“Sometimes they intimidate me, sometimes they do not love me… But because God called me, because they are my sheep, I keep preaching and teaching.”

Smith Muyaya

Program Advanced Diploma ('16)
Age 38
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and three children (9,7,2)

Smith is currently an Advanced Diploma student residing in Lilongwe, Malawi. He left the business world and decided to become a pastor because he had a burden for people. He is proud to be a Malawian, a resident of “the warm heart of Africa.”

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Interview with Smith Muyaya

2015

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

Q2

How did you decide to attend CAPA?

Q3

How did you come to believe that Jesus died for your sins?

Q4

What are some of the challenges you have faced in ministry?

Q5

What are your plans for future ministry?

Q6

What are some ways we can be praying for you?

Q7

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Q1

How did you decide to become a pastor?

You know, it was a calling—I felt a calling, so I decided to follow what God wants me to be. I got born again in 1998, but to be a pastor, it was in 2003. I knew it was God’s calling because I was doing some business and it came to me that… the people’s burden—I have it. So I decided to do the ministry [instead of business].

Q2

How did you decide to attend CAPA?

Okay, I decided to attend CAPA because a friend of mine told me that CAPA, it is a good school, it is now just beginning, so I decided to come. I want to go to a good school because I want to be a good preacher. Yeah it’s my first time here, and I think to proceed and want to go to master’s, after the diploma program.

Q3

How did you come to believe that Jesus died for your sins?

Yeah, in 1998, I was on my way to a bar to drink myself. When I was going to the bar, I made the decision to attend the crusade. So I attended a crusade and the minister there preached powerfully and it touched my heart, so I decided to surrender myself. From that day, I surrendered myself and I’ve been walking with God to this day.

After that, I had progress day by day whereby my spiritual life was growing—I saw the growth because some things were changing in me. I was short-tempered, I was quick to do some things regardless is it good or bad and I was just venturing doing that. But after receiving Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, day by day I was changing, and the Holy Spirit was nurturing me.

Q4

What are some of the challenges you have faced in ministry?

There are some challenges—you know… ah… sometimes they intimidate me, sometimes they do not love me. Those are some of the challenges, yeah. But because God called me, because they are my sheep, I keep preaching and teaching and whatever a pastor can do to the members.

Some of them are financial problems, also how to [work] with people especially when you are posted to a new church –it takes time, so it’s something like that. Because of that financial problem, I am struggling to educate myself, because I am self-supported, yeah. These challenges have made me to grow spiritually—I am now strong because of the challenges.

Q5

What are your plans for future ministry?

Yeah, I, I have the vision to be a better preacher, a powerful one, and reach my goals before I die or before Jesus comes. A powerful preacher in the sense that I want to deliver a good sermon to my sheep.

Q6

What are some ways we can be praying for you?

Yeah, you can be praying for me, for my ministry to grow. I want it to grow from where it is to a higher level. I want God to take me from where I am to a far level in terms of spiritual growth in ministry. Yeah, I want God to take me from this level to another level of glory, from another level to another level, I want to progress, yeah. And [pray] for my family.

Q7

What is your favorite thing about Malawi?

Ah, my favorite thing about Malawi is ah… [pause] Because I was born in Malawi, I am a Malawian, so there are many. I am proud of being a Malawian, yeah. It is the warm heart of Africa.