Historical Background

Miracle Revival Fellowship Pentecostal Church was founded in the late 1950s by Missionary Elisha Ingosi Chitayi and his wife Mrs. Rasoa Igonyi Elisha.

The duo firmly believed that God is still capable of performing the miracles and wonders He used to perform to His people during biblical times but wondered why this was no longer the case in the churches; brethren no longer living by faith, crippling poverty among brethren, no more divine healing and brethren's holy lives severely compromised.

Upon seeking God for answers as to why this was so, God revealed to them:

  1. THAT churches have reasoned away His commandments and mixed them with modernism.
  2. THAT shepherds have turned from feeding the flock, bringing again the lost, binding up the broken, and healing the sick, to eating the fat, clothing themselves with the wool, and ruling with force and cruelty. (Ezek. 34:1-10)
  3. THAT power politics has replaced the leading of the Spirit of God in many religious organizations having a form of government which permits the exercise of politics, to such an extent that God's people have been brought into bondage. (Zechariah 4:6)

God told them that if they were to raise an army of men and women who are not satisfied with religious bondage, under some religious Pharaoh (whose only goal is to build his own kingdom) then they will have to teach their congregation to obey every commandment and believe in all the promises of God regardless of the changing times because God does not change and so are His ways. God gave them the scriptures of (John 17:21), "That they all may be one as thou, father, art in me, and i in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me"; (James 5:16) "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be heald. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much", and (Hebrews 12:14) "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord". (Proverbs 3:9-10) "Honour the Lord with thy substance, and the firstfruits of all thyn increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine".

Because their thirst was to provide a fellowship without bondage - where brethren could fellowship around Jesus Christ, unite as one body of believers to preach the Gospel and eventually crown Jesus Lord, they made a firm commitment to dedicate their lives to redeem the many sheep wounded by false shepherds and torn by wolves, wandering, confused and alone upon the mountains.

By early sixties (1960s), God confirmed their calling with signs, wonders and miracles which awakened His people to the reality of their God and caused them to know He was delivering them out of bondage. Dreadful diseases were healed, curses of poverty broken and people started enjoying God's provisions, broken families were reunited and hope was restored to the hopeless. This was the beginning of a world wide revival which by mid eighties (1980s) had already swept the East African region.

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For a while, they tried to pass the message to other denominations, but the message was so unique that it was not easy to accept. This necessitated the birth of Miracle Revival Fellowship Pentecostal Church, initially housed in the founder's residence at Mariakani, a coastal town in Kenya where the ministry headquarters are currently situated.

In 1993, Missionary Elisha Ingosi Chitayi was promoted to glory leaving his co-founder Mrs. Rasoa Igonyi Elisha as the president of the ministry while Pastor / Evangelist Joseph G. Katana took over as the ministry director.
In 1998, Pastor/Evangelist Joseph G. Katana was also promoted to glory after having strengthened the ministry in the same tenets as laid by the founding father Missionary Elisha Ingosi Chitayi.
Reverend/Evangelist Musa Idi took over as the ministry director in 1998. Together with the founding mother and president of the ministry, Mrs. Rasoa Igonyi Elisha, have spearheaded the revival to a point where the ministry's operational network now consists of over three hundred church branches in East Africa reaching brethren who are looking for spiritual fellowship which is real and tangible and will provide encouragement, spiritual assistance, business and professional guidance, unity and brotherhood without bondage; a fellowship operating on the principal that love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Rom 13:10).

 

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