“And there [may be] situations where you are wondering, ‘Why should I even be a Christian?’ because it’s like following Christ is creating more problems upon my life…but one thing I realize is God is always faithful.”

Richard Munthali

Program Master of Divinity ('20)
Age 52
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife, four sons, one daughter

Richard is a senior pastor at his church. Although he has faced trials for his faith, he is excited to study and grow as a leader through the teaching at CAPA. He desires to see the truth prevail over all and rests in the grace of God, knowing that He is faithful.

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

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Interview with Richard Munthali

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith or because of what you believe?

Q3

What are you looking forward to studying this year?

Q4

How have you seen God’s providence in your life?

Q5

Are there any ways that we can be praying for you?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Actually, it was at one point when I was in Blantyre with some relations. [I had] just come back from Japan [at] that time. I went for training. After staying there for two years, and then when I came back, as I was chatting at my relation’s place, then they took me to a place where they had some fellowship prayers. And right there, that’s when there was a preacher [who] was preaching about being born again. And after his preaching, I got convicted and I received Christ there. That was 1992. Yes.

Q2

Have you faced any hardships because of your faith or because of what you believe?

Several, I would say—several. Actually, what I’ve come to realize is the moment you begin for Christ, you are more or less like an enemy to the world because [of] what you believe in. And what you feel is supposed to be done is what the world says is not supposed to be done; and just because of that, you become an enemy, and they will fight you tooth and nail, making sure that they pull you down. And there [may be] situations where you may feel like, “Why should I even be a Christian?” because it’s like following Christ is creating more problems upon my life. I would be maybe safer or no fear if I were to be just a simple person; but one thing I realize is God is always faithful. As you pass through some of these challenges, they actually promote you to another higher level. So it’s more or less like you’re going through an examination that after passing through, after passing the exams, you go to the next grade. But that’s what I’ve experienced. […]

But really, challenges are numerous—very numerous. There are times when they even create false stories against you so that you’d feel discouraged. Say as I’m—as much as I’m trying to do the right thing, then the world tries to push you backwards. That, I would say, in short, I may say it that way.

Q3

What are you looking forward to studying this year?

Of course, the first thing is growth. I expect to grow in my faith. But at the same time, I expect to grow in my leadership skills. I am a leader, and I know the several challenges that we meet as leaders, and sometimes we fail to act properly or to act right because we don’t have the knowledge and skills. So I’m believing that this will help to sharpen my skills, my leadership skills. I believe that even my presentation of messages will improve from the way I’ve been doing. Sure.

Q4

How have you seen God’s providence in your life?

That I can say is wonderful. There has been time when, after being called to become a pastor, I stopped doing what I was doing—business was not going as I expected. I was more or less like someone who was just sloughing, just going—I was at Bible school at that time. During that period when I wasn’t […] working, I saw God making great provisions for my life and my family.

It was by that time I already had children; but yeah it was like, some people sounded like I made a senseless decision to go to Bible school and stop working […] but through that we saw God making, meeting us at the point of our need. Even, I know there was a time when even my wife, because of the changes that we made at some point, she almost cried. She said, “Why are we going through this?” But we thank God that God made us [a] successful pastor throughout all the time. Sure.

Q5

Are there any ways that we can be praying for you?

Yes. I would still ask for your prayers to, uh, especially in the area that God should be, I mean, that the truth about me, should always be exposed. I mean, let me—I don’t know how to express it right.

The truth should always prevail. The truth should always prevail, and that God can continue providing for my fees. I know it’s not easy; even to go through the program is not as easy where I will need the grace of God. This is just the beginning. I know I hear of people who have, who have ever studied these program, they dropped on the way. But I—it is my prayer that I should not drop on the way, after the very end. So I need God’s grace in that area.

And also the church that I’m pastoring—yeah, it’s my prayer that God should give us the grace. It’s just a growing church with a few members with some financial challenges and a number of things that need to be met, but we are trusting God, that God is going to help us. So we need your prayers in that area, sure.