over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing
It is always a great encouragement to us to provide reports
about brothers and sisters in Christ from Malawi who are serving Christ
in other parts of the world. In this month's website article we bring a
report from Pastor
Robert Yanduya, who is studying on a two year Master's degree in
Evangelical Theology in the Netherlands. Robert was the Academic Dean at
the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM) and is also the pastor of
Kabula Zambezi Evangelical Church in Blantyre Malawi.
Studying at Tyndale Theological Seminary
I thank God for the opportunity he has given me to
study his Word at the Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands.
This has been a great opportunity for personal spiritual growth and maturation.
I joined Tyndale in June 2017 and since then I have greatly benefitted
from my studies. Tyndale exists as a witness of Christ in an environment
where the Gospel is being denied. The Netherlands is one of the most liberal
countries in Europe but with a very rich Christian heritage. One of the
most rewarding things for me has been the understanding of different cultures.
People from 19 different countries of Europe, North and South America,
Asia, and Africa are represented at Tyndale. Studying in a culturally
diverse place like Tyndale comes with plenty of positive challenges. In
the words of Bishop Adeshina, “learn how to deal with people; every kind
of person you would need to deal with in the future is already here at
Tyndale for your learning.” I love the environment, the people, the differences
and all the learning opportunities in all these. It is a wonderful privilege
to learn how to work in a multicultural and a multiracial context. This
experience will be of great help when I return to teach and pastor at
the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi and Kabula Zambezi Evangelical
Church respectively. I trust that God will use my time here to learn how
to effectively communicate the Gospel.
Tyndale 2017 Class: From South Korea, Ghana, the Philippines,
Pakistan, the Netherlands and Malawi
As a person who grew up in my own culture and traditions,
studying at Tyndale is helping me learn other perspectives and cultures.
I am also learning more about different customs, foods, and social lives
and this is another way through which God is enriching my understanding
and better equipping me for effectively ministry in Malawi. Tyndale is
really helping me to know cultures in a different way.
Community Duties and Community Life
Every student at Tyndale has some community duties
to do every week. One of the most important things that I am learning
from these duties is that education does not just take place in the
classroom; it also occurs in the dormitories, in my relationships with
people from different places and cultures, in chapel services, and also
in our community duties which are carefully blended into the training
program. It is an amazing experience studying and worshipping God while
washing dishes, cleaning the toilets, emptying the garbage bins etc… Tyndale
is a learning community where the Professors, their wives and children,
the Administrative team and their families model a life characterised
by humility and willingness to serve. They do what many might not be
willing to do and that is what serving others is all about (John 13:12-17).
With fellow students and two members of staff fixing
How will EBCoM and Zambezi Evangelical Church benefit from my studies?
One of the big deficiencies we have had at EBCoM is
the lack of language teachers. Tyndale is known for its emphasis on Biblical
languages. On top of the other courses I am taking, I am also studying
Hebrew and Greek with an intention of becoming a language teacher at EBCoM.
I also feel compelled to continue teaching the biblical subjects when
I return to EBCoM. Since EBCoM intends to launch a degree programme soon,
my hope is that my experience will be useful in the development of the
As a church minister in the Zambezi Evangelical Church, I am praying
that I should still be given opportunity to continue pastoring so that
my knowledge will also be applied in a local church setting.
What are some of the challenges?
Studying away from home is not just fun. It also
comes some challenges. Being away from my family for one full year has
been my greatest challenge. The most difficult question I always receive
from my children is “when
are you coming back Dad?” My two daughters, Shalom and Shamira, didn't
understand what I meant when I said that I will be away for two years.
I thank God for the support from the zambesi mission so
that I can go back home in June this year. Though my time in Malawi will
be spent on practical ministry exposure and research, the good thing is
that I will be with my family and church and that is wonderful.
The weather is also another thing. Coming from the sunny Malawian weather
to the Dutch weather where I have gone for months now without having enough
of the sun has been another challenge! I must also confess that missing
Nsima (our staple food in Malawi) for this long is enough tribulation
for a typical Malawian like me.
How can you pray for me? I will very much appreciate your prayers in a number of areas.
Please pray that God will guide me
in my studies. There is a lot of work that has to be done.
I would also appreciate your prayers
for my family in Malawi: my wife Ellen, my children Joseph, Amos, Shalom
and Shamira. Pray that God will provide their needs.
You can also help in
praying for the church I have been pastoring, Kabula Zambezi Evangelical
Church. Pray for the leaders and my Associate Pastor Esau Meke who has
taken leadership of the church throughout my absence.