Gilbert Deya Ministries is a Christian 'evangelical ministry' founded and led by Gilbert Deya, a former jeans salesman who refers to himself as 'archbishop.'
The ministry - which claims to have 34.000 members in the U.K. alone - has 14 branches in Britain, as well as locations in Africa, Asia, and other parts of Europe. But a source inside the church has disputed those numbers: "Gilbert Deya says he has 34,000 members in the church, but in reality it is much less," he said. "There are probably 2,000 in London, 800 in Birmingham, 300 in Manchester and less than 100 in Liverpool, Nottingham and Leicester."
In 2000, Gilbert Deya was investigated by child protection agencies for allegedly exorcising demons from children. In the same year, the Charity Commission launched an investigation "after worried relatives of church-goers complained of their increasingly bizarre behaviour". No action was taken at the time.
The Gilbert Deya Ministries website claims that the organization is "the fastest growing Ministry in the UK and worldwide." The front page of the website also shows a picture of Gilbert Deya in front of a small airplane with his name on it, and pictures of Gilbert Deya with Britain's Queen Elizabeth; Prince Phillip; the former president of the Republic of Kenya, Daniel T. Arap Moi, and Swaziland's King Mswati III:
We are the fastest growing Ministry in the UK and worldwide with a membership of over 34,000 in the UK alone. The vision originated from my home country, Kenya, in 1986. Our goal is to fulfill the commission of our Lord Jesus Christ by taking the Gospel into the outer most regions of the world. We believe in miracle signs and wonders, casting out devils, healing the sick and setting captives free in Jesus' name. We thank God for the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the support of His Royal Highness King Mswati III, former president of the Republic of kenya Daniel T. Arap Moi, the viewers of our television programmes and the members of GDM."
So much for the pomp (which, by the way, isn't all it appears to be). Now for the circumstances...
Preachers who promise miracles, make big claims, and are into name-dropping are a dime a dozen. If he had stuck with doing just that, few people would have taken much notice.
But Gilbert Deya did more. Allegedly, he not only promised. He also delivered. Babies, that is. Or, as Deya claims, "miracle babies." Gilbert claims that his prayers for women who have previously been unable to have babies, results in them becoming pregnant. They then travel to Kenya where they give birth to what Deya says are "miracle babies."
Among these women are a 52-year-old lady who claims to have delivered three of Deya's miracle babies in six months, and a 56 year-old who has had 13 miracle babies in three years.
Needless to say, but authorities are skeptical, not in the least place because DNA tests performed on some of these babies did not match that of the supposed parents. And at least one Kenyan birth certificate has turned out to be a forgery.
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