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Historic Milestone in Malawi

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The newest TMAI training center, Central African Preachers Academy (CAPA), recently graduated its first class of pastors and church leaders. The class consists of 28 men, all of whom are already actively engaged in the front lines of ministry. Addressing his classmates, valedictorian McJoster Mwalweni did not shy away from the very real challenges that loom ahead: “Graduation should remind us that we are going to face the actual battle. After soldiers finish their training, the actual work begins.” It is rare to preach the straight truth of God’s Word in Malawi. But McJoster knows how necessary it is. “Malawi needs the Word of God,” he reminded his classmates, “And we are now fully equipped to bring that to our country through expository preaching.”

These men represent the first ripples of what we pray will produce an extensive, continent-wide exposure to the whole counsel of God’s Word. TMAI President Mark Tatlock commented, “CAPA in Malawi, along with Christ Seminary in South Africa, is the realization of a longstanding desire to provide training opportunities in Africa. And this is being realized not only through the dedicated leadership of missionaries and national church leaders, but also through the generosity and love of the many TMAI partners who have invested both financial and human resources.”

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We must not take theological education for granted. The ability to rightly divide God’s Word is critical to the exposition of it, and the exposition of God’s Word is the only means by which Christ builds and sustains His Church. But theological education is not easy, nor is it easily acquired. Another graduate, Ernest Kanzangaza, had been praying for over six years for a school that would teach him how to handle and preach the entire Bible. CAPA became the answer to his prayers, and Ernest will now be implementing the stewardship entrusted to him as he ministers at his local church in Lilongwe, where he oversees youth ministry, evangelism, and church planting.

We rejoice with the team at CAPA in this first of what we pray will be many graduating classes. May the Lord be pleased to raise up a generation of leaders in Malawi who will strengthen and equip congregations all across the land for His glory.