“This is just a wonderful providence: knowing about God’s Word, knowing about the things which we didn’t know—it’s a privilege.”

Nkhana Chikanda

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 25
Ministering in Rumphi
Family N/A

From a young age, Faith desired to study the Bible, dreaming of the opportunity to take theology classes. Now at CAPA, he seeks to put his knowledge to work in caring for and pastoring his church back home.

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

Listen

Faith explains his favorite verse and how he has seen it apply to his own life.

Faith shares some of the hardships he's faced as a Christian.


Read

Interview with Nkhana Chikanda

2017 2015

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Have you faced any hardships or difficulties because of your faith?

Q3

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q4

What are you looking forward to learning this next year?

Q5

Are you a part-time pastor right now?

Q6

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

Q7

How can we be praying for you?

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

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

Q3

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

Q4

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

Q5

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

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q7

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

Q8

What are ways we can be praying for you?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

I received Christ in the year seven. Yeah, when I was in high school in Form 1. There was a party. There was a student organization. Prayer meetings. So they invited us, and [I] went there just for fun. I heard a message, and it convicted me. And then I repented of my sins, and I came to the knowledge of the Lord, and I started growing in faith. Yeah, I was a sinner. I repented of my sins. I heard the message. I believed. I went through all those stages. And that’s how I came to know the Lord.

What did the message say?

You know, they were talking about knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, in acknowledging that you are depraved without Christ, yeah, that I need a Savior, despite I was young. You know, Romans 3:23 says: “All have fallen short of the glory of God.” So, it encouraged me to realize that I am a sinner. […] I knew that I needed the Lord.

Q2

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.

Q3

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Well, it’s just a privilege that God gave me. I never dreamed of coming to CAPA, but one of our pastors, they were encouraging us that we need to not just rush with the Bible, we need to get down, learn. After learning, you need to have more knowledge in order to act—to communicate God’s message. So, when I was taken for CAPA, it was a desire already in my life, but I didn’t have the opportunity.

Long time back, 2008, I have a dream that I was in high school, studying theology. But, […] I didn’t even have an opportunity, even at other universities here in Malawi—[both] very expensive and affordable ones. So, it left me suspense that no, maybe God has got me—I’ll just use the Bible, I’m pretty sure. I knew about CAPA because friends would tell us about how people are doing here in CAPA—their mission statements, motives, for training pastors, equipping pastors to practice the Bible. It motivated me that I should study for God.

Q4

What are you looking forward to learning this next year?

Well, I hope it has been a long journey since we started in 2015 with diploma. Now, we are in M.Div. I’m learning a lot. Not only academically, but also my philosophy of ministry has changed. And I’m not serving God for a benefit. I’m not studying for me to be working. But I want to study for God so that I can be a pastor full-time, serving God.

Q5

Are you a part-time pastor right now?

No, no, no, no, no—full-time pastor. But some people, when they are studying, they just use their course for other things. Maybe they can just read paper and say, “Maybe I’m just looking for a job and have this.” But for me, I’m convicted in my heart that it will help me better to serve the Lord better. Yeah.

You said you pastor a church right now. Are you working as well?

Well, firstly I can say that the church is not capable of supporting me. But I’m a teacher in profession. I’m a primary teacher. Yeah, I play with children; I like children—working with students. So sometimes I’m teaching in order to find my resources. But sometimes, they will not allow me because I’m moving—I’m here, I’m there. So I started business. I’m doing some small-scale business for me to find some little support for my own fees. That’s what I’m doing.

Q6

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

Really, when I’m talking about CAPA, it’s just a school, which is just affordable for us. Without this opportunity, I couldn’t have thought of going ahead of my studies. I feel like the providence, number one, that God has given is bringing CAPA very close to Malawi. Because if it were maybe in other countries, we couldn’t even manage. So the first providence: bring CAPA close to Malawi, despite that there are some other challenges. This is just a wonderful providence: knowing about God’s Word, knowing about the things which we didn’t know—it’s a privilege. Yeah.

The other providence, you know, from an Advanced Diploma, now to the M.Div. If CAPA has taken me, it’s a grace to me. So that all these are the providence that I see—the opportunities now.

Q7

How can we be praying for you?

My prayer so far is to—I should do well in my studies because I’m losing my time. I don’t want to miss this time to use the resources responsibly. I want to use these resources responsibly. And I pray that I should be good here since I’m studying. And, whereas, pray for my church: sometimes when I’m out, that they shouldn’t backslide, but continue in the Lord. That’s my prayer so far.

Q1

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

I’ve been ministering but I want to be ordained. Ever since I gave my life to Christ, my life started changing. I desired to learn more about God and His Word.

Q2

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

I go to a church, LCC, and their vision is to have trained men to have knowledge and to teach. I didn’t know the importance of the Bible, but now, I’m realizing this is the most important place I’ve ever been.

Q3

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

I’m currently pastoring at my church. Here I’ve witnessed a lot of people and the way that they teach, and that’s something I want to do as well. In the future, I would like to plant and build more church. My vision is to help establish a church in the place where I’m from.

Q4

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

Our former pastor at the current church I was at passed away when I was a young boy. Our church needed to be rebuilt, and I’ve realized that I had that desire to build a church ever since I was 17. I’m learning how to handle things that are unplanned.

Q5

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

My parents believed in God so I first heard about Jesus when I was really young. My mother tells me when I was young I used to talk about God. When I was in secondary school, about 14 or 15, I was at a conference, and when the pastor was preaching a message, I was convicted of my sin.

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Malawi has a lot of advantages, in terms of resources. We can build something in Malawi with very little resources. In my ministry, I can see that even when you do something with very little, it can be helpful for the kingdom of God.

Q7

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

My favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, because in my teenage years, no one believed that I would ever become a pastor, not even my parents. They never expected me to be born again. I know my behavior, I know my past, the way I was living in childishness. God has changed me. I have assurance that my past is over, and I’m looking forward to what God has prepared me for.

Q8

What are ways we can be praying for you?

Please pray for the church that I’m pastoring, that we would be able to build a church building. Everyone around us is skeptic, but please pray for faith. Please also pray that I would be a good minister to the people I’m pastoring.