Pastor – Kisumu, Kenya
David has recently replaced Sam Oluoch as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kisumu. Sam has moved to Nairobi to establish a new church in that massive city. David is a graduate of Christ Seminary in South Africa and completed a pastoral internship at Kabwata Baptist Church in Zambia. After his internship, David spent a year with Naphtally in Eldoret before being called to relieve Sam in Kisumu.
Testimony of Conversion
I am David Oure, born and brought up in Kenya, from a Roman Catholic background. My mother is still a strong Catholic, but she taught me about God when I was very young. That influenced my desire to be a Catholic priest so much that I, together with some of my friends, registered to join a local Catholic seminary. Though it did not work out, the whole family supported that idea.
In December 1994, the Lord opened my heart to hear the gospel. He showed me how sinful I was, even though a Roman Catholic with the zeal of serving the Lord in the capacity of a priest. The preacher read from Galatians 5:19-21 and emphasized verse 21. I found myself having no means of escape. Realizing that I would not inherit the kingdom of God bothered me deeply, for I was always scared of perishing in hell. In my heart I had the fear of the Lord to some extent but did not know how to be reconciled to Him through believing and confessing Christ. I thought by being Catholic I was already a Christian, but my sins confronted me and the condemnation of sinners was made real to me. I gave my life to the Lord, confessing Him as Lord and repenting from my sins against Him. According to the Scriptures, I am assured of his unfailing love for me.
After I had given my life to the Lord, He gave me grace to grow day by day, together with the brethren that were around, enjoying the fellowship and the favor of the Lord in my life. I will never regret being with Jesus as my Savior and Lord. He has shown me His faithfulness over the years. I have seen many come to acknowledge Him and they too are doing well in the Lord.
Call to Ministry
I never thought that one time I would be either a teacher or a preacher of the word after I had given my life to the Lord. I thought I would only support the ministry of the Lord with my finances and I was very comfortable with this. Things changed while I was in college, a student in the department of building and civil engineering. We had Christian Union for students who were willing to take part in this club. Many different teachers of the Word were invited on different occasions. My problem with some of them was the different teachings they were giving from same texts. I questioned how there could be two meanings of a text or two truths from one particular passage.
The Lord put in me the burden to find the truth that comes from Him. During this time I was in a Pentecostal Charismatic church, very dedicated to doing my best to fold the favor of God to my side by my efforts, embracing many of the unbiblical teachings I got from the different teachers back in our local churches and in college. I made up my mind from college that I would serve the Lord as a teacher and preacher of God’s Word, but did not want to start that before training. When I finished my course in July 2003, I had set my heart and mind on going to a Bible school. I did not know how it would be, which bible college was good, or on what basis would I judge them. All I knew was that I needed to be trained to teach the Word with certainty, deliberately, and without contradictions brought in by my own wrong interpretation of the Scriptures. I feared to preach what would not stand the test of the Bible.
God heard my prayers and gave me a chance to study theology in South Africa in Christ Seminary. Before this seminary, I had gone to a Charismatic Bible college that taught us everything except sound biblical doctrine. I realized that after taking just one month in Christ Seminary. The lecturers taught, not by the principle of schools of thought, but by conviction of the truth through the Spirit of God. They were used by the Lord to help me understand my needs to become a teacher of the Lord’s Word. I knew by conviction that this was what I had been looking for all my life. This was sound theology, and I was convinced in my heart that as the prophets brought the Lord’s word to their audiences, as Christ taught, as the apostles taught, as the early church Fathers and the reformers taught, so will be my commitment by God’s grace.
It was a great blessing to be in Christ Seminary for 4 years, studying and being prepared for effective ministry of the Lord. But much more I enjoyed the time the Lord gave me in Antioch Bible Church for two years as an intern under Pastor Tim Cantrell, the elders, and the whole church.
Coming back home was a different story. I wasn’t aware of any reformed church in any part of Kenya and this was a hard time for me. I ended up in a para-church organization called ‘Diguna,’ meaning ‘good news for Africa.’ Diguna is under the umbrella of Africa Inland Church Kenya. While being there doing evangelistic missions in different parts of the country, I learned much about our spiritual deficiency in the local churches, schools and colleges, and communities in this country. Much is needed to be done, by God’s grace, to help our people come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved from the false teachers, this world’s pattern, the devil, and God’s wrath.
I was there in Diguna for 4 years but my heart cried for the local church that would champion transformation by God’s grace through the sound Word of God, taught, preached, and lived. There was much to learn in para-church ministry, and I thank God for the opportunity I had to share the gospel with clarity and boldness wherever He sent us. The question is who is going to take care of those who respond to the sound and bold gospel?
Thanks to God for helping me find the reformed churches in Kenya. I have finally felt at home while attending the African Pastors’ Conference in Kisumu and Eldoret. Just having time with these servants of God, sharing and praying together, has given me a taste of the spirituality I have long desired. My prayer is that I will remain true to the Lord, and serve Him amongst likeminded servants that will enhance my own growth in the Lord and His service. Amen.