Elizabeth Nalem shocked Kenyans last week when she ended her 20-year-marriage to “marry” the Holy Spirit.
The mother of six from Makutano town in West Pokot County exchanged wedding vows with Holy Spirit on Tuesday, May 25, in a ‘lavish’ ceremony that attracted a multitude of people at the Chelang’a Gardens.
Joshua Nalem, Elizabeth’s husband, was left in a quagmire not knowing what step to take next, after his wife left their matrimonial home to dedicate her life to the church.
After the one-of-a-kind wedding that took Joshua by surprise, Elizabeth is heading for a honeymoon, as is tradition.
She will be heading to Amudat District, Uganda, for her post-nuptial vacation, only that her honeymoon also doubles up as a crusade, The Standard reports. She alleges that God had spoken to her and told her to travel the world and spread the gospel.
Led by her newly-wed ‘husband’ and armed with faith that is akin to Biblical Abraham, Elizabeth left her children under the care of her ‘estranged’ husband. Soon after her wedding, Elizabeth reportedly started walking from Makutano to the neighbouring country.
“God has shown me signs to travel to the United States when am done with Uganda. He told me to travel the world but I told him I won’t be able and requested him to recruit other members to help me in spreading the gospel,” she says.
Joshua tried to plead with her not to go but she refused. She told him she will come back once her “spirt husband” has granted her permission.
“I talked to my husband and told him to take care of my children. I am being guided by the Holy Spirit. When He tells me to go back home, I will but right now he hasn’t,” she adds.
On the D-Day, Elizabeth who works for Makutano town council was escorted by her workmates and women entrepreneurs as she tied the knot with the Holy Spirit.
Pastor arranged for Elizabeth to ‘marry’ Holy Spirit
Her neighbour, Pastor Albert Rumaita, granted her wish by officiating the peculiar wedding. He is the one who bought her the wedding gown and even ensured there was a convoy of cars to escort her on her big day.
“I made the decision to preside over, plan and fund the wedding because the world might just be coming to an end and because I’m her neighbour,” says Pastor Rumaita.
After the wedding, an elated Elizabeth said she was done with serving the world and has now changed her life to serve God.
“Today, I am one of those who have received the word of God. I have faced difficulties, and it made me look for God,” Elizabeth says, adding that she had even closed her businesses.
A distraught Joshua says that he paid twenty-two (22) cattle and 15 goats for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage. Their firstborn, he says, just completed Form Four the other day.
When asked by journalists whether he will continue living with his ‘estranged’ wife, Joshua said that he was kept in the dark during the whole process. Although he says that he still loves Elizabeth, Joshua insists that he does not know the next course of action.