“I would like to be an effective, competent servant of God who can preach by the message, and my life should also preach.”

Shapestone Kazembe

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 48
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife, one boy, one girl

Shapestone is a diploma student who was brought up in a Christian home, but turned away from what he was taught as a young boy. However, after surviving some fatal accidents, by God's grace, he came to know the Lord and now desires to grow in his knowledge of the Lord and how to share His Word.

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

Read

Interview with Shapestone Kazembe

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

Are you nervous about anything for this upcoming school year?

Q4

Is there anything you are looking forward to learning this year?

Q5

Is there any way that you want to help your church grow?

Q6

Are you just a full-time student right now?

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?

Actually, the good part of me is that I've been brought up in a Christian family. Both my father and my mummy were Christians. Sometimes my dad could make it compulsory, that we should memorize verses, we should go to church, never miss church. But there was a time when I went out to secondary school—I started beer drinking, I could do whatever my heart desired. I got lost, reaching a point whereby my dad decided never ever come to my house again. I said, "Fine.” But at the end of the MIC exam, I did well; and he said, "Ah, come on, this boy, despite being naughty, a problem, but look at his progress in class. He has done well."

My uncle assisted me to start working. Even when I started working, I was getting money. […] Of course I had a good salary, but I continued to be a drinking, fighting, use of abusive words. I continued. But for several times I've survived a certain accidents, where those accidents claimed the lives of my friends, but I survived.

So, there was a day I was thinking of myself to say, "How special am I?" I had this friend, he's gone, but… I'm still alive. There was this fight—somebody was stabbed with a knife, he, yeah, yeah… But, those thoughts began to trouble me… and if this is going to be creeping into my heart and my head…

One day I decided to go to church after a very long time without entering the door of a church. Going into the church, the pastor that preached that day, to me—I said, he preached about me. That was my turning point. I said, "No, I need to receive Jesus. Otherwise, I will die." So that's how I came to the Lord.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

CAPA? First and foremost, I… my focus is, I've stopped working—now, I'm in ministry. Looking at CAPA, what they offer is totally in agreement […] with my goals. I desire to know the Bible. I desire to know how I can preach, how I can prepare a good sermon, how […] the Word can transform me. So CAPA… is exactly fulfilling my desires, my goals. Secondly, it's close. Thirdly, it's affordable. We, you know, other schools are expensive… too demanding. But this one at least, it's fair, honest… yes.

Q3

Are you nervous about anything for this upcoming school year?

The other good thing is that I already prepared myself psychologically. My wife, my children, they really encouraged me, to say, "Go for this." So when I was coming here, I was so eager, and with that interest to say yes. And I've already enjoyed the first classes, yes. Homiletics, exegesis—I've liked them. Yeah.

Q4

Is there anything you are looking forward to learning this year?

The other good thing that I want is to share experiences. You know, we are people from different places. I desire that we share some experiences, how my friends are doing in some other areas… yes, because when we share experiences, we learn from each other. Yeah, that's what I desire.

Q5

Is there any way that you want to help your church grow?

I think we are about five pastors in one church; but from here, I desire to start reaching out with a goal of planting a branch, where I can lead my own branch of church. That's what I desire.

Q6

Are you just a full-time student right now?

Yeah, exactly. I will be here all the time. I've already made myself to say that I will not miss classes, neither being late. I don't want that… because I'm linking up with my wife. My wife is doing her master's in Kenya, so we are linking, we are communicating. She says, "Please, don't miss classes, don't be there late." So, we are encouraging each other… yes… together with my son, because my son is also in class.

Q7

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

In my life… I had many. Few, to mention a few—I've seen God protecting my life. I've been involved in two fatal accidents, but I've seen God taking me out of that. To me, I say it is God. It's not my wisdom or my experience. No, it is God. Secondly, I've seen God as the Provider. God provides. When you ask Him, He is faithful. He is faithful. And again, the goodness of God. I usually say God is so good. I have so many shortfalls, but He is always faithful. He has been so good to me, even to my wife, even to my children. God has been so good, and God is faithful… in many ways. I've got lots and lots of testimonies of the goodness of God… yeah.

Q8

Do you have any prayer requests?

Of course. I would like to be an effective, competent servant of God who can preach by the message, and my life should also preach. And secondly, I don't want to be begging money. I desire to be industrious, to have my own projects where I can be generating some money. Like business, like some other projects where I can be getting, making money to support the work of God. That's what I desire. So you, I need a prayer in these areas, that I should be able to make more money. At the same time, preach—and my life should also preach. That's my prayer. So this project, and here. And again, my children. I desire my children to do well in school and be exemplary… yes.