“The time I was in prison, my model was that I should now serve the Lord. So I found a means and ways that I can do this work properly.”

Sydney Mankanjira

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 40
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Two sons (16, 12)

Sydney was saved while he was in prison. Although his wife left him during that time, he rejoices that he was able to come to know Christ through his imprisonment. For now, he focuses on raising his two children, helping out at his church, and studying for his classes at CAPA.

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

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Sydney shares some ways he's seen God's providence in his life.


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Interview with Sydney Mankanjira

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

Are there things about school you are nervous about?

Q4

What are you looking forward to learning this year?

Q5

How do you want to help your church grow?

Q6

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

Q7

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

I received Christ in 2008 while I was visited [in prison] by the [African Bible College] crew. And from that time, my life has changed, and I trust in the Lord from that time up to today.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

The time I was in prison, my model was that I should now serve the Lord. So I found a means and ways that I can do this work properly. This is when I applied for CAPA and that I should do my divinity here at CAPA so that I could serve the Lord properly at my church.

Q3

Are there things about school you are nervous about?

I just know a few things about CAPA because it is a new school. But one of my friends has passed by this school and now is taking master’s and is the one who motivated me most that I should come here. That’s the way I know CAPA.

Are there any fears that you have?

Yes, the fears are there because most of the people say that there is a lot of work to do so I was fearing that I wouldn’t manage it because of time and division of my time and my things. I don’t know, but by God’s grace, I will make it.

Q4

What are you looking forward to learning this year?

I am very motivated to be next year here because my model is to earn my first degree here, and if I do well on my first degree here, I will go for my master’s.

Any specific topic you’re excited about?

Exegesis is the topic I am most excited about because I like it most.

Q5

How do you want to help your church grow?

Here it seems I will know more about the Bible so I like teaching too much. I believe that I can teach straight what God is saying, instead of just doing it. I think I will do it in the right way and the way that I understand because I have properly learned exegesis. I think I can do it very well. I like teaching too much.

Q6

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

I can help to very think that God has done for me. You know, staying in prison for eight years, and this strong like the way I am, I praise the Lord for the way that I am. To say the fact that I did not even go seek why I was in prison, I was just like a stone. I was—I was very happy, and to make it to most, God has done something great to me, making it great for me to be here at CAPA. Even it’s new in Malawi, a person coming from prison and being allowed to take the [Bachelor in Theology] at CAPA, it’s new in Malawi, and even the officers are excited about it. So I praise the Lord because of that. I also praise the Lord because my people from my church are paying my school fees for me, and they are also taking care of my family—mainly my kids going to school.

Q7

Do you have any prayer requests?

Something that I want people to pray for me about is that this strength to finish school would not come from me.