“And even with my family, we pass through some difficult times, but still we did catch ourselves in prayer so that, by doing so, honoring Christ can help us being dedicated to Him in any way.”

Steven Chilemba

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 42
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and four children (15, 10, 5, 1)

Steven was born and raised in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. By the grace of God, Steven grew up in a Christian household and came to the Lord through that influence. He hopes to use the resources at CAPA to better shepherd his congregation, so that it may grow not just in number, but also in spirituality.

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

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Interview with Steven Chilemba

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

How do you want to help your church grow?

Q3

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

Q4

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

The process is that, in the first place, because my parents have been Christians and they have been taking us as children to church, and eventually, there I was dedicated to Christ until the time when I was taken to go for theological training at Zomba Theological College and I did my Bachelor in Divinity there. Yes. And by doing so, that made me grow a bit higher, spiritually, yeah, until the time I know about CAPA, from some of the students who study here. Yes. Upon seeing how they are performing, I saw that it’s better for me also to join CAPA so that I can also grow myself spiritually, and even help my church grow spiritually other than growing number. Yes.

Q2

How do you want to help your church grow?

By studying here, I hope—looking on the stuff that is being taught here, I’m sure—basing on the examples that the students that are here are showing, that through teaching the church, they can grow spiritually and understand better the Bible, rather than just looking on the Scriptures and misinterpret, thereby misleading themselves, even misleading others, yeah, instead of knowing really who Christ is. Yes. Yeah.

Q3

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

I’ve seen God helping me more by assisting me past through some difficult times with my family, even myself. I, uh, I in accident whereby when I went to the hospital, they said, “Upon examining you, it seems you are dead.”

But I said, “No! I’m alright!” But they said, “But using our machines, you are dead.” I said, “So how can a person who is dead speak?” Yeah. So I saw the Lord’s hand there. And even with my family, we pass through some difficult times, but still we did catch ourselves in prayer so that, by doing so, honoring Christ can help us being dedicated to Him in any way. Yes.

Q4

Do you have any prayer requests?

Yeah, my prayer request is to pray for myself, to do well in my pastoral work because pastoring, ministering the church is very a difficult work, which needs lots and lots of prayers, because leading people to Christ is a bit difficult than leading people to hell, which is more simpler. Yes.