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Church questions claims of “miracle babies”
By Justus Waimiri
 
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August 25, 2004

[CAPA - Kenya] A cross section of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has questioned claims of “miracle babies” being born in the country.

The claims are attributed to a Kenyan pastor based in the UK who is said to pronounce women worshippers pregnant “by Jesus.”

The self-styled Archbishop Gilbert Deya - of the Gilbert Deya Ministries - then organizes for the women to travel to Kenya where they “give birth” within days in backstreet clinics in the slums of Nairobi.

The issue was brought to light over a week ago by the Church of England and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology who called on the Metropolitan Police to investigate the claims.

Matters came to a head when tests carried out by British and Kenyan authorities revealed that DNA tests on the children did not match the supposed parents.

Initial investigations by police have already pointed to the possibility of an international child trafficking syndicate.

Retired Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop, the Most Revd Manasses Kuria, termed the claims ungodly and shameful.

Archbishop Kuria said though he believed in miracles and had seen many throughout his 54 years in church ministry, the so-called miracle babies were a contradiction of Scripture. He asked Christians to be careful lest they are carried away by false teachings.

The Provost of the All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, Revd Peter Karanja called for thorough investigations into the allegations adding that it was important to go through a scientific process to validate the claims of miracle births.

Mr Deya claims to have helped postmenopausal women give birth – including a 56 year-old woman who has had 13 “miracle” babies in three years. He has termed those doubting the miracles as unbelievers.

The Gilbert Deya Ministries boosts of some 36,000 members of in Britain and has branches in Europe, Africa and Asia.