach or without knowing the Word of God, it’s difficult to learn at church. I discovered that I have a need to know how to preach.”

Moses Khomba

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 47
Ministering in Salima
Family Wife and four children (21, 19, 12, 7)

After completing the Advanced Diploma program at CAPA and experiencing change through it, Moses has returned as a Master of Divinity student. He is excited to learn Greek and Hebrew this year. He desires to start a children’s football ministry, as well as a personal evangelism ministry.

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

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Moses explains why he decided to enroll at CAPA.

Moses describes how his preaching has changed since coming to CAPA.


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Interview with Moses Khomba

2017 2015

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Have you faced any hardship because of your faith?

Q3

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q4

Is there anything about this school year that you are nervous about?

Q5

What are you looking forward to learning this year?

Q6

What are your future plans for ministry?

Q7

What are some ways you have seen God’s providence in your life?

Q8

You mentioned the football ministry. How are you currently involved in the church?

Q9

Do you have any other prayer requests that you would like to share?

Q1

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

Q2

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

Q3

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

Q4

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

Q5

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q6

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

Q7

What are ways we can be praying for you?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

It was about 2000—1992, yeah, when I met another pastor. It was when I was coming from Dedza. I was going to Lilongwe. When I reached in the airport, I met someone. He was a friend to my brother, and that one spoke to me about Christ. And because I was a drunkard that time, and I was just—I had no church where to go; I was just going each and every church. I was able to attend Presbyterian churches, Pentecostal churches, but I was a drunkard, too. So when that guy testified to me, told me about Christ, then I gave my life to Christ that day. Yeah. That’s how I became born again.

Q2

Have you faced any hardship because of your faith?

Yeah! Yeah. Hardship were there because in our family, we are about seven. And my mother has a background of a Muslim, while my father is Ngoni tribe—so it was a problem because I’m a lastborn in our family, [but] I was the first person to know Jesus. So I got problems from my father and as well as my brothers, being lastborn. Yeah. When I was talking to them, they did not understand. They did not understand what am I talking about Christ. So they started [to] show me bad manners.

So I had not enough clothes. I was relying on their clothes to put on, so they said, “You are not going to dress our clothes because what you are talking is, like, that you have find God who can provide everything to you.”

So they gang together—I had, I have five brothers—they started together and concluded that we are not going to supply dressing to this person because he is talking nonsense. That’s when my mother intervened, and she bought one short trouser. So I was depending on that one short trouser, cleaning, and put on the same short trouser, and I had one T-shirt. So I struggled; I faced hardship because of Christ, but I’m surviving. Sure.

Q3

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

It was 1994 when I [had a] desire to teach people—to teach those who are coming, the newcomers in Christ, those who are just born again. I had a desire to teach them the Word, but I had no knowledge. I didn’t—I knew nothing. I had a desire to teach, but I had no knowledge about the Bible. So that’s 1995.

I started another theological college, but it was like part-time. So I did my certificate, but I was just a mere member at the church. So from then, that desire began to grow, to grow, to grow. So I went to Bible school in 2006; I did my diploma there. But I was not satisfied. Then I went to study degree. Then I was not satisfied.

So when I heard about CAPA, I had a desire to see their curriculum. That’s when I saw their curriculum—my heart was satisfied. So my desire was to teach the Word, the real Word of God, to people. So CAPA has helped me because I’ve gotten the Advanced Diploma with CAPA, so CAPA has helped me how I can teach the real Word to people, and my church is growing very fast, to the extent that even the top bosses to our denomination has transferred me just last week. Yeah, have posted me to another small church there.

And now it’s about a month, but the church has started growing from about 30 people—now we are about 100. And even financially we are growing. So I see God: God sent me to meet the professors of CAPA, who has been committed teaching me to know the real Word. So I will never forget [laughs] my father Brian [Biedebach]—Brian, he has taught me block diagram. So I will never forget Brian. And I always pray for him, and I always pray for the church of [John] MacArthur, yeah. They are doing a great job to my ministry, and I will never forget.

In what ways has your preaching changed?

In those days, I was used to read just one verse, and speak talking. [snaps] Talking, [snaps] talking, [snaps] talking. [snaps] I was just speaking whatever is come. So there was the other time, I was used to sit down in my house and listen to messages from the radio and take those messages and preach to the church, and sometimes watching that videos, listen to the other men of God through videos, and I was watching, and take those messages and preach to the church.

But it was like, the church… there was no change. There was no change. But when I came here to CAPA, CAPA has taught me how I can outline the message, how I can—in short, I’ve learned hermeneutics and homiletics. Now to be in Master of Divinity first year, where we are learning Greek and Hebrew, I know God has a purpose. He has a purpose because that’s when now I will be know how to interpret the Bible from the Greek word to the English word, and from the English word to our mother language, Chichewa. So I’m expecting a great growth from the knowledge we are getting here. [laughs] Sure.

Q4

Is there anything about this school year that you are nervous about?

As of now, I don’t see any problem, yeah, because I appreciate that CAPA is doing a great job to send different professors, yeah. So in terms of food, we are eating good food. Yeah, in terms of materials, learning materials, we have enough, yeah. So as of now, there’s no problem that I can mention in CAPA. Sure.

Q5

What are you looking forward to learning this year?

This year? This year, I’m looking to know much about Greek, as we have just started, yeah. But from now, I’m see myself doing Ph.D in Greek and Hebrew.

Q6

What are your future plans for ministry?

My future plans in ministry is that when I’ve taught how to feed the flock, how to feed the Word, the real Word, to the flock of God, my plans is to make sure that in even the Muslims areas, like where I’m pastoring now, I want to have childrens, started from 7 ages to 15, to teach the Word so that I can disturb the plans of the Muslims guys because they always come and spoil the work of God, in terms of they come in our churches and marry the women. That’s the way they are doing. So I want to teach their childrens because I find them in the community.

So in the community, my plan is to have a football and start a football team, where the community could come and do football. So where—that’s where I’m planning to eliminate the Muslims’ spiritual growth, which are now taking place. So my plans is to kill the plans of Muslim. Sure.

Q7

What are some ways you have seen God’s providence in your life?

I’ve seen God many ways because I remember last month when I was planning to come to CAPA, I and my family—we agreed to make to give offering. Offering was a type of chairs. We had a chair, two sets of chairs in our house—then we agreed when God spoke [to] us that we should give those chairs to other junior pastors, so we gave those chairs to the junior pastors.

And when I was planning to come here, I found someone saying, “Pastor, are you going to school this year?” And I said, “Yes,” so he gave us about 500,000 Malawi kwacha—so I see God. I see God is providing [for] our family—so that’s when we get food, we get clothes, and we do good offering as well because pastors have problems: They don’t give. The problem that I’ve said to many pastors: They don’t like giving. But I and my family, we are now committed to give whatever God has told us to give, even time. Yeah, sure.

Q8

You mentioned the football ministry. How are you currently involved in the church?

As of now, it’s difficult to start another ministry because, you know, as a student here at CAPA, our lesson demands our discipline, yeah, and our availability. And I’m also a father, as I’ve already said that I’ve got four children, yeah. And I’m an uncle to other families.

So these three things hinder me not to study, as of now. But next time, I think as we go, after finishing my M.Div, that’s when I’ll start that ministry because my research I’ve done shows that it needs more time to deal with those kind of children—because they are various ages, different ages—so it needs me to have enough time and live with them. So it’s difficult as of now to start that ministry. Yeah.

Q9

Do you have any other prayer requests that you would like to share?

Yeah, my prayer request is that, being a father, as I’ve already said, that one daughter is at home for fees—is waiting for me. If I finish my M.Div, then I will send her to university. This requires prayer.

And another things… I want to share the Word to every person, so I will engage myself to a ministry that I will call it “One-Minute Ministry.” So this is personal evangelism because my calling, […] I [am] really touched when I see a soul or a person without Jesus. So and nowadays, with this technology, you can’t show Jesus films because people—they’ve got TVs, and they are able to see whatever they want to see, so methodology has changed. So with these lessons I’m getting here at CAPA, I believe that my desire of personal evangelism, “One-Minute Ministry,” will [be] done. And I think I see that it will work, so this ministry needs also prayer.

So prayer for my second daughter, who is at home, and “One-Minute Ministry” evangelism. So these two things are very important to my life—yeah, very important. The other one as a father, and the other one as a minister because I really touched when I see even a single person having not Jesus—I really touched; it really touches me. Sure. So this is two very important prayer items in my life. Yeah.

Q1

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

I decided to come to CAPA because I’ve discovered that I have little education, little knowledge. Especially because CAPA is dealing with expository preaching, which is important to us, because we are going to specialize in preaching. Nowadays, preaching here in Malawi is becoming a complicated issue. There is an issue of prophets. Without knowing how to preach or without knowing the Word of God, it’s difficult to learn at church. I discovered that I have a need to know how to preach. That’s why I joined CAPA.

Q2

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

I’m pastoring at a church which in a lower district, which is under the Assemblies of God.

My future ministry plans, I want to have a big ministry because I have a vision of planting. I want to plant no less than 50 churches before I die. I’ve already planted 13. I have a great vision but because of little education, I cannot accomplish my vision. So with the knowledge I’m getting here, I believe that I will accomplish the vision I have.

Q3

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

I find more challenges when I am preparing to plant a church. I need more Bibles, after you have preached to the people, and I want to establish a church. The people who have joined lack Bibles. To come here, I’ve seen that God has started answering my prayers. I’m going to get knowledge here that will help me think and do something that will help promote the ministry.

Q4

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

1992. My brother died, so my parents asked me to deliver the message about my brother. When I was coming from the lower district to Lilongwe. I met a man at the airport, but he testified to me telling me about Jesus. It was my first time to hear like that. I listened to him. Then I made a decision that Jesus could be my answer. I asked him to help me so he helped me speak the word. He gave me an opportunity, “Can I pray for you?” The guy testified to me about the death of Jesus. I believed.

Q5

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

To go to the lake with my family.

Q6

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

My Bible verse is John 3:16. When I see that verse, I’m challenged. I found two things there. That God loved the church. God loves me as a minister. He took me to work for Him as a pastor. So I see double love, for me and for the church.

Q7

What are ways we can be praying for you?

We have just bought a place where we want to build a church. My prayer is that God can give us money to help us build a church.