The SCOAN, the Arena of Liberty has been a beehive of activities with worshippers pouring in from all corners of the world to fellowship with the Lord and mark a new dawn in their Christian lives. Coinciding with the birthday of the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua who was celebrating his 51st birthday on 12th June, The SCOAN was caught in a frenzy of celebration although the actual day of the prophet’s birthday was mild and moderate being a day dedicated to prayer for the nation, Nigeria and the world.Worshippers from all over the globe grabbed the opportunity to thank God for the life of the man of God who has selflessly served as a true patriot of the Lord’s kingdom. As part of the celebrations, the man of God held a special deliverance service on Friday for the thousands of international visitors who graced the occasion. The Saturday and Sunday services were also held and both demonstrated the beauty of depending on and serving the true and living God as the power of the Holy Spirit swept through the congregation to bring spiritual enrichment. The overriding authority of the name, Jesus Christ manifested itself through instant healings and deliverances. The man of God took the opportunity to introduce The New Anointing Water and Faith Bracelets which are yet to be made available to people for a more intimate relationship with God. Earlier on, Wise Man Harry delivered the Word of God with a message titled: THE HEART WE POSSESS. The wise man examined the way different hearts have their individual characteristics. He said, “We have different hearts with different ways of doing things. Hearts are not the same and thus the way they receive or resist the Word of God differs”. Adding more detail about the relationship between the heart and mouth, Wise Man Harry said, “Vain and idle talk is a product of a vain and idle heart because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. His proof text was from Matthew 16:15 regarding the revelation of Peter acknowledging our Lord, Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He said that this was the kind of heart we should aspire to have that which is ever-believing, no matter the condition at hand.
TESTIMONIES The service was replete with amazing testimonies as hundreds of people came forward to share what the Almighty God had done in their lives. Below are a few of them.
FROM WHISKEY TO WATER – AN ADDICT’S TESTIMONY It must have felt funny when Mr Samson Lawrence Khumalo, a Zimbabwean living in Cape Town, South Africa, took his first sip of beer. Little did he know that down in the glass, a demon lurked who would turn his perceived joy into a total nightmare. It all started off in 1999 when he got shot at as a security officer. He realised that he should have come to God then but he went into drinking and mistook the ugly sneer of the devil for a smile. He used to compete with friends to see who could drink the most and still drive home. Sooner, his appetite became so appallingly strong that he soon became an addict. For 15 years, he walked from one joint to another futilely whetting the urge which never went. He would make plans but they would never see the light of the day. It affected him financially and those around him emotionally and socially. As a heavy drinker, he often would get hurt while consuming alcohol. Sometimes, he would discover that he had done something wrong like breaking a window or breaking a relationship. All these cost him dearly that he no longer found joy in anything alcoholic. He desired to quit but he found no magic wand to the problem. He got to the point of considering contacting Alcoholics Anonymous, a world renowned rehabilitation group. One day, he attended a family reunion where he saw his uncle, a well known drunkard, take only soft drinks and water. He was surprised because his uncle was a more notorious drinker than he was. Curious, he implored him to share his secret whereupon he was told about The SCOAN and the Anointing Water. Mr Khumalo began to watch Emmanuel TV. As he watched a mass prayer with his uncle, the uncle ministered the Anointing Water to him and, instantly, he felt a strange sensation run through his body and that marked the end to his agonising relationship with alcoholic substances. A man who could consume an entire bottle of whisky in one sitting, suddenly found alcohol repulsive and disgusting. He said the last beer he bought, several months ago, was still sitting in the fridge, unopened and untouched to the glory of God. Not that he nurses lingering temptations to go back to it but as evidence that when Jesus delivers you, you are delivered indeed!
HIS NAME IS JOSEPH JUNIOR! – A HAPPY DAD AFTER 17 YEARS OF BARRENNESS Mr Joseph Matala and his dear wife found themselves squeezed between a rock and a hard place where only Jesus could save them. His wife had fibroids while he had a low sperm count, rendering the couple unable to have children for 17 years. A national of DR Congo but living in South Africa, Mr Matala and his wife had gone to even the most expensive specialists and Chinese herbalists to get a solution to their infertility but there was no change. It caused him so much trauma especially when one day, his biological mother told him that she would not die in peace because she had not seen his children. No assurance could calm his mother’s concerns. This was a bitter memory that lingered in the back of his mind, accompanying his unsavoury condition of barrenness. The repercussions followed him wherever he went. Anytime he was applying for things and had to fill out forms or take interviews, he would be asked questions like, “How old is your first child” which would send him on another downward spiral of depression. Tired of trying, he suggested to his wife that they went for adoption. His wife encouraged him that God was still alive and would give them a child. “When you have a problem and you become tired, it is then that the power of God is close to you,” he said. After all those challenges, the couple decided to partner with Emmanuel TV. To their greatest surprise, an Anointing Sticker was sent to them in the post. Unknown to him, this was how his story would begin to change. The Anointing Sticker meant so much to him and his wife that they cut it in two and each kept their own part on their person anywhere they went. They did this so that if either of them lost theirs, they would still have the other one to pray together with! They prayed to God to bless them so that one day, they too would go to the church to testify of how their problem had been solved. His wife then missed her period. He was happy but this had happened many times in their 17 year struggle without the corresponding result so he didn’t make too big a deal out of it. They went to do a pregnancy test and just like that, his wife was confirmed to be pregnant. Today, they have a two and half month old baby boy – Joseph Junior. He advised that the power of God in the Anointing Sticker is as powerful as that in the Anointing Water. In their case, they did not start heckling the headquarters that they had not received the Anointing Water, they just prayed with the Anointing Sticker, believing that it was God’s answer to the question of the barrenness in their lives.
DIVINE OPERATION RESTORES WOMAN’S SIGHT “I am healed. I can see, thank You, Jesus!” It was a cry of joy as Miss Charlie Alexis Richards from USA – once blind, finally received her full sight. It was a priceless thing to have happened to her considering the opposition she had encountered on her way to The SCOAN. The moment she made up her mind to come to The SCOAN to be prayed for after all medical help at leading hospitals in the USA had failed, people tried to discourage her. They told her she would just waste her money. Right at the airport in America, she discovered that her feet had become swollen. Not only that, her baggage was routed to a wrong destination. Everything appeared to be working against her trip. But her will to seek the face of God was so strong that she could not allow any detractors stop her. Her faith was not without reason. Before coming to The SCOAN, she had a dream. In that dream, she was in the church auditorium. Everything looked the same but there were no chairs. Then, she saw herself in a line of people. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua called her to come forward as she was late. She went forward to the front and what looked like a hospital came down upon her. Inside, she saw surgical tools of all kinds all around the walls. Afterwards, a man came to her and said she could see the screens in front of her. She instinctively replied that she could not but the man insisted that she could and when she tried, she found out that her blind eye could now see the objects in front of her. Finally, finding herself at the prayer line of The SCOAN that historical day last Saturday, she witnessed the launch of the New Anointing Water through which she was to be set free. She explained her experience under the power of the Holy Spirit: “As soon as the Anointing Water fell into my eye, I felt like something was moving in my blind eye. I lost control. I could not find a hand to hold and fell to the ground”. Unknown to the human eye and those that were in her vicinity, a divine operation was taking place just as she had experienced in her dream. After a few minutes, her eye popped open, darkness disappeared and to her inexpressible joy, she was able to see the man of God clearly for the first time. In the Book of Isaiah, it was foretold that when Jesus Christ would come to save us, the lame would walk, the dead would be raised and the eyes of the blind would see. The age of miracles has not passed; the Miracle Worker is still alive. His name is Jesus Christ.
CALL HIM HONOURABLE – THE STORY OF A FORMER MOTORBIKE RIDER Mr Effiong Edet Effiong, now answering to the title ‘honourable’, perfectly described his former life as one that had been ‘manhandled, ruffled and squeezed not just by poverty but abject poverty’ which bread anger, frustration and aggression. He was a motorbike rider, riding a jalopy assembled in a makeshift fashion by various roadside mechanics. He would leave home in the morning and after working all day in the blistering sun, come home with nothing, day after day. Most of the money he gained, he would have to spend on repairing the bad motorbike. Like many making a hard living on the unfriendly streets, he developed the bad habit of smoking. As a rider carrying people from one place to another, he heard so many stories, some of them strange. One of them was about Prophet T.B. Joshua, the man whom people said was performing miracles. Some said negative things about him. He was confused and one day decided to ask his wife if she had heard anything about the prophet. Her answer was an emphatic, “Yes” and that she had actually seen him preach on Emmanuel TV through the black-and-white television in his house. His wife insisted he came to The SCOAN despite any nasty or discouraging stories he might have heard. He resignedly agreed and came to The SCOAN using money borrowed from various friends. So desperate was he that as he was coming, he said to himself, “I will roll on the floor outside the church if necessary just to get seen by the man of God.” He knew that he would get solution and was not ready to go back with the same problems. He sat in the canopy and “sang louder, danced faster and prayed harder than anybody else.” Such was his belief that this was the end of his life of hardship. Having received the Anointing Water and Stickers, on his way back to his state, he prayed to God, “If You are the One who created the Heavens and earth, please, do not let me continue riding on this bike again”. Mighty miracles started happening. His state launched a poverty alleviation project and he was one of the lucky few given a brand new vehicle for business. His joy was so much that he slept for two days in the car before going home. The same man from the state Governor’s Office called him for a big contract not long after and he was able through this venture to register a company. He enrolled at school and successfully passed his OND and HND qualifications which were far off dreams for him to achieve in his former position of poverty. One contract after another came his way and he was able to buy a property. He is now a proud home owner and the employer of 14 staff. He stopped his wife from selling fish and bought her a personal car. His influence in the state became prominent and was encouraged by a friend that as God was with him, he should stand for election in his local government. He won the position. A few weeks later, the chairman of his local government gave him the gift of another brand new car. “I came to share this testimony to give others hope that if a motorbike rider could be elevated to the position of an honourable member of the local government, your position would soon change as long as you continue to believe and trust in God!” He testified.
I GAVE BIRTH WITHOUT FALLOPIAN TUBES From a human and scientific view, Mrs Onuche Mariam was not to ever have children. She had barrenness that had humiliated her for five years. This was as a result of an ectopic pregnancy during which led to the removal of her fallopian tubes. This scientifically made it impossible for her to get pregnant. As a lecturer, she loved children but would be troubled to see that she did not have her own. Still, she believed in God that one day she would conceive. Her brother told her not to believe man’s opinion but to seek God’s. He collected her medical report and took it to The SCOAN for prayers. When he returned home, he gave it back to her and said, “God has changed your report!” Meanwhile, she was introduced to Emmanuel TV and, during the Candlelight Service crossing over from 2013 to 2014, she prayed along with Prophet T.B. Joshua. That night, she had a dream in which the man of God told her she would come for a testimony. The following month, she discovered that she was pregnant. Now, she came to give that testimony and standing with her brother before the congregation, she displayed her six-month pregnancy to the glory of God who had re-written her medical report and made possible what doctors had said could not happen.
INTRUDING NEBULISER MACHINE SACKED He came carrying his nebuliser machine in his bag. Much as it sustained his life during sleep in those hours of difficulty in breathing, he detested the whole idea of having to strap a mask over his face for the rest of his life. Without it, he ran the risk of sleeping and not waking up again. His wife rightly called it the ‘intruder’ for its inconvenience during intimacy. So, Mr Kwasi Tete Asiedu, a Ghanaian living in the UK, carried the intruder all the way to The SCOAN, praying that Jesus Christ would relieve him of the burden and hand him and his wife a new lease of life. For 12 years, he had suffered sleep apnoea – a potentially fatal sleeping disorder. He would have difficulty taking in oxygen and would snore loudly. In the morning, he would be too tired to carry out his daily activities. In recent months, he was introduced to Emmanuel TV and saw other people receiving healing of similar problems. That put faith in his heart to come to The SCOAN to receive his own touch. He was arranged on the prayer line and was very privileged to be one of the first few people to receive a spray of the New Anointing Water. Under the instruction of Prophet T.B. Joshua, one of the evangelists ministered it to him, in Jesus’ name. For the last time, he removed the nebuliser machine’s mask from his face. His breathing became completely normal. Since then, he sleeps like a baby without using the machine. “If you are sick, come to Jesus; He is the Healer,” he said, now free from wearing a mask to bed.
BLIND AND BLEEDING EYE RESTORED
Princess Felian Assam Czesnat, a Cameroonian residing in Germany, was chatting with her brother on Skype one day when he alerted her to a trace of blood running from her eye. Unsuspecting of anything serious, she went to the mirror and horror stared back at her. Pure blood was running down her eye. She called an ambulance but when they got to the hospital, the doctors did not see anything wrong with her yet she could not see, walk or write. The eye kept bleeding. At a point, the eye started coming out and they had to give her an eye patch to keep the eye firmly in place and from getting contaminated. Then, it was discovered that the problem was from the nerves in her eye. Alerted to her scary predicament, her father bought her a ticket to come to The SCOAN. Her case had deteriorated so much that she couldn’t see even the time or date of the flight on the ticket; all she knew was she was travelling to Nigeria from Germany. Arriving at The SCOAN, she listened to a testimony of a lady healed from blindness after receiving a spray of the New Anointing Water. The testifier had told of how during the ministration into her eye, she had felt a warm sensation and something like a worm moving in it. However, when the New Anointing Water was sprayed on Ms Czesnat, she did not feel the same. In fact, only a few drops had landed on her face. She considered this not to be enough. Her sister assured her to believe and put her faith to work. Back at the hotel the following morning, her sister alerted her to the fact that her eyes were no longer bloody as they had been the previous day before the Anointing Water was sprayed on her. “Leave me alone, I am a blind woman,” she shouted back. However, on her sister’s insistence, she called for a mirror and behold; the eye that was once full of blood and completely blind, was clear and she could see. She confessed her healing and when she was given a book to read, Ms Czesnat did so convincingly. Unlike the first time when she came to The SCOAN led by her sister, she came without any assistance. She walked by herself and faced the camera, smiling.
WE RAN OUT OF ROPE AND GRABBED UNTO FAITH Honourable Ladi Oko from Benue, Nigeria suffered from multiple fractures of the ankle after an accident. She had to use a pair of crutches to be able to move around. She could not carry out her daily activities. Her family members had to help her to the bathroom before she could have her bath. She went to many hospitals and herbalists in search of solution but could not find any. The doctor even said that she would need an operation but the doctor was not sure how the operation would affect her leg. The family decided to bring her to The SCOAN where she was placed in the prayer line and Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her in the power of the Holy Spirit. Immediately after the prayer, she felt a sensation in her body and was able to walk freely without the crutches to the glory of God! Now, she can do everything by herself, drive her car, walk around and even run for the glory of God! The family advised viewers to trust in God Almighty.
46 YEARS CRIPPLING PAIN WIPED AWAY AT ONCE Mrs Gabriella Filak, from Hungary in Eastern Europe, suffered excruciating pain with which she woke up with tears every morning. It started when she was born that the doctors said she was unlikely to survive as she only weighed just over a kilo. When she was very young, she fell on a rock with her hip and the pain started from there. She had to use a metal frame to move around. The doctors were able to diagnose that she had tuberculosis in her hip and spine. She went for an operation whereby the doctors intentionally broke her leg to try and reattach the leg properly to the hip but the operation was not a success. Over the years, the situation became worse. She was no longer able to lift up or play with the children where she worked in a nursery school because of her painful condition. She had suffered this for 46 years. It got to a point that the doctors told her that there was nothing more they could do for her. One of her sisters who speaks English told her about the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua and encouraged her to come to The SCOAN to receive her healing. She was filled with faith and came in the name of the Lord. When she was at the Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua touched her three times and told her she was free to walk. She immediately began to walk and even burst into a run as she discovered that all the pain which usually hindered her movement had vanished. She described the experience as if it had been God Himself embracing her. At last, 46 years of crippling pain have been ended by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ. During the service, when the New Anointing Water was ministered to her, she felt like her entire body was being stretched and straightened out as she fell on the floor and vomited. Now, she feels new and refreshed and can walk like a normal person. She explained that previously she felt like her body was twisted and had to drag her left leg behind her as she walked but that was all a thing of the past since the prayer of Prophet T.B. Joshua. It was an amazingly glorious service day which ended with mass prayers where every demonic based problem was exposed by the light of God to the joy of all! Emmanuel – God with us!