Prophet T.B. Joshua marked his 53rd birthday anniversary with an explosive Sunday Service as an outpouring of testimonies, signs and wonders filled the screen of Emmanuel TV. The previous day, Saturday, God had unleashed His power on the sick who thronged the premises of The SCOAN to receive their healing as a birthday gift from Heaven. The whole world watched on Emmanuel TV as chains were broken and captives were set free from various afflictions.
After those who had received healing testified during The SCOAN Live Sunday Service of June 12, 2016, the man of God still went ahead to lead a Mass Prayer that saw many oppressed delivered as they manifested and vomited poisonous substances. Those who were watching and praying along with the man of God from their homes around the world also received a touch of God’s grace and blessing. Nations were not left out as their affairs were committed into the hands of God by Prophet T.B. Joshua.
Speaking on the special service of his birthday, the man of God stated, “Birthday is to bless the sick, to deliver those who need to be delivered”. Continuing, the man of God identified with the congregants and people all over the world concerning the present socio-economic realities across the world and the need to persevere in prayer. “In this season, there is poverty and sickness everywhere. God promised to release a mighty anointing to do the job. My people need breakthrough and good health to celebrate better. To have breakthrough and good health, you need a mighty anointing that will separate the wheat from the situation you are complaining of. We have been listening to testimonies since morning and the testimonies will never stop. It is your turn.”
Concluding, Prophet T.B. Joshua called on the Holy Spirit to take over the service. “Let’s welcome the Holy Spirit mightily. Take more of us, Lord and give us more of You – more of Your purity, holiness, faithfulness, kindness. We want Your declaration, confirmation, Lord. Thank You, Lord!”
DEPRESSION CAME TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY BUT JESUS SAID, “NO!”
Overwhelmed by the plethora of challenges life had thrown her way, young Miss Evelyn from Malaysia became fed up with her existence and almost threw in the towel in the battle of survival. Depression took over her spirit and built its destructive tent there. Often times, she would harbour suicidal thoughts, thinking that the sunny side of life would never come her way. She was definitely not to blame for all the terrible experiences as her family background was enmeshed in idol worship and thus hindered any meaningful communion with the Most High God.
Growing up under the tutelage of her parents, she joined them in serving and paying obeisance to strange gods which only caused more retrogression in the family. Ancestral spirits became the focal point of worship as they were offered incense and libations for the ‘liberation’ of the family. Young Evelyn, carried away with the fantasies of youth, enjoyed the ritualistic nature of her religious background without an inkling of the grave dangers they posed to her spiritual development. Her romance with idol worship was for better or for worse!
Growing up, she discovered that her aspirations in life were miles apart from the ruthless realities that stared her in the face. Of course, the consequence of that discovery resulted in frustration, loss of hope and depression which in turn gave birth to suicidal thoughts. In her reckoning, people never liked her. She felt she was socially rejected and concluded that there was nothing to live for. She struggled with that piteous mindset and at one time, almost jumped down from a twenty-storey building. Feelings of worthlessness, low self-esteem and failure took over her heart like weeds unyielding to the farmer’s cutlass.
Changing jobs due to an unexplained lack of satisfaction, her career almost became comatose. Her interpersonal relationship was a fundamental disaster. When it dawned on her that there was no easy way out of her dilemma and having been disappointed by her famous but powerless gods, she decided to explore superior options. Incidentally, she had become acquainted with The SCOAN many years prior and had even dreamt of receiving prophecy and deliverance from Prophet T.B. Joshua. Against all discouraging odds, Evelyn found her way to Nigeria to visit The SCOAN.
Penultimate Sunday, she attended the church service and had an interesting encounter with the Prophet of God. Walking up to her in the congregation, Prophet T.B. Joshua told her, “You have the spirit of suicide. You want to commit suicide. You have depression – serious depression. Three times, you attempted to commit suicide. Your family serves gods – strong gods”. Confirming the prophecy to be true, Evelyn received her deliverance in the mighty name of Jesus.
During her testimony, she revealed to the world how depression almost led her into taking her own life. She however regretted her actions and told the congregants that she no longer harbours suicidal thoughts as the Spirit of God has taken over her heart, filling her with inner peace and a sense of satisfaction. “Get used to challenges. God did not promise that we will not encounter challenges but He promised to see us through,” she reminded congregants and viewers all over the world.
“IN JESUS’ NAME, GET UP AND WALK!”
The debilitating hands of lumbar spondylosis had targeted several parts of Mrs Felicia Nwachi’s body and rendered them ineffective. From her head to toes through her spine, an excruciating pain remained for fifteen years. She was in for the toughest time of her life. It was a tale of incessant pains and anguish as she could not walk on her feet. All efforts both traditional and orthodox made by her family to get her back on her feet proved abysmally abortive until her daughter brought her to The SCOAN, following Prophet T.B. Joshua’s decision to pray for the sick and troubled as part of his birthday celebrations.
She was brought in a car, unable to walk. The man of God came to her outside the auditorium and demonstrated God’s power in action as he prayed for Mrs Nwachi’s daughter. The man of God then instructed her daughter to pray for Mrs Nwachi. As soon as her daughter laid hands on her, she testified that she felt something come out of her eyes! Suddenly, a woman who had been in a wheelchair for fifteen years, sprang to her feet and began to walk, declaring the awesomeness of the Most High.
Testifying before the congregation, a visibly elated Mrs Nwachi walked around happily, thanking God for restoring her to her feet. She expressed joy that she can now sleep peacefully as against her previous state of not being able to sleep at all due to the pain all over her body. She pledged to remain faithful to Jesus Christ.
RECONCILED WITH GOD AND FAMILY AFTER 25 YEARS OF SMOKING
Mr Konstantinos was deep in sin. He lusted after women, drank alcohol and smoked three packets of cigarette daily, for twenty-five years. He was always out clubbing and enjoying the ‘good things of life.’ It got to an extent that he started to ask himself fundamental questions about his wayward life. He tried to seek help from many churches but the more he did, they greater his sins became. Matters got to an unbearable end when his irresponsible ways became the cause of family squabbles, with his marriage hanging in the balance. By this time, the Greek national had started praying to God to help him out of his unwholesome ways. He yearned for an opportunity to forsake his sins and embrace God, asking for direction to a place where he could get real help.
Along the way, he was introduced to Emmanuel TV by a friend. As he started watching and praying with Prophet T.B. Joshua, he noticed that his life was changing gradually. He vomited poisonous substances as the prayers continued. Peace began to return to his family. On two occasions, he was saved from death. On one of those occasions, he almost lost his life as he tried to rescue a dog which had fallen into a heavy duty machine. He escaped to safety after some people came to rescue him while he was meditating on the prayers he had witnessed Prophet T.B. Joshua offer on Emmanuel TV. According to him, “The prayers of Prophet T.B. Joshua had a lot of influence on me. I would touch my screen and the things that were taking place at The SCOAN were happening to me also.”
Thanking God for his deliverance through the Emmanuel TV medium, Mr Konstantinos said he has now reconciled with his family and is at peace with himself as even the urge for smoking and all other vices have disappeared. Mr Konstantinos advised people to uphold the saying that distance is not a barrier.
BROKEN BONES MADE WHOLE AGAIN
Battered by a hit-and-run truck, Mrs Chinwe Amandi had her bones fractured. The doctors, after conducting an X-ray, ordered that she should undergo surgery but the woman would have none of that. She remembered she has a God that can do all things. She was completely incapacitated and could not carry out her domestic chores without the help of her crutches and husband, a popular Nollywood actor who had to cut short a production to attend to her. She continued struggling with life until God showed up through Prophet T.B. Joshua.
The man of God had informed the world about his intention to hold a Prayer Line on Saturday June 11, 2016 as a divine instruction to mark his 53rd birthday anniversary. Mr and Mrs Amandi seized the opportunity to register for the healing programme. At the Prayer Line, the man of God laid hands on Mrs Amandi and the power of God sent her to the ground. As she stood up, she started walking without support for the first time in many months. Her husband also fell to the ground as he came one on one with the touch of God through the anointed man of God. Springing to his feet to join his wife in the frenzy of celebration, Mr Amandi observed, “The man of God not only prayed for my wife but he prayed for me too and I started laughing with joy!”
Mrs Amandi showed the congregation that she is now very fit and can even run and walk majestically. She advised the world in the following words: “Believe that God can heal you. Once you believe, your problem is solved”.
“ALL THINGS NOW WORK FOR GOOD SINCE I MET CHRIST ON EMMANUEL TV”
Mr Dancho Hadzhieu’s actions had become a thorn in the flesh to many. Having been born into an extremely wealthy family, he never lacked anything. The young Bulgarian living in Greece began beating people up and confiscating their money, fearing no one because he knew his parents wielded a lot of influence in his community. While in high school, he formed a gang that specialised in harassing unsuspecting persons. He knew he was not doing the right things but just could not put a stop to them. He felt like a god.
He eventually joined the police force after graduating from the academy but continued to carry out his nefarious activities with even more confidence as a police officer. Because he had the gun and uniform, he would beat people up mercilessly and unlawfully without any feeling of regret. At one stage, the police authorities got wind of his misdemeanours and threatened to sack him but instead of showing remorse, Mr Hadzhieu boasted that they should do their worst to him. He told his superior that he had money to take care of himself and that their action against him meant nothing. Even though his conscience pricked him from time to time, he could not help but continue in his bad characters.
One day, while at home, he received a sack letter. Infuriated, he made up his mind to continue in his irresponsible life. He started a night life, hanging out with a mafia group, smoking and drinking. He never bothered about the consequences of his actions because he still had friends in the police. The hand of God eventually grabbed him however, after a friend had visited to preach salvation to him. The same friend also introduced him to Emmanuel TV and Prophet T.B. Joshua. In spite of his initial misgivings, he was convinced to watch Emmanuel TV.
While watching Prophet T.B. Joshua pray for people via Emmanuel TV, Mr Hadzhieu cried out to God to have mercy on him and change him from his evil ways. Since that day, his life truly changed. He stopped gambling, drinking and smoking. All the problems hanging on his shoulders disappeared. All the court cases instituted against him were quashed and he was even recalled and reabsorbed into the police force with a superior rank.
Visiting The SCOAN last Sunday to testify to God’s goodness and how his life was transformed, he expressed so much joy for finding Christ through Emmanuel TV and regretted all the evils he had done in the past. “If you have spoken negative words about T.B. Joshua, ask God for forgiveness,” he advised congregants and people all over the world, recalling the Scripture in Matthew 10:41 that if we honour a prophet of God, we would receive a prophet’s reward, in Jesus’ name.
“I AM BACK ON MY FEET! THANK YOU JESUS!”
Mrs Diane Ebele Okeke was confined to the wheelchair for years. Since 2009, she had been having serious issues with her legs. She was thereafter diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which had rendered her ineffective as a mother and as a wife. Initially, there were fears that she may not be able to bear a child as the illness had affected many other parts of her body including her waist. She had been living with the support of family members for several years. Many visits to different hospitals did not yield any solution. Even when she managed to give birth to a child, after a very long labour, the problem worsened. You can imagine how a woman confined to the wheelchair and in pain could breastfeed her baby. It was a serious travail for her!
Her seven years of anguish eventually came to an end on Saturday June 11, 2016 as Prophet T.B. Joshua held a Prayer Line in commemoration of his 53rd birthday anniversary as directed by the Holy Spirit. Mrs Okeke was brought down to The SCOAN all the way from Abuja in her wheelchair. As the man of God was ministering healing outside the auditorium, Mrs Okeke cried out and attracted his attention. Laying his anointed hands on her in the mighty name of Jesus, Mrs Okeke sprang to her feet and walked without support for the first time in seven years. Shouting, “I am healed… Thank you Jesus,” there was wild jubilation by her sister and those who witnessed the demonstration of God’s power through the man of God. Testifying in company of her sister, Mrs Okeke thanked God for her healing, saying that she now does things for herself. All the pain that had made her life sorrowful are gone for good.
STOLEN MONEY RETURNED
While trying to reconcile her accounts after close of work, Mrs Okechukwu had discovered a shortfall of two hundred and fifty thousand naira. She was confused as all attempts to trace the source of the problem failed. Not even a detailed viewing of the CCTV could trace the source of the missing money. Bearing in mind the implication of that development, she knew that summary dismissal was in the offing for her. The bank teller was not going to give in to the pranks of the devil and so she immediately called one of the numerous Prayer and Counselling Lines from Emmanuel TV and prayed with the Emmanuel TV Prayer Warriors.
Mrs Okechukwu ran home to pick up her Morning Water. Returning to her office, she prayed with zeal, asking God to locate the source of that money, no matter who had it or where it was hidden. After the prayer, she ministered the Morning Water all around her cubicle. Later that night, she dreamt of meeting Prophet T.B. Joshua. In that dream, the man of God asked her, “Who am I?” three times and she replied, “You are my Prophet”. Immediately, he asked her to sit down, she woke up from sleep.
Resuming work on Monday, she met a rather lukewarm reception. She had been told to relinquish her daily duties while investigations continued. By this time, there were muted insinuations that she might have stolen the money and was only looking for a soft landing out of the whole dilemma. But the following day, she received a call urging her to run down to the office; the mysteriously missing money had been found! On getting to her workplace, she shed tears of joy as the money was found in a spot that had been searched thoroughly. In her heart, she knew that someone had stolen the money but returned it due to the intensity of her prayer and Morning Water ministration.
Thanking God alongside her husband, Mrs Okechukwu advised people to trust in God as there is nothing too difficult for God.
IN SPITE OF THE ODDS, GOD MADE HIM THE BEST
Mr Trevor Phillips had abandoned his degree programme in Music Production and Sound Engineering and began pursuing other careers. In prayer one day, he said that God told him to return to school and complete the degree he had started. The UK citizen, resident in Australia, returned to school and moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in order to complete the practical aspects of the course. In Melbourne, he and his family discovered Emmanuel TV and developed great interest watching the channel and building their faith in the things of God. As they continued to watch Emmanuel TV, their spiritual lives improved and they were uplifted and blessed by the testimonies of people as well as the motivating messages of Prophet T.B. Joshua. After a while, his wife was granted a job which provided the finances needed for his degree. By May 2015, he completed his degree programme to the glory of God.
The school authorities sent him a special invitation to attend the graduation ceremony as the Best Graduating Student with the highest grades in the whole of Australia. He was given an award to that effect and was also honoured with the rare privilege of speaking to other graduates at the valedictory event. Mr Trevor Phillips, in company of his wife and child, thanked God for lifting him to the zenith of academic breakthrough. He advised people, especially students to focus on God and pursue their dreams no matter how difficult they appear, adding that God will surely see them through.
GOODBYE TO THE DEVOURER
Anastasia Mavridoy started working at the age of 20. Even though she was making a lot of money, it remained a mystery to her how she easily frittered it away. Though she was buying and selling across the world, she had nothing to show for her hard work. She was earning between 300,000 to 500,000 euros monthly but still could not boast of anything. She became sad and depressed. Each night she would retire to her room, calling on God to help her out of her problem. She started watching Emmanuel TV and developed a longing to visit The SCOAN for deliverance. It was strange to her that a woman who made so much money could not account for it; definitely, there was something wrong somewhere.
Eventually, her prayer for an opportunity to visit The SCOAN soon materialised. She got the exact money she needed to fund her trip and headed to Nigeria. When she arrived in The SCOAN, she received the Morning Water and a prophetic message from Prophet T.B. Joshua concerning her agricultural business. According to the man of God, the business would boom. As soon as she returned to Greece, she ministered the Morning Water, declaring that her business would thrive as prophesied by the man of God.
By the grace of God, her business soon became a beehive as people trooped in to buy her products – in numbers beyond her imagination. As the business brought more and more gain, she was encouraged to register another company called ‘TEMITOPE Company’ in honour of the man of God whom God used to revive her business fortunes. Thanking God for blessing her and making her smile once again, Mrs Mavridoy reminded people all over the world that there is always a spirit behind every problem. She advised them to take their burdens to God.
JESUS REVIVED HIS HEARTBEAT
Twelve years prior, Pastor Ely Blunck had developed a severe heart problem. As the problem persisted, he underwent surgery in which a pacemaker was inserted into his chest to enable his heart to beat. The Brazilian pastor had been living with the pacemaker for many years until the power of God fell upon him during The SCOAN Live Sunday Service. As Prophet T.B. Joshua was moving among the congregation, he stopped in front of Pastor Blunck and placed his hand upon his chest in prayer. As the anointing of God permeated the atmosphere during the prayers, Pastor Blunck suddenly felt his heart beating by itself. Rushing forward, he gave thanks to God for the miraculous healing he had received.
Overwhelmed with tears and shouts of joy, other Latin American nationals who had come to The SCOAN for the special birthday celebrations, thanked God for reviving his heart beat.
As they expressed their gratitude to God, they also presented their national flags, declaring that they had come to The SCOAN with the express purpose of inviting Prophet T.B. Joshua to their nations. The delegations were comprised of nations from Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Russia and Greece. The service was indeed a celebration of God’s love and grace through the life and ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua as he marked his 53rd birthday to the glory of God!