Kenya: Thousands pray for pastors to rise from dead

They came from the four corners of the country and even neighbouring Uganda with one mission — to pray for a miracle.

Two pastors in the Kingdom Seekers Fellowship International church were killed in a road accident on Monday last week and the faithful believed that God would resurrect them if they prayed hard enough.
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There was a large congregation of faithful and curious onlookers who were eager to witness the resurrection.
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Nothing happened.

By this time, one could sense doubts creeping into the minds of some of the faithful. To banish any such thoughts, Apostle Steven Bulungi from Uganda chased away the doubting Thomases.

He kept on telling the congregation that they were not being “fanatical or emotional” enough. ‘‘You are practising the word of God,” he exhorted them.


Nevertheless, the worshippers eventually lost hope. One of the pastors announced: “Some miracles do not happen instantly, as was the case when Jesus cursed the fig tree.”
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He told the crowd that if the “two brothers’’ were not raised to life, it meant that they had concluded their earthly mission. Even Jesus lived for 33 years, but served his purpose on earth, he said.
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Although the miracle did not happen, the faithful did not lose hope. It was resolved that if the pastors will not have risen by Thursday, the bodies will be buried.
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– Source / Full Story: Rare prayers to bring back dead pastors, Simon Sielep, Daily Nation, Feb. 22, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Patrick Wanjohi and Francis Kamau Ndekei, of the Kingdom Seekers Fellowship, died on February 15, but overseer and self-styled apostle John Kimani said they were “just sleeping, they are not dead”.

“We are not going to bury them, because they have not completed their mission here on Earth. We need them back because without them the church will collapse,” he said.
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– Source / Full Story: Thousands pray for pastors to rise from dead, Sapa/AFP via Dispatch Online, Feb. 24, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Faithful of a Nakuru church may now know it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for their two departed pastors to come back to life, like Lazarus in the New Testament.

Followers of Kingdom Seekers Fellowship (KSF) church came out on Saturday to attempt a feat no other church may have tried.

Led by the church’s overseer Apostle John William Kimani, they prayed all day in front of coffins containing the bodies of the deceased, hoping they would step out and walk.

The unprecedented drama palpitated with rising anxiety as the faithful were led by their leaders to believe the dead would sit up.
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Apostle Kimani clung to hope yesterday as he said, “We have made arrangements for any eventuality, if they resurrect then God’s word will have come to pass.”

However, the church leaders will have to be careful not to break the law as police in Nakuru yesterday cautioned them against what they called ‘mishandling of dead bodies.’

“We have to caution them not to continue mishandling the dead. I will also consult the law to find out what charges can be preferred against them,” said local police commander Johnstone Ipara.
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– Source / Full Story: Waiting in vain for the pastors’ ‘second coming’, Stella Mwangi, The Standard, Feb. 23, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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This post was last updated: Feb. 24, 2010