“Others, they don’t know who God is—and I know that God has a purpose to save me, so that even my family can also be saved through me.”

Watison Sompho

Program Advanced Diploma ('18)
Age 43
Ministering in Lilongwe
Family Wife and four children (14, 10 ,6, 2)

Wadson is father of four and a member of a local church in Lilongwe, Malawi. He has a strong desire to evangelize to unbelievers and hopes he can use the resources at CAPA to continue to reach out to the lost, including members of his family.

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

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Interview with Watison Sompho

2017

Q1

How did you first come to know the Lord?

Q2

What brings you to CAPA, or how did you hear about CAPA?

Q3

Is there anything that made you want to get trained more? Or is there something that you hope to do in the future that after you finish everything with CAPA?

Q4

Have you faced any hardships or challenges because of your faith?

Q5

What are you looking forward to this next year in CAPA?

Q6

What are some ways that you’ve seen God provide for your life?

Q7

Do you have any prayer requests?

Q1

How did you first come to know the Lord?

I accept Jesus Christ in, uh, 1993. Yeah—at the revival meeting. And the preacher was the late evangelist Shedrich Wamme, the one who assist me to receive Christ as my personal Savior. And there I went to [a seminary] school, where I was also elected to be school chairman.

[…] When I leave the school to 1998, I was also elected at my church to be the youth chairman for five years. After that, I was also promoted to be the secretary general for Maningu Youth Presbyterian in CCAP [Church of Central Africa Presbyterian]. I have been on that post for four years. From there, I was also elected to be the deacon at the [Moca CCAP]. I’ve been on that position for six years. After that position, I was also elected to be the church elder for [Moca CCAP], and I have served at that position for about six years as well. Yeah, so, that is the way I’ve been working in the church. Yeah.

Q2

What brings you to CAPA, or how did you hear about CAPA?

I communicated with one of your ex-student, and I know his name was Pastor [Jira]—the one who informed me more about CAPA here. And I tried all my best to communicate with Pastor [Gideon] Manda in order to know more about the CAPA here. Yes.

Q3

Is there anything that made you want to get trained more? Or is there something that you hope to do in the future that after you finish everything with CAPA?

Okay. What I want to be after finishing my studies here—I want to be a pastor. It’s what I’ve been waiting to be since I was at school. I make a swear that, after finishing school, I want to serve God throughout my life.

Yeah, and, uh, I’ve been trying for maybe 9 to 10 years to apply to other schools, […] and things were not okay to me. At the end, it’s when I communicated with Pastor Jira, who also send me to meet with Pastor Manda. So that is why I’ve come here. Yes.

Q4

Have you faced any hardships or challenges because of your faith?

Yeah, there are a lot of challenges. First of all, the challenge I met was that… When I was at school, I tried all my best to go to theological [school] just after my studies. […] But in other ways, things were not okay to me. That’s why I’ve been walking up and down looking for other schools to assist me—that is one challenge I’ve been with.

The second challenge is that to my family, I’m the one that dictated to serve God throughout my life. Others, they don’t know who God is—and I know that God has a purpose to save me, so that even my family can also be saved through me. Yes.

Q5

What are you looking forward to this next year in CAPA?

Okay. I wish I can be assisted in every corner of my life. I know some, but it’s not really there—it’s not all what I know. That’s why I’ve come here, like a [incomplete] person. I don’t know other ways to use so that I can meet with others who do not know Christ yet. That’s why I think God will assist me to know more ways to how to approach somebody who is not saved, to be saved.

Q6

What are some ways that you’ve seen God provide for your life?

God given me a lot of things. And I am a preacher, myself, and I’m also a singer. I like to sing gospel songs, and God also given me the leadership. Yeah. And I think, after being here for a time, I know that something new will also be found in me.

Q7

Do you have any prayer requests?

Yeah. I want God to use me as a weapon of salvation to others who don’t know Jesus Christ yet. Yes.