David Ochieng, a pastor from Uganda, has given up his pastoral duties after winning a significant amount of money through sports betting.
Local media reports that Pastor David Ochieng won 100 million UGX (equivalent to N21 million) through sports betting, which prompted him to shut down his church and leave members of his congregation bewildered and stranded. The churchgoers were shocked to find the building locked when they arrived for midweek service, as Ochieng had closed it down and abandoned his ministerial duties.
The pastor later confessed that he had only entered the ministry to earn an income for survival and not because he was called to do so. He described the winning as a blessing from God, providing him with a swift way out of the poverty he had been living in since he couldn't sustain himself with the money from his poor congregation.
Uganda pastor closes church after winning a Sports bet worth 100 million Ugx (28,000USD)???
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“I must admit I opened this church due to greed but not anointing. I saw how several pastors make money by having large crowds and making false prophecies to attract more,” he admitted.
“As time went on, I realized this was not right; I started having sleepless nights and I would always have weird dreams.
“Before I opened this church, everything was normal on my side. Even without money, I did not have any strange dreams. So I decided to abolish this and look for other ways of making money," he said.
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