It was an atmosphere of great celebration. The devil was put to shame and so the children of God danced and sang the praises of their Father in Heaven who made the victory possible. The SCOAN Sunday service of February 26, 2017, was just the tip of the iceberg. There was joy like a river in many hearts as congregants partook of the testimonies of others who shared their triumph over trials in the mighty name of Jesus.
A SPECIAL ADDRESS FROM PROPHET T.B. JOSHUA TO AFRICANS:
No African country can succeed alone. Africans need each other to develop. For example: West Africa needs Southern Africa and Southern Africa needs West Africa to develop. North Africa needs East Africa and East Africa needs North Africa to develop. Indeed, we are indispensable to each other; we cannot do without each other. No one is self-sufficient. Everyone has a contribution to make. Whether you are poor, rich, immigrant or refugee – you have a contribution to make.
With regard to issues of illegal immigrants, drugs and other crimes, our duty is to work with the law enforcement agencies by giving them useful information. It is only when these agencies fail that we can lawfully protest.
Dear Africans, we should not let other fellow Africans feel unwelcome to our countries. Africa has neglected her youths. Africa has abandoned the youths to themselves. Africa has failed to make provision for the youths, whereas tomorrow’s Africa is the youths.
When I think about the future of Africa, I have sleepless nights. Everything looks gloomy, frustrating, hopeless, dark, darksome, shadowy, shaded, dull, sunless and unilluminated.
We all take the responsibility for this state of affairs. What then is the way forward? The Lord has instructed me to make myself available and I know God, in His infinity, must have touched other Africans, so that we can come together to remedy this challenge.
This will be posted on social media and other channels, to rally others. Long live the future of Africa (youth). Long live Africa. May God bless you!
Meanwhile in her message titled THE LOVE CHALLENGE, Evangelist Cindy urged Christians not to see their challenges as personal but rather to change their approach when things are not working out the way they want. “If you cannot change your situation, it is time to change your approach,” she observed. Continuing, she submitted that forgiveness is a cardinal ingredient for unlocking God’s favour and mercy: “When you forgive, you receive the mercy and favour of God.”
She summed up her message in the following words: “It is time to show love – do something good that is a reflection of your love for God… Choose the love lane today; don’t hold an offence. It is certainly not the way of the Lord.”
JESUS HAS THE FINAL SAY!
While they were expecting a baby in 2006, Mr Paul Malichi travelled to South Africa with his wife so she could undergo some scans of her pregnancy. The result of the scans showed that the baby would not be born normal as he was said to have cysts in his brain. According to the doctor, the presence of the cysts meant that the baby would be born with severe Down Syndrome. He solemnly advised the couple to consider the option of abortion. Mrs Malichi could not swallow the bitter pill thrown at her by the doctor. She cried inconsolably while narrating the development to her husband.
Angered by the position of the doctor, Mr Malichi rejected the suggestion that he would be father to an abnormal child. Even the prospect of an abortion was totally unacceptable. “That cannot be my child,” he had muttered to himself. To further cement his belief that nothing abnormal would be his potion in life, the Zambian national, resident in Swaziland decided to visit The SCOAN to nullify all the negative pronunciations. He knew that there has always been an ever-flowing anointing at the Arena of Liberty and that distance is not a barrier. And so, he wanted to be a partaker of it.
Proceeding to the Prayer Line, he received prayers from Prophet T.B. Joshua and returned to Zambia only to be confronted with so much tension emanating from the waves of uncertainty that pervaded those days. For every iota of doubt that arose from his wife’s side, Mr Malichi had an invaluable and strong panacea. His faith in God coupled with a high level of expectation that the prayers at The SCOAN would soon yield positive results had a ripple effect on his wife. At the next appointment with their doctor, nothing negative was found in the unborn baby. As such, the couple waited until the child was born.
Since his birth, ten years ago, the child has not exhibited any form of abnormality! According to Mr Malichi, “This is one of the most intelligent boys that I have ever seen”. Corroborating her husband’s story about their baby, Mrs Malichi, a native of Swaziland revealed that the problem actually started when the pregnancy was five-months-old. She told congregants how she mustered the psychological fortitude to withstand the dispiriting revelation made by the doctor. She however thanked God for seeing her through that ordeal, even though there were times when her faith wavered like a ship tossed about by a turbulent sea.
FORGIVENESS UNLOCKS STUBBORN DOORS
It was as though God had forsaken him as he tried in vain to find meaning in his life. As an entrepreneur with a cocoa-exporting company, he ordinarily should have no business with limitation in progress. But that was not to be for Mr Charles Chabruma as he struggled to survive with his family. He became seriously worried to the extent that he decided to abandon his family only to hook up with another woman whose bride price he had even paid in an attempt to marry her. While the sad drama played out, his family became very unhappy with him. Unable to extricate himself from the vicious web of a situation he had never bargained for, the Tanzanian remembered that there is a ministry in Nigeria famed with the turning-round of stubborn situations into glorious ends. He applied online and was invited to visit The SCOAN.
On the 15th of December, 2013, Mr Chabruma received words of prophecy from Prophet T.B. Joshua. “You have to forgive this woman. There’s a woman in your life you need to forgive. So, forgive and I’m seeing… Because you are lonely,” said the man of God as Mr Chabruma nodded in confirmation. The man of God continued, “And secondly, the appointment you are waiting for will be given to you.” After receiving those words of prophecy, he returned to his country and made peace with the woman the man of God had prophesied about. After that peace move, he felt happiness bubbling like a fountain in his heart.
Six months later, he received a call from a former colleague, urging him to resume business with him. Though he was excited about the promising development, he had no money and did not mince words in letting his former colleague know. Being an act of God, his former colleague offered to give him some money to return to winning ways with his cocoa business. Within days, money was wired into his account. Mr Chabruma, on receiving the funds, called all his staff who had been rendered jobless as a result of his challenges, informing them that the company was back on its feet and rearing to go.
Since that day up to this moment, it has been tales of success and God’s blessings as the company has continued to thrive to the glory of God. According to him, forgiveness is the key to a better life. He had actually come to The SCOAN with a mind-set of seeking for breakthrough, unaware of the fact that he needed to forgive someone. But today, he has realised how powerful forgiveness can be and how wonderful the doors it can open to one’s life. “To date, I have a new company dealing in the same crop. Because of forgiveness, I have three offices now. I have 150 employees in one company,” he revealed as he testified in company of his son.
Mr Chabruma told congregants that his family is now at peace, adding that they have put the gloomy past behind them. Displaying pictures of his houses, offices, exotic vehicles and other assets, he advised people all over the world to see forgiveness as a key to breakthroughs, adding that only those who believe in God and His prophets shall prosper.
MY YEARS OF DRUGS, VIOLENCE AND BLOOD ARE OVER
Mr Akague Kennedy had been suffused in illicit drugs. As a cocaine addict, he had spent a stupendous fortune on the narcotic. A top official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, he also engaged in professional boxing. His infamous descent into the abyss of drug addiction destroyed his social relationships and even put his marriage on a rickety pedestal. For 15 years, he sniffed the powder, throwing caution to the winds. Whenever he chilled out with cocaine, he would resort to beating people indiscriminately. With those detestable acts of violence, his boxing career suffered a major setback. Mr Kennedy became a social menace. He became the King of touts in Abuja because, he knew all the bad boys who traded in drugs and violence in that terrain. He had a large followership and would mobilize them effortlessly whenever there was a need to unleash mayhem on enemies and opponents alike. He had an indomitable knack for single-handedly fighting large groups of men and seeing their blood flow, as a strange power would well up within him when outnumbered.
At a time, he delved into fetish engagements as he tried to fortify himself from possible counter-attacks. He would visit native doctors who would prepare different charms for him. While he swallowed some, he used others to have his bath and also drank some. He was told that those charms could make him invisible and impregnable by bullets. As the illusions of life blurred his sense of good reasoning, he lost focus on his marriage and career. One day, while resisting arrest by policemen, he was sprayed with bullets, but none entered his body, enabling him to escape. He had also, in company of his thugs, beaten to pulp a pastor and his church members, after they had converted the church premises into a drinking spot.
After that abominable act, the pastor rained curses on him. Since that day, his life, like a car driven by a reckless driver, had entered a higher gear, heading for outright destruction. Knowing that a heavy burden was weighing his life down, the man from Edo State, Nigeria, resorted to visiting all sorts of herbalists and ended up eating all forms of concoctions in a bid to free himself from the repercursions of his terrible ways. He also partook in different spiritual exercises in which demons where conjured up from under the earth. There were times he wanted to stop his violent acts and drug intake but things just couldn’t fall into line.
Most times, he would sleep in clubs and hotels, indiscriminately smoking and carousing with women of easy virtue. He lost affection for his wife and abandoned her at home. Mr Kennedy was introduced to The SCOAN by a friend and because within him, there had been a quiet longing for salvation, he decided to keep a date with God penultimate Sunday at the Arena of Liberty. That day, as Prophet T.B. Joshua ministered prophecy and deliverance, Kennedy cried out to the man of God to save his life from doom.
“Man of God, please sir. I am addicted to drugs, sir. I have been taking drugs for the past 15 years. Man of God, help me. I take cocaine. It has destroyed my marital life. Even my promotion at the office…,” he beseeched. For a boxer and a terror who once injured men in their multitudes, Kennedy never expected that he would be easily brought to the ground in a very humbling manner. As the man of God moved round, ordering the evil spirit out of him, Kennedy also moved round under the influence of the Holy Spirit before crashing to the ground, having received the anointed touch of the man of God on his head.
Testifying last Sunday in company of his family, Kennedy told congregants while asking God for forgiveness, that he had masterminded the destruction of so many people. According to him, his life has taken a godly turn after his deliverance. He no longer takes drugs and has ceased to be a trouble-maker. Acknowledging that drugs destroy many things in one’s life, he urged people all over the world to learn how to follow God. Meanwhile Kennedy’s father who also accompanied his son to testify, told congregants how he started smoking, drinking and womanising at the tender age of four. His revelation showed that Kennedy’s problem had been in the family before his deliverance by the man of God.
HOW MY DESIRE FOR OLD WOMEN WAS VANQUISHED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Mr Temitope Oladele suddenly woke up one day and decided to leave his wife for another woman – an old one for that matter. According to him, the problem started shortly after his marriage when he started dreaming of having sexual intercourse with old women. Since the beginning of those dreams, the bliss and happiness that existed in his marriage started crumbling gradually. He eventually lost his job while his career went downhill.
A couple who once slept on the same bed became two worlds apart. He lost affection for his wife to the extent that he once threw her belongings out, asking her to leave his house. He knew that those happenings were not normal but seemed powerless to prevent it. He just couldn’t help himself. It was as if a veil was used to cover his sense of reasoning. Mr Oladele recalled that his own father was a polygamist and that there were several unpalatable issues that blighted the image of the family. Even his brother has children with different women. Those abnormal realities coupled with his own rejection of his wife for an old woman, gave him the inkling that all was not well with him.
While at a work site, he had come across Emmanuel TV as his colleagues watched the channel via YouTube. Mr Oladele became interested and started looking out for an opportunity to visit The SCOAN. Luckily, his boss sent him to Lagos to carry out an assignment. On getting to Lagos, he had lodged in a hotel where he had an affair with an old woman. After sleeping with the old woman, he became worried about his life. He wondered why his penchant for old women remained incurable, even when he knew that it was not normal. Before the old woman would return for another ‘round of love’, Mr Oladele had absconded from the hotel in the wee hours of the morning, running to The SCOAN for help.
When he visited The SCOAN penultimate Sunday, Prophet T.B. Joshua called him out during prophecy time: “There is a brother there – you cannot help yourself. It’s like you want to leave your wife and marry an old woman – very old woman. You have a beautiful woman but this is a charm. You find yourself falling in love with this woman…” Making his way out from the congregation, Mr Oladele confirmed the prophecy to be true and cried out to God to deliver him through His servant. Ordering the spirit behind his ordeal out, the man of God declared him free in Jesus’ name. Rising from the floor after he had been hit by the power of the Holy Spirit, he thanked God for his deliverance, raising his hands in reverence of the Mighty One.
During his testimony last Sunday, Mr Oladele, accompanied by his family, told congregants how he had become fed up with having affairs with old women. He recounted that even his son had started manifesting some abnormal traits and he knew they were a direct consequence of his own misdemeanours. He however thanked God for putting a final stop to the vicious cycle. Soon after his deliverance, his affection was restored while he was accommodated and counselled by the man of God who also sent for his wife. The couple were finally reconciled by the man of God. The testimony transcended his deliverance. It was also an avenue of celebrating the restoration of a marriage on the brink of collapse, to the glory of God and the good of His children.
CONFESSION OF A FRAUDSTER USING TB JOSHUA’S NAME
At the end of the testimony section, an elderly woman, one would be forgiven for thinking she was a dear mother coming to testify of what God had done, came forward instead with an atrocious confession to give, revealing that her well-to-do appearance actually housed a wicked, greedy and corrupt heart.
Hoping for the mercy of God to expunge her devious past, Mrs Funsho Odum confessed how she had defrauded people across the country falsely using the name of Prophet T.B. Joshua. She used to introduce herself as a right hand woman of Prophet T.B. Joshua, whereas she had never even met the man of God before. After gaining the confidence of people, churches and gatherings, she would go to collect their tithes, she claimed, on behalf of the church, usually from 50,000 to 130,000 naira. She would lie that she had delivered the tithes to the church whereas, she never did. Rather, the money became hers to spend frivolously on whatever took her fancy.
A man to trusted the woman that he even asked her to get him a responsible woman from The SCOAN for him to marry. Not having been to The SCOAN or knowing any members, she went to her village and brought one of her sisters for the man to marry, telling her to introduce herself as a SCOAN member. The two got married and had two children but as all things that begin badly, end badly the marriage has since dissolved.
A change began to come in her fortunes one day, when someone asked her to provide proof that their tithes were being delivered to The SCOAN as suspicion began to rise in the minds of some of her victims. Wickedly inspired, she wrote up a letter to that affect with a receipt and signed it on behalf of Prophet T.B. Joshua to continue the deception.
She added that she had also collected vehicles, clothes, gift items and money people had brought from abroad for the man of God yet instead of taking them to The SCOAN, she took them for herself. To add to her deceptive skills, she used to imagine fake prophecies for people and would bless soap and water, saying it was from Prophet T.B. Joshua for their loyalty and faithful tithe payment.
The woman’s web of lies became further and further twisted as she began to tell prominent members of society that the man of God ordered them to make sacrifices, to sell land and give the proceeds to the church for humanitarian works, which she would collect for herself instead. She also used the prophet’s name to get favour from people, an example of which was a man who reduced the price of land he was selling, so she could gain commission on the sale.
She pleaded that the man of God should forgive her and deliver her and begged for the forgiveness of all she had offended with her evil acts. This is a sound reminder that no matter how long a lie runs, truth got the start and it will get the race. Anything that starts dubiously will end dubiously. If you do not want to end with failure, be sure to begin with God.
The Mass Prayer, led by Prophet T.B. Joshua, caused so much trouble for satan and his agents as all unclean spirits, afflictions and demonic manipulations bowed to the superior anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many vomited poisonous substances while others were freed from age-long ancestral and foundational bondages. Prophet T.B. Joshua also commanded all infirmities out in the mighty name of Jesus: “Anywhere sickness and disease is located in your life, blood, kidney, liver, fluids, bone, skin – let the power of God come upon you, in Jesus’ name!” There were destiny-changing prophecies for individuals as the man of God urged them to declare: “I am not going to be the same – my business, finances, career, future – Someone is busy changing my history!”
The man of God also offered special prayers for viewers. Knowing that distance is not a barrier, he urged them to stretch their hands towards the TV screen as he commanded all infirmities and troubles out of their lives: “I say to that infirmity, let the power of God come down, wherever that sickness is located, out in the name of Jesus!” He also prayed for restoration in different aspects of their lives, including their marriages, businesses and finances.
Praying for Africa, he regretted that the continent had neglected its youth, adding that God should intervene in those areas where the continent needs redemption. He declared breakthrough to the continent and committed the whole world into God’s hand, asking for peace in all troubled spots of the universe.