“I’m looking forward to learning a lot. Yeah, even Old Testament survey, to go through the entire Bible is really a journey that I am looking forward to.”

Prosper Sakala

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 34
Ministering in Blantyre
Family N/A

Prosper is a diploma student at CAPA. He grew up in a Catholic home, but he came to a saving faith at around the age of 15. When he is not in CAPA, he teaches children at a secondary school. During Prosper’s time at CAPA, he is most excited to learn about Greek and the Old Testament.

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

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Interview with Prosper Sakala

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord? (0:40)

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith?

Q4

What are your future plans for ministry?

Q5

What are you most excited to learn about this year?

Q6

If bivocational, how is it working and pastoring a church at the same time?

Q7

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

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord? (0:40)

Well, it’s a long time ago—that was 2000. And you know, after hearing the Word, I made a choice to start following Christ. Yeah. Yes. Back when I was at secondary school doing my Form 1. Yeah.

How old were you then?

Wow, I was young. Should be around 14? 15? Around that age range from 14 to 16, around that year.

Were your parents Christian as well?

Yeah, of course. They are—well, we were Catholics. I used to go there, you know, I was born there, because it’s a tradition, you know, something that everybody in the house has to follow because it started with our grannies, our parents; we’re all Catholics. [At the secondary school] I saw, of course I’m a Catholic, but there are some things that I didn’t know by then.

[Such as], you know, because there the Word was read by one man, the priest only; we didn’t have access to the Word, you know? So at secondary school, we are given the Scriptures to read on our own, to check on our own. [It was] amazing compared to my time [as a] Catholic. We used—you were seated—there’s a man front of you, the priest who would speak everything to you. So there wasn’t that possibility for you to check if what he say is correct because we didn’t have—you know—that chance.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Well, CAPA, I decide to come because I heard of expository preaching, this kind of preaching […] because many times here in Malawi we just want to take a verse and spend sermon on a single verse, you know? We just—or at times, we just go to different verses, you know, to find the verses for your topic. For example, maybe I want to talk about marriage, then I just grab all the verses that talk about marriage. So expository preaching is a—kind of like a preaching whereby you go verse by verse, step by step, so trying to understand the whole concept.

Q3

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith?

Yeah, of course. There are times, you know, you are out there because we meet people from different denominations and they got, you know, different views on different topics. So at times you are frustrated and at times, you know, they say things that to them seem right, to you they might be wrong. So you are trying to come up with the truth. So those debates at times, they get hard. Times you are angered. So it’s life, we carry on. Yes, yes.

Q4

What are your future plans for ministry?

I would like to help. Yeah, and I would like also to lecture one day. Systematic theology and even Greek. […] I hope at time to preach during Saturdays and Sundays at a church. [Also, I would like to lecture] at a Bible college. That’s my dream. Especially systematic theology and Greek. Even Hebrew!

Q5

What are you most excited to learn about this year?

Well, Greek is fantastic, and there’s theology. Well, I’m looking forward to learning a lot. Yeah, even Old Testament survey, to go through the entire Bible is really a journey that I am looking forward to. Yeah.

Q6

If bivocational, how is it working and pastoring a church at the same time?

Yes, I teach at a secondary school so I’m trying to balance. I go, I teach, then I come here; also I do school.

Q7

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

Well, a lot of it is health. You know, I think that I’m okay. I’m not sick, it’s the grace of God, and I’m very thankful to God for that, even the provision of some tuition. You know, even with money, even the food, so I can say that’s God’s hand. Yeah.

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Well, just need grace to continue. Yes. Never give up, since there will be challenges of various nature, so I just need God to be lifting me up because there will come moments when school gets tough. The moments when one like, for example, to quit or do other way down, so I’d like God to give me the grace to stay put, to look forward, and fight the fight, and to the finish line.