Francisco Barajah Wiki – Bio
Francisco Barajah, a 39-year-old pastor in Mozambique, reportedly died after attempting to fast for a long period of time in an attempt to emulate what the Bible says Christ did after his baptism, according to a report. Francisco Barajah died on Wednesday, February 15, at a Beira hospital, where he was taken in critical condition.
The founder of the Santa Trindade Evangelical Church had been trying to go 40 days without food and water, but after 25 days he lost much of his strength and could no longer stand on his own. His relatives and church followers became so concerned about his health that they sought medical help, according to the BBC. After his initial checkup, Barajah was diagnosed with acute anemia and failure of his digestive organs.
Francisco Barajah Age
Francisco Barajah was 39 years old
What does the Bible say about fasting for 40 days?
Doctors reportedly tried to rehydrate and nourish Barajah with liquid food but were unable to revive him. The pastor was also reportedly a French teacher in the town of Messica, near Mozambique’s western border with Zimbabwe. His church members said it was common for pastors and their followers to fast, but not for dangerously long periods, as there were health concerns with such extreme fasts.
The Bible’s Gospel of Luke reveals that after Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit led him into the desert, where he fasted for 40 days. According to the account in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spent “forty days and forty nights” without food or water, the Daily Mail reported. The story goes that Jesus was tempted by the devil, but resisted and prevailed. “He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry,” says the Bible in Luke 4:2.
Not the first attempt at ‘Fast Jesus’
However, Barajah is not the only person who would have died while trying to imitate Jesus Christ’s 40-day fast in the desert. According to the BBC, a Zimbabwean man died after 30 days in 2005. In another case, a 29-year-old woman, identified as Rosaline Gilbert, died in London when she was in the middle of a similar fast. But an inquest into her death indicated that she died due to an underlying blood condition, rather than religious starvation, according to the Daily Mail. After Gilbert’s death, her mother said: “She fasted a lot. This time she wanted to fast for 40 days and 40 nights like Jesus. She had no idea it would end like this. She would only have water and when people from her church offered her food, she refused to say the Lord would provide it.”
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