The SCOAN Sunday service of September 11, 2016 was a memento of sort. While bringing together God’s people to worship and praise the name of their God, it heralded the commemoration of the transition to glory of the Martyrs of Faith who ascended to meet with their Creator on September 12, 2014 while on a spiritual pilgrimage. Kimmy Skota’s sonorous voice reverberated beyond the auditorium into the hearts of congregants as well as family members of the transited who came all the way from their countries to keep an appointment with God. Her delivery of the hymn HEAVEN IS OUR HOME reminded all that life on earth is indeed transitory. All power belongs to God and so, the family members and relations of the Martyrs of Faith have decided to submit to His will.
In her message titled OUR NEED FOR A MENTOR, Evangelist Kimmy drew the attention of Christians to the expediency of going through a mentor who plays the role of a guide and director in their lives. She however noted that, to enjoy the benefits of a mentor, we need to be sincere. She likened her concept of sincerity to the relationship between a new convert and our Lord Jesus who accepts repentant souls unconditionally: “If you are sincere, you will remember the first day you believed Jesus and the way He accepted you unconditionally.” With ample biblical exemplifications, she further demonstrated that the relationship between mentor and mentee should be unconditional just as Ruth and Naomi exhibited in the Bible.
According to her, sincerity wins it all, as any attempt at pretence will always lead to problems: “Pretence is the disease that causes people to fall down when they are climbing the ladder of success.” Using the story of her life as an example, Evangelist Kimmy noted that if not for the divine appointment she had with her mentor, Prophet T.B. Joshua, she would have lost out in the race of destiny, stressing that she was at the point of total annihilation when God sent His prophet to guide her to salvation.
In her conclusion, she left the following food for thought for Christian mentees all over the world: “You start to discover yourself when you know that where you are is the right place.”
KIDNEY STONES CRUSHED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Tormented by excruciating pains in his stomach, Chief Peter Aka visited the hospital and was diagnosed with kidney stones. According to his doctors, he needed to undergo surgery so that the stones could be removed from his kidneys. The Nigerian octogenarian was taken aback when he was told that he had a 50-50 chance of surviving the operation due to the delicate nature of his internals. Worried, he resorted to prayers while almost resigning to fate. While asleep one night, he had a dream-like encounter with a voice which encouraged him to visit The SCOAN since he had been a fan of Prophet T.B. Joshua and Emmanuel TV.
As far as Chief Aka was concerned, Lagos was the next port of call. Communing with his children, he was financially supported to travel down to Lagos to visit The SCOAN. When he arrived at The SCOAN, he met a beehive of activities as visitors from different countries of the world had converged for prayers and counselling. After undergoing the necessary screening, Chief Aka joined the Prayer Line, where he received the anointed touch of the man of God, the Faith Bracelet, Morning Water and other evangelical items.
Since that day in December, 2014, Chief Aka has not had any of the symptoms of kidney stones anymore. Confirming through several scans, doctors declared him free from kidney stones. Chief Aka is now full of energy. According to him, he now does all those things he could not do before. Thanking God during his testimony, in company of one of his sons, Chief Peter Aka exhibited illimitable joy as he narrated his miraculous healing to congregants. He also advised people not to lose hope but to trust in God.
YOKE OF STAGNATION BROKEN
Stagnation had twined her life like a snake and had left her stuck in one position for years. The diminishing fortunes of her career had forced her to visit The SCOAN. Arriving at The SCOAN, the South African received prayers from the man of God and returned to her country. As soon as she resumed work, Miss Patiswa Mbongwana was promoted from the position of Senior Administration Officer to Assistant Director. Later on, she revisited The SCOAN and received the Morning Water which she continued to minister when she returned to South Africa. Miraculously, there came another promotion in her career.
For a young woman who once had serious career and financial challenges, life has suddenly beamed its smiles on her after her spiritual pilgrimage to The SCOAN. Aside from rebuilding her parents’ house, she has built her own and currently owns two exotic cars. During her testimony, Miss Mbongwana told congregants how she enrolled for a programme in Practical Labour Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and graduated with a distinction. Currently, she has applied for a Master’s degree in the same course. Miss Mbongwana, expressing her gratitude to God for the blessings she has received, left the following advice for people all over the world: “Your prayers of yesteryears were not in vain. Just believe. Just have faith in God. God’s time is the best. If God can do it for me, definitely, He will surely do it for you.”
PROMOTION BEYOND EXPECTATION
Mr Jonathan Ogiku had visited The SCOAN two months ago to testify to his promotion to the position of Senior General Manager, Regional Head of Audit for Nigeria, West and Central Africa for his company. After his testimony that very day, the man of God counselled him to commit more time to God’s work because the Lord had lined up many more blessings for him. Mr Ogiku hearkened to the counsel of the man of God and always find time to volunteer his professional expertise in the ministry. He also received the Believer’s Card from Prophet T.B. Joshua. According to him, the day he received the Believer’s Card from the man of God, it sent him spinning like a whirlwind until he found himself on the floor.
The events that followed thereafter are awe-inspiring. Just a few days later, the President and the Group Managing Director of his company invited him to a meeting where they confirmed him as Senior General Manager, Head of Audit for the whole Africa. Thanking God in the company of his wife, children and a family friend, Mr Ogiku marvelled at the greatness of the promotion. According to him, the promotion was beyond his imagination even though he knew that God could do anything. He advised people all over the world to channel their talents, intellect and abilities to promote the work of God.
DELAY IS NOT DENIAL WHEN GOD IS INVOLVED
Having practiced the legal profession for 23 years, Mrs Anthonia Odometa had always wanted to be a Judge. She had made several attempts in Lagos but was not considered. She cast the net of her ambition wider by refocusing her mind to Delta State. She made three more attempts and the third one paid off after she had ministered the Morning Water on the application. Suddenly, she received an SMS directing her to report at the Delta State Judicial Service Commission. Mrs Odometa was interviewed and offered an appointment. She is currently the President/Judge of a Customary Court in Delta State.
Now known as Honourable Mrs Anthonia Odometa, she has since been given an official residence by the Delta State Government. Testifying alongside her husband, Hon. Mrs Anthonia Odometa advised people all over the world in the following words: “Delay is not denial. Don’t give up”.
“MY PAST IS OVER THROUGH LOVE IN CHRIST”
Mr Godwin Sunday Udoh had lost his wife after they were brutally shot by a trigger-happy police man on September 16, 2015 while they were on their way back from church. He had spent several weeks at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he underwent surgery on his bullet-battered lower jaw. Some months back, he had come to The SCOAN in search of help as his wife’s corpse was ingloriously lying in the mortuary. After narrating his ordeal that fateful day, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners gave him the sum of five million naira aside from the many individual donations sent in by church members from all over the world.
Last Sunday, Mr Udoh, who is now looking very graceful and happy, came to thank God for using the man of God and his ministry to bring about a great change in his life. Accompanied by his children, Mr Udoh praised God immensely for what He has done in his life. According to him, his wife had just been laid to rest and in line with the counsel of the man of God, he has forgotten about the past. Even his children who were emotionally broken have since resumed school. While praying God to continue to uplift Prophet T.B. Joshua, Emmanuel TV Partners and The SCOAN, he advised people all over the world thus: “No matter the situation you are experiencing, put your trust in the Lord.”
When Mr Godfrey Nkala visited The SCOAN in while he was facing some health and financial challenges. Though he was working, he knew that his finances were not at the level they ought to be. His visit to The SCOAN was therefore a solution-seeking move. During a church service, Mr Nkala had been spotted by the man of God who was prophesying to the congregation. According to the man of God, he saw doors open for Mr Nkala. Soon after, Mr Nkala’s life started to manifest the fulfilment of the prophecy given to him by Prophet T.B. Joshua.
He acquired plots of land to the extent that he got a huge financial compensation from a government corporation after they had used one of his lands for a power project. From the acquisition of landed properties, he went into large scale integrated farming, drawing inspiration from the counsel of the man of God to people all over the world to embrace farming as a way out of the global economic recession. Today, his life is transformed as he no longer lacks money. His health also has since come back to normal through the power of God. “We have a Prophet, we should listen to his words,” he urged congregants and people all over the world as he testified to God’s goodness in his life.
DELIVERED FROM DEMONIC MANIPULATION
Mrs Elmira’s life was ravaged by a demon that made her hyper-aggressive and always angry. Her case soon attracted the attention of loved ones who took her to so many places in search of solution but without success. Even her marriage was on the brink of collapse, as she would always want to have her own way at all cost; she never really took her husband’s views seriously and would vent her spleen over little matters. Though they were blessed financially, her attitude was a sore point in the union. She continued to wallow under the yoke of the wicked demon until it dawned on her that she really needed help, and urgently!
Unrelenting in their search for solution, they came across Emmanuel TV on YouTube and watched a couple of deliverance sessions presided over by Prophet T.B. Joshua. Convinced that God is using the man of God, they decided to visit The SCOAN. And last Sunday, while the Evangelists were ministering the Morning Water, Mrs Elmira became uneasy as they approached her. The demon that had been tormenting her spoke out. “I destroyed her marriage and will make her divorce. She will be unhappy until the end of her life… I want them to divorce. I have many powers; her mother and sister are unhappy; she will be unhappy all her life,” it said, among other sordid revelations. In spite of the resistance put up by the demon, it was cast out of the Kazakhstani woman as the anointing in the Morning Water brought her to the ground.
During her testimony, in company of her husband, Elmira told congregants how she lost consciousness immediately the Morning Water touched her. According to her, from that moment, she could not control herself until the Evangelist beckoned on her to get up from the ground. She thanked God for her deliverance and testified to her new-found freedom. She now loves her husband more than ever before and is always glued to the Word of God. No more anger. No more strife. “Believe in God and trust in Him; He will see you through,” she advised.