THE UNWELCOME BEGINNING

It was the 8th day of March 2020, the day that Emmanuel TV turned 14 years old. No, it was not a time for gloating about how far the station’s goal of “Changing lives, changing nations, changing the world” has been achieved but a time to exalt God’s name for the awesomeness of His wonders upon The SCOAN and the innumerable people whose lives, the station and ministry have positively impacted over the years. “A Christian is known by his love,” a song composed by Prophet T.B. Joshua – The SCOAN Choir sang in commemoration of the momentous day. As love is greater than all and can change man’s destiny, they continued, it would be necessary to “Let love lead” at all times.

In “THE UNWELCOME BEGINNING” the Spirit of God spoke through Prophetess Angela as she taught from a place of depth. Her message focused on the need to resolve not to be limited by the circumstances of our birth but to strive to fulfil potential through utmost belief in God. She listed Gideon, Moses and Jeremiah as examples of biblical characters who had thought that their limitations could not make them useful vessels in God’s vineyard. As the stories go, however, these men ended up being blessings to their families and generations, as they eventually rose mightily beyond the circumstances of their birth. She also mentioned Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Jabez as exemplary men who overcame extreme difficulties and claimed their divine destinies. Adversity, then, she explained, is the spiritual ingredient that toughens people who attract God’s attention because of their divine purpose in life.

In words worth quoting extensively, Prophetess Angela said, “Look around the world today; we may say that 70% of all successful people were unintended children. Look into the lives of your presidents, your leaders, influential people today and you will find an unwelcome beginning. How many first wandered as illegals, refugees, homeless, addicts and prostitutes? How many climbed the ladder of success from the pit of hopelessness and obscurity? How many were unintended children? She therefore cautioned against rejecting people for their weaknesses, as doing so would also mean rejecting their strengths. To illustrate the different aspects of her message, she read from Judges 6, Exodus 4, Jeremiah 1, Psalm 139, Genesis 37, Psalm 88:3-5, Matthew 7, 1 Chronicles 4:9 and Luke 22:31-32.   

The Spirit of the Lord moved mightily among the congregation as God’s servants Racine, Chris, Yinka, Anne and Angela laid anointed hands on local and international worshippers. Indeed, 8 March 2020 marked the day on which thousands got their break from every form of spiritual bondage that had been responsible for limitations and sickness in their lives.

TESTIMONIES

“IT FELT LIKE I HAD A NEW LEG,” SAYS BOY HEALED OF DIFFICULTY IN WALKING

For the last one year, 10-year-old Chris Ngabo, from Burundi, had been suffering from difficulty in walking following an ankle injury he had sustained while playing football. The condition had degenerated into osteochondral lesion grade 4 and doctors had had to recommend a knee brace for him. A very playful boy, Chris had previously suffered allergies and broken his finger, hand and knee, and had been in the operating theatre three times in the past. Surprisingly, he also had high blood sugar at his age. His mother, Josiane, had taken him for treatment of the ankle but he had continued to limp while walking. Doctors then decided that he should have surgery, as his cartilage had weakened. The once-active boy could no longer climb the stairs, ride bicycles, kneel or play football. Troubled by the situation, his mother brought him to The SCOAN. “I command all affliction in your body to leave, in the name of Jesus Christ,” prayed Prophet Racine as he laid an anointed hand on the little boy. Since then, Chris has regained his health and vibrancy to the glory of God Almighty. His blood sugar level has also returned to normal, to the amazement of his doctors. “Trust in God,” Chris advised other children.

“JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUE HEALER!” LUCIENNE CONFESSES

Owing to osteoarthritis, Mrs Lucienne Esteve, from France, had suffered for three years from difficulty in walking. The 45-year-old had had her knees locked in braces, to help ease her pains. Yet, she could not walk long distances and was unable to do her basic daily duties, including bathing herself. It was in this condition that she had visited The SCOAN a fortnight ago to receive prayers in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. After an anointed touch from Prophetess Anne, Lucienne sprang to her feet, exercising her limbs and glorifying God’s name. “I felt light as soon as the woman of God prayed for me,” she testified last Sunday. Now, she can wear high heels and walk with no difficulty at all. She advised people to have faith in Jesus, the true Healer.

CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS DEPARTS DURING LIVING WATER SERVICE

For the last five years, Mr Okas Hammed had been using a neck collar because of the problem of cervical spondylosis. “I cannot do any hard work – to carry a small bucket of water is so hard for me,” he said as he made his way to The SCOAN Altar during The Living Water Service of two Mondays ago. A resident of Ogun State, Okas also had an enlarged liver and spotted kidneys. Despite visiting several hospitals and healing homes, he got no reprieve from his condition. After rolling on the Altar in prayer, Okas stood up and parted ways with his neck collar for the pain had vanished instantly. He then moved over to another section of the Altar to minister the Living Water. Okas said his faith had been lifted three weeks ago, when he saw a woman known to him testifying on Emmanuel TV, and that he had decided to visit The SCOAN after watching the testimony. “No matter your situation, the God of possibilities will answer you, if you call upon Him,” he advised listeners and viewers

FREED FROM SPIRIT OF PROSTITUTION, HEALED OF CEASED MENSTRUATION

“I am the queen from her village. I destroyed her marriage. I stopped her menstruation. I pushed her to do prostitution. I gave her body pain, chest pain and headaches. I entered her from her village.” Those were the confessions from the household demon in Kate, a Liberian woman who had traversed the continents while she engaged in prostitution. From Ghana to the United Arab Emirates and China to Vietnam and Cambodia, Kate had seen all shades and shapes of men in her bid to fend for her children and see them through school. Whatever business she set up with the proceeds of prostitution always ended up failing. In marriage, she had also failed as her husband had suddenly woken up one morning and walked out of their home after saying she looked like a dog, leaving her with kids to feed. Kate’s problems had actually been the result of the pact that her late parents had with household demons. Kate’s priestess mother had used to feed her children with food served to idols and, in fact, Kate’s original name meant something like ‘dumpsite’, an indication of her parents’ frustration at having lost other babies before her. Kate’s father had vomited his heart after being bitten by a snake while on his other wife’s farm. Afterwards, the children were moved to the Liberian capital, Monrovia. The stubborn demons had followed Kate there, hence their ruining the marriage that she had contracted at age 22. After the Liberian Civil War, Kate moved to Achimota, Ghana on the advice of a friend, who prodded her into prostitution. While doing prostitution, Kate had no home of her own and was always at the mercy of her numerous clients, some of whom took delight in beating her up and refusing to pay her. In one instance, a familiar client took her deep into a forest in Achimota and transformed into different forms right in her presence, causing her to have an out-of-body experience. She would later discover the man had died three months before! Despite that experience, Kate had continued her dirty business and had travelled to the different parts of the world already mentioned. While in Cambodia, Vietnam and the UAE, she began to have persistent dream encounters with a certain figure who later revealed himself as T.B. Joshua, a name that was by then unfamiliar to Kate. The figure had kept advising Kate to quit prostitution. After sharing the dream with a friend, Kate became aware of who the figure was. Her friend then advised her to visit The SCOAN, assuring her that she would get the money for the trip if indeed she had been seeing a true man of God. Miraculously, somebody gave Kate the money for the trip. Meanwhile, for the last seven years, Kate had not been menstruating. In her bid to maximise the use of her body for prostitution, she had got into the habit of trying to block away her menstrual flow by stuffing loads of cotton wool down her private part, leading to the ceased menstruation and the other bodily pains that the demon in her confessed. To the glory of God, Kate’s menses returned after she participated at The SCOAN Living Water Service of two Mondays ago. She is now a new creature—no longer ruled by the desires of the flesh. “The Living Water is real,” Kate said, explaining that she had drunk the water and mentioned the name of her Dubai-based tuberculosis-afflicted sister, who had vomited the evil deposits in her system after the prayer. Kate advised men not to abandon their wives and children. She also advised people to open their hearts to God by “sitting on the right bench in church.” Finally, she encouraged women to see their body as God’s temple.

SAVED FROM THE CLUTCHES OF “GODDESS OF MONEY”

Speaking in French, the evil spirit in Mr Ngozo Mamadou had blurted, “I am the goddess. He has signed a pact with me. I own his life. He wants money.” Those, among others, were some of the revelations concerning the Central African Republic citizen during The SCOAN Living Water Service of last Monday. Coming from a war-torn country, Ngozo had lost both parents in his home country during the war. His sister had died in Cameroon of gunshot wounds sustained during the war and his ailing brother had died in northern Nigeria despite all the expenses that Ngozo had incurred in a bid to save his life at a witch doctor’s home. Distraught and indebted, Ngozo had asked the witch doctor for help with his finances. In response, the witch doctor had initiated him into the cult of a so-called goddess of money, who had demanded either another person’s blood (which she called “mercury”) or Ngozo’s selling of his soul to her. During the riverside initiation ceremony, Ngozo had been made to swallow four eggs. Unwilling to spill blood or give himself to the goddess, Ngozo had tried to kill himself but a Cameroonian woman dissuaded him and asked him to visit The SCOAN. Hesitant because of his different faith, and incapacitated by his poor finances, the young man finally accepted to visit, the woman having promised to pay his fare. While in church last week, Ngozo had vomited four stones as Prophet T.B. Joshua began his ministration during the service. It had all begun when Ngozo started feeling a churning in his stomach, even though he had been constipated for the past three days. Now he no longer has nightmares in which dead people appear and he can sleep peacefully and use the toilet with ease. “I felt that something came out of me,” he recalled about how he had felt during the deliverance session. Ngozo advised people to avoid witch doctors and embrace Jesus Christ.

“WE DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH WE NEED GOD,” SAYS WOMAN HEALED OF LONG-SIGHTEDNESS AND SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS

For a good 10 years, after suffering a stroke, Ms Natasha Curry, a 57-year-old American, was far-sighted in her right eye and nearsighted in her left eye. This condition made it difficult for eye doctors to recommend glasses for her. She could not read anything in front of her and she constantly had aches in her eyes and head. Two Mondays ago, Natasha attended The SCOAN Living Water Service. After praying on the Altar and ministering the Living Water in her eyes, she was encouraged by her daughter to try and read something. Natasha fetched a copy of the ministration pamphlet and, to her sheer delight and the glory of God, she was able to read without any difficulty. In her testimony last Sunday, she recalled how she had first stumbled on Emmanuel TV while experiencing sciatic nerve pains. She said she had followed Prophet T.B. Joshua’s instructions to pray for dream revelations about one’s life. She did so, and had dreams about participating in the Living Water Service, even though she had known nothing about the service as at that time. “You can’t have her” had been the refrain by the demons that had been appearing in her dreams. Coming from a Christian background, Natasha told her father about her experiences and informed him that she would visit The SCOAN. She did, and has now received the healing she had been awaiting all these years. She advised people to keep love and faith in their heart as a way of receiving God’s blessings. Natasha’s daughter, Shannon, expressed delight at the peace she felt at The SCOAN. Thanking God for delivering her from depression, the younger woman told the church, “Jesus will stick up for you.”  

8 YEARS OF GENERATIONAL PILE ENDS AFTER PROPHECY

Two Sundays ago a prophecy located Mr Chukwudi Ugwu, who had the problem of chronic pile that was protruding from his anus and causing him severe discomfort. It was a problem that was common to men in his family. For over eight years, using the toilet had been a nightmare for him. However, after the prophecy by God’s servant T.B. Joshua, Chukwudi received his divine healing and will no longer need to subject himself to a risky surgery. In his testimony on Sunday, he said he had felt a cold sensation in his anus as the prophecy was made. He said he visited numerous hospitals and herbal homes as he sought a cure for the ailment. Now Chukwudi can sit properly and no longer feels any heaviness in his waist. “I am free as a bird now,” he told the church. “We need God,” he advised congregants.

PROPHECY ENDS YEARS OF BED-WETTING           

For Mrs Mary Holmberg, a Nigerian living in the UK, deliverance from the spirit of bed-wetting took place two weeks ago during the prophetic ministration session of The SCOAN Sunday Service. Once her case was mentioned, Mary had ignored all shame and announced herself as the recipient of the prophecy. During her testimony on Sunday, she said she had been having the problem since childhood and had managed to hide it from her husband in the last 24 years. She said her husband had found out only during a recent family holiday in Greece. “I used to see a giant man oppress me in the dream and I would wet the bed after the experience,” she told the church. Since the prophetic deliverance, Mary has stopped bed-wetting and the “giant man” no longer appears to her. “Now I sleep like a baby and my heart is filled with joy,” she told the church. She advised people to be close to God.

POST-ABORTION BLEEDING DRIES UP AFTER PROPHECY

Two Sundays ago Ms Jemine Beauty was a recipient of a word of prophecy during Prophet T.B. Joshua’s ministration. He said there was a woman bleeding but that she was in the best position to state what was responsible for the bleeding. It transpired that, six months ago, she had procured an abortion that had left her bleeding endlessly. Because of the condition, Jemine’s health was affected as she continued to lose weight. After the prophecy, Jemine’s bleeding stopped and she has been regaining her health since then. She advised young women against procuring abortions.

PROPHECY SAVES TEENAGER FROM OCCULT GROUP

But for a prophecy that located her with respect to her son a fortnight ago, perhaps Mrs Roseline Ameh, as well as her husband, might not be among the living today. According to the prophecy their son had been initiated into an occult group in school and his first assignment was to kill his parents with a knife that he got from his group. Roseline said her son Victor had opened up to the family in November 2019 about the situation. The couple had decided to hand the matter over to God, after having a heart-to-heart discussion with their son. After the initiation, Victor became disobedient and unruly; he also started to steal from his parents. As part of the spiritual battle, Roseline used to dream of seeing herself in the midst of dead relatives and friends. To the glory of God, however, those dreams have now stopped since the prophecy. In the voice of an innocent 13-year-old, Victor confessed to joining the occult group and advised teenagers not to collect food from fellow children. Mr Ameh advised parents to handle problems of this nature through prayer. “Believe in your God,” Roseline advised the church.

PROPHECY DIVERTS ROBBER FROM GRAVE TO SALVATION

Twenty-five-year-old Joseph was likely only hours away from the grave until a prophecy arrested him two Sundays ago and diverted him to salvation, during the prophetic ministration by God’s servant T.B. Joshua. The man of God had said that the prophecy recipient would not survive his next robbery operation. Joseph had been a member of a robbery gang. While in church, it later transpired, he had in fact been keeping in touch with a supplier of ammunition and had planned to leave church around 4 p.m., as he was supposed to go on a robbery operation that night. Failing to speak on phone with the supplier, Joseph had returned to church to sit out time. Even though he had been in the overflow section of the church, Joseph had known that the prophecy was for him when the prophet mentioned that he had a bullet wound on his leg. He immediately made his way to the auditorium. Since graduating in 2015, Joseph had been engaged in armed robbery, kidnapping, political thuggery, hired assassination and cultism. Fortified by witch doctors, Joseph and his gang always went on missions in the assurance that no harm could come to them. The one gunshot wound he sustained had occurred because he failed to wear his full protective gear. He could also disappear from the scene of danger once he had the full complement of his protective regalia. It was while Joseph had been eating at a restaurant around The SCOAN that someone invited him to attend the Sunday Service of the following day. As God had designed for salvation to reach him, Joseph did make it to church and the rest is now history. He advised the youth to accept Jesus Christ and warned them to desist from crime.