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Collection 549 Oral History Interview with Lawrence Temfwe

Identifier: CN 549

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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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

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

170 Minutes

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

Collection 549 Oral History Interview with Lawrence Temfwe
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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