In God's Hands

A touching testimony found in ‘Faith Cometh’, The SCOAN’s magazine. Truly, our lives are in God’s hands… Read with devotion and let faith cometh!

With everything the world could offer, ‘a dream house, well paid jobs, a holiday flat, a game farm with animals – the whole package’ on the outside, it seemed as if the young couple from Pretoria, South Africa lacked nothing. Inwardly, however, Peter and Gene Van Zyl were lonely, restless and searching. For them, life was an ongoing search for something more substantial and fulfilling, as their successful restaurant entrepreneurship, regular parties, social gatherings and wild and spontaneous lifestyle left nothing but emptiness.

Reflecting on his past lifestyle, Peter said: “We were in a pitiful situation. We started off on the wrong foundations. We came from a background where the one with the most money and the nicest girlfriend wins at the end of the day. So our past was full of alcohol, drugs, and unfaithfulness. We came from a life of idolatry. I idolised everything in my life – my businesses and my possessions; I was very materialistic. We lacked substantial truth and were deceived by all kinds of lies”. Speaking of their former activities, Gene said: “It was basically based on going from one party to the next; there was nothing of God, nothing of stability, nothing to look forward to except going from one drink party to another – and as the years went on, our condition was only getting worse. All the parties, all the people and all the work responsibilities caused a lot of havoc in our lives”. Peter summed up his situation, saying, “I was a bomb waiting and looking for a place to explode”.

A downward spiral of events left the young couple’s marriage on the brink of disaster and Peter’s health in dire straits. Time seemed to be running out on them as stability waned. In Peter’s own words, “When everything starts falling apart around you and you don’t have Jesus, then you don’t have hope. There is no hope”.

Knowing that there must be more to life, curiosity and a promise to accompany his friend diagnosed with terminal cancer led Peter to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in August, 2006. Previously sceptical and unapproachable concerning spiritual matters, the radical and practical truth that Peter witnessed at The SCOAN, brought him to his knees in repentance before his Creator. Speaking of his first trip, he said: “I saw the truth and the light and that changed me. Within two days, I was sold out for Jesus and everything about The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations”. During the Sunday service broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, on the instruction of Prophet T.B. Joshua, the whole congregation and viewers worldwide stretched their hands to pray for the salvation of Peter and his two friends. Struggling to describe the incredible moment, Peter said: “There is no way to explain it. I don’t know if you can imagine… it feels like everything you ever based your values on just disappeared. So, there was an absolute feeling of nil, zero but it is a good feeling. It feels as if nothing, nothing will stop you now – you will throw everything away”.

Peter returned home a changed man and on seeing that the transformation in the life of her husband was genuine, Gene later agreed to join him on another trip to The SCOAN. Initially sceptical, Gene was convinced by the power of God she saw in the life of Prophet T.B. Joshua. She had come to Nigeria tempted to even give up on her marriage, but after receiving a message of prophecy about the root cause of their marital problems, Gene accepted the Truth and was set free.

Gene Van Zyl

Gene Van Zyl with her new baby Abraham - another incredible testimony!!

Since Peter and Gene have surrendered their lives to Jesus at The SCOAN, their marriage has been restored. Peter has been healed of a serious neck injury and they have joined the family of Emmanuel TV as ‘partners in purpose’ in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. Peter, affectionately known as ‘Big Brother’ by The SCOAN family and his wife, Gene, have a powerful testimony to share, proving that their lives are truly in God’s hands.

Faith Cometh spoke with them to find out their incredible story.

Gene explained: “I woke up one Monday morning with a funny feeling that something bad was going to happen. Peter was out at the time with his colleagues and they were going to drive back at night, so I was worried about them. That day, my phone rang and it was The SCOAN looking for ‘Big Brother’; I told them that he was on the farm. I tried to call him but he was out of signal. Then suddenly the phone rang and it was The Synagogue again. I told them, “I couldn’t get through to him but have left a message that he should contact you as soon as possible”. Then they told me, “Hold on for the prophet”. I was astounded – he had never phoned me before! Suddenly, I heard the prophet say, “Hello!” I was so excited and so completely overwhelmed that I didn’t actually know what I said to him! I was just saying, “God bless you”. He asked me how I was and told me he wanted to come to South Africa and that he would see us. I was very excited. I actually think I put down the phone before him – I was so excited!

“The next morning, I woke up with the same ‘bad feeling’ again. I work at an estate agency. We go to houses, show people around and take pictures. That day, the house I went to was still under construction. On getting there… I can’t remember much except telling the owner, “I am not going to take photos because your house is not complete”. And I recall him saying, “Are you scared of heights?” I said, “No”. When I woke up, I was in hospital. I thought, “Wow, when I wake up, I must tell my husband about this funny dream!” ‘Big Brother’ can tell the rest of the story…”

“Well, it was a normal day. I didn’t even know that the prophet had phoned my wife the previous day. I was in my office when I got a phone call from her boss who, crying on the phone, said, “Gene fell off a building and there is a lot of blood!” That was the call. She gave me the address and then she was too hysterical to talk. I put down the phone and rushed to the address; it was near our home. As I left the house, I grabbed a bottle of anointing oil which the prophet had given me. When I got there, I saw a team of builders standing in the street looking up in a state of shock. The manager ran to me and said, “Are you the husband?” I said, “Yes”. He started sobbing, “I am sorry for building this place. I should have never built it – there must be a curse on this place!” I said, “Where is she?” He said, “She is just around the house there”.

Our lives are in God's hands

Our lives are in God's hands - nothing outside His control can happen to His people

“As I walked around, I was praying and started to realise how serious it was, judging from the reactions of the people that saw what happened. When I came around the house, I saw her; she was lying on her back, unconscious, with a really big pool of blood next to her head. Literally, it looked like her skull had burst open. She had fallen headfirst off the balcony of the building onto concrete tiles.

“I fell on my knees next to her and started praying. As I prayed, I took some oil and began anointing her. The ambulance was on the way – that I knew, having confirmed with our doctor on the way there. So I couldn’t do anything but just pray – my wife lying next to me with blood everywhere. Then my phone rang. It was about 10 minutes after arriving there. I picked up the phone and it was Prophet T.B. Joshua – straight, not ‘hold on for the man of God’. He said, “Hello! Don’t worry. This I saw three days ago. That’s why I phoned her yesterday. Did you know I phoned her? This is what I saw three days ago – I have been praying for her for three days. She fell, she fell”. I said, “Yes, she fell”. He said, “It is not unto death; don’t worry, she’ll be fine. Don’t worry. I will phone you”.

“I can’t tell you what was going through my mind at that moment. I believe God for the best, but in circumstances like that, you tend to panic. As I was on my knees there, I was really feeling the stress – so it was grace for that moment that the prophet phoned. From that moment, I knew that she wouldn’t die. The ambulance came and she was taken to hospital. Before I got to the hospital, representatives of The SCOAN were with me there. For that whole week in the hospital, someone from The SCOAN was with us, encouraging us and praying with us. It was wonderful!

“When we got to the hospital, they immediately had to do a CR scan to see if there was brain damage or whether the nerves were injured. After the scan result was out, everything was fine but she had broken both her wrists very badly. There were shattered bones everywhere.

“That evening, the prophet phoned again and said that we shouldn’t worry and that we don’t need to operate – that God would heal her. I said, “Ok”. So, she was lying down with her arms above her head, completely bandaged, and drifting in and out of consciousness because of the severe concussion in her head. I knew my wife’s family were on their way and the prophet said not to operate. The next morning, the doctor said we must have an emergency operation. I said, “No, you can’t”. He said, “Excuse me?” I said, “No, you can’t”. He said, “Why not?” I said, “I want to pray about it”. So he flipped completely! He threw the scan up and said, “You can take her to another hospital if my prognosis is not good enough!” I said, “Fine, just give me the forms I need to sign and I will take her to another hospital”. Then he went off and cooled himself down. He came back and said: “No, you don’t have to check her out. What do you want to do?” I said, “I just want to pray for a few days and seek God for guidance on what to do”. He wanted to have an emergency operation but agreed to reschedule for three days later.

Beautiful Sunset

What a God we have to worship, what a Son we have to praise, what a future lies before us!

“Then, my mother and father in-law wanted to know why we weren’t operating. They didn’t understand and were starting to panic. Family and friends started giving me a lot of pressure. Also, doctors phoned me and said that the bone was so badly shattered that she could get an infection and die if they didn’t operate quickly. I was praying and believing God but there was a lot of pressure and I was feeling the heavy strain. That night, the prophet phoned again.

“Without telling him anything, he said, “Hello! Well, I see the family and doctors are giving you a lot of trouble”. I emphatically said, “Yes!” He said, “Ok, operate, don’t operate – it doesn’t matter, but come to Lagos”. Gene had told me clearly, “If the prophet says don’t operate, we won’t do it”. So I said, “Listen, the prophet said you can operate”. So, she decided to operate, because there was a huge amount of pressure.

“We did the operation – that was two days after the fall, and a week later, we came to Lagos. The doctor said that the operation on the right arm was very successful, but we would have to do another operation on the left one. When we got to Lagos, the man of God greeted Gene, took her hand and said, “Sorry. You know you didn’t need to operate. God would have healed you”. He said that this was an unchangeable event. He saw it and prayed about it, but it was unchangeable”.

Peter Van Zyl

Peter Van Zyl with baby Abraham - God never stops giving us reasons to praise Him.

Gene continued: “I still had a lot of pain in my arm and was very restricted in its movement. At the prayer line, the prophet prayed for me and later that evening, the pain suddenly began subsiding. I brushed my teeth, which I hadn’t been able to do before and began to use my arm freely. It was then I actually appreciated to what extent the pain had gone! I never took pain tablets again and the pain completely left! The day we were to leave, we met the prophet and he said that we could take the cast off. When we got home, we went again for a scan. The doctor looked at my hands and was quite confused. He kept lifting up my left and right hand, trying to see the difference. I asked him, “Is it better than what you hoped for?” He said, “Yes, it is. What did you guys do?” I said “Well, we prayed about it”.

  • lydia dambula

    This is so touching, really God can do any thing, praise God for your life because you are now declaring the works of the Lord. indeed God answers a prayer with a miracle. may he remember me as well for i need his intervention in my life.

  • sonia

    I thank God for Peter and Gene’s testimony, this testimony strengthened my faith in God, I thank God for sending Prophet TB Josua to pray and deliver us

  • chimwemwe

    What a MIGHTY GOD we serve.All what is not possible with man is possible with HIM. Praise His Holy name

  • Constance B Thekane

    Greetings in jesus name i am so amazed by what God has done to the Vanzyl’s thru the man of God i also need the anointing to be heaed of stress, financial problems huge debts, childless, spiritual atagnation and hiv. may God of mercy use the man of God more to save us from this terrible world. What is impossible to man to God is possible

    • Constance B Thekane

      God is a faithful God not a son of man who has to repent not a lier. i know that he gave Prophet Joshua the power and the authority to deal with the devil and his kingdom in total defeat. I stil want to exault his holy name for bringing us a man like prophet TB Joshua. i also have the hope that one day i will meet with the prophet to heals me and my husband from financial problems and hiv

  • There is nothing that God can’t do. Trust and obey and everything shall be added unto you.

  • nangy

    God is amazing, i like Prophet TB Joshua because he is a good man of God. please Prophet keep helping people of God. Mr. Peter and Ms Gene, God will always be your side!!!

    Amen.

  • ROY WINILE MOYO

    NOTHING CAN CONFOUND AS THE SIMPLICITY AND POWER OF EL-SHADDAI.
    WHAT MIGHT BE TOO HARD OR TOO COMPLICATED OR TOO CONFUSING FOR US TO GRASP, TO GOD IT IS NOTHING BUT A GENTLE BREEZE OF LIFE GIVING BREATH.
    TO SOME , ‘BIG BROTHER’S STORY” SOUNDS LIKE FICTION.IT NEEDS HEAVENLY INSPIRED DISCERNMENT TO FATHOM.
    GOD STILL CONTINUES TO TOUCH PEOPLE WITHOUT EVEN US REALISING IT.
    ALL WE CAN SAY IS ”GLORY BE TO THE ALMIGHTY, ”THE ONE WHO SEES US ALL”(EL-ROI)……AND …..HE (JEHOVAH) REALLY CAN SEE US…ALL THE TIME AND EVERY TIME, BECAUSE ”HE IS ”THE LIVING ONE”, THE AUTHOR OF LIFE AND TIME.
    DESPITE THE FACT THAT GOD DELIBERATELY SHOWS HIS POWER AND GENTLENESS THROUGH OTHERS, THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD STILL TRIES TO PUT PRESSURE ON US TO CIRCUMVENT GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS AND DIRECTIONS.
    ONLY GOD’S CHILDREN PREVAIL.
    TO “BIG BROTHER” AND FAMILY….IN YOU WE HAVE A TANGIBLE TESTIMONY OF GOD’S MERCY, STAY STRONG IN GOD’S EMBRACE AND INSPIRE OTHERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    GOD’S SPEED TO YOU AND AMEN!

  • What a wonderful testmony and story to know. This story is so touching because it has touched a lot of areas in our lives. In my view it reminds me about my beginning, what I have passed through, What I am under going, God’s Love and power and what I should do. Surely our lives are in the hands of God. God loves us even if we go against Him. He is such a understanding Father. This story has brought faith to my heart. Thank you Prophet T B Joshua and the entire team for your care and love for others. God continue using you to so many people in need of help. Continue praying for us as we are in the danger zone. The world full of hate and evil activities. There is no peace around us. Everywhere you look at you see evil. Prophet T B Joshua you have a big task to fulfil in many lives of people. God fill you more. My situation of sickness has taught me to draw nearer to the sick and the needy. It has given me more strength to focus on God. Also pray for my marriage, my marraige has been a struggle all along. I have never enjoyed the good fruit of marriage. My marriage has been on and off. I ask myself why is it so. God knows and He has the answer for me. Man of God continue praying for us.

  • Admire Williams

    Praise the Lord almighty. He is indeed our Creator and has all of our spare parts in Heaven. If man can invent this and has their spare parts, how much more God – our creator.
    This is a wonderful testimony. It has indeed increased my faith.
    I am tying my faith to this for the healing of my swollen legs, associated with my heart, as I am hypertensive; over 4 years now. I trust God to heal me, too. If He did it for them, He will do it for me, too.
    Glory be to God in the Highest and for evermore He is God!

  • What a testimony.I’m very happy for Peter & Gene for their testimony .Really we are under God’s eyes and He watches over us day and night.We thank God for man of God TB Joshua.What a blessing from above.I’m short of words.God is really Owesome.God will never ever leave us nor forsake us if we run to Him.In every situation God is saying something we must just believe and we will see miracles.EMMANUEL!!!!

  • Nnyana

    Our God will never change,He is awesome and amazing and i am really touched and moved by the way God did for the Van zyl’s family and believe that they will also fear the Lord and take him as their shield forever.

    God bless you all!

  • gertrude leah Manakanyane

    Wow this is a such a wonderful testimony I believe it will change alot of lives. There is always hope in the Lord. It always a blessing to have a inique Man Of God Prophet TB Joshua in Our Generation. For our Lord Jesus said he will never leave you nor forsake you. I love our Lord he is always faithful. Thank you Peter & Gene for the owesme Testimoy and Stay Blessed always.

  • Stan and Pauline McNutt

    Praise the Lord!!!! We need a miracle. Our son needs a job and to surrender completely to Christ.
    My nephew needs his marriage restored and a job.
    Praise God for people of faith.

  • T.B. Joshua is really a prophet send to us by God. Gene & husband i thank God for ur life.

  • Mkong Charles

    T.B Joshua is a real man of God. I pray God to continue to us him to do his miracles. I also pray that God should, through him, deliver me and restore my life let me posess my posessions and achieve my dreams in JESUS’ NAME amen.

  • Mkong Charles

    I thank him for accepting to do God’s work. May God us him to restore my situation in Jesus’ name.

  • Makhanthisa chris south Africa.

    I am touched deep down in my heart,the testimony is changing my world.
    Thank you man of God.

  • ETHEL KAONA

    Emmanuel!

    CONGRATULATIONS MR & MRS VAN ZYL. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ABANDANTLY.

    BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
    THE BEST IS YET TO COME

    ETHEL KAONA MKOKWEZA(MRS)
    ZAMBIA

  • PFC

    Emanuel – God with us
    If God Almighty is with us who can be against us.
    I thank Snr Prophet T B Joshua for praying for the mother of Ezikiel and she delivered a big bouncing baby boy safely. I also thank God Almighty for using Snr Prophet T B Joshua to prophecy and pray to the woman who had her two healthy boys kidnapped Chigozeh and his brother and God Almighty assured the woman that her two children will come back to her. Praise God Almighty for he is great.

    I ask God Almighty to renew the Holy Spirit into Snr Prophet T B Joshua being day after day. In Jesus Christ name. Amen

  • wow! what an amazing testimony! if it wasn’t for God where will we be?.truly we are God’s workmanship.

  • Lindiwe

    I need your help please Mr and Mrs Van Zyl,Its about my daugter,She is sick please i need to speak to you guys please,please.

  • zininzi ntikinca

    Greetings in the name of JESUS. I was touched by your testimony in fact all the time I watch I cry because of what God is doing to His people, healing, deliverance and so on. I’m staying in Kokstad, KZN, I’m a teacher, a single parent with 3 children, I,m HIV positive. My desire is to go to SCOAN but I have financial problems. I can be very glad if I can just get an anointing water and the stickers. Can you come with them if you go again to Nigeria or advise me what to do I can fetch them from your house because Pretoria is not too far. Please reply me.

  • zininzi ntikinca

    Peter and Gene’s testimony is very touching. May I please get their cell phone numbers or their physical adress.

    • zininzi ntikinca

      I asked for their phone. Please

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  • Emmanuel..!! Gene I am David ,now give me update.As I want to visit the SCOAN this year, i want to know the date which i may start sending my applicacation also the all expencess price to get there. Don’t forget Emmanuel..!!!

  • Agnes

    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

    Emmanuel…
    people of God outside Nigeria please be careful.
    our attention has been drawn to some
    certain individuals or Group of persons
    who are running Fake watsapp account (s) Fake e-mail (s) and Fake….
    Facebook accounts”
    They pretends to be
    1 PROPHET TB JOSHUA
    2 WISE MAN/MEN
    3 SCOAN ADMIN
    4 SCOAN WORKER(S)
    These are Fraudsters they are only after
    your MONEY. SCOAN DOESN’T USE WATSAPP OR EMAILS please be careful .!!!

    If you are outside Nigeria ,and you do not
    have the time or money to Come to
    Nigerian yourself,
    look for some one you trust who can get
    The morning water, anointed stickers,
    Video cassettes, mirror book ,. testimony
    book , ..from
    Senior ” TB Joshua ….
    Or if you do not have any one in or
    coming to Scoan,send an Email directly to
    SISTERHELENE4CHRIST@GMAIL.COM