Have you faced any hardships because of your faith?
Yes. I remember when going Nkhotakota, we had a Bible study group in Nkhotakota and in
Nkhotakota is a Muslim dominated area. So when we go about the village, witness about Christ
there, then whoever was converted can go as a Muslim convert coming to Christianity. […]
Sometimes they come throw stones against maybe whoever was ministering to them, so I
experienced that as well. And […] the very convert could be banished from the family and […]
everything that belongs to him could be taken away from him. So, we could really be attacked by
Why have you preached to one of their Muslim members? But you say, “No, this is the gospel,
which is free for all. We just minister to him; it is him that made his decision to follow Christ
Jesus.” So these are some of the things. And also in the same church that I belonged, that time
before I became a pastor, […] the leaders, they do not know Christ. They were leaders, but do
not know Christ, the church elders.
So, […] saying one has to be born again to go and to minister in the market places and other
villages, they were against that. So they also persecuting us and they even excommunicating us;
they say, “Why, why are you finding yourself preaching in the village there? Why are you
preaching at the market? Why were you having some nights of prayer, praying in the night?” So
all those, they don’t understand. […] So these are some of the persecutions.
And also, sometimes, my very family members as well. When I came to know the Lord Jesus
Christ, my brother, who was keeping me, who was paying school fees while I was out at primary
school, also could not understand why I had become born again. [He] say, “No, these things
will… first of all, done away with your school. After finishing your school, that’s when you
could become born again because it’s confusing you; because why should you go to Bible study
instead of going to study?”
But I knew how I would divide the time, but he could not understand, because what I was doing
was different from what I was doing in the very past. So it was also experiencing some
persecution in the home—it came to a point of grabbing the Bible away from me, say, “No, from
now on, don’t read the Bible. Just [consider return] the books. Once you go to church, don’t mix
with any other Christian group.” All those things, it was a persecution that I fought. I found also
with my very family members as well, yes.
It helped me to become more [strong], yeah—I was never discouraged. Indeed, made my faith to
grow. Yes. Made my faith to grow; and I was really trusting God, and I really saw God saving
me, protecting me, and, especially I had the hunger to know God and to serve the Lord more. I
was even hearing upon my life that, “I called you. I called you whilst you were young,” just as
Jeremiah 1 says.
So that’s why throughout my primary and secondary school education, I still heard that call upon
my life. When I went to the secondary school, the high school, there, I was already a born-again
Christian. So, I used to minister to my fellow children, my fellow students, even in my teachers
as well, telling them about Christ Jesus. Came up to a point where even calling me to their
families to pray even for them in case somebody maybe was sick. I could go there [and] pray
there for their family member who was sick. So that’s how I grew to really be very much bold
enough for Christ Jesus. Because of this persecution, they helped me prepare to be bold enough
to approach anyone. Yes.