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Wise Man Christopher

Wise Man Christopher

Wise Man Christopher, with his usual fervour, issued his message which he titled, ‘The Weapons Of Our Warfare’ to the congregation and cited many portions of the Bible to make his case clear. In his words, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual through God in pulling down every demonic stronghold. The Word, he clarified, is not on the written page of the Bible but in the lips of the believers.  As Christians, you need to fill your mind and heart with the Word to speak it.  In Matthew 4 : 1-11, Jesus gave Christians  the battle plan when He spoke directly to the devil in the wilderness. You need to learn the value of God’s Word on your lips to confront the devil victoriously. In Ephesians 6:17, the Bible tells us that those who overcome satan will be required to use the power of the spoken Word. David, in 1 Samuel 17:45 – 50 used the Word of God in his heart as a weapon to defeat Goliath. David’s first victory was therefore in the choice of the right weapon, which was the Word of God on his lips. As Christians, Jesus has given us the Word of God as a special weapon that no power of satan can withstand. Whatever your giant or mountain, you, as a Christian, can address it with the Word of God and achieve total victory. Prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit is the most formidable weapon, the wise man concluded his message.

WOMAN EFFECTUALLY DELIVERED FROM EATING HER HAIR

A week after her deliverance, Mrs Josephine Eseme Jimmy, standing beside her husband, happily gave thanks to God for her deliverance as, according to her, the urge to eat her hair had completely disappeared.  Josephine came to The SCOAN the previous Sunday for deliverance from addiction to eating her hair, including those on her head, armpits and private parts.  She said the addiction took form after she heard a voice ordering her to eat her hair. The unusual behaviour was cultivated before her marriage and had continued since then for a length of 23 years. After her confession, Josephine was delivered in the mighty name of Jesus by Prophet T.B. Joshua who told her that she was free and would not eat her hair anymore. She said that in her dream two days after the deliverance, the demon appeared to her to lure her to the old act but immediately, the man of God also appeared and the demon ran in fear. The man of God then held her and she woke from sleep. That was the end of her addiction to eating her hair.  The couple thanked the prophet one more time for being used by Jesus to bring about her deliverance. In reaction, the prophet once more established the difference between authority and power. In his words, knowing facts about Jesus does not change your relationship with Him. He however added that your reward for a relationship with Jesus is power.

SPIRITUAL HUSBAND’S HOLD RELEASED IN JESUS’ NAME

A video clip on the events of the previous Sunday service showed Wise Man Daniel as he laid hands on the congregants. A woman among them,Mrs Alberta Boakye from Ghana reacted by manifesting the spiritual husband in her.

The spirit, speaking through her, said Alberta was his wife who disobeyed her to marry an earthly husband. The spirit added that it had destroyed the husband’s ministry for that reason. The spirit also said their second child could not learn because of the punishment by the spiritual husband. She was then delivered after prayer from Wise Man Daniel. Standing by her pastor husband as she gave her testimony, Alberta revealed that she sensed the spiritual husband in her life at the age of 16 when it used to have sex with her in her dreams. The spirit had been a thorn in their marriage of ten years, causing her to inflict emotional pain on her husband all the time. Under the influence of the spirit, she became the husband and took delight in issuing orders to her husband and beating him. She was however relieved to be free after her deliverance.

In response to the prophet, Pastor Nicholas the husband chronicled all the shameful treatment his wife inflicted on him under the influence of the spiritual husband. She would wake up and ask her husband in the dead of night to clean the house and wash the dishes. When she knew it was fasting time for her husband, she would deliberately set food before him to break the fast unjustifiably. Either she would meet the husband in the church to fight and embarrass him or prevent him by force from going to church after he was ready. On such occasions, the pastor whose church had branches in other countries, would call his fellow pastors in the church to ask them to carry on as he was still ‘waiting on God’. He lost his congregation to other churches and the branches closed because of the wife’s abnormal behaviour.  A king of the community who attended his church withdrew his membership because of the wife’s behaviour. After praying for the deliverance of the pastor, Prophet T.B. Joshua assured him that he would assist him to reactivate his ministry and re-open the branches. Asked to comment on her husband’s confession, Alberta, in unmistakable remorse said, ‘I feel bad and sad’ and bemoaned satan for all that her husband had suffered in her hands. Prophet T.B. Joshua ended the episode by explaining that it was the evil spirit inside the wife that was responsible and now that she was delivered, her husband should not remind her of the past.

MAN DELIVERED FROM THE SPIRIT OF MASTURBATION

Mr Solomon Ogheneovo

A man from Delta, Nigeria, Solomon Ogheneovo by name, told the congregation of himself as a victim of the spirit of masturbation for 24 years. He thought that getting married would stop the embarrassing act but in fact, it continued. Even after marriage, he masturbated at least every day. After unsuccessful efforts, which included fasting and prayer, on his part to stop it, he finally decided to seek the face of the Lord in The SCOAN. After receiving the Anointing Water, he gathered his family and they prayed with it. That prayer, according to him, marked the end of his masturbation. He thanked God for using the prophet to bring an end to this torment in his life.

ANOINTING WATER RESTORES MENSTRUATION

Mrs Mercy Anthony

Mrs Mercy Anthony told listeners how she regained her menstruation which ceased for seven years, completely unresponsive to her efforts to reactivate it.  She said a good Samaritan gave her a virtually empty bottle of the Anointing Water which she topped with water, prayed with and ministered on herself. Following that, her menstruation miraculously reappeared. She ended her testimony by advising all her listeners to trust God who has an answer to whatever problems they might have.

ANOINTING WATER RESTORES MEMORY AND FETCHES PROMOTION

Rahamat Yusuf Suleiman had an accident in April which, among other injuries, affected her memory. This affected her reading and preparation for her promotion examination in her workplace. The result was that she failed the examination and was denied promotion. After efforts elsewhere to find a cure had failed, she sent a friend to The SCOAN for the Anointing Water.

  On receiving the Anointing Water, she prayed with it and sprayed it on herself, particularly her forehead. Soon after, to her amazement, she vomited an earthworm. The Anointing Water gave her total healing and following her prayer with it before going for another promotion examination in her workplace, she found the questions the same as the ones she had read, making her pass the examination with ease. As she gave her testimony, Rahamat displayed her promotion letter which was the outcome of her success in the examination.  Rahamat advised her listeners to go to the Lord always for a solution to their problems.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE AGED, DISABLED AND CHILDREN WORLDWIDE

The Emmanuel TV Team and Partners as usual filled trailers with gifts of rice, flour and other food items and transported them to the elderly and physically challenged both within Nigeria and internationally.

Yobe rice trailer 2

Yobe rice trailer 1

Borno rice trailer 1

Two of the many states in Nigeria that were visited by The Emmanuel TV Team were Yobe and Borno in the far north of the country. The team set off with two trailers each filled to capacity with rice and flour, in addition to cash gifts. The venue for the meeting with the Emmanuel TV  Team was General Hospital Leprosy Centre, Maiduguri. People gathered from all around Borno State to attend the meeting.

Borno rice trailer 2

The team sent by T.B. Joshua presented the community leaders with cash gifts and the bags of rice were distributed among everyone, regardless of race, faith or background. The Bible teaches us that we should love our neighbours as ourselves. In the same vein, various gifts were also dispatched to the needy and elderly people in Kremenchuk, Ukraine. In the Asian continent, Lahore, Pakistan was also visited with bags of rice, flour and other gift items.

FINANCIAL AID TO VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS

In the course of the service, five visually impaired students from the University of Jos were led to the platform where they narrated their financial problems as students, one after another.

Yakubu, a student of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, was the first to bare his mind about his financial needs as a student and concluded that he needed the sum of N92,000.00 to pay his school fees and solve other problems as a student.  The rest, in turn, also spoke, explaining that as students, even the money to release their results was hard to come by. Upon listening to their complaint, the prophet directed that their needs be met. Consequently, a total sum of N284,300.00 and bags of rice were disbursed among them.

MASS PRAYER FREES ALL

T.B Joshua

Praying in the power of the Holy Spirit, Prophet T.B. Joshua led the congregation and viewers worldwide in a powerful time of mass prayer. Many vomited the poisons long buried in their systems, thus receiving their freedom. The prophet prayed for the total release of his listeners in many areas of their lives, including their finances, businesses, marital lives among others. He also prayed for the restoration of their destinies and health. In the course of the mass prayer, the prophet issued prophecies to some people who, in reaction came forward to confirm the prophecies. Confirming that the entire congregation had been delivered and was free, the prophet proceeded to say the grace and bring the service to a close.

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Addressing the assembly in the lull of the adoration music, Prophet T. B. Joshua underscored the fact that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and demons of all authorities and rankings. As our fight is targeted at demons and principalities, it is not easy to determine our closing time in the Sunday service. In our case, we react proactively to the attack of the devil as and when observed. Demons attack mankind everywhere and every time and we must react as enjoined in Mark 16:17 where God says, in my name you shall cast out all demons. Opening his message with a series of rhetorical questions,
Wise Man Racine enjoined the assembly to be vigilant if they were not to be caught napping when the Lord would arrive. Are you prepared for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ? How prepared are you to receive Him? Where will He find you when He comes? He advised the church to wake up. He reminded the congregation that what we see on a daily basis on the street are demons at work in various ways and manners. Demons use able-bodied men to perpetrate atrocities of various descriptions and dimensions against their fellow men as orchestrated by the devil whose pre-occupation is to distract mankind from his Creator, God. Demon’s purpose is to distract man from God. There is an unending war between eternity and things which are intrinsically temporal in nature. A war between Christ and evil which is also the war between the Spirit and flesh is unending, according to him. This he maintained would lead to the topic of his message which is:
THE BATTLE OF THE AGES
Ours is a fight with enemies that we can’t see. He referred the congregation to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. The weapons of warfare are not carnal, for ours are enemies without flesh. The first place to be victorious is in our mind, he emphasised. It is a war between knowledge and ignorance. He enjoined the congregation to find security in God’s hands. It is in God’s hands that we have victory and blessing. Freedom from fear is in God’s hands. If God is with you, who can be against you? He further reminded the congregation of the Lord’s promise to set a table before you in the presence of your enemies. He advised his listeners to look up to the Lord for eternal victory. Jesus’ victory is a supernatural victory and we should rise up in heart and mind for things above. Our victory is past victory as Jesus, by His victory over the devil, has conquered the world for us. He gave biblical backing to his point by asking the church to open Matthew 4:3 for the Lord’s temptation. The devil tempted Jesus with bread because he knew that after His forty days of fasting and praying, He must be hungry. The devil tempted Jesus to put on a sensational display of power. Jesus, though had all the power, presumed upon the Holy Spirit. This teaches us that the power given to us is not to be exercised at our own will but at the will of God.

BROKEN HOMES AND RECONCILIATION
Mounting the altar in succession to the Wise Man, Prophet T.B. Joshua x-rayed the various problems challenging the unity in many families today. In many cases, he went on, families don’t go together to church because there isn’t unity enough in the family to justify that. Even in the same church, husband and wife sit far apart to be comfortable. All this, he maintained, is the work of the devil. The nature of the man’s job could be a source of disunity as wife and children will not be happy to wake up at 4am for family prayer to enable the man to go to work early. So, when there is unity on the outside, there might be disunity on the inside. Many of your children might not accept your faith but would embrace your money.

A HOUSE ON FIRE
The man of God directed that the video clip on a prophecy relating to the Nworah family be visited. The clip revealed the psychological turmoil in the mind of Mrs Rose Nworah following a strange phone number she discovered in her husband’s phone. Dialling the phone number in suspicion and anxiety, Mrs Rose Nworah received the shocking news told, with utmost disdain, by a girl her husband nicknamed Baby-Baby. The girl in question had been regaling herself in an illegal sexual relationship with her husband. As Baby-Baby herself put it, in reaction to Mrs Nworah’s phone call, “I have been enjoying your husband for quite some time and in fact, I am now pregnant for him.” What unspeakable effrontery! What a heart-shattering and mind-numbing insolence! What culpable sacrilege of cultural and biblical norms! The reality of the matter, as explained by Mrs Nworah, is that for quite some time the relationship between the couple had gone sour. The man’s amorous yearning for the woman had atrophied. Much to the chagrin of the woman, the husband never relished her meals anymore; they never slept together nor was the man interested in going out together with the wife ostensibly because of his newly discovered Baby-Baby, who incidentally hails from the same village in Anambra, Nigeria as the husband. Rose, the wife felt disadvantaged by this communal relationship between her husband and Baby-Baby as she, herself is a Ghanaian. In spite of the ethnic difference between the couple, the wife cherishes the marriage and had always jettisoned people’s negative comments and wishes about the marriage. She so loves him that she declares her affection for him to be time defiant because, as she says, her love is for ever and for ever she will love him. In his defence, Mr Uchenna Nworah acknowledged the girl as his community girl but denied putting her in a family way. Taking this as an episode for sermonising before giving his verdict, the prophet drew attention to the beauty of the woman and remarked, in confirmation of the Bible, that the battle is not necessarily for the swiftest and that is why, according to him, there are many beautiful women who, in spite of their beauty, live by prostitution in hotels today while many ugly ones are happily married. He added that beauty in the inside is more important than outward appearance. He therefore enjoined his listeners to seek deliverance in this regard. On the issue in question, the man of God declared that their marriage is from God and the so-called pregnancy claims by Baby-Baby were a mere hoax minted out to create bad blood between the couple. In total relief, the woman wore a smiling look and reiterated her yearnings to bear him all her children and love him forever. Hugging each other in their renewed matrimony, both husband and wife were delivered.

The next prophecy mentioned a woman, who in her dreams would see herself cutting the head of a goat which, on completion, would turn out to be one of her children receiving the machete cut. A few days after the dream, the affected child would fall sick and die. No sooner the prophecy was given than a woman emerged to claim the prophecy as hers because she had mysteriously lost three children in the process enunciated in the prophecy. Mrs Janet Peter from Kogi State confirmed the prophecy for herself and added that she had visited many pastors in that regard, in the hope of getting deliverance but all in futility. Developing this strand of the issue, the prophet told the church that it is hardly possible for any pastor to issue deliverance that is predicated on a dream or tale by a victim or sufferer. Deliverance, he submitted, is only possible and efficacious if the issue is revealed to the pastor by the Holy Spirit and the pastor divulges it by way of a prophecy to the person affected. Mrs Peter also disclosed her propensity to eat in dreams. The man of God assured her of deliverance. Many other prophecies, some of intriguing nature, were given and claimed by various congregants after which they were delivered and reassured of a more fruitful life in Christ. God, according to the prophet, has intended that His people should not grope in ignorance and consequently perish. He has, on the contrary, planned that a prophet should be among them. Through the prophet, God has intended to reveal essential information to them for their edification, survival and growth. However, this fact is not appreciated by many people and so, such people deride the prophets of God. The prophet is the only book after all books but which is not available in the market.

The prophet is the mind of God. He thereafter referred to a prophecy relating to Kenya which was issued the previous Sunday in the service. In the said prophecy, the prophet talked of seeing a place in Kenya where people drink and which would be attacked. It was therefore a warning sounded to those who would believe the prophet. This prophecy is confirmed in media reports that a police officer in central Kenyan town went on a shooting rampage killing ten people in different bars. The shooting spree happened late Saturday in Siakago 150 km North East of Nairobi.
The prophet went into prayer with the congregation as the Wise Men laid their hands on members of the congregation. He prayed that the light of God must shine no matter what the devil does, adding by way of more spirited prayer, that every power limiting the congregation must loose its grip.

The first fall-out from the mass prayer was a woman from Asaba, Delta State who in spiritual manifestation, confessed that she was ‘ogbanje’(an agent of satan, often born to die) and had been directed to use her powers to kill her husband. She however, according to her, would not do that because she loved her husband very much.

The second was a prophecy by the man of God in which he saw a royal father or king among the congregation wearing a charm. He therefore asked the unnamed royal father to come out into the open of his own volition. A frail- looking old man in regal attire emerged from the congregation in response to the prophecy and declared himself as the one at whom the prophecy was directed. The royal father declared his willingness to remove the charm and identify with Jesus Christ. However, in recognition of his age and regal status, the prophet never allowed him to be stripped for the charm in the public gaze. The royal father thanked God for pointing him out adding that the charm had rendered him senile and incapable of identifying any of his fifty children. He was however, told that his sickness was the result of a charm he trod on in the past.

Another prophecy was given relating to a witchdoctor who had killed seven of his children and instilled fear in the entire community leading, in some cases, to a pandemonium as the gods were on the prowl in the village. The man, as the prophecy revealed, had taken to his heels to the church to seek refuge. The witchdoctor revealed, in confirmation of the prophecy that his wife had been disabled by the same gods and might die soon if proactive reaction was not in the offing. By the action of the gods, according to the witchdoctor, they had disappointed him and he would disappoint them in retaliation by identifying himself with Christ and annihilating them. He said he inherited the gods from his fore-fathers and had built a house for them. He appealed to the man of God for deliverance so that he would survive the present threat to his life.
The man of God frowned at the old man for killing his children and also endangering the lives of the village people with the gods. As the issue unfolded, it became clear that many people in the assembly had not gone to their villages for the past ten years and more because of evil practices that witchdoctors in these villages had perpetrated on the innocent people. The man of God planned a mass prayer for such people who had been afraid to go to their villages so as to fortify them spiritually and encourage them to re-unite with their families in the village. Following the incessant plea by the witchdoctor who feared he might die if the man of God ignored him, the man of God pitied him and promised to deliver him for the Lord. Earlier, the prophet had intimated to him that he had not included some of his most powerful gods in the train of gods he displayed. The man of God mentioned some snakes and tortoises that constituted some of the most dangerous gods he had. The witchdoctor confessed that those ones were too dangerous for him to toy with.
The Sunday service had too much in package in form of deliverance and healing for one day and so a continuation service was arranged for the following day, Monday 8th November, 2010 beginning at 12 noon.

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Yet another article from The SCOAN’s new publication, ‘Read Us’, detailing the extraordinary story of South African Gospel star, Sechaba, and his life-changing visit to The SCOAN!

From both physical and spiritual perspectives, Sechaba Pali’s road to success has been a rough one, fraught with many hurdles and stumbles. Recently crowned the new king of the South African Gospel scene after winning the coveted award for Best Traditional Gospel Album at the MTN South African Music Awards, the street-boy turned gospel-sensation has much to thank God for. His remarkable story, one of both stardom and salvation, serves to remind us that success is not to be measured by our popularity before men but our position before God.

Sechaba was a pastor’s kid in name but not in nature. “I grew up in a gospel house,” he reminisced in an exclusive chat with Read Us, “but I wasn’t following what they were saying. After singing and playing the keyboard, I would go and smoke with my friends.” After being kicked out of school due to poor grades and even worse behavior, he was forced by his parent’s financial incapability to look for a job at the age of 15. Searching for greener pastures, Sechaba headed for Johannesburg only to discover that employment was more difficult to come across in Jo’burg than it had been in the Free State. Faced with the hardships and prejudices of a city where he knew no one, Sechaba was ultimately forced to live on the streets with no money even to return home. “I slept on the streets for two and a half years,” he reflected.Living under a bridge in Balfour Park, the bitter cold of night left Sechaba without sleep and hope. Realizing how his other colleagues survived the cold nights, he soon resorted to hard drugs each night to keep himself warm. “I joined the drugs company and that’s only when I was able to sleep.”

Sechaba Pali

Sechaba Pali in The SCOAN

Whilst smoking, he and his new acquaintances would often sing together in the cold night to comfort themselves. Noticing the uniqueness of Sechaba’s powerful voice, a local street vendor who sold her food near to his bridge offered Sechaba free food if he would agree to sing for her. “I started to enjoy singing – because I know if I sing, I will get a plate to eat!” Earning a living through washing taxi cars, Sechaba then met a man who went beyond just acknowledging his raw singing talent. Taking Sechaba to Downtown Music Warehouse, a haven for both new and established musicians, the man literally dumped him at their doorsteps and drove off. Sighting a group of singers, he followed them to an area where new artists were to register. After much perseverance and a touch of providence, Sechaba ended up being given a job as a cleaner, and accommodation by the lady who worked in the kitchen. “Then they promoted me from cleaning to cooking – so I was delivering the food to the artists,” he remarked whimsically.

The new job paved way for Sechaba to showcase his talent, as he knew whenever singing auditions would take place. A breakthrough came on the day of auditioning for Joyous Celebration, the renowned and record-breaking collaboration of South African gospel talent. “On the day of auditions for Joyous, I was there to bring them food. There was a guy who was singing and I didn’t like the way he sang – and it was a song I loved so much. So I approached one of the members there – can I sing that song. They laughed at me and said – you are a cook, you don’t know how to sing. But Lindelani Mtinzi overheard and said – ok, sing for me. So I went to the mic, closed my eyes and sang. I was just remembering the way I used to sing by myself at home. When I opened my eyes, everyone was just clapping their hands and shouting. That is how Joyous took me.”

Sechaba singing

Sechaba singing in concert

Within a month, Sechaba went from singing on the streets to performing at a gospel festival in London, singing before thousands with Joyous Celebration. “In London, it happened that I was the one singing the song they chose to play on TV. So everybody could see me – even in my hometown.” Sechaba rocketed to fame. Before long, Tshepo Nzimande, coincidentally one of the people he used to wash cars for, offered him a solo deal with Bula Music. His debut album, ‘Sechaba’ became a hit, selling more than 500,000 copies and firmly establishing him in the heart of the South African Gospel scene.

But, although Sechaba was singing gospel with his mouth, his heart was still far from it. “I wasn’t a Christian and I hadn’t accepted Jesus. I was just doing my own thing.” Still addicted to smoking, his troubled past soon took its toll as Sechaba began to fall into disrepute as the ‘bad boy of gospel’, with regular reports of his misbehavior and numerous car crashes hitting the tabloids and staining his image. His popularity was soaring but peace and purpose were still elusive.

However, providence was arranging a trip for Sechaba that would release him into his true calling – his divine calling. As Sechaba slotted in a DVD he had been given of Prophet T.B. Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, little did he know that in faraway Lagos, Nigeria, T.B. Joshua had seen him singing on the One Gospel music channel, and had received divine instruction to invite him to the church. “I saw him doing very wonderful miracles,” Sechaba remarked. “People were always telling me it is magic – that no pastor can do that. But I needed to see this magic. I said that I would love to see this prophet one day.” Shortly afterwards, South African businessmen Tim Tibeila contacted the singer to say that Prophet T.B. Joshua had invited him to Nigeria. Divine arrangement was at work.

TB Joshua prays for Sechaba

Prophet T.B. Joshua prays for Sechaba in the power of the Holy Spirit

In March 2009, Sechaba arrived in Lagos, not realizing the trip he was embarking on was set to change his life and reignite his unique career. “When I arrived, I fought with the guys outside because I needed to go and smoke. I didn’t know I was going to be delivered from smoking,” he chuckled. During the Sunday Service, he received prayer from Prophet T.B. Joshua and fell instantly to the ground under the power of the Holy Spirit. “To tell you the truth, by the time the prophet prayed for me, I didn’t know what happened. I had been to a lot of churches and a lot of pastors have prayed for me. I always saw people falling – but I told myself there is no pastor that can pray for me and I will go down like that.”

Rising tearfully from the prayer, Sechaba mumbled almost incoherently to the prophet: “I want to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.” Taking him to the altar of the church, the prophet calmly told him, “You just confess Him and accept Him here and let us pray for you.” Suddenly realizing the gravity of his former lifestyle, Sechaba began to publicly repent and acknowledge his need for a Saviour. “It’s God who made me a musician,” he sobbed. “I didn’t know that every time I smoke, I’m taking God far away from me.” Reassuring him, the prophet told him to sing a song as a declaration of his new stand: ‘I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back’. As Sechaba’s sonorous voice resonated throughout The SCOAN arena in a truly heart-felt rendition that brought many of the congregation to tears, he felt a change within him. “To tell you the truth – it was the first time I was singing and feeling the Holy Spirit all over my body. The day that I accepted Jesus was the first time I felt my voice hitting my heart.”

The congregation and viewers worldwide who were part of the live service on Emmanuel TV joined in prayer for Sechaba, led by Prophet T.B. Joshua. “Father, we thank You for coming into his heart. Continue to strengthen him – strengthen his desire and his determination for You only. He has decided to follow You.” The prophet then exhorted the singer to stay true to his promise to never go back to the world, encouraging Christians worldwide to remember him in their prayers. “The life he has started now – the beginner is not the owner but the finisher.” Immediately following the prayer, Sechaba’s urge to smoke miraculously disappeared. “Since I was prayed for, I never felt anything like pain. It’s like I’ve been born not smoking,” he joyfully testified.

Upon leaving The SCOAN, Sechaba continued his career, but this time with a significant change. Going into the studio to work on his third album, the atmosphere was palpably different. “It was in that moment that I realised I had never felt what I was singing about until right there and then. It was the first time and everyone started crying. I had goose bumps throughout the recording.” The album, Umanghihambe Nawe (My Walk With God), received rave reviews and catapulted Sechaba to even greater heights of awareness and acclaim. But a bigger accolade was on its way.

Sechaba singing on stage

Sechaba singing on The SCOAN Stage!

On 16th April 2010, competing against some of the South African Gospel heavyweights, Sechaba walked away with a SAMA Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, a remarkable achievement for the relatively new artist. He attributes the victory to his new-found walk with God following his life-changing visit to The SCOAN. “I see myself as nothing but a pencil in the hands of God. He is using me to reach out to the masses out there. I am happy that I have won an award, however the greatest award is the one that I will get in heaven for fulfilling my calling. And I do not take the glory; it is only through Him that I managed to win this award. His timing is never early or late,” said Sechaba when asked how he felt about winning the award.

When Read Us asked Sechaba to sum up his experiences at The SCOAN and his prospects for the future, his reply echoed the truly remarkable transformation. “I was a gospel artist before, but now I am a worshipper…”

SOURCE: Read Us – Edition 3

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