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Kenyans Pray for Obama Win

Tuesday, 04 Nov 2008 03:28 PM

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People across Kenya are praying for Barack Obama, making sacrificial offerings for the Democratic presidential candidate many consider a native son.

One prominent preacher says his church is engaged in "spiritual warfare" to ensure Obama is victorious.

Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede, a Pentecostal leader who met Obama during his 2006 visit to his father's village, Kogelo, said a prayer before Obama spoke and "laid hands upon" the Senator, who he believes is anointed by God for victory in the election, Fox News reports.

Ngede's church has 1,400 branches throughout East Africa and claims a membership of 250,000 people.

Other religious figures in Kenya have also pulled for an Obama win.

At Kit Mikayi, a sacrificial rock shrine, about a dozen people have visited on Obama’s behalf, according to Jennifer Okot, an elderly villager who lives near the shrine.

“Customarily, those seeking large blessings sacrifice a goat by swinging it by its legs so that its head and neck are bludgeoned against a large rock in a naturally occurring enclosure between two massive boulders that serves as the shrine's sanctuary,” according to Fox News.

Participants believe the goat's death incurs the blessings of the rock shrine's god.

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