Willard will be working as a Pastoral Intern alongside Confex Makhalira in their church plant efforts in Blantyre, Malawi
My name is Willard Mdyetseni, born and raised in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. I am the sixth born in a family of seven.
My parents shared an improbable love for the nation of Malawi through their long service as primary school teachers. They taught us various disciplines in our family such as hard work, religion and education.
I knew Reverend Confex Makhalira when I was a student in college. He was a leader of the youth group in our church by then. There was a lot of talk about him, especially from those whom he preceded at the college I went to. When we came into contact, I desired to learn from him because his doctrine was matching his conduct. He wasn’t a self-imposing leader but he gave opportunities for the youth to grow in their knowledge of the Lord. Of all the qualities he possesses, one character I admired the most was his doctrine. A desire to learn more from his practice and knowledge was ignited mainly because of how I saw him articulating God’s Word in one of his prayers. I never revealed that to him, I just kept it in my heart. Back in college, we had a passionate professor of systematic theology whom I also greatly admired. He was an idealist in his approach to theology and was the one who also referred Reverend Confex as one of his outstanding students during his time.
Finally, I look forward to partnering with MRN for several reasons. One of the reasons is the confession that the organization embraces. The orthodoxy is indisputable as far as the gospel is concerned. My passion in life since college has always been to spread the gospel but I had no particular platform like the one you have opened. Many reformed churches in Malawi have little emphasis on sound doctrine mainly because the congregants are not sure about their salvation and pastors have no vision of the gospel. In addition to this there are few churches here in Malawi that stand on reformed teachings of the Bible. I believe I will learn effective ways of ministering the gospel and my conduct will change as well. Though I have a theological background I still lack deeper understanding of the reformed doctrine. Your team will help me become a better disciple.