kǝ • sūˊ • pē ǀ language of origin: Chichewa ǀ English translation: spring well; a source of water from the ground; an ultimate source, especially of action or motion
As a student at African Bible College, Fletcher had a vision that he would one day be able to return to his village to assist the community with basic needs of life such as the word of God, food, medical needs, shelter and clothing, and education, the long-term goal of which would be a self-reliant and productive citizenry. That vision became a reality when in 1999 when Kasupe Ministries was formally established. Today, Dr. Padoko oversees an annual budget of over $100,000 USD which funds health, education, food security, and empowerment programs benefiting over 12,000 individuals living in the Balaka District of southern Malawi. Dr. Padoko has formerly served as Education Officer, HIV/AIDS officer, Logistics Officer, and Food & Relief Manager for Save Orphans Ministries, as well as a primary school head teacher in the Malawian Lake District of Mangochi. Graduating cum laude from African Bible College, Malawi, in 2002 with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Education, Dr. Padoko earned an MA in Religious Studies from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, in 2009, and was awarded a PhD in Christian Education from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, in 2016. Dr. Padoko and his wife, Sarah Phiri Padoko, currently reside in Blantyre, Malawi, where they are raising their two girls, Tazirwa and Tayamika.
DR. FLETCHER PADOKO, Executive Director, Kasupe Ministries, Malawi