Collection 549 Oral History Interview with Lawrence Temfwe
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Lawrence Temfwe in which he 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. The time period covered by the interviews is 1955 to 1997.
Lawrence Temfwe was interviewed by Robert D. Shuster on October 31 and November 7, 1997 at Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 1997
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Biographical or Historical Information
Full Name: Lawrence Temfwe
Birth: May 5, 1955, Luanshya, Zambia
Parents: Aseasan [?] and Felista [?] Temfwe
Siblings: Two sisters and five brothers: older brother Guy and younger siblings: Elizabeth, Bright, Angel, Angela, Patrick, Martin
Marital Status: Married Martha Bandala [?], January 1987
Children: Lawrence Jr., David, Samuel
Conversion: December 1981
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
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 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
3.00 Audio Tapes
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Lawrence Temfwe in October and November 1997.
Accession: 97-82, 97-85.
Wayne D. Weber
October 2, 2007
- Association of Evangelicals in Africa.
- Church and social problems.
- Church and state -- Zambia.
- Church and state.
- Church work with prisoners.
- Colson, Charles W.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Evangelicalism -- Zambia.
- Evangelistic work -- Zambia.
- Logan, Russ.
- Prison Fellowship
- Prison Fellowship -- Zambia.
- Prison Fellowship.
- Prisoners -- Zambia.
- Stott, John R. W.
- Temfwe, Lawrence.
- Theological College of Central Africa -- Zambia.
- Collection 549 Oral History Interview with Lawrence Temfwe
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