How I Became Bishop and My Future Plans
The year 2021 started on a rather very difficult note of health problems on me. The problem begun in October 2020 when I could feel severe burning sensation in my chest after walking for 10 minutes. When I visited the chest specialist, they advised me to consult a heart doctor. Well, I started going around Nairobi City hospitals, looking for a cheaper heart doctor. I got Dr. Harun Otieno at Aga khan Hospital but again he couldn’t use Aga Khan Hospital Theatre because it was very expensive for me. I had to go book Nairobi hospital for heart surgery. My family looked for our savings and I managed to go through the heart surgery at Nairobi hospital on 8th February 2021. When we were told of my heart problem, I told my friends as prayer request and thanksgiving ( because we had cleared the hospital bill) Then financial help came in just enough to recover what we had used on my medical and heart surgery bill.
Sickness brought together my old and new pastors brethren we have ministered with in Nairobi/Korogocho for many years. Some of them joined us to from VPM many years ago and had scattered across the country and brethren feared that I was going to die. After I recovered , the fellowships intensified at VPM and as the days went by, brethren/pastors gave words of prophecy that I should be consecrated and be the Bishop of the churches that formed VPM Korogocho and others had scattered across the country without registration and an overseer. Some pastors had approached me some years back with the same message but had turned them down. This time round, I was convinced that it was time to accept word of prophesy and wisdom that I become their Bishop in addition to our own congregations. It was agreed on the part of these pastors and their ministries and Vision Missionary Church to sign a legal document of committal to agreement to work as one church, Vision Missionary Church and I as a Bishop. Plans got underway, a date of my consecration as a Bishop was agreed upon; I was to get prepared for the occasion including budget through consecration committee. The consecration was successful on 5th September 2021 at Vision Centre Korogocho.
When the year 2021 begun, I did not know or even think that I would become Bishop the same year, but I expected death from heart ailments. Vision Missionary church has been registered and operational for 18 years and Revd Franklyn Otwoma is one of the registered clergy of the church with the Kenya Government Registrar of Societies.
I am now a Bishop, a different job and busy schedules of ordinations and licensing of God’s servants for work across the country. I am happy to have this change of work after 28 years at Korogocho on the dump working for VPM, with 21 years on fulltime basis.
I am now approved, mandated and morally accepted by VPM to be the Patron and Chief Executive Officer (besides being Bishop of Vision Missionary Church) for some time as VPM search for a Director. Please pray for VPM’s work, staff, supporters’ , committee/Trustees of VPM as we seek to serve the Lord in bringing Him to be known to all through our services and work among the poor of Korogocho slums. I am humbly inviting friends and VPM supporters to pray for VPM and Vision Missionary church and I as the Leader.
NELSON MANDELA, former South African President, wrote a personal awesome story….
After I became President, I asked one day some members of my close protection to stroll with me in the city, have lunch at one of its restaurants. We sat in one of the downtown restaurant and all of us asked for some of food. After a while, the waiter brought us our requests, I noticed that there is someone sitting in front of my table waiting for food.
I told then one of the soldiers: Go and ask that person to join us with his food and eat with us. The soldier went and asked the man so. The man bought up his food and sat by my side as I asked and began to eat. His hands were trembling constantly until everyone had finished their food and the man went.
The soldier said to me: the man was apparently quite sick. His hands trembled as he ate!” “No, not at all,” said MANDELA. “This man was the GUARD of the PRISON where I was JAILED”.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Franklyn Otwoma