“Most of the time, the challenges are sacrificial. Even upkeep, you talk of family, kids, to really be able to be a father. The Bible says to be a good father who takes care of his own home, to be a good leader, and then the things of the church.”

Odala Kumizu

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 35
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and three sons (9, 6, 3)

Odala Kamizu is an Advanced Diploma student, and he currently lives in Lilongwe, Malawi. He is a father to three boys, and enjoys planting churches and door-to-door evangelism. He came to know Christ through abandonment, but that has helped him become a stronger Christian. He is currently assisting a senior pastor.

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Odala shows how God's provision and personal sacrifice plays a role in ministry.


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Interview with Odala Kumizu

2015

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

Why did you decide to become a pastor?

I decided to become a pastor because of what the Word of God did to me. I want to be a part of the people teaching it.

Q2

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

I believe that CAPA would help me understand the Bible better. What you understand better, you can easily share with others. I want to live my life teaching the Word. I want to know my Bible better with a good depth, so I can exposit the Word.

Q3

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

I’m under a senior pastor, and I’m helping in the planting of churches in the villages in Malawi. Our church targets villages, because most people who are knowledgeable in the Word of God are not going there [for church]. There are people in the village who don’t even know Christ. We go door to door, house to house. We want to plant churches so that we can put leaders there who understand the Bible and teach those villages. I would like to pastor a church, and experience more. I would like to be at a place for several years to see people grow in the Word of God.

Q4

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

Most of the time, the challenges are sacrificial. Even upkeep, you talk of family, kids, to really be able to be a father. The Bible says to be a good father who takes care of his own home, to be a good leader, and then the things of the church. My kids can’t go far because I’m committed to this, it’s really sacrificial. It’s hard work.

I’ve learned the provision of God. Where you think you might be stranded, you see God miraculously providing for you. Sometimes you feel like maybe this will not work and something else happens. And one of those things is even CAPA, you were not expecting that you get a chance to be trained with proper resources. I’ve learned that if you trust God, you will never be fully stranded.

Q5

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

I’ve been hearing about Jesus ever since I was young because I was born in a Christian family. Yeah, you know, it’s another stage to really know Christ and be changed by Him. So, I heard about Christ all my life, but believing in Him, making a commitment to follow Him, happened when I was around 16.

It was like a funny experience, my friend took to the eastern part of Malawi, along the lakeshore. And he kind of abandoned me right there. I spent about 3 months in that village. It’s funny because I got so lonely, I could not reach my family, and any friend I had I couldn’t reach them. Instead of thinking of these people, I thought of the Christ I had been hearing about. I started reading Scripture and in the process gave my life to Him. I think I had the information, the knowledge, that this is how you can believe in Him. I followed through what I already knew, and put it in practice. Later, I introduced myself to some Christian friends who took me in, and helped me with the basics of Christianity. I came back to Lilongwe to continue that.

Q6

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Malawi, under our founding president, there was this culture that was developed of respect, love, and care for each other, so that is what I like about Malawi. You see it everywhere, we don’t just watch somebody suffer. Malawian people are good people. They are sinners just because we are born in sin, but if you look at the way they do things, you discover they’re good people, friendly people. If you go to South Africa, and you introduce yourself as a Malawian, you will be easily trusted. Our identity is our faithfulness, trustworthiness, and our commitment to work.

Q7

What is one of your favorite verses and why?

I love Luke 4:18-20. That’s where Christ is talking to the people, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me.” I love that Scripture because it is talking about the heart of the gospel, preaching the good news to the poor. It’s talking about the little issues, the problems that the human race has, and that is where I find my mission for life, that where I am, I really have to be that source of hope to my community.

Q8

What are ways we can be praying for you?

My petition is as we go plant these churches, that God will keep on opening the doors, that we will be able to find simple structures, where these people can come. When you go into the villages, people are worshipping under trees, my concern is we are planting these churches, but maybe this is the type of weather where people will not come. There is no shelter, nothing conducive. We have several churches, 3 of them have buildings but we have 9.

We had our own Chichewa Bibles, we preached people about Jesus and they believed in Christ, and then they’ll say, but we don’t have Bibles. And you know at home, that’s the only Bible we have, and we don’t want to give it, because if you give it, it might take some time to replace it.

Please pray that God will open the door for more resources.

Please pray that Christ shall find me steady, still standing. I just want to continue with Him. I know that if I seek Him first, He will meet all our needs. I know I just need to remain in Him.