Last Updated on November 4, 2023, 5:45 pm
The Christian community in Kenya and Uganda bids farewell to Apostle Joe Kayo, a renowned figure in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement.
Apostle Joe Kayo, the founder of Deliverance Church in both Kenya and Uganda, died on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the age of 86.
Who was Apostle Joe Kayo?
Apostle Kayo was a spiritual leader and founder of Deliverance Church in Kenya and Uganda. He was born in Kisii District, Nyanza province in Kenya, on May 5, 1937. He founded Deliverance Church, a charismatic and indigenous ministry that spread in Uganda and Zambia. He also founded Juba Pentecostal Church and Family of God Churches across Zimbabwe and influenced many ministries in Kenya. He authored over 25 books on life experiences.
He began with humble beginnings, born to peasant parents. He was orphaned and left to the devices of his fate. He struggled with substance abuse in his early youth and fell into a life of crime. When he couldn’t bear the burden of his troubles, he attempted to end his life three times, but fate had other plans for him and he survived and later became a source of spiritual guidance for thousands.
In 1957, he fell ill and was hospitalized in Mombasa. The doctors had very little hope of his survival. The nurses of the Osborn Crusade intervened and took him to T.L. He miraculously recovered, heard about Jesus for the first time, and accepted salvation. This pivotal moment shaped the rest of his life, and went on to become one the most influential spiritual guide in Kenya and Uganda.
What happened to Apostle Joe Kayo?
He was struggling with his health and was hospitalized at The Nairobi Hospital. He passed away on November 2, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Rose, whom he married on June 3, 1961, and their three sons, who are residing in the United States of America. His death has left a void in the lives of those who knew him, loved him, and considered him a ‘spiritual father’. He shaped countless lives and influenced many individuals’ journeys. His death has cast a somber cloud over the entire Christian community of Kenya and Uganda. All who had the privilege to know him will deeply feel his absence.
Obituary and Funeral
Apostle Kayo’s family will release an obituary and provide details of a memorial service when they are ready. They are currently suffering from an immense loss. All are requested to respect the family’s privacy and allow them to mourn the loss of their beloved family member with dignity and grace.
We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the family, friends, and followers. May he rest in peace.
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