Have you faced any hardships or difficulties because of your faith?
Yeah—in my family, there was seven of us; and among the seven, I’m the sixthborn. Yeah, so all my family relatives, they are just going to church, but they haven’t committed their lives to Christ. So when they hear that Faith is born again, it was like, maybe I’m bragging or I’m showing off. Maybe I’m just studying emotionally—I will stop any time.
So, there was opposition, trying to monitor me closely. Am I going to go back again, or is my Christianity real? So somehow, whatever I was doing for God was opposed. They didn’t understand me. But, because from 2007 up to now, there have been a couple of years going on. So they started comparing my life from my past to the present and how I’m still doing about my Christian life; [they] say like, “Oh, Faith is still believing in God.”
Maybe now they only think that now I’m still struggling with them. […] In Malawi, when you say someone is a pastor, they think of someone suffering, someone poor. And they feel like if I’m serving God, to them it’s like, there’s nothing of benefit. Say someone says in life, “I want to be a servant of God—I want to be a pastor,” they say, “Oh, better choose a better job.”
So the challenge is, in Malawi, the field is an attitude. We say, “Someone who is serving God, maybe you end up being poor.” So my family said, somehow, when I talking about I want to studying for God, I don’t have a mutual support. So, that is the kind of challenge as I’ve accepted Christ.