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May God forgive you: Reverends pray for thieves who steal offering and poop in churches

By Brian Kisanji | November 21st 2021

Church leaders from Vihiga County have warned a group of thieves who defecate in churches to repent.

They were reacting to rampant cases of people breaking into churches and relieving themselves inside them.

On Tuesday, faithful of Mumbita Church of God reported for morning devotion, but they were shocked to find the church open and soiled.

As they began to take stock of the items in the church, one of them stumbled on human faeces.

The burglars had relieved themselves inside the senior pastor’s office after ransacking the premises on Sunday night.

Mary Odeko, a pastor at the church, said looting and defecating in churches were unfortunate and unacceptable.

“I was informed about the breakage into our church, and to add insult to injury, the burglars soiled our place of worship. We ask God to forgive them and change their ways,” she said.

Then thieves stole 40 litres of paint, among other items, according to the pastor.

“There were no signs of forced entry. Inside the church, there was human waste, remains of burnt cigarettes and a spotlight,” said Pastor Odeko.

A cleansing ceremony was organised by the faithful on Tuesday, where pastors prayed for the culprits.

“We reached out to the head office and reported the incident before we decided to carry out a prayer session and rededicate the church to God,” said Odeko.

Rev Raphael Muyela of Church of God East Africa (Kenya) asked those responsible to repent.

“This act is a pure curse. Those involved should come out clean and seek mercy from God,” said Rev Muyela.

It was not the first time poop had been discovered in churches in Vihiga.

Three churches in Mwibona, Luanda, including Wemilabi Church of God, were also broken into, and the criminals made away with property worth thousands of shillings.

In August, a similar incident was reported at Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St Mark’s, Emako Parish. Property worth Sh150,000 was stolen, and the thieves relieved themselves inside the church.

Joash Owila, head of the parish, asked the suspects to repent and warned them against breaking into churches.

“We should pray for these youths who could be using drugs such as bhang,” said Kennedy Omuterema, a resident of Luanda town.


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