“What remain there is to put God in front, God above our own, because God is the one who directs, God [is] the one who can tell you not to do this, but also to do that.”

Pytheous Kayira

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 43
Ministering in Blantyre
Family Wife and two children

Pytheous is heavily involved at his church: His duties range from giving farming advice to recording sermons. He learned about CAPA after losing an opportunity to study at South Africa. He’s excited to bring what he will learn at CAPA to his church to further shepherd the congregation.

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

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Interview with Pytheous Kayira

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

What are you looking forward to learning this next school year?

Q4

How do you want to help your church grow?

Q5

Do you have another job?

Q6

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

Q7

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

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

It was in 1993 when I came to Lilongwe to see my aunt, and by then my life was not pleasing [to] God in a way. I took drink, I would smoke, I would shave my hair in a different manner, but in the evening of that particular [day in] September 1994, [a pastor] preached unto me the Word of the Lord; and after that, I realized that I am a sinner. Then I decided to accept the Lord as my personal Savior, so I accepted the Lord in 1994. But before that, I should tell you I was somebody that you couldn’t even see me now alive at the moment. Yes, yes.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Many years ago, I had a dream of coming to school to learn, to study the Word of God before I started preaching. Let me take you back. The Lord called me to serve Him [as a] full-time pastor. […] Then after that I went to Polokwane, South Africa, where I wanted to study Baptist seminary school.

But because one of the policies in South Africa is that if you want to go to South Africa, you need to have your host person—21 days hosting at the church, nine days in class. So after I successfully interview, I fail to go because of the host person. Then from Polokwane, South Africa, they referred me to CAPA school here. They said, “Because you’re coming from Malawi, the best would to be for you to study in Malawi with CAPA.” So they gave me the website—it was a long process—the website, then after that I went to website on internet to apply, then they took me to study at CAPA. Yes, yes.

Q3

What are you looking forward to learning this next school year?

A lot of things… A lot of materials we’re getting here, but one thing that I can gather at the moment that we pastors have to confess that we made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes when we need to preach, we don’t preach. We’re wanted to teach, we don’t teach. We do things randomly, without… not in a systematic way. But now with this, what we’re getting here at CAPA, what we’re studying at CAPA, I believe and I’m sure that the Lord will use us for His glory. We are to teach people in a systematic way. The people should be taught, the people should understand the Word of the Lord, and the people should be know what to do and not what to do for the better of the Lord.

Q4

How do you want to help your church grow?

Well, first… so many strategies are put in place. I would like to put myself in place. I tell the church to grow by actually bringing the teachings that I get from the college, putting them into the church so that each one of member of the church… people know and do what is supposed to be done. Yes, yes.

Q5

Do you have another job?

Well, I have another job. I am DRR man. […] I work for the college, and I also did—I went to undergraduate project investor, where I do as an accession worker in several projects. So I’m pastoring, I do DRR, and I do accession worker. So in church, people—I teach people to farm… in the field, I teach people how to manage disasters in their homes, and I also lead media department in the church. As I’m talking now, I’m with the media department; I’m a journalist in the church, where I record every sermons that are being preached every Sunday, and I edit it and make graphics and come up with a DVD and edit—DVDs and CDs—sending them in the church, sending them outside of the church. So that’s what I do.

How is it like managing both pastoring and your other job?

Well, it’s difficult, but through God’s grace, what it means is […] to put your house in order. What I mean here is, first of all, you needed to have a schedule: Monday is a resting day at the church, we—for Sunday is going to church—Monday is resting day, going to work, then in the evening go to church; Tuesday, going to work, in the evening going to church.

So when I plan away my work for the week, I present it to my senior pastor and present it to my supervisor at the work, then I manage it very clear, but however! What remain there is to put God in front, God above our own, because God is the one who directs, God [is] the one who can tell you not to do this, but also to do that. So what matters is to put everything in order, in a proper, in a planned way. […] I put everything that I shouldn’t fail—every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every week is important for somebody.

Q6

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

Very many. As you are looking at me, you are looking at a living testimony, a living testimony. I give you an example: When I got married, not many people didn’t like my wife, [for example] my parents. They disliked her because of the cultural, but I wanted to say that God loves everybody, every human being, everyone in the image of God. So I started praying for that, and God, I saw God intervening on that, God has answered me, provided me—like here, I’m here. It’s not my parents, it’s not who’s paying school fees for me, but it’s someone from South Africa who said, “Pytheous, I think I’m going to do this for you,” so I’ve seen God do wonders in my life.

Q7

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

Yeah, obviously there are several prayer requests that, actually, I’d like to share a few. My children, I don’t have financial stand. Apart from that, I’m here, I’m learning, I’m working, but our income is not so stable. Pray for my children to have better education. Pray for my wife to have better education, and pray for the church to grow in Malawi.