Q&A with Victor Kaonga

Posted in OLD The Archive

Position at TWR: Operations Director and Acting National Director.
Years of Service with TWR: 11 Years.
Family Status: Married with four children.

How did you land up at TWR?
Interesting question! While in early primary school, I developed a keen interest in radio, though at that time Malawi only had the state broadcaster. I first bumped into a TWR signal in July 1989 around 6am as I was tuning around the short wave dial. I was surprised to hear someone speaking Chichewa - a language used in Malawi, yet transmitting from Swaziland. That made me a keen listener from that time on.

Though my ambitions changed slightly when I went to secondary school and early university, I realised that I was still reverting back to radio during my identity crisis moments as a sophomore in college. Fortunately by this time (1995) Malawi had become a multiparty democratic state allowing more media houses to operate. Later in 1995 I came across TWR staff in Malawi. I had no idea that TWR had recording studios and offices around. This opened a door for me to volunteer as I studied in university, and even later when I started working at Chancellor College with Campus Crusade for Christ (Life Ministry).

With time, I was more and more convinced that my heart was in radio, because of its unique place in outreach and discipleship ministry. After two years of knocking on TWR's door, I was invited for interviews in May 1999 and I was welcomed onto the fulltime team the following August.

What does your job at TWR entail?
I am responsible for oversight of the TWR-Malawi ministry. This means making sure that we are fulfilling the mission of reaching people through the preaching and teaching of God's Word. I have to ensure that we have adequate resources, both human and financial to keep the ministry running. I should be quick to point out that I am also a producer and presenter at heart. I'm on air regularly!

Do you have a favourite verse that you'd like to share with us?
Not necessarily a verse, but rather a book - Philippians. I often read all four chapters at once. I find it quite inspiring and challenging, even rebuking. In chapter 1, I learn that Christ is my ambition; in chapter 2, that He is my example; in chapter 3, that He is my life; and in chapter 4, that He remains my satisfaction.

What are your likes and dislikes?
I like making and keeping friends and enjoy being with my family. I like to be simple - identifying with as many as possible. As a radio person, I like listening to radio a lot!

I feel bad when I miss supper at home with my family. As a lifestyle, I dislike laziness.

What do you do in your spare time?
I visit people and read instructional books. I enjoy taking pictures too - I have tonnes of photos! I also take time to watch the news, and documentaries.

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Well, the fact that the day is new - giving me one more chance to live for and through God. His great mercies and faithfulness, which are new every morning, amaze me and give me the impetus to wake up and go.

What advice would you give to young people wanting to serve the Lord in full time ministry?
Get to know the Lord and guard that walk with Him jealously. That knowledge will confirm wherever and however you want to serve Him.

Published: 06 September 2010