ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
The founder of the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International is Apostle Darlan Rukih.
Apostle Darlan Rukih is believed to have been born in 1975 though there are no proper records on her date of birth.
Her mother is Marashan Raya a native of the Sakwa people in the clan of Waora who are residents of Kadem in Migori County. Her mother is daughter to Cleopas Odongo Son of Ongili and Selina Agutu the daughter of Opole of Kadem Kakoth.
Darlan Rukih was born in the home of Oswago Nyalwal of Kisaka Minyere in Karungu of Migori county in Kenya, where her mother was paid off to settle a debt between her father Cleopas and his Aunt named Dina Gigo Nyotieno who was a wife to Oswago K’oloo.
Dina Gigo had no son who could take Marashan as wife, she therefore paid a price to her step son to live with her as a wife.
In their family, they were born five children; one girl and three boys. Darlan Rukih is the last born
Darlan Rukih was born out of wedlock to Maalan Nzambi of Zanza. However, her mother identified her as a child to the man she lived with in the Home of Oswago K’oloo. She grew up knowing that she was a child to the man who lived with her mother as a wife and even if she was asked about her father she would identify with his name as her father
Darlan Rukih was born an intersex, however, her mother chose to identify her as a male because after giving birth to her, she realized that she was peeing from the male organ. She was also afraid to identify her as an intersex because such children were being killed in those days. For that reason, Darlan Rukih grew up as a boy and if anyone referred to her as a girl, she would deny and declare herself a boy.
Darlan Rukih was not recognized as a male in the home where she grew up. They gave her defamatory names like “Awuor nyar Dichuo” who was a mad woman who had beards and other male features. They also called her “Gumo” who was a man with feminine features and was considered as an outcast in that village. They also called her “Ajeni nyar Kodongo” who was a mad woman with distinct male features.
When Apostle Darlan Rukih was born, her mother was a worshipper at Roho Israel church whose local church was in Raguda village at the home of one Jectone Maganda.
While her mother was three months pregnant, she went to a church meeting in Kadem Nyatuoro in the home of Musa Okech who was a member of their church. In that meeting she met a seer from Tanzania who prophesied to her that she was three months pregnant and she will give birth to a child who would serve God in the manner of Moses.
When She finally gave birth to Apostle Darlan Rukih the church eventually organized a ceremony in line with the traditions of the church and she was named Moses in line with the prophecy. The name Moses gained Popularity in the village where she was born more than the name Darlan Rukih.
Darlan Rukih was born a religious child who feared God and loved the people of God so much. This was contrary to the children in the home where she was brought up. They loved secular life more than religious life.
Darlan Rukih was not loved by her people because of her truthful nature which made her to reveal all things something which did not go well with her people who liked concealing things.
Darlan Rukih grew up a discriminated child amongst her family members because she was born a respectful child amongst disobedient children.
ORIGIN AND JOURNEY OF THE MINISTRY:
i. Preparation for the service of God
God having pre-destined Darlan Rukih to be a special vessel for his service, He did His works upon her to prepare her for His service;
The seed of God:
When Apostle Darlan Rukih was born, God had planted his seed in her which made her to grow up a truthful and a righteous child. This is very much evidenced in the way she never sides with evil.
The revelation of God
In 1979 God revealed himself to Apostle Darlan Rukih after she heard a testimony from her mother who narrated to her how God healed her after seven years of blood issue. It is through this testimony that God revealed himself to Apostle Darlan Rukih and made her to know that it is only God who can help a person out of his trouble. From that day Apostle Darlan Rukih dedicated God as her helper.
The heart of helping the needy
In 1981, God planted the spirit of charity in the heart of Apostle Darlan Rukih after she witnessed how one poor old woman named Rosbella Ochilo was buried inhumanly wrapped in a bed sheet because she was poor and had no children who could give her a dignified sendoff. It is through this painful observance that God revealed to her that there are needy people who needs to be helped out lest they suffer the same fate or more worse than that of Rosbela. Since then, apostle Darlan Rukih has been a sole standing philanthropist with a passion for the needy.
The revelation of the congregation of God’s people
In 1983, God revealed the congregation of his people to Darlan Rukih after she witnessed a violent division in church when leaders of their local church fought in church because of the division which had occurred at the headquarters of the child of God church where they fellowshipped. It is through this occurrence that God revealed to her that not all congregations where people call the name of God belong to God. Since that day she started being against false congregations.
The calling to serve God
In 1988 God called Darlan Rukih to serve him. At this time, there came some pilgrim servants of God from a church popularly known as Injili which was founded by Ishmael Noo Ooro. She witnessed how they were dedicated to converting people to God through their singing, teaching and by acts of mercy. This is what gave Apostle Darlan Rukih the heart to serve God as a pilgrim winning souls to God.
Being chosen by God
In 1991 God chose Darlan Rukih amongst her people to remain for him. This happened after she was falsely accused by her step mother which resulted to her rejection by family members and all who heard the false accusation. After realizing that she had no one on her side, she made a decision to remain for God. Since then she has been in the hands of God with God’s people as her family.
Revelation of the gospel
After the rejection by her family, apostle Darlan Rukih decided to seek solace amongst the people of God. At first she went to seventh day Adventist church but her question about their doctrines were not answered. This prompted her to move to Roman Catholic church. Here too she had questions that still would not be answered. She further joined Roho Msalaba Church where she started to prophecy sharply. That is where she was first called Apostle. One day she was sent away from church for asking questions about some of their doctrines which were not clear biblically.
In late 1992, one Saturday when Apostle Darlan Rukih was in her mother’s kitchen meditating about where she could find a congregation with clear doctrines, she heard a voice speaking to her that the gospel which should be preached to the whole world is Jesus Christ. The voice revealed to her that Jesus Christ should be preached from the books of the law, psalms and the books of the prophets which spoke about the manifestation of Christ in the flesh, his death and resurrection. After the revelation of the gospel, Apostle Darlan Rukih joined PEFA church in assumption that they preach Jesus. When she found out that they don’t preach Jesus, she left without becoming a member of that church.
ii. The call to establish the church of Jesus Christ
In 1993 Apostle Darlan Rukih decided to join the congregation of Jo-Injili who were teaching about the errors about religions and denominations thinking that they had the true doctrines of the church of Jesus Christ. After a short while with them, she realized that they only speak about failures of other religions and denominations but they don’t know the way or how people can become the church of Jesus. When she questioned their doctrine, they rejected her. After leaving the congregation of jo-injili she was left alone without a congregation. At this point she started asking in herself where the church of Jesus Christ is and how she could get it because she knew that she could not establish that church because of the rejection which she had faced since her birth. After realizing that the church of Jesus Christ was not in existence and if it had to exist then she was the one to establish it. Bad spirit convinced her that she cannot establish that church because of rejection. Secondly she was convinced that the world is so wide that she cannot go to the whole world. Thirdly she was convinced that false churches had captured people in deceit. She was discouraged and the bad spirit told her to abandon worshipping God because she realized that people love false worship other than true worship of God. She therefore made a decision to abandon worshipping God and join her peer even though she had not indulged in the evil acts of her peers.
One night while attending a farewell party organized by her classmates after completing her primary education with high hopes of joining her peers in their ways, her peers rejected her and refused to party with her because of being an intersex. Girls refused to dance with her claiming they want to dance with boys while the boys also refused to dance with her because they wanted to dance with girls. This rejection pierced her heart and she burst into crying and ran into an isolated room because of shame. In that dark isolated room, she started thinking why she was born a rejected person but found out that it is God who created her in that manner. She started lamenting to God speaking badly and putting the mistake upon God for contributing to her rejection by allowing her to be born out of wedlock, creating her an intersex and being born a religious person. While she was still crying and cursing the day she was born, she saw a great awakening light and heard a voice that spoke to her saying: “I did not create you for rejection, but I created you purposely to establish the church of my son Jesus Christ. I created you an intersex so that you may come to teach men and women how they should live righteously before me. If you accept to go and establish the church of my son Jesus Christ then the glory you shall have will be amazing”
When she came to her sense, she went back home knowing that it is God who had spoken to her and she accepted to go and establish the church of Jesus Christ. The following morning, she took a machete and cleared a bush in the neighborhood and arranged stones as her audience and she started to worship there alone. That is how she established the church of Jesus Christ which is the Bride of the Lamb.
iii. The battle with Satan
In 1994, Apostle Darlan Rukih joined Lwanda Magwar Secondary school for her secondary education. One morning the students were sent home for school fee. On the way home she was troubled in heart how she was going to get money because she had no one to pay for her school fees except her mother who was very poor. As she was still painfully thinking, It came to her mind to cry to God. She saw a sand quarry by the road side and decided to go in and talk to God. While she was in prayer asking God to provide a way for the school fees, she heard a voice asking “do you know God is Holy and only hears the cry of the righteous but prayers of the sinners is like noise to Him? She answered “Yes I know God is Holy and only hears the righteous. The voice asked her again, “Are you righteous?”. At this point her eyes were opened and she saw all her sins from childhood. She cried to God in repentance. since that day she became an enemy to the evil things of Satan which she had been doing. One of them was enmity which she held against people who spoke evil about her birth out of wedlock, her being an intersex and those who spoke evil against her being religious. She also became tired of the lascivious deeds including lust, uncleanliness and fornication. She started to teach people to stop doing evil deeds of Satan reading from Galatians 5:19 and Mark 7:21. She converted many people who were convicted to turn away from their evil deeds, most of the converts were in Konyango Lwanda and Sori. In the process of teaching people to desist from the evil deeds, Apostle Darlan Rukih met Rosa Odero Nyarmatoyo wife of one Muok Genga of Kadem. Rosa was teaching about evil deeds and was directing people to cry for salvation. Apostle Darlan Rukih humbled herself before Rosa together with the people she had converted and they all cried for salvation before her. Apostle Darlan Rukih thereafter Apostle Darlan Rukih started to testify of Rosa as her preacher. As they continued in Fellowship in Kadem Rosa introduced Apostle Darlan Rukih to her church called the Power Image of God which was lead by Bishop Maricus Munda Otengo. One day Rosa informed her that there will be a convention of all members of the church in east Africa at the home of the Son of Ndege in Karungu whose wife was a member of the church. She asked Apostle Darlan Rukih to come with all her followers in Karungu as she also come with the congregation from Kadem. When Apostle Darlan Rukih went to that home, they were told that the meeting is in the Home of one Nyar Nyapara. Apostle Darlan Rukih lead her followers to the home of Nyar Nyapara as was directed but did not find Rosa and the entire congregation from Kadem as she had promised. They were told that Rosa is not a member of the church because she was excommunicated from that congregation in 1991. When Apostle Darlan Rukih went back to Rosa to know the truth, Rosa rejected her saying that she doesn’t want the heresy of the lost people. She told Darlan Rukih that God had spoken to her that those who had been saved are all lost and should seek for new salvation. She took all the followers that Apostle Darlan Rukih had in Kadem and created enmity between them. From this point their relationship became sour. Apostle Darlan Rukih sought to get another congregation.
In 1995 after prayer and fasting at mount Tigra, Apostle Darlan Rukih decided to join the Truth and Justice ministry which was under the leadership of Bishop Raphael Ajimba. After joining that congregation with all her followers, she was forcefully baptized. After the baptism the church leader rejected her saying she is a new convert. He created enmity between Apostle Daraln Rukih and her followers. He went ahead and took all her followers and appointed some of them to various church posts. Even though Apostle Darlan Rukih did not protest this mistreatment, she was finally ejected from the church without any cause.
Having nowhere to fellowship, Apostle Darlan Rukih resorted to fellowship alone and eventually made another congregation in Oodi beach in Karungu.
In December 1995, one Oruko Ochola (now bishop and founder of……..) invited Apostle Darlan Rukih to his wedding which was being conducted by the church of God of prophecy in Gwasi. This marked the beginning of friendship between Darlan Rukih and the church of God of prophecy through Onyango Machogu who was a brother to Bishop Odero Machogu of the same church.
On 24th December 1996, Apostle Darlan Rukih got into marriage with Presican Fau the daughter of Masese Ongoro of Gwasi Suba. After getting into marriage with Presican Fau, she begun to be devoted as a husband regardless of her being an intersex. She suppressed her feminine part of her body to enable her lead a life in marriage as a husband. The marriage was not successful right from its initiation.
v. The revelation of the way of being born again
In 1997 in the month of December, Apostle Darlan Rukih went to Mt Tigra to cry out to God for two issues that she had. The first was the conflict which she had with the wife, second was the issue of bearing a child for they had lived for one year without any hopes of bearing a child. As she was crying out to God about her predicaments, she heard a voice asking her if she was a child of God. That question perplexed her because she had known that she was a child of God since birth because she found her mother worshipping God and therefore thought she is a child of God. It is here that God revealed to her the way of becoming a child of God as follows;
- Dedicating Jesus Christ as the father of God’s people
- Knowing the power in the name of Jesus Christ
- Believing in Jesus Christ
- Baptism in the name of Jesus
- Being saved in Jesus
- Confession of sins
- Receiving a new name from God
After coming from the mountain, she started going through the steps as God revealed to her. After going through all the steps she got the power to identify as a child of God.
In 1998 Apostle Darlan Rukih left Karungu walking as a pilgrim converting people to become children of God. His journey saw her through several places in Nyanza including Apondo Kano, Ahero, Awasi, Apondo Kimonge, Kogudi, Kosele, Oyugis and later on Nairobi. In all these places she managed to convert people by teaching them the religion of God’s people but some were scattered by her enemies while others were scattered through the wife who had not received the message she had.
Apostle Darlan Rukih later moved to Mombasa in company of one servant of God named Chelion Ayot and that is where she got the first congregation in Magongo area, Likoni and Bondeni. When Apostle Darlan Rukih left them with Chelion as she went back to Nairobi to bring Presican Fau who had been left in the Home of Okelo Nyariaro in Karen, Chelion Baptized them without preaching to them. Later on he followed Apostle Darlan Rukih in Nairobi and informed her that he had baptized the people she left in Mombasa. When Apostle asked him why he baptized them before preaching to them, he answered that he taught them about baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and baptized them. When Apostle Darlan Rukih went back to Mombasa, the congregation rejected her saying that they had found the leader of light who had taught them Christ as all in all and baptized them in the name of Jesus Christ and so they didn’t need any other teaching from Darlan Rukih. That is how she left them and moved to Baxton where she was received and hosted by Carrilus Odima who was the leader of a congregation in baxton under the name of Ecclesiastes.
vi. The first baptism
In 1999 apostle Darlan Rukih started taking the Buxton congregation through the steps of being born again. This is where she first preached Jesus Christ to them, told them about power in the name of Jesus Christ, told them about believing in Jesus and Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Those who believed and confessed their faith in Jesus Christ were baptized on 25th December 1999 at the Nyali Bridge. All the congregation at Buxton was baptized including Carilus Odima who was their leader. On this day the congregation who had rejected apostle Darlan Rukih in Magongo also came but none of them was baptized. After some time, some of them realized that they were baptized before the gospel was preached to them. They requested to be preached to and be baptized again. After the baptism the church gained momentum and got established. In a short while before Apostle Darlan Rukih could take them through the remaining steps of being born again, a division arose in the church through the pioneer who had hosted her in that congregation. The congregation from Magongo fueled up the division and backed up the pioneer Carilus Odima who lead the Buxton congregation. After this division, the Buxton congregation ejected Apostle Darlan Rukih from their midst on a Sunday church service. A few people in that congregation who were from Shanzu backed her up and took her to Shanzu where they hosted her and they established a church in Shanzu. Because of the commotion during the split up, apostle Darlan Rukih did not continue with the steps of being born again but started to give Shanzu church teachings that would tame them to eliminate the hostility they had developed towards the congregation in Buxton with whom they split.
vii. The church planting
In May 2001, the Shanzu local church organized an outreach mission in Karungu at the home of Oswago where apostle Darlan Rukih was born and brought up. This meeting was attended by hundreds of people who majorly came from a church lead by one Opeyo Orwa who was also considered an apostle by his followers. Opeyo Orwa was preaching faith in Jesus instead of preaching Jesus Christ. When Apostle Darlan Rukih taught about the gospel that should be preached, most of them were convinced that they didn’t know that Jesus Christ is the gospel that should be preached and that Jesus Christ had not been preached to them as the gospel. They requested that Jesus be preached to them and those who believed were baptized including their leader Opeyo Orwa. Most of the people who left this meeting also went and testified to others. Later on Apostle Darlan Rukih embarked on a follow-up mission. It is during this follow-up that she established most local churches in Nyanza and rift valley. These local churches includes; Kadem Ong’er, Ndhiwa, Kadem Aego, Kadem Kabuto, Namba Kahezron, Migori Town, Nyamilu, Ragana, Ranen, Dede, Nyamuga, Ruga, Othoro, Kisumu,Uhanya, Mageta, Majimbo, Odhuro, Magombe, Nyaguda, Minya, Nyasita, Kobare, Kodera Forest, Mikiria and other local churches. From there the ministry gained momentum and many other local churches have since been established both locally and internationally.
On Saturday 29th December 2001 at night during the second ever church convention which was held in Nyamilu Village of Suna Migori at the home of Odera, apostle Darlan Rukih appointed the first leaders in the ministry. The following people were appointed;
Jacob Odanga Chairman
Maurice Otieno Asst. chairman
Asst. secretary Gordon Odero
Peter Ajimba Organizing secretary
Marashan Raya Treasurer
Michael Nyakinda Prophetic leader
Opeyo Orwa Evangelical leader
Rediman Daya Pastoral leader
Obonyo Ngare Teaching leader
Catalina Saya Single women leader
Paraka Sallok Married men leader
Grace Odiyo Married women leader
John Gogo Youth leader
Afande Afande Apostolic Aide
A section of the congregation lead by Opeyo Orwa who was one of the appointees opposed the appointments on the ground that the church of Jesus Christ cannot have leaders based on the doctrines of their former church. Next morning a swarm of bees attacked all those who opposed the appointment and gathered them at the centre of the home where the convention was held. Apsosle Darlan Rukih covered them in her coats and scarf ,the bees stopped stinging them but hovered over their heads. The bees finally left after apostle Darlan Rukih knelt down and pleaded with God to forgive them.
In April 2002 Apostle Darlan Rukih organized a crusade and convention in Siaya town. The convention was at Awelo school while the crusade was conducted every evening at Ahindi gardens. This convention was marred with a lot of tension because people were curiously demanding miracles since there was a strong member named Okomo Arek who was seriously sick and came to die in the convention. Again, there was a great opposition from a splinter group from south Nyanza who came purposely to face off with apostle Darlan Rukih. There were no funds to accommodate the attendants because Owuor Abondo who was the Co-odinator for Central Nyanza declined to surrender the funds he had solicited to finance the convention. There was also a group who were wrangling for power and leadership. Opeyo Orwa wanted to be the sole preacher in the crusade while Jacob Odanga wanted to be given space perform wonders and miracles.
In December 2002 another convention was held in Katito courtesy of Wilson Ouko Owino. This convention was also marred with tension for a rebel group came to face off with apostle Darlan Rukih. The group lead by Owuor Abondo who was the Central Nyanza coodinator and Salim Odeny who was a youth tried to disrupt the convention by protesting publicly against apostle Darlan Rukih claiming that she had a church registration which to them was a mark of the beast. However, at that time the ministry had not been registered. Apostle Darlan Rukih told them that she could not say that she is not lost because God has struggled to bring the true religion on earth and He has used different people. she narrated to them a long story of the people whom God had used starting from Constantine, martin Luther, Hellen G white and other people. She told them that maybe God has spoken to them to bring a true religion if it is true that what she had was not the true religion. She encouraged them to be strong and establish the true religion and when it is established, they should come back and call her to see the true religion because that is what she has longed for the whole of her life. She told them that she was ready to join them if they eventually establish the true religion. When they continued with the unrest they were stopped by Hubarn Abrisa. Jeran Haya exhorted the church to stay put. They walked out of the hall and no one followed them. Owuor Abondo went with all the money he had collected from central Nyanza for the convention. It was in this convention that Apostle Darlan Rukih first allowed women to preach the gospel. The women who preached were Regina Okello and Rudia Palizan all from Mombasa.
viii. Establishment of the first mission center
In 2002 Apostle Darlan Rukih thought it wise to recruit apostolic aides whom she would train and send out to the local churches because it was not possible for her to give services to the local churches alone due to their increased number and varied geographical locations. He first lived with them in Mombasa but the cost of living in town was too much and she had very minimal support from the church. She later on moved with them to Katito where their number swelled up and raising an urgent issue of finding a mission centre where they could live and train easily.
In late 2003, God paved ways and Apostle Darlan Rukih bought a piece of land in Miranga Central Kanyadoto where the St. Darlan Rukih mission was established as the first mission centre in Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. The centre begun as a residence for the apostolic aides but has been expanded to host even the vulnerable people. Many other missions have since been established in varios places including, Mombasa, Kisumu, Uhanya, Majimbo, Gem, Mirunda, Nyakach and many others still under development.
ix. Registration of the ministry
In 2004, the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International was first registered in Kenya as Moses Mark Ngaw Ministries. The following were the first registered leaders;
Chairperson Darlan Rukih
Assistant Chair Person John Agina Kinyanyi
Secretary General Godwins Oduor Amolo
Asst. secretary Tobias Okinyi Onyango
Treasurer Wilson Ouko Owino
In April 2004 Apostle Darlan Rukih was abandoned by the wife who indulged in lascivious acts. This became a big blow to the whole ministry because her deeds were unveiled publicly affecting the whole congregation. This weakened the walk of purity in the church. During that time many people got absorbed in lasciviousness and it was not easy to stop or rebuke lasciviousness in the church. This act contributed to a division amongst the church members because it brought a confusion amongst the members since they didn’t know who to blame between the Apostle and the wife. Majority of the congregation sided with the wife while minority sided with the Apostle. This marked the beginning of internal murmurs in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International.
x. Establishing celibacy In the church
In early 2005, one of the Apostolic aides named Baran Qarim offered himself to serve as a celibate apostolic aide. After his dedication, apostle Darlan Rukih made a public announcement throughout the church opening room for those who may wish to serve God without getting into marriage. Several young men offered themselves to serve in celibacy. This marked the beginning of monkhood in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International.
In May 2005, due to unending mischievous acts of the apostle’s wife, the entire ministry proposed that a new wife should be given to apostle to cover the shame that had been brought upon her. Different church groups proposed different women. The Apostolic aides proposed Catalina Saya who was a widow and was the caretaker of Apostle’s son Abidan Rasha after he was abandoned by his mother. The elderly women proposed Felina Vaga who was a widow who had offered herself to serve as an apostolic aide without re-marriage. The elders proposed Pauline Akinyi who was a young girl who was walking in purity in the church. These proposals were done during a church leaders meeting which was held in Kisumu in the house of Climentina Adongo who was one of the elderly women leaders. However the proposed women had shortcomings
- Catalina Saya was a widow and was also scheduled for an operation and was hospitalized at the time she was proposed.
- Feliana Vaga was an ailing HIV positive widow.
- Pauline Akinyi was still a youth who was immature physically and spiritually
When it finally reached time for Apostle Darlan Rukih to make a choice, Because of various reasons she laid out, she declined to make a choice and that is how the marriage plan was shuttered.
After Apostle Darlan Rukih had declined the proposed marriage, the church leaders went ahead and chose other young girls for consideration of marriage. The following young girls were proposed;
When they were also presented to Apostle Darlan Rukih she declined to take any of them as wife but gave them conditions that they must abide with if they wished to live with her;
They must accept to stay single without intimacy
They must accept to serve God in the church forever
They must accept to offer voluntary service of charity.
They all accepted the conditions and took an oath of serving as Nuns in the church and were vested with the nun habits. This marked the foundation for Nunhood in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. Many more Nuns have since been admitted into the convent for training and service up to date
xi. Enthronement of the Bride of the Lamb
In early December 2007, the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International paid redemption price to the family where Apostle Darlan Rukih was brought up so that the church could have the full authority and responsibility of taking care of Apostle Darlan Rukih without any claims attached. The church sent seven elderly men and seven elderly women in company of some church leaders. A ceremony was organized in the home of Oswago and all relatives were invited to witness how the family handed over Apostle Darlan Rukih to the church.
On 15th December 2007, the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International organized an enthronement ceremony at the Kisumu social hall where Apostle Darlan Rukih was enthroned. The church elders appointed one male who was to give all the regalia to Darlan Rukih on behalf of the church. The ceremony was conducted by the ministry secretary and treasurer. In this ceremony the following Regalia were given to Apostle Darlan Rukih.
- She was dressed in Royal gowns
- She was given a Heroes’ Medal
- She was given a covenant ring
- She was given a crown
- She was given a scepter
- She was given a throne
- She was given a certificate of Honor
- She was officially given the title Bride of the Lamb
xii. Mass crusades
In April 2008 the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International held its first ever mass crusade in Awendo town which attracted crowds as never before. The convention was held courtesy of Zeraya Xanda and Abrican Ogango. This marked the beginning of mega crusades in stadiums where Apostle Darlan Rukih attracted masses. The same were exhibited in Bondo, Migori,Ugunja, Homa-Bay, Sori, Siaya, Muhuru Bay, Awasi, and other places. Uptodate apostle Darlan Rukih attracts multitudes of followers in public functions
xiii. Revival of the Church
In 2010 apostle Darlan Rukih realized that many people were brought into the church through Apostolic aides were not admitted in the right channel in accordance to the message as was revealed to her by God. She therefore initiated a revival process to ensure that all people in the church went through the steps of being born again.
xiv. Resignation from ministry leadership
In 2012, apostle Darlan Rukih officially resigned from ministry leadership and subsequently new ministry officials were appointed. The following were appointed to serve as ministry leaders
Baran Qarim Chairman
Hubarn Abrisan Asst. Chairman
Catana Agasak Secretary General
Copan Barat Treasurer.
It was at this point that a new constitution was drafted. The name of the ministry was also changed from Moses Mark Ngaw Ministries to Bride of the Lamb Ministries International because Mark Ngaw whose name was used to register the ministry declined the use of his name in the ministry. Shortly after the new leaders took office, a splinter group lead by the secretary split from the ministry. They caused havoc and fabricated a child trafficking case against apostle Darlan Rukih to blackmail her. The matter was latter dismissed at a Mombasa children’s court after the child confessed in court that he has never been stolen. The mother also testified to the court how Apostle Darlan Rukih had supported her and family and was the one still supporting them after they were abandoned.
After the fall off of the ministry secretary Gafelan Brison was appointed to take charge as the ministry secretary. The leaders have since worked hand in hand with the able advice of Apostle Darlan Rukih to run the ministry successfully
The doctrines of the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International were defined by Apostle Darlan Rukih in line with the vision and message as was given to her by God.
The main aim of the doctrines of Bride of the Lamb Ministries International is to turn people away from Satan to God. The doctrines of the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International is summarized in five categories:
i. The teachings of religion
These are teachings which teach people to know the religion of God’s people so that they may be firm in the congregation of God’s people. They include
- Foundation teachings of walking with God
- Teaching about knowing God
- Teaching about fearing God
- Teaching about the first account of creation
- Teaching about the second account of creation
- Teaching about the History of the servants of God
- Teachings of the faith of God’s people
- Teaching about the righteous beings
- Teaching about the angels
- Teaching about the evil beings
- Teaching about the faith items
- Teaching on kingdoms
- Teaching about the Kingdom of God
- Teaching about the Kingdom of Christ
- Teaching about the Kingdom of the Holy Spirit
- Teaching about the Kingdom of Angels
- Teaching about the Kingdom of Jesus
- Teaching about the Kingdom of man
- Teaching about the Kingdom of Satan
- Teachings on generations
- Knowing the name of God in every generation
- Knowing the words/laws of God in every generation
- Knowing the work of God in every generation
- Knowing the father of God’s people in every generation
- Knowing the leader of God’s people in every generation
- Knowing the servants of God in every generation
- Knowing the people of God in every generation
- Teachings on the works of God upon mankind as he draws them to Him
- The seed of God
- The revelation of God
- The calling of God
- Being chosen by God
- Trusting in God
- Revelation of the true religion
- Revelation of the gospel that should be preached
ii. The steps of being born again
These teachings takes people through the process of new birth. The steps include:
- Dedicating Jesus Christ as the father of God’s people through the gospel
- Knowing the power in the name of Jesus
- Believing in Jesus
- Baptism in the name of Jesus
- Salvation in Jesus
- Confession of sins
- Receiving a new name from God
iii. The teachings of turning away from evil deeds
These are teachings which open the eyes of people about the evil deeds of Satan that they should never do as children of God. These deeds include
- Evil deeds which defiles the body
- Evil deeds that ruin lives
- Evil deeds which hinder people from development
- Evil deeds which destroys unity
- Evil deeds which harms people
- Evil deeds that brings bad omen
- Evil deeds which makes people to be unclean before God
- Evil deeds which brings curse upon people
- Evil deeds that brings strife
- Evil deeds which promotes evil
- Evil deeds that destroys trust
iv. The teachings of living in Quietness
These are teachings which teaches people how to live in peace with one another. These teachings include;
v. The teachings of uprightness
These are teachings directed to various groups in the church to enable them lead an upright life before God. The teachings include
- Teaching young children to obey their parents
- Teaching the youth to live in purity
- Teaching the married men to be united with their wives
- Teaching the married women to be helpers to their husbands
- Teaching the single men to please Jesus Christ
- Teaching the single women to please Jesus Christ
- Teaching the elderly men to rule their homes
- Teaching the elderly women to be wise women
OUR FEASTS AND CELEBRATIONS:
The Bride of the Lamb Ministries International is rich with Christian celebrations and feasts. These includes
i. The sacrament celebrations
The Bride of the Lamb Ministries International celebrates the seven Sacraments which were left in the church by our Lord Jesus Christ. The sacraments include;
This sacrament is observed to celebrate repentance and forgiveness of sins in the church. It is celebrated every Friday morning. The liturgical color is black
This sacrament is observed to celebrate Baptism in the church. It is held every Saturday Morning. The liturgical color is blue
The Eucharist is observed to celebrate the Lord’s table in the church where believers eat the body and Drink the blood of Jesus Christ. It is held every Sunday morning and also daily alongside every other sacrament. The liturgical color is white
This sacrament is observed to celebrate discipleship in the church. It is celebrated every Monday morning. The liturgical color is yellow
This sacrament is observed to celebrate celibacy in the church. It is celebrated every Tuesday morning. The liturgical color is red
This sacrament is observed to celebrate marriage in the church. It is celebrated every Wednesday morning. The liturgical color is Grey
This Sacrament is observed to celebrate healing in the church. It is celebrated every Thursday Morning. The liturgical color is Golden.
ii. Memorial celebrations
These are memorial celebrations held in the church in Honor and memory of our Lord Jesus Christ. They include;
Held on 25th December every year to commemorate the birth of Jesus
Palm Sunday celebration
Held every year on the last Sunday prior to Ester to celebrate the grand entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
Feet washing celebration
Held on Thursday night preceding Ester Friday to commemorate how Jesus washed the feet of His disciples
The Passover celebration
Held every Ester Friday to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross
Mass of ashes celebration
Held on Ester Saturday to commemorate how Jesus Christ spent in the tomb
Held on Ester Sunday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Held 50 days after Ester Sunday to commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit
iii. Church celebrations
These are celebrations held for individuals with special occasions in the church. They include
Held to consecrate persons or items to God
Child dedications mass
Held to dedicate and surrender newborns to God
Held to dedicate a holy marriage into the hands of God
Held to confer religious power and authority over servants of God
Held to dedicated the body of a deceases believer onto the hands of God
Held to lay the body of a deceased believer to rest
Held to commemorate the legacy and the work of a deceased servant of God
iv. The invocations
The Bride of the Lamb Ministries International have two categories of invocations
Invocation to Virgin Mary
The invocation to Virgin Mary is done every Wednesday morning at the shrine of Virgin Mary. The invocation is lead by Nuns.
Invocation to Jesus Christ
The invocation to Jesus Christ is held every Friday Morning at the altar of afflictions. The invocation to Jesus Christ is lead by monks
v. Prayer and fasting
The Bride of the Lamb Ministries International have three annual prayer and fasting schedules. These includes:
The Jesus’ and Moses’ Prayer
This prayer and fasting lasts for 40 days. It is scheduled to end at least two weeks before Ester celebrations every year
This prayer and fasting lasts for 21 days. It is scheduled to end at least 2 weeks before the August convention every year.
The Esther’s prayer
This prayer and fasting lasts for three days. It is scheduled to end at least one week before the December convention.
The Bride of the Lamb Ministries International have three annual conventions every year. The conventions are named according to their organizers. They include:
The church Convention
This convention is held every April during the Ester week. It is organized by the church department
The Ministry convention
This convention is held every August. It is organized by the ministry department
The Royal convention
This convention is held every December with the peak being December 15th where a ceremony is held to celebrate the Bride of the lamb. It is organized by the Bride’s department.
OUR LITURGICAL SERVICES
Masses in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International are held for various celebrations in the church. All masses are conducted by trained celebrants. The following is the core order for all masses
- Procession of the celebrant
- Altar dedication
- Cleansing the congregation
- The Lord’s prayer
- Welcoming the visitors
- Theme of the mass
- Church announcements
- Mass offering
- Special hymns
- Special prayers
- Celebration of the day
- Eucharist celebration
- Incense burning
- End of mass
Fellowship services are conducted purposely for receiving various teachings as defined in the Doctrines of the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. Fellowships are conducted by local church Padres, Doctrine leaders and group leaders. The following is the order of every fellowship service.
- Union hymn and prayer
- Welcoming the visitors
- Giving the theme of fellowship
- Making church announcements
- Giving out offerings
- The tithe offering
- The saints’/Charity offering
- The home offering
- The gospel offering
- The thanksgiving offering
- Church development offerings
- Convention offerings
- singing to God
- performing church gifts of the holy spirit
- speaking in tongues and interpretation
- giving out testimonies laying the foundation for teaching
- teaching the word
- last prayer
- end of service
Any persons willing to join Bride of the Lamb Ministries International must undergo through the following stages.
i. Formal admission
In formal admission, any person willing to join Bride of the Lamb Ministries International must pay a ministry membership fee and be issued with a membership card. The membership is renewable every year at a fee.
In Bride of the Lamb Ministries International every member must belong to a group. The group membership is issued at a fee and is renewed annually. The groups include:
Male youth group
Female youth group
Married men group
Married women group
Single men group
Single women group
Elderly men group
Elderly women group
ii. Spiritual admission
In Bride of the Lamb Ministries International there is spiritual procedure of admission for all persons who have been admitted into the ministry formally. The spiritual admission is based on the doctrines of the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. The spiritual admission Is based on two categories
Children spiritual admission
All children in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International must undergo through the following steps of spiritual admission
- Receiving the teachings of religion
- Receiving the teachings of uprightness for children
- Going through the steps of new birth
- Receiving the teachings of turning away from evil deeds
- Receiving the teachings of living in quietness
A proof of completion is issued at every stage passed
Adult spiritual admission
All adults who have been admitted formally in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International must undergo through a spiritual admission process. The adult spiritual admission process is as follows.
- Going through the steps of new birth
- Receiving the teachings of religion
- Receiving the teachings of turning away from evil deeds
- Receiving the teachings of living uprightly
- Receiving the teachings of living in quietness
A proof of completion is issued at every stage passed.
The Bride of the Lamb Ministries International as an institution has various functional departments charged with the responsibility of running the operations of every department. The departments include:
The Bride’s department
This is the department that is charged with the responsibility of the welfare of the Bride of the Lamb and the royal family. The department is headed by the Bride.
The ministry department
This is the department that is charged with the oversight and general administration of the entire Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. This department is headed by the preceptor priest.
The church department
This is the department which is charged with the management of all local churches in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. This department is headed by the Losan Priest.
The seminary department
This is the department which is charged with general administration of seminaries to oversee admission, training and posting of monks to their respective duties. This department is headed by the Daminan Priest.
The convent department
This is the department which is charged with the general administrations of Convents to oversee admission, training and posting of Nuns to their respective duties. This department is headed by the Piron Priest.
The mission Department
This is the department charged with the responsibility of running missions centers in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. The department is headed by Prelate Priest.
The widows’ department
This is the department in charge of welfare of widows and vulnerable women in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. This department is headed by the Wiron Priest.
The orphan’s department
This is the department in charge of the welfare of the orphans and vulnerable children in the Bride of the Lamb Ministries International. This department is headed by the Synod priest.
weekend mass – Saturday at 8:00 am
Group fellowships – Sunday at 10:00am
Talent show – Sunday at 4:00pm
mid morning services – Every week day at 10:00am
evening services – Every week day at 4:00pm
Founder: Apostle Darlan Rukih
Barrister Priest: Abidan Rasha
Preceptor Priest: Baran Qarim
Establishing the Church of Jesus Christ in this Generation