“I love the Lord, I love the people, and I have all my heart for God’s people; so, I like pastoring. Yeah, it’s part of my life.”

Urgent Ndhlovu

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 65
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and four children

Urgent has been a full-time pastor since 1999. He began his career as a pastor when he was accepted a Baptist seminary. Now, 19 years later, after hearing a recommendation from a friend, Urgent has come to CAPA with the hopes of eventually obtaining a degree.

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

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Interview with Urgent Ndhlovu

2017

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

Q2

Is there anything about school that you are nervous about?

Q3

How do you want to help your church grow by coming to CAPA?

Q4

How are you involved in the church?

Q5

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

Q6

Do you have any prayer requests for you, or for your family, or for your church, or for your studies?

Q1

Why did you decide to come to CAPA?

In fact, for some time I had a friend of mine who was teaching here—we call him Sasali. He’s now teaching at the Baptist seminary. Yeah, he’s the one who introduced me here, that CAPA have good lectures, also have good materials. They are so serious with their teachings. Yeah, so that really touched my heart. I had been at the Baptist seminary for a couple of times. The first four years from 1999 to 2002, and then again from I think the past three years for my diploma, again—the diploma program in theology. Yeah so, coming here, indeed I came for Advanced Diploma, but then, I am aiming to get a degree from CAPA.

Q2

Is there anything about school that you are nervous about?

Yeah, exactly; I’m nervous about the biblical languages like Hebrew and the Greek. I had taken Hebrew and Greek at the Baptist seminary, so I know how hard it is [laughs] to learn these biblical languages. Maybe since it will be my second time to attempt, I think God will be gracious.

Q3

How do you want to help your church grow by coming to CAPA?

I think I want to help my church grow by the exposition of God’s Word. Yeah, that is the main thing I have come here, is to learn how to preach expository preachings. Yeah, I know CAPA is best on that. Yeah so, I really need to preach the Word to people—and in, not in—not my word or the word of people. I want to preach God’s Word. Yeah.

Q4

How are you involved in the church?

Uh, I am now… 19 years of my pastoral ministry. I love the Lord, I love the people, and I have all my heart for God’s people; so, I like pastoring. Yeah, it’s part of my life. Yeah.

How has it been pastoring a church for these past 19 years?

For the first few years it was hard because I didn’t know… where to start and how to go. But with the experience, I know the Lord is taking me through. And it is my prayer that He will finish up with me as I add up with my school, also… add up with my experience—I think the Lord is going to take me through. Yeah.

How did you first start being a pastor 19 years ago?

Yeah, it was a calling. I could hear the Lord calling me—I was working for the Baptist Mission at the Baptist Guest House. I was meeting a lot of missionaries. […] I gave my life totally to the Lord, to His call. Then I went to my boss, talk to him that the Lord was calling me. So he assured me that, indeed, “That is what I was also expecting of you, because I could see how you are doing things.”

Yeah, so I also went to share with my pastor. My pastor also confirmed that. Then I shared with the whole church. The whole church also confirmed that. So in 2000—no, before 2000—from 1994 I wanted to go to seminary, but my wife said, “I don’t hear any calling, so I cannot be with you.” So I kept praying. 1997 is when she said, “Now, my husband, I think I can also hear the Lord is calling you, is calling me to join you.” Yeah, so then, when I applied again in 1998, I was taken 1999 to go to seminary. Yeah, so I was going to seminary; also, the Lord also gave me the chance to minister—I started 1999 ministering. Yeah.

Q5

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

Many, many ways. I could start with my own family. In my family, I am the first person to be called by God as a minister. So that is God’s own providence in my life. Yeah, also, just in a lot of things I could see His greatness. Yeah.

Q6

Do you have any prayer requests for you, or for your family, or for your church, or for your studies?

Could you say my prayer request is that, I could ask people anywhere to pray for me that the Lord can continue using me His way. I really need to be used by God in His way, that He—I please Him and not any other things. That is my greatest prayer. I need Him more. Yeah.