“Nowadays preaching—they are much focusing on extra things, material things. Now, but the real gospel is not that. Yes, God blesses, but we should not focus much on the blessings; we should focus on the soul, because that was the mission, that is the vision that Christ gave us.”

Thandizo Chisamba

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 23
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family N/A

Samson hopes to continue to the master’s program. He used to be a rapper, but God orchestrated events in his life to bring him to salvation and call him to be a pastor. He always wants to focus on doing God’s will.

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

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Interview with Thandizo Chisamba

2017

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q3

What are you looking forward to learning?

Q4

How have you seen God’s providence in your life?

Q5

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you come to know the Lord?

[…] I remember in 2013—yeah, in 2013—that’s when I decided to know the Lord; I decided to walk with him. Yeah, there was a time when I did music; yeah, hip hop music. I went for a show in Blantyre, so I was expecting to be on live radio to do a show. Yeah, so my cousin just came and told me, “Yeah, you need to—this coming Sunday I want to take you to church.” Then I was like, “Ah, that same day I’m supposed to be on the air.” So it was a very crucial decision to make which way to go. Then later on, I decided to go to church. In my mind, I was thinking that maybe I just spend two hours to church, then I will run to the show. Yeah. Unfortunately, when God wants you, He wants you completely. Yeah, that is what happened. I went to church. Before I knew it, it was around 3 P.M. Then, after the preaching, I went to Light of Life International Church in Blantyre […] It moved me; it touched my soul. Then I decided to change everything, and I decided to follow Him for the rest of my life. Then after that—uh, after maybe a year? Then that’s when I knew that something is burning inside of me that should be the calling of God.

What kind of music did you do? What did you play? Did you sing?

I was not a singer; I was rapping. Yes, it was secular music, but it was also a fusion of secular and gospel because I was born in a Christian family. Yeah, so my mother used to take us to church, this and that, this and that; [she] used to encourage us about God. By then, it was temporarily walking with God. So I was in that music, but I was focusing much on secular music.

Q2

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Alright, the thing was that I wanted something that would usher me to my destination. So there was a certain time I was going to Area 25, from town to Area 25. Then, I saw that signpost of CAPA. Then I said, “Ah, one day I will come and check to know what’s the way, what’s the way, what’s the way about.” Then, I came. I think it was in July. Then, I met one of the pastors here—Pastor Manda, to be specific. Yeah. Then, that’s how he taught me how to apply, this and that. Yeah, he explained to me so much, so many things I could say. Then that is how I apply. Then, they took me. By the grace of God, here I am today.

Q3

What are you looking forward to learning?

Yeah, I want to learn the deep things of God and the Word of God to last in my life because it is only the Word of God that can take me. […] I can say that it can impact something in my life. So I need something that will penetrate, that will usher, that will move me towards my destination, to my calling. Yeah, so I know and I believe that this is the center that can take me to where I belong.

Are there any specific things that you want to learn?

Okay, I can say that there are several. Because, if you can hear—I should say, if you can search—nowadays preaching, they are much focusing on extra things, material things. Now, but the real gospel is not that. Yes, God blesses, but we should not focus much on the blessings; we should focus on the soul, because that was the mission, that is the vision that Christ gave us. He said, “Go unto the world and win souls; baptize them”—I think this is the best thing. Salvation matters.

Q4

How have you seen God’s providence in your life?

There are so many ways. For example, for me to be here is by His grace. Not only to be here, but to be alive is by His grace because, a certain time, I was once involved in an accident, but—thank God—I survived. I didn’t have any injuries. Thank God. There are so many evidences I’ve seen God doing things in my life. There are so many—many.

Q5

Do you have any prayer requests?

My prayer request as of now is that God put His favor on my life, that grace should multiply, [and that] I should prevail in my academics, in everything. In this life, I should see the success of Jehovah God doing it in my life. That is my biggest prayer: that I should not backslide but move forward, focusing on the Lord, doing His will always. Yeah, I think if you can take that much time praying for me and these requests, God will bless you.