Two congregants injured when strong wind blew off church roof
Two people were Sunday injured and others escaped unhurt after a strong whirl wind blew off the roof of a church in Kabarnet during Sunday sermon proceedings.
It is said that the priest of The Kingdom of Flames Worship Centre at Kaptimbor, within Kabarnet Township was preaching when a strong wing ensued and blew off the roof injuring two worshippers in the process.
The two casualties, a teen and a woman sustained cuts in the head and leg respectively from a broken iron sheet. They were rushed to Baringo County Referral hospital for treatment.
According to eye witness, the wind started to build up in the playing grounds of Kaptimbor primary before swirling its way into the iron sheet-built church pulling off the roof and dropping it some few metres outside.
The congregation was thrown into confusion as they couldn’t comprehend the happenings forcing the sermon to come to halt, with some thinking rapture had dawned on them.
Fear and panic gripped church members leaving the over 200 worshipers including children breaking to tears after the incident, while others were in shock.
“The whirl wind passed a number of houses in the centre with even weaker foundation which remained intact and choose to land on the church during a service,” said a shocked Hellen Yatich a resident of Kaptimbor.
They cursed the incident and alleged it to be ‘the work of the devil’ which intended to disturb their prayer but with their living God, they overcame it.
“We are like the mountain of Zion and any works of the devil will not overcome us in Jesus name,” the pastor who refused to give his identity said in a prayer.
However, the residents living in the area were perplexed and blamed the incident on a suspected controversy within the church.
The residents who spoke on request of anonymity said that there were conflicts over the land which the church stood on.
Another resident questioned the affairs of the church saying they doubted whether the church stood for Christian teachings.
“This is unusual and God shows that the faith of some of the people in the church is in doubt,” said the resident.
They pointed out that that the church broke away from the main worship centre at Kabarnet prisons due to leadership wrangles.
The church members later on braved the scorching sun and went on with their sermon with the open roof.
By Christopher Kiprop