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The SCOAN Sunday Service of 31st July, 2016 was a special package from the Holy Spirit. From the songs of the choir to the wonderful testimonies, the presence of God was demonstrated beyond doubt. Congregants had the opportunity to watch clips of the Morning Water ministration during the just concluded South Korea, 2016 Pastors’ Conference with Prophet T.B. Joshua. They witnessed the power of God at work, breaking yokes, healing different kinds of ailments and delivering souls from the captivity of satan.
Evangelist Edward animated the atmosphere with evangelical zest when he delivered his edifying message titled LEARN OBEDIENCE. He reminded Christians that whenever they are faced with challenging situations, they always have two options. One is to act from their own human frailties or to obey and abide by the Spirit of God: “But in the moment of decision, you are presented with two options: to act out of character and react badly, emotionally or intellectually to the weight of your situation or to trust the Holy Spirit in the midst of your challenges and respond by the Spirit. You can choose to learn offence, anger and disobedience or you can choose to learn obedience to the will of God.”
Citing the sufferings of Christ and how He obeyed and abided by the will of His father, Evangelist Edward observed that a Christian’s character is shaped by the difficulties he encounters as he journeys through life with all its ups and downs: “The way a Christian’s character grows through obedience is by facing difficulties and dealing with problems. As a Christian, what you are going through serves a useful purpose: To form and strengthen your character and to prepare you for the eternal glory that lies ahead.”
He concluded by encouraging Christians to accept and embrace every difficult challenge as an opportunity to pass through God’s refinement process, stating that many have missed the glory ahead because of their refusal to accept the process: “Whatever situation you are passing through is an opportunity for you to learn obedience to the will of God. However, many of us are rejecting the process, the method, the very instrument God is using to refine us. This is why we remain as we are. That is why all we go through seems to be wasted. We will continue to repeat the test until we learn our lesson and pass it.”
“THOUGH THE VISION TARRIED, GOD’S APPOINTED TIME CAME TO ME AT THE SCOAN”
After failing her Bar Final exams at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja campus in 2015, Miss Chikodi Iwu realised that her failure was not ordinary. Recalling that her family had had a pedigree of backwardness and limitation in progress, the picture of what was going on became clearer to her. No one in her entire family had ever attained success academically. It took her eleven years to gain admission into university and after graduating, an evil tormenting spirit had vowed never to allow her to become a Barrister. That failure at the law school in 2015 became a sore point in her life as all subsequent efforts she made resulted in disappointment.
As soon as she started preparing for a resit of the exams, all those who supported her in the past abandoned her, thinking she was an incurable failure. She had to beg to be able to survive and faced serious accommodation problems. As the resit exams approached, she could not concentrate. Frustrated by different worries, she had to run to a pastor who was a staff of the Nigerian Law School in Abuja. The pastor revealed to her that her problem was from her village and advised her to visit The SCOAN, stressing that she doesn’t need to see the man of God in person before her situation would be turned around.
Visiting The SCOAN during a Sunday service, Chikodi witnessed God’s power as soon as Mass Prayer started. Immediately Prophet T.B Joshua raised his voice to lead prayer, Miss Iwu started screaming and shaking uncontrollably, attracting the attention of ushers who held her while the evil spirit spoke through her. The evil spirit confessed that it had wanted to kill her and destroy every good thing in her life, including her educational aspirations. Taking authority in the name of Jesus, the man of God commanded the evil spirit out of her. Delivered and redeemed from the oppression of the devil, Miss Iwu received two Good Morning Stickers from Prophet T.B. Joshua.
Wrapping the Good Morning Stickers around her writing pens, she returned to Abuja and unwrapped them as she sat for the exams. To God be the glory, after the exams, she came out in flying colours. Her results qualified her to be called to the Nigerian bar. A dream of eighteen years finally came to fruition after her encounter with the power of God at The SCOAN. Today, Miss Chikodi Iwu is addressed as Barrister Chikodi Iwu – a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Thanking God during her testimony, she told congregants that she is the first in her family to break the so-called jinx of attaining university level and graduating as a qualified lawyer. She promised to serve God diligently.
“GOD DESTROYED MY EVIL POWERS AND GAVE ME A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST”
Mr Ifeanyi was deep into fetish engagements right from his childhood days when he was twelve years old. His grandfather, a witch doctor initiated him into witchcraft when he took him to his shrine and instructed him never to allow the water in a particular pot get dry. Days later, his grandfather became ill and demanded to see his father in order to hand over the affairs of the dark arts to him. But when Ifeanyi’s father arrived at the hospital where the old man was ailing away, the old man denied him, saying he was not the one to take over the shrine from him.
When Ifeanyi arrived at the hospital, he met his grandmother, who on seeing him rushed to go and call the nurse. But while she left the hospital room, his grandfather had laid hands on his head – an act that sent cold shivers down his whole body. After that episode, he fell asleep only to be woken up by nurses later. He was asked to go home, unknown to him that his grandfather had passed on. But the laying of hands on his head meant a lot even though he did not know. When it became public knowledge that his grandfather was dead, a meeting of witchdoctors was convened to deliberate on their member’s burial. Before his corpse was buried, Ifeanyi was given white powder by the witchdoctors to administer on grandfather’s face.
After the burial, Ifeanyi continued to carry out the instructions the old man had given to him before he died. But he would soon be faced with a dilemma as his father insisted on destroying the shrine, saying it was the cause of the animosity between their family and people of the village. Ifeanyi’s father actually came with anointed oil which he handed over to his son to minister on the shrine before it would be destroyed. Unknown to his father, Ifeanyi had removed some fetish items from the shrine and had kept them in his own room.
Ifeanyi would go ahead to destroy the shrine as directed by his father. While digging to uproot some of the evil pots buried under the soil, a bird and smoke flew out from one of the pots. An enraged Ifeanyi told his father that he should be ready to face the consequences of that action. When the witchdoctors discovered that the shrine had been destroyed on the directive of Ifeanyi’s father, they afflicted him with poison and he died. After the death of his father, the witchdoctors regrouped and tried to retrieve a fetish staff from him. Ifeanyi would not be cowed into releasing the staff given to him by his late grandfather. His defiance attracted their wrath as they fought him through all sorts of demonic manipulations.
After undergoing all sorts of spiritual fortification in different shrines and through initiations, Ifeanyi managed to withstand the fetish battle between him and his enemies. On many occasions, the river goddess controlling one of the rivers where he was initiated would appear to him in dreams giving him evil counsel. She had told him what to do to become very powerful and had also given him a live fish to swallow. Ifeanyi eventually swallowed a live fish physically and later started carrying masquerades from village to village. He became so popular that people consulted him for spiritual help. Truck drivers consulted him for amulets to prevent robbery attacks and accidents on the road. Women who were desperate to marry also came and received ‘solution’.
All efforts to neutralise his evil powers through prayers proved abortive as he used some fetish items to cause heavy sleeping among the ‘prayer warriors’ whenever they gathered to pray against him. Ifeanyi became a very notorious witchdoctor that had many evil powers. He wore some around his waist while others were in different parts of his body. He continued to live with his evil powers, tormenting and oppressing people until a certain man appeared in his dream and kept telling him, “Son, follow me.” The man and his voice kept recurring to him in a mysterious dream-like experience until he found himself in Lagos at The SCOAN being bombarded by the Spirit of God in the Morning Water medium. The evangelist commanded the evil spirit in him to speak and it revealed so many horrible things it had done to Mr Ifeanyi’s life. Said it, among other things, “No man can bring him down. No masquerade in the land of the east can bring him down.” Through the power in the blood of Jesus, Mr Ifeanyi was brought down with his back on the floor while the evil spirit was cast out completely. During his testimony, a completely transformed Mr Ifeanyi said he has surrendered his life to Christ and will continue to be devoted to the Word of God. He advised people in the following words, “There is no other way; Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life.”
LOST JOB RESTORED
For four years, Mr Acha Vincent Njeok was out of employment. The former IT Officer in the Cameroonian Ministry of Sports and Physical Education faced a lot of difficulties trying to keep body and soul together. In the midst of all the hardship, he had encountered a friend who just returned from Nigeria. He asked his friend if he had visited The SCOAN and went further to demand the Morning Water from him. His friend asked him to come over the next day. Getting to his friend’s house, they prayed together. Thereafter, his friend asked him to buy a bottle of mineral water so he could minister some drops of the Morning Water into it for him.
After getting the bottle of mineral water, Mr Njeok received just three drops of the Morning Water into the beverage. With that, he continued to pray that his sacking should be reversed. In February this year, he was recalled to his place of work and entrusted with more responsibility as Chief of the Department of Maintenance. He was also recommended to travel to Europe for more training on the job. Thanking God for the restoration of his job, promotion and recommendation for foreign travel, Mr Njeok also testified to his healing from a strange and debilitating tumor (that had developed around his anal region) through the same Morning Water medium. “I advise viewers that if you have the Morning Water, you can do anything. With the Morning Water, you can cross the oceans by faith, in Jesus’ name!”, he said.
The choir’s renditions created a hallowed atmosphere for collective worship from the auditorium to the several adjourning over-flows where the glory of God remained aglow as was seen on many smiling faces as congregants raised their hands in reverence to the Rose of Sharon. “Holy Lamb my Redeemer. Prince of Peace. There is no one else like you. You are everything to me…,” sang the choir. The SCOAN Sunday service of September 4, 2016 was another glorious platform for an uncommon encounter with God.
The high point of the service was the message of the day. Evangelist Evelyn Joshua in her message titled STANDING IN AWE OF GOD called on Christians to submit to the will of God by picking up their crosses to follow Christ. She urged them to divorce from their hearts all distractive feelings that would only stand in between them and God. “Anxiety and care about your feelings need to be rebuked because it is tantamount to unbelief which is sin. It brings about tension, fear and panic,” she added.
Concluding, she urged believers to live a Christ-like life – a life built around eternity, stressing that God knows our needs and challenges and would take care of them: “Let us live for eternity and we shall secure all that is available in it. God knows the challenges before us, so, He gave us enough grace for each trial we face. God knows our needs and will provide for them.”
BATTERED BY LIFE, REVIVED BY LOVE
After his retrenchment as a medical practitioner in 2013, Dr Sunday Simon picked up the pieces of his shattered hopes and set up a chemist shop. In spite of his lofty professional qualifications, the no-bed-of-roses reality of life soon dawned on him as he sought a way out of his subsistent challenges. As a trained orthopaedic technologist who specialised in making artificial limbs, the Benue State of Nigeria indigene realised that life in retrenchment was a cumbersome experience; hence, aside from his chemist shop, he reached out individually to clients to see if he could raise enough money to bolster his financial status as a breadwinner.
While on a mission to procure raw materials for his work, he was involved in a motor accident along Jos road. He regained consciousness in a hospital and was informed by a nurse about the accident. It was an ironic twist of fate that a man who helped fabricate artificial limbs for amputees had become an amputee himself after that accident. Dr Simon could only shed tears as he watched himself without the ‘luxury’ of a full right limb. He somehow summoned the fortitude to bear what life had thrown at him by philosophising and consoling his inconsolable wife who could not come to terms with her husband’s unfortunate experience.
Leaving hospital, Dr Simon returned home only to face another amputation, albeit a psychological one. Some of his clients who had made advance payment for artificial limbs thronged his house asking for the limbs or a refund of their money. It was a huge embarrassment for a man who needed some rest after spending three weeks in hospital under a very traumatising atmosphere. In a bid to attract public sympathy and financial assistance, he had resorted to the media and was interviewed yet nothing tangible emanated from that angle. He was in a big fix; he had no money to settle his creditors and was also incapacitated to do any work. In the end, he was arrested by the police on the complaints of one of his clients and received the humiliation of his life.
Dr Simon was remanded in police cell while his terribly broken wife ran helter-skelter in search of a way out through his friends and associates who eventually reached a compromise with the police. He was given the grace of a month to settle his client or face further embarrassment. Fresh from the cruel world of a police cell, Dr Simon ran into another trouble. His landlord gave him a Quit Notice with a 30-day clause. Fed up with the unfriendly disposition of life towards his predicament coupled with begging family needs, he relocated to Lagos only to team up with beggars on the streets. At least, he was able to get food, money and clothing from kind-hearted Lagosians who considered the plight of the needy.
For the Benue State-born orthopaedic technologist, life on the streets of Lagos was not without its own sad days. Sometimes, government agencies threw spanners in the wheel of their begging progress. On a particular occasion, he was almost crushed to death after he was beaten blue-black by members of a government task force that prohibited street begging. Somehow, he had an encounter with a woman who shared gifts among beggars. The woman had interrogated him and discovered that he was neither a muslim nor a Nigerian northerner. She advised him to seek help from The SCOAN but in his heart, he had erroneously thought that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a poor beggar to see the man of God. ‘The Good Samaritan woman’, in a bid to ensure honesty and sincerity of purpose, videoed Dr Simon in the midst of beggars and forwarded the clips to The SCOAN. In no time, Dr Simon was invited to the ministry to tell the world the story of his life.
After listening to his emotion-laden story, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners world-wide gave him and his family the sum of five hundred thousand naira with a firm promise to sort out their accommodation problem. All his children who had been out of school were offered scholarships with immediate effect. Dr Simon and his family shed tears of joy. Those tears spoke louder than words of thanksgiving. They captured the totality of their grateful hearts which had been strangulated by the anguish of an unfortunate destiny until God stepped in to assuage their pains through Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners.
DELIVERED FROM THE YOKE OF EARTH-EATING
Mrs Cecilia Mpofu was addicted to eating anthill soil and crushed stones. For her, they were like appetisers which had to be taken before she could eat any food. She liked them with passion. Her addiction to ‘earth’ was so much so that she kept some in tins inside her room. Sometimes, she would flare up in anger whenever her husband threw the ‘rubbish’ away. As long as she was concerned, nothing or no one could stand between her and her earthy delicacies. But gradually, the Zimbabwean living in South Africa began to realise that something was wrong with her. She traced the problem to a particular day in her past when she sat close to a site where bricks were being crushed.
Mrs Mpofu however visited The SCOAN in 2014 and was at the Prayer Line where she received deliverance. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, commanded the demon out of her after it had manifested its evil grip upon her life. After that day, her favourite snacks turned offensive to her taste. She has since stopped eating them and has realised that an evil spirit was behind the unhealthy habit. Not even the smell of dust could lure her into it anymore. Thanking God for her deliverance, she told congregants how the habit had caused fracas between her and her husband, stressing that she is now renewed.
SPIRIT OF WOMAN KNOCKED OUT
A friend had initiated her into woman to woman relationship in 2010 and since then, she had lost all feelings for the opposite sex. Mrs Emeson Bright welcomed and accepted only advances from fellow women and even dressed in masculine fashion. Matters got worse after her marriage. Her unsuspecting husband had been unaware of the affection she had for women. In her dreams, she was often harassed by a strange man who always wanted to have sex with her. Whenever she woke up from such dreams, she would feel pains and would have no affection for her husband.
The affection she had for women eventually came to an end after she visited The SCOAN two Sundays ago. During a special prayer session for worshippers by the man of God, the demon in her she manifested and the fire power of God located her. The battle was instant and very brief. There was no breathing space for the demon which confessed. “She is my friend… I wanted to marry her; she refused. I have not started with her. I visited her…,” it said. It was apparent from the demon’s uncoordinated speech that it was under heavy bombardment by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Taking authority in the mighty name of Jesus, Prophet T.B. Joshua commanded the demon out of her life and she was set free.
Returning to The SCOAN for her testimony in company of her husband, Mrs Bright explained to congregants how she frustrated her marriage with lack of affection for her husband. She also told them about the newness of spirit which she now enjoys. According to her, her dreams have changed for good even as she now cherishes her husband and feels so much affection for him. On his own part, her husband told congregants that he knew something was wrong with his wife all along. From his account, it was a friend who encouraged him to bring his wife to The SCOAN for deliverance. He thanked God for setting her free and restoring the warmth in their marriage. He advised people to run to Jesus as He is the final bus stop.
CHAIN OF SMOKING BROKEN. SPIRIT OF CULTISM BANISHED
Growing up for Mr Akpe Barnabas was tranquil. He had great charisma for the things of God and was an altar boy in the Roman Catholic Church. He was the kind of person you would call a good and easy-going boy. But the good side of him would eventually give way to turbulence. As soon as he got admission into a private university in Nigeria, things fell apart. Meeting with a set of guys who belonged to a cult group, he was influenced to embrace one of the campus confraternities – the Supreme Vikings Confraternity. The promise of power was the hook that pulled him in “like a fish doped out of the deep.” From the very moment he was initiated, his life became a playing ground for all sorts of bad spirits, ranging from substance abuse, incest, anger and stealing. The days of piety and innocence were over; the devil and his cohorts were having a field day.
Barnabas would sneak out of the university campus in company of his bad friends and go to clubs where drinking and smoking were the order of the day. Forming a league with other Vikings members from other universities, the young man though he was enjoying life to the brim. He had sworn to an oath to be with them forever and so it was till death do them part. And knowing that there would always be reasons for fighting and clashes with rival cult groups, Barnabas was a regular customer of native medicine men who provided him with the necessary fortification against bullets and other weapons. He had once tested his skin’s impenetrability with a cutlass and was glad the steel could not have its way. That gave him a super feeling about his capacity to go unscathed in the face of trouble.
He became arrogant, unnecessarily violent and troublesome to the extent that the school authorities placed him under close scrutiny until he fell out with them and was listed among those to be expelled. After his second semester examinations, he became a bad morsel in the throat of the school authorities and had to be vomited by force. He was expelled finally, having been a thorn in their flesh for two turbulent years. Back home, his parents were disappointed in him over his expulsion saga, even though they were not in the know about his cult involvement. Forgiving his boyish demeanours, his father intervened and secured his transfer to another private university where he had to start all over again from 100 Level.
When he resumed in his new school, he had tried to stay away from all cult engagements but Vikings members in his former school had already notified the members in his new school about his coming and so, they were on the look-out for him. As much as he tried to conceal his identity, he later let the cat out of the bag after Vikings had a clash with a rival cult group. He had to present himself to the Vikings confraternity in his new school. They fought dirty battles together and did many despicable things. Before Barnabas graduated from his new school, he had become the number-two-man in his confraternity.
After his graduation, Barnabas returned home only to be confronted with the stark reality of his younger brother’s smoking adventure. Even though he was already an expert in the habit of smoking, he did not like the fact that his younger brother was also toeing his line. He vented his anger on the lad who was only seventeen. It was the intervention of his mother that saved his younger brother from the beating of his life. Weeping together, mother and sons agreed to visit The SCOAN, knowing that the matter was beyond physical solution.
At The SCOAN in company of his brothers and parents, Barnabas received his deliverance when an evangelist ministered the Morning Water to him. The demon that had been responsible for all his wayward behaviours spoke out: “I am a Viking. I made him start smoking. He smokes Indian hemp and cocaine… I made him join a cult; he is a cultist. He’s a very brilliant boy. He takes drugs…” Commanding the demon out in the mighty name of Jesus, Barnabas’ back touched the auditorium ground and was set free. When he regained his senses, he burst into tears – an indication that he had been under the influence of an evil spirit all the while. His younger brother was also delivered from the spirit of smoking.
During his deliverance in company of his parents and siblings, Barnabas told congregants that smoking was a thing of the past. He thanked God for saving him from the legion of doom – smoking, cultism, anger and all other irresponsible acts. His younger brother also expressed his gratitude for his deliverance from the spirit of smoking while their father praised God for making him a happier man. According to him, but for their deliverance, he had regretted having the two boys as children due to their disgraceful behaviours. The entire family were unanimous with their submission that a new dawn of joy and peace had set in after the deliverance at the Arena of Liberty. Barnabas advised people all over the world in the following word: “Youths going into university, resist bad company and cults.”
DELIVERANCE WITHOUT LOVE IS A DISASTER
Ms Mary Nenyo was delivered from demonic slavery of the Trokosi caste system in Ghana two weeks ago. Last Sunday, she came to thank God for all he had used the man of God to do in her life. She had also been reunited with her family and now knows her real age. Mary is currently thirty years-old and is happy about it. Recounting how she spent all her life in an evil shrine worshipping a malevolent idol, she told congregants that she would start a new life in Christ. In line with the charitable disposition of The SCOAN, Emmanuel TV Partners and Prophet T.B. Joshua, Mary was given the sum of one thousand and five hundred US dollars to start a new life. Appreciating the gesture from the man of God and his ministry, she urged people all over the world to make Christ their most important life partner, stressing that He had paid the price for their sins two thousand years ago.
SPIRIT OF MAN DEFEATED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Mrs Nwabudike was always at the receiving end of a demonic attack through her dreams. A giant man alongside wild animals always chased her in the dream. Her condition became delirious as she had to be taken to the hospital but doctors in their own human reasoning reckoned it was mere high fever. They even advised her husband to stock his house with milk and malt so that she could drink them whenever she was about to pass out. In spite of all their human efforts, there was no respite. Her condition became worse as the attacks intensified unabated. By this time, there was no iota of affection in their marriage. They slept like to worlds apart.
Through a friend’s advice, they visited The SCOAN two Sundays ago when Prophet T.B. Joshua’s trip to Greece, where he prayed at the Paul and Silas Prison was rebroadcast. After praying with the man of God, the couple received the Morning Water and returned home. After one of their midnight prayers, Mr Nwabudike ministered the Morning Water on his wife and received the shock of his life. She manifested the demon which even spoke through her, denying him as a husband and rejecting their little children who were crying for care.
The more Morning Water he ministered to her, the wilder she became, speaking gibberish and renouncing their marriage. Mr Nwabudike was fear-stricken as he ministered the Morning Water to his wife. He knew and heard it clearly that the strange man in his wife’s life was at work and so, he decided to video the whole scenario. A neighbour whom he had called to assist in the deliverance had ignorantly suggested that she be sedated to make the battle easier. But his thinking was a laughable idea in the midst of a serious matter. It was a battle that took a while to settle but in the end, the evil spirit succumbed to the power of God. After receiving enough bombardment from the Spirit of God, Mrs Nwabudike fell down – a sign that it was all over for the spirit-man.
During their testimony, Mr and Mrs Nwabudike gave detailed accounts of their ordeal in the hands of the spirit-man. Congregants were on the edge of their seats as Mr Nwabudike narrated his encounter with a very high sense of humour. Thanking God for the deliverance, Mrs Nwabudike left the following advice for people all over the world: “Anyone that is experiencing the same problem I once had should just trust in God for deliverance.”
MULTIPLE BREAKTHROUGHS/ HEALING AFTER DELIVERANCE
She had come to The SCOAN five years ago with the problems of inability to secure admission and irregular menstruation. However, contrary to her expectations, the man of God dropped a ‘bombshell’ concerning Mary’s life. Even her parents who came with her that day were shell-shocked to hear the man of God prophesy to their daughter. “This is a commitment, think very well. I said she has a commitment. This commitment has to do with a covenant…,” said the man of God. Turning to her mother, Prophet T.B. Joshua said, “Before you gave birth to this child, there is a place you went to. You went somewhere and they gave you something. She is a borrowed child.”
Reacting to the prophecy, Mary’s mother confessed that she had actually gone seeking for help from some idol worshippers who eventually made Mary’s conception possible. Corroborating the prophecy of the man of God, Mary was a borrowed child that would have been retrieved by her real owner had she not come to The SCOAN. After the prophecy that day, Mary was delivered by the man of God. Other children in the family were later delivered by the man of God.
Last Sunday, Mary came to testify to God’s goodness in her life. According to her, immediately after her deliverance years back, she got admission and has already graduated as at today. The problem of irregular menstruation had since been consigned to the dustbin of history. Mary was full of smiles and radiant joy as she told congregants how God had visited her family with His grace and favour. According to her, her parents are better off now as they have been favoured by God with breakthroughs.
Even her elder brother who had been searching for admission is now in school and doing great. According to Mary’s mother, ever since the multiple deliverance in their family, things have been very good to the extent that different schools offered admissions to each of her admission-seeking children. She also testified to her healing from cervical spondylosis after she had ministered the Morning Water. By the grace of God, she also owns a school and is doing very well in the educational sector. Thanking God for all He had done for the family, Mary and her parents urged people to have faith in God and draw closer to Him.
The SCOAN Sunday service of August 28, 2016 brought God’s children together to experience an outpouring of His grace and glory upon their lives. The words of exhortation and the songs of praise and worship blended together to provide a perfect platform for congregants to express their gratitude to God through testimonies and other acts of thanksgiving that inspire God to do more.
DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL AND ANCESTRAL BONDAGE
She had been chosen by the gods as the sacrificial lamb to atone for the sins her forefathers had committed many years ago. According to the oracle, her great grandfather had slept with an outcast and had brought a curse of recurrent death upon the family. While in the Ivory Coast with her parents, who had gone there for fishing business, the Ghanaian baby girl the idol had chosen would have to leave her parents for a journey that would put her in bondage for life but for God’s intervention. Her parents could not kick against the decision of the gods and so, they had to let go of their infant daughter.
Baby Mary was eventually taken into a shrine where the Trokosi caste system was being practised. She became one of the wives of the priest, an old man capable of being her great grandfather. She suffered untold humiliation as she had to submit to public disgrace by being reduced to the nude with the hair on her head shaved as a mark of atonement for the misdeeds of her ancestors. After the degradation, she became one of the maidens whose role was to prepare charms for different people who patronised the shrine. The more charms she prepared, the more she was possessed by evil spirits.
When the priest eventually died, the young Mary was forced to undergo widowhood rites that spanned seven days without food and water. At a point the little girl collapsed due to her inability to cope with the tortuous ritual. By the time the widowhood rites were completed, life for Mary presented more challenges. Due to hunger and the lack of almost all the essential and psychological needs of life, she would occasionally sneak into town in search of crumbs from the streets. It was during one of such hunger-inspired journeys to town that she was spotted by an international news organisation which took interest in her case. After interrogating her and listening to her predicament, a financially costly arrangement was reached with the shrine authorities for Mary’s freedom.
Following her liberation, Mary went in search of her family but was rejected because they thought that having been used as a sacrificial lamb, she would bring a curse on them if they allowed her in. Alas! The young Mary’s life only knew a temporary relief after the liberation. With no other place to call home, coupled with the increased hardship she encountered on the streets, she had no other choice than to return to the Trokosi shrine. It was so pathetic a scenario that an 8-year-old girl would traverse the sands of this wicked world without parental care and guidance and yet mustered the courage to move on with her innocence at the receiving end of spiritual molestation.
Gathering fruits from the forests and selling them in town in order to fend for her little life tormented by a giant yoke, she once again came in contact with the international news organisation that had fostered her liberation from bondage. After explaining to them the reason for her return to the fetish enclave, the organisation decided to take up her welfare and education. At that stage, she had to start living with a concerned woman while a Non-Governmental Organisation sponsored her education up to the senior secondary school level.
After her secondary school education, securing and sustaining a job became a nightmare as evil spirits in the form of snakes kept tormenting her. She would dream of snakes entering her body from different points, making her unable to concentrate in the physical. As she battled with that spiritual torment, she became a toy in the hands of many men who took undue advantage of her situation to sleep with her only to abandon her eventually. Mary lived with eleven different persons and faced so much maltreatment and rejection because of the evil spirit that was inside her. The torment continued until she encountered Jesus in a rapture-like dream in which every other person around her was flying into the skies while she could not. Crying out to Jesus, she asked, “Lord why can’t I fly? Is it because of my sin?” According to her, Jesus promised to put a hedge around her that would prevent her from committing more sin.
Mary was directed to The SCOAN when she became terribly broken and shattered by the storms of life. A woman she described as a Good Samaritan had told her that the only person that can deliver her is Prophet T.B. Joshua. The same woman funded her trip to Nigeria. Mary was in the auditorium penultimate Sunday when the evangelists were ministering the Morning Water, in the name of Jesus. As they approached her, a powerful battle ensued. As soon as the Morning Water touched her, the evil spirits in her began to manifest, confessing how it had tormented her life in the form of two billion snakes. The battle lingered for a while as the evil spirit tried to be stubborn but could not withstand the power of God. It finally succumbed to the superior power of the Most High!
Revelling in the new dawn of her total liberation and deliverance, Mary who could not recall her real age due to parental disconnection, thanked God for using The SCOAN and Prophet T.B. Joshua to make her a normal person again. She was full of praise for the God of Prophet T.B. Joshua and has since surrendered her life to Christ and the things of God. She advised people all over the world to desist from sin in order to avoid the evil kingdom.
YOKE OF PROSTITUTION LIFTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Born into poverty and without knowing her father, young Bahati grew up with her mother who eventually died when she was only nine years old. After her mother’s demise, the young Kenyan had to move in with her elder sister. Life was not easy but God sent help through a church which took up the education of indigent students. Young Bahati enrolled into school but could not come to terms with the strenuous demands of learning and so, she had no other choice than to drop out of school only to strike friendship with a random woman who introduced her into drinking alcoholic beverages. As she progressed in her alcoholic activities, her sister became fed up with her wayward life and ejected her.
Left with nowhere to put up, Bahati resorted to street hustling. She later met an armed robber lover with whom she would move in. But after sometime, troubles crept up. Her lover could not afford to pay his rent and was ejected, leaving them with no option than to move in with her lover’s armed robber friend. Knowing that they were living with men of the underworld, Bahati in connivance with the girlfriend of her husband’s friend, broke into the house and made away with the money the robber-lovers had stolen and kept in the house. While the police were after the robber-lovers, the latter were after their fleeing girlfriends who had absconded with the armed robbers’ loot. Relocating to Nairobi and embracing prostitution, Bahati had affairs with three different Japanese men. She had had a child for the first Japanese who was a married man but had deceived her. The second Japanese man, who accepted Bahati’s first child, took her to Japan but got the beating of his life. Their marriage ended in divorce, albeit they had a child together.
With two children from two failed unions, the Japanese government took up her welfare through strict social measures that made continuing her wayward life very difficult. As the adage goes by “nobody dares cage water”, Bahati found a way to sneak out to clubs where she sold her body to men and drank alcohol to her satisfaction, leaving her young children at home alone. Sometimes, when she returned from her ‘night duties’, she would break down in tears, wondering why she was living that horrible kind of life. Bahati would also get pregnant for an African neighbour whose wife had tried to lure her into idolatry.
Introduced to Emmanuel TV by a friend in Japan, Bahati built up her faith and decided to visit The SCOAN. Penultimate Sunday, she was delivered after the evangelists ministered the Morning Water on her. Though, the demon tormenting her life had tried to be unyielding to the power of God, it was however brought down like a pack of cards through the power of the Holy Spirit. During her testimony last Sunday, Bahati told congregants that all her unholy appetites are gone for good. According to her, the urge to go and meet men and the thirst for alcohol are gone even as she now enjoys quality time in the presence of God’s Word.
“Never give up on God,” she advised.
OUR BLESSINGS CAME IN THREE-FOLD
Dr and Mrs Sunny Odinye had been offered admission for doctoral and master’s programmes, respectively by a Chinese university in 2010. It was tough yet God was able to see them through. While Mrs Odinye rounded off her programme with distinction in 2012 her husband continued his programme which was supposed to take at least four years. He had visited The SCOAN in 2011 after deriving so much inspiration from watching Emmanuel TV. Before returning to China to finish his PhD in 2013, he had also visited The SCOAN where he received prayers and the Morning Water. As he continued to pray and minister the Morning Water, a miracle happened. The PhD which should have taken at least four years to complete, was awarded to him in less than three years. As the first Nigerian PhD holder in the Chinese Language, Sunny graduated with a distinction.
The university lecturers were also blessed financially as they continued to minister the Morning Water while also praying with Prophet T.B. Joshua. The building project which they had started in their village since 2010 was finally completed in 2013. They were also blessed with two very good cars, to the glory of God. Dr Odinye also testified to the healing of his father who had been diagnosed with kidney problem at the age of 77. According to him, even though his father had been placed on dialysis, they visited The SCOAN and received the Morning Water which was ministered to him. After one week, his father’s health was restored, ending his dependence on dialysis. Returning to the doctors for a confirmation test, it was discovered that his father’s kidneys were in good condition up to this moment.
Thanking God for the miracles and their attendant blessings, Dr Odinye reminded people all over the world that, “We are blessed to bless others.”
“GOD HEALED MY HUSBAND, MY FRIEND’S FATHER AND PROPHESIED TO ME THROUGH PROPHET T.B. JOSHUA”
Mrs Lydia Alshakro’s husband was suffering from a severe stomach pain that deprived him of food. For five years, doctors in America tried in vain to find a cure. But as a concerned wife, an Iraqi living in the United States who had encountered Emmanuel TV and fallen in love with the marvellous works of God through Prophet T.B. Joshua, Mrs Alshakro convinced her husband to visit The SCOAN in 2013. When he did, he received prayers from the man of God as well as the Morning Water and the Good Morning Stickers.
As soon as he returned to his base in the US, Mr Alshakro placed the Good Morning Sticker on his mirror and began to shave. Instantly, he felt God’s power all around him as he started shaking uncontrollably until the age-long stomach ache disappeared miraculously. Mrs Alshakro also testified to the confirmation of the man of God as a Spirit-filled Prophet of God after he had appeared to her in a dream after watching and praying with the prophet on Emmanuel TV. She also testified to a prophecy which the man of God gave her via a dream in her native Arabic language, telling her that she will preach in a strong church established on four pillars. She equally thanked God for using a drop of the Morning Water (which she sent) to heal her friend’s father who had throat cancer. “Prophet T.B. Joshua is giving us pure teaching and the corresponding power of the Holy Spirit,” she told people all over the world.
HUGE FIBROID DESTROYED LIKE THE PRISON DOOR OF PAUL AND SILAS
While the rebroadcast of Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prayer at the biblical Paul and Silas prison in Greece was going on penultimate Sunday, Miss Oseni Funmilayo, who had been experiencing severe menstrual pain due to fibroid, rushed to the restroom and passed out the huge tumour, which had been disturbing her for so long. According to her mother, Funmilayo was in the Sunday school class when the clip was played on Emmanuel TV.
Prophet T.B Joshua, while praying at the historical site, had commanded every aspect of viewers’ lives that were in bondage to be loosed in Jesus’ name. It is therefore exciting to see how the power of God came into action using the miraculous release of Paul and Silas to release the fibroid that was a thorn in the flesh of the young girl. Thanking God in company of her mother, Funmilayo advised congregants in the following words: “Have faith in God. All things are possible.”
EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY
During a Live Sunday service at The SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied concerning an event that would strike the nation of Italy and trigger headlines. These were his words:
“In Jesus Christ’s name. I want every one of us to pray for this country, Italy. I don’t know what happened there. This is Italy. I don’t know but open your lips and pray for God’s protection in that country. Something happened there that caused headlines. For God’s protection – this is Italy. In Jesus Christ’s name, we pray.”
Just as Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied, the catastrophe revealed in the prophetic message made the headlines across the world as the breaking news spread concerning the earthquake which hit Central Italy.
We at The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV wish to offer our condolences to the nation of Italy and to the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives in the tragic incident that occurred in Central Italy on Wednesday 24th August 2016.
We want to encourage you in this difficult time that Jesus Christ is our Hope. Let us wait upon the Lord, trust in Him alone and we will be strong. Jesus has risen – therefore, in this time, let our minds rise and seek the things that are above so that we will be comforted under the present sorrow.
We pray that God will comfort and support the nation of Italy and the friends and family of all those affected in this disaster and that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss, in Jesus’ name.
On April 16th 2016, the nation, Ecuador was hit by a colossal earthquake of magnitude 7.8. The severity of the disaster reverberated throughout the entire country, leaving at least 500 dead and 27,500 injured. Moved by the plight of Ecuadorians, T.B. Joshua – Founder of Emmanuel TV – sent a relief team to Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador and dispatched a Boeing 727 Cargo Plane, which contained 20 tons of relief hygiene materials, perishable, and non-perishable food stuff.
Upon arrival, the relief and aid supplies were received by representatives of the Minister of Defense on behalf of the people ofEcuador. The Armed Forces of Ecuador loaded the aid into army trucks and transported to the Emmanuel TV Operations Center, situated close to Esmeraldas City. The supplies were offloaded, repackaged, and distributed to various shelter camps in the Esmeraldas Province.
The Emmanuel TV Team also extended its relief efforts to a remote village, Chachi de San Salvador, which had also been gravely affected by the quake in the areas of access to clean water and the destruction of its local school. In response to this particular community’s needs, the Team supplied the community with equipment that converts river and unclean water into potable water. The Team is also undergoing a school construction project – at a cost of US$262,000 – to rebuild the entire school complex that was destroyed. The reconstructed school will provide learning facilities for 350 students.
The people of Ecuador, as well as its Government, continue to express their gratitude for the Emmanuel TV Ecuador Relief efforts. A grateful beneficiary, from the Chachi community, said: “This is the first aid we have received from another country”. The relief efforts have aided over 5,000 Ecuadorians, totalling over half a million US Dollars.
About Emmanuel TV
Emmanuel TV is an international TV Station and NGO, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. It was founded by T.B. Joshua, a philanthropist, who has been responding to individual and societal needs across the world. Emmanuel TV has been providing food aid to poor communities in Colorado, USA; promoting women’s rights by providing funds to widows to start small businesses; building a school in Lahore, Pakistan and granting international scholarships – these are among a fraction of its practices. Such humanitarian endeavours are its strides to achieving the international community’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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The SCOAN Sunday Service of July 24, 2016 demonstrated the fact that the works of God are beyond the barriers of space and time. While Evangelist Joseph engaged the minds of congregants with his message titled CAPTURE YOUR THOUGHTS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, the man of God was in faraway South Korea doing what he was born to do.
Prophet T.B. Joshua was received in Seoul by a crowd that had waited for hours at the airport to welcome him to the South Korea 2016 Crusade. Day 1 and Day 2 of the crusade witnessed a heroic manifestation of God’s power as the sick were healed, the captives and oppressed were set free and the broken-hearted were uplifted.
Meanwhile to sum up his message, Evangelist Joseph urged Christians all over the world to guide and guard their thoughts in order not to allow the devil a space in their hearts. According to him, the life of a Christian will only attract more positivity when he or she thinks positively. “Every time you allow yourself to think positively and talk positively, you act positively”, he said. He acknowledged the common dilemma of choice that faces Christians but insists that there are no neutral thoughts. He stated that our thoughts are either of faith or of doubt. According to him, when our thoughts are of faith, they become great and produce great results – “Great thoughts produce great decisions but bad thoughts produce wrong decisions.”
Concluding, he urged Christians to manage their minds in order to be able to attract the kind of positive reality they desire. “Manage your mind because what happens in your mind will happen in time,” he advised.
During the Morning Water ministration, evangelists unleashed divine wrath on the kingdom of darkness as many were delivered from the grip of evil spirits and all sorts of afflictions in the name of Jesus Christ. Many who had received their own miracles also came out to testify to the goodness and glory of God in their lives.
YOKE OF BEDWETTING CONSUMED BY THE FIRE OF THE HOLY GHOST
The problem of bedwetting had ravaged the life of Mrs Obiageli Onuoha’s son right from birth. The lad had a horrible time with that problem and had to move from one hospital to the other in search of a medical solution that never really came. Even in Dublin, Ireland where they reside, all efforts to stop the problem proved abortive. A special machine which had an alarm system made for him could not tame the evil yoke as he usually slept too deep. The alarm system ended up being a waste of time and effort. Mrs Onuoha was not happy with the turn of events and decided to try other options. But the more her human reasoning tried to find a way out, the worse his situation became. He continued bedwetting to the extent that he lost two important excursion opportunities in his school. Trips to Ghana and Spain organised by his school eluded him because of his constant challenge.
At age 14, Bobby was still battling with the problem of bedwetting much to the disappointment of his mother. Having traversed different landscapes in search of solution without finding any, Mrs Onuoha decided to visit The SCOAN last week. During that Sunday, Bobby received the anointed touch of the man of God and immediately fell to the ground. After that encounter, he had said to his mother, “Mummy, I felt something leave my body as the man of God touched me.” Since that day, Bobby has not wet the bed. He now enjoys peaceful sleep. The yoke of bedwetting is definitely gone forever. Expressing her gratitude, Mrs Onuoha marvelled at the incomprehensible power and ways of God. She advised parents all over the world to draw closer to Him.
BLESSING OF PREGNANCY WIPES OUT PAST MISTAKES
After a romantic misadventure that resulted in a pregnancy which she aborted during her secondary school days, Mrs Eucharia Okoye never knew that a destructive growth had started raising its ugly head in her womb. When it was time to have a child for her husband, doctors discovered, after several tests, that the growth had continued to develop in her womb preventing her from conceiving. The only offer they could make was to suggest a surgery. It was at the brink of being operated upon that her husband asked her to leave the hospital and get ready for a visit to The SCOAN.
At The SCOAN, Mrs Okoye received the Morning Water. She continued to minister it to herself, praying to God to flush out the growth from her body. After a while, she returned to the hospital for a test. The doctor that conducted the test wondered what had gone wrong. “Who is that doctor that wanted to operate you? I can’t see any growth in your womb. There’s nothing growing in your womb!” he exclaimed. How an 18-year-old growth suddenly disappeared can only be an act of divine intervention.
As she testified last Sunday in company of her sisters-in-law, Mrs Okoye bubbled with so much joy as she flaunted her pregnancy for the congregation to see the work of God. She encouraged people facing her type of situation to come to The SCOAN and receive their own miracle. She advised them to have faith in God and come to Him, irrespective of their past mistakes.
HEART DISEASE AND PEPTIC ULCER FACE HEAVEN’S FIRING SQUAD
Mrs Oben Eveline Ayuk laboured with heart failure and peptic ulcer for six years. The Cameroonian visited many hospitals in her native country but could not really get any respite. She suffered from severe weakness and had difficulty eating food and drinking water. She virtually lived on medication all through those six years. The doctors advised her against eating starchy foods. They also told her to avoid foods high in cholesterol. In an effort to normalise her lifestyle as much as possible, they offered her an option of temporary relief at a very high price. She would have to provide a whopping 4 million francs to have a special instrument known as a battery inserted into her heart as a palliative measure.
Thinking that was the end of her life here on earth, she rushed down to The SCOAN and received the Morning Water. As she returned to Cameroon, she continued to minister it amidst prayers. Gradually, all those debilitating symptoms started giving way to renewed vigour and better well-being. She became strong once again and could do all those things she could not do before now. She now eats good food and drinks water, irrespective of the quantity. To confirm God’s marvellous work in her life, she returned to the hospital and did some tests. When the results were released, they showed that both the heart problem and peptic ulcer were no more.
Testifying at The SCOAN where congregants expressed their joy for her healing, Mrs Ayuk downed a full bottle of water to prove that she is now completely well. She advised people with similar conditions to seek the face of God.
MULTIPLE FIBROIDS KICKED OUT BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Mrs Folashade Jehovahson was diagnosed with multiple fibroids after she had experienced abdominal discomfort. After confirming the existence of the abnormal growths in her womb, her doctors had suggested surgery but she rejected it and declared that she had a God who would heal her without collecting a dime. She visited The SCOAN and received the Morning Water. Apart from ministering it during prayers, she would use it to cook and bathe. A few months later, her stomach which was previously hard started becoming soft. She knew that something miraculous had taken place.
Returning to the hospital for further tests, it was discovered that the multiple fibroids had melted away like snowflakes in the sun. The result of the tests showed that the fibroids were completely gone. Testifying in company of her husband, Mrs Jehovahson advised people all over the world, especially women facing her type of predicament, to run to God as He is the only One that can truly heal them. On his own part, her husband, Mr Olayinka Jehovahson had the following words for people of God – “For all Christians who centre their lives on Jesus Christ, better is not good enough; the best is yet to come.”
YOKE OF UNDEREMPLOYMENT LIFTED: ORDINARY TEACHER BECOMES HOD
Mrs Mary Onumonu, with all her qualifications, worked as an ordinary classroom teacher for nine years. Her aspiration was to work in a higher institution as a lecturer. But because of rising unemployment, she had no other choice than to accept the secondary school job. With her Master of Business Administration, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Post-Graduate Diploma in Management and a Higher National Diploma, she earned the same salary as people who had only a first degree. However, in spite of that unpalatable experience, Mrs Onumonu had a strong belief in her heart that one day, she would attain that height she had been aspiring to. She had even told her colleagues that her rise to glory was just a matter of time.
She visited The SCOAN and received the Morning Water which she ministered daily, in the name of Jesus. Eventually, a new institute in her native Bayelsa State, Nigeria took off – The International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality. She applied as a lecturer to the new institute and was called for an interview. After the interview, she was selected and was appointed as a lecturer. It didn’t end there! She was also made the Head of Department of Business Management and Public Administration. Testifying in style and exuding glorious confidence, Mrs Onumonu advised people, especially teachers who are under-employed not to lose hope but to trust in God.