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Oral History Interview with Lawrence Temfwe - Collection 549


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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biography

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)Audio Tapes




Collection 549

October 2, 2007

Temfwe, Lawrence; 1955-

Interviews, 1997



Brief Description: Oral history interview in which Temfwe discusses his childhood and early manhood in Zambia, his prison term, conversion while in prison, and first steps in his Christian life, his education at the Theological College of Central Africa, his work with Prison Fellowship, the development and programs of Prison Fellowship in Zambia, his participation in the Billy Graham Association's Mission World, impressions of John Stott and Charles Colson, work as a Christian newspaper columnist, evaluation of the church in Zambia in 1997.



Restrictions: None




Biography


Full name

Lawrence Temfwe

Birth

May 5, 1955, Luanshya, Zambia

Family

 

Parents

Aseasan [?] and Felista [?] Temfwe

 

Siblings

One older sibling and six younger

 

Marital Status

Married Martha Bandala [?], January 1987

 

Children

Lawrence Jr., David, Samuel

Conversion

December 1981

Ordination

Two sisters and five brothers: older brother Guy and younger siblings: Elizabeth, Bright, Angel, Angela, Patrick, Martin

Education

 

1969-1973

Luanshya Boys Secondary School, Luanshya, Zambia

 

1984-1986

Theological College of Central Africa, Ndola, Zambia, received a degree in theology

 

1995

Attended three month course at Institute of Contemporary Christianity, London

 

1997-1999

Wheaton College Graduate School, received M.A. degree in Missions and Intercultural Studies

Career

 

1973-1980

Worked at Standard Charter Bank of Zambia, Ltd.

 

1980-1981

Assistant accountant with Chloride Zambia, Ltd.

 

1981-1982

Convicted on charges of embezzlement, served sixteen months in prison

 

1986

Lecturer at Mushill Bible Institute

 

1987-1989

National Chaplain, Prison Fellowship, Zambia

 

1989-1997?

Executive Director, Prison Fellowship, Zambia

 

1989

Participated in Prison Fellowship International conference, Costa Rica. Led workshop in criminal reforms. Awarded a “Freedom Award” in recognition of a former prisoner whose life and work inspires other prisoners.

 

1992-1995

Part-time pastor of his church

 

1992

Participated in Prison Fellowship International Conference, Seoul, South Korea, led two workshops on program development and restorative justice

 

1992

Attended Haggai Leadership Training Institute, Singapore

 

1995

Participated in Prison Fellowship International Conference, led workshop on “Holistic Outreach to Prisoners”

 

1995

Chairman of board of governors of Theological College of Central Africa, Ndola, Zambia

 

1995

Coordinator of the BGEA global television outreach in his home town

 

1995-1997

Associate Pastor of Bread of Life Church

 

1996

Appointed member of the Prison Reform Committee

Other significant information

 

 

Both his parents became committed Christian under his guidance







Scope and Content


Lawrence Temfwe was interviewed by Robert D. Shuster on October 31 and November 7, 1997, at Billy Graham Center Archives. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1955-1997.


T1 (60 minutes). Family background, description of parents (fathers alcoholism), working to help support of his family and pay for his school expenses, experiences as a golf caddie, desire to become a journalist, little or no exposure to Christianity, experience working at a bank, non-Christian living (drinking with friends), Zambia independence, racial relations with whites from other African countries particularly from Rhodesia, reason for leaving bank after eight years, work as assistant accountant, stealing from the company to support his new life style, seeking God before his trial, experiences in prison, the prison clinic, prison church services, the stolen blanket which led to his conversion, Christian witness to fellow prisoners, reaction of prisoners and guards to his conversion, beginning to study the scripture, mother’s response to his conversion, apologizing to those he’s sinned against and returning money he stole, attending a house church, adjusting to being an ex-prisoner, spiritual growth.


T2 (75 minutes). Reasons for applying to Theological College of Central Africa, adjusting to college life, describing college and what he learned there, memorable professor, house church activities, influence of Russ Logan especially after his imprisonment and later in church work, children’s ministry, needs of young people, meeting future wife and proposing to her, call to Christian work, dealing with government officials, training Prison Fellowship volunteers, needs of prisoners, vocational training of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their wives and children, spiritual needs of prisoners, benefits and struggles of prison work, training Prison Fellowship staff in other countries, Prison Fellowship International Conferences, involvement with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Mission World program, influence of John Stott and Charles Colson.


T3 (35 minutes). Description of John Stott and Charles Colson, relations between the Church and the government of Zambia, reasons for writing Christian newspaper columns, Temfwe’s pastoral ministry, strengths and weaknesses of the church in Zambia, work with the Peace and Justice Commission of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa.


Provenance


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Lawrence Temfwe in October and November 1997.


Accession: 97-82, 97-85.

Wayne D. Weber

October 2, 2007






LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 97-82, 97-85

Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.


Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.


 #

R/C

Speed

Length

Sides

Contents

Dates

T1

R

3-3/4

60 min

1

Interview of Lawrence Temfwe by Robert D. Shuster

Oct. 31, 1997

T2

R

3-3/4

75 min

1

Interview of Lawrence Temfwe by Robert D. Shuster. Continues of tape T3

Nov. 7, 1997

T3

R

3-3/4

35 min

1

Continuation of interview of Lawrence Temfwe by Robert D. Shuster

Nov. 7, 1997




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