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Life and times of Dr David Owuor

By | April 11th 2009 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

By Beatrice Obwocha

His presence is overwhelming and prophecies scary although some have come to pass.

Dr David Owuor pulls huge crowds wherever he goes to preach.

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Some of the worshippers spend nights at the crusade venue, praying before the

Prophet David Owuor

arrival of the "prophet".

Thousands flocked his recent meeting at the Nakuru Showground and held prayers for 36 hours.

It was at this venue that he led Prime Minister Raila Odinga to Christ.

At Merica Hotel, his guards kept people away as we sought to interview Owuor, who surprisingly gave us three hours of his busy schedule.

Many people do not know him and there has been speculation about his nationality but he insists he is a Kenyan from Siaya.

Owuor dons a trademark dreadlocked beard but was reluctant to talk about it —when he started growing it and why.

"My daughter you are very young, there are some things you do not question. Do not joke with the Lord," he said.

Naked prophet

Quoting from the book of Isaiah 20:1-3, he said God ordered Isaiah to strip and walk naked and no one asked him why.

Prophet David Owuor with Prime Minster Raila Odinga after the PM confessed and got saved during the Nakuru Showground meeting.

Born to Hezekiah and Margaret Ochieng Owour in 1966 at Goma, Nyanza Province, Owuor is a scientist.

He enrolled at Wambasa Primary School in Siaya but later transferred to St Peter’s in Tororo Uganda, where his father used to work.

The second-born in a family of six, Owuor joined Makerere University.

He could not complete his education at the university owing to unrest in Uganda but later transferred to University of Nairobi where he studied a Bachelor of Science degree.

"It was after I transferred to Nairobi from Makerere, in 1988, that I received Christ," he recalls.

During the unrest, Owuor had to cross over to Uganda to get his papers but the fighting was intense.

"I cried to God asking Him to take me safely to Uganda and back and I promised if I cross over and returned safely I would dedicate my life to Him," he says.

Owuor prays for Caroline Chemweno during the interdenominational prayer meeting in Nakuru.

"Well, it was a simple prayer but it moved God. I returned but went back to my normal life," adds Owuor.

After completing the undergraduate degree, he undertook masters in Genetics at the University of Nairobi.

Being one of the leading students, he got two scholarships to Germany and Israel. He chose Israel.

At the BenGurion University, he changed his programme from plant genetics to biochemical genetics.

Upon graduation he returned to Kenya briefly and worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as a volunteer.

He went back to Israel in 1994 for a doctorate in biochemical genetics at Haifa University, where he specialised in DNA sequencing.

After completion, he went to the University of Chicago’s Centre of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in the US and specialised in transduction.

"This is the study of effects of medicine in the human body and very important to the future of medicine as it would help design drugs that have less side effects to human beings," he explains.

He then moved to University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, where he lectured and researched.

He says he was attached to the Cancer institute as a specialist and focused more on researching tumour genesis and how it grows.

He worked at the centre until 2003 when he left and started preaching.

First vision

He experienced his first vision in 1996 while in Israel.

"The Lord, in a dream, called me three times but I did not understand. I had a number of visions but dismissed them as dreams,"

But later when he moved to Chicago, he started getting visions almost daily. The Lord often asked him to follow Him.

"I kept running away and ignoring but you cannot run away from God," he said.

At one time, he recalled, he was involved in a serious accident. He broke his collarbone and blood was flowing from his eyes.

He was rushed to hospital and doctors thought he had brain damage but after examining him, they did not find anything wrong and after a short while he was on his feet again.

In 2001, he says God appeared in a vision and lifted him off the ground and said to him ‘come let’s go’.

From that time, he says he started seeing visions of churches and God would direct him to go and preach there or prophesise.

"I used to spend many hours in the lab at the university but with the new calling, I had to cut down on the hours and go to preach," he says.

It took him seven months of struggling between his work and church until he decided to quit and concentrate on the work of God.

He said God directed him to start the Repentance and Holiness ministry.

"God would show me a certain country and send me there with a message. This is how he showed me Kenya and sent me here," he says.

He says the country had sinned and God was not happy and Kenyans had to repent.

"Even the men and women of God had defiled the altar and His cup of wrath was overflowing," notes Owuor.

He says in October 19, 2004, he was shown the state of the church in the country and had to come and tell the leaders to repent and a national prayer day was held.

"The pastors and bishops were and still are preaching the gospel of prosperity," he says.

The church leaders, he posits, were trapping people by calling for crusades for healing only to collect offerings and enrich themselves.

"They engage in material gospel and this leads to sexual sin and some even abandon their call and join politics," he says.

He warned church leaders to repent but some dismissed him, saying he had no church.

He says the church leaders had become too materialistic and forgotten God is able to provide for them.

"I am an example, we do not collect offering during our meetings but God provides.

"If I were to collect offerings I would become a millionaire instantly but that is not what I was called for," he asserts.

Owuor says he does not worry about his accommodation or transport when he goes for meeting since, as he says, God provides.

When he was going to Nakuru, last weekend, he was informed that his accommodation was taken care of.

"We were making transport arrangements when a friend of the ministry called and said his wife had given him new Range Rover to be used in God’s work.," he says

"Such things show God will always provide and you do not have to con people in the name of soliciting money to be able to minister."

Owuor’s condemnation of local churches and leaders has put him at loggerheads. During his crusade in Nakuru, not less than four armed bodyguards escorted him.

"There have been several attempts on my life but this has not stopped me from saying the truth," he says.

The faithful too, he notes, were sinning in church, even breaking and stealing from the house of God.

Earthquake warning

He does not have a specific church but goes from one town to another, as well as various countries where God sends him.

In February 22, 2007, he again called for repentance and warned of earthquakes but no one listened to him.

In July, the same year, he said he was shown a vision warning Kenyans of bloodshed after elections if they did not pray and repent.

"I asked the leadership to call for national repentance as I had seen bloodshed and women and children trooping to refugee camps but no one listened and there was the post-election violence," he says.

Chose to be single

Owuor, who is not married, says; "In this calling one cannot be able to raise a family because you are always on the move from town to town, country to country".

Having a family, he says, will tie him down and he may not be able to follow the will of God.

He says he has not been able to constantly keep in touch with his brothers and sisters but they attend his meetings.

"God disconnects you, not only from family but the past so that you can be committed to Him and the ministry," he says.

He went home last in November 2004 when he held a crusade in Homabay.

He says before he heeded to God’s calling, he almost converted to Judaism while in Israel.

He says he had a son in Israel and almost married the mother but he moved to the US and the girl’s family refused to let her go with him.

While in the US, he also cohabited but the woman left after he started seeing visions.

"I reflect back and I see this as the work of the devil so that I do not follow the calling by God," he concludes.

Dr David Owuor earthquake in Nairobi post-election violence
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