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Malawi: In Memory of Gomi

Jim Ayres, president of Central African Preaching Academy (CAPA), recently shared a poignant reminder of the fragility of life. He writes,

Gomi grad 300“On Monday I was told that one of our students, Gomezgani Nyirenda or Gomi (pronounced ‘go-me’) as everyone called him, would not make it for the start of classes this module. He was hot and had trouble breathing at night and so he was being hospitalized. On Wednesday, I was told he was having some more tests done and it would take a while to get the results. Early Saturday morning, I was awoken by a phone call. Gomi had died Friday night.”

Gomi was an elder in his church, preaching regularly and overseeing a number of church plants and pastors. He was known as a sharp student and a servant leader. He had just graduated last year with an Advanced Diploma from CAPA, and had enrolled this year in the Master of Divinity program. In a recent interview, Gomi expressed some of his aspirations in studying at CAPA:

“I’m convinced that if I can do well in the M.Div, I can help a lot… The Bible has not been translated well [into Chichewa, the language spoken in Malawi]. My passion, God willing, is to correct those mistakes.”

We mourn the loss of Gomi, and as Jim writes, we also mourn the great loss to Malawi, which so desperately needs well-equipped men of God. Please pray with us for Gomi’s wife and two children, and pray also that the Lord would use CAPA to raise up many faithful pastors and shepherds to spread the precious news that death has been conquered in Jesus Christ.