Celebrating Prophet T.B. Joshua At 48

Here is an article from Tiko Emmanuel Okoye of the Daily Independent, Nigeria, who shares his experience of meeting Prophet T.B. Joshua, celebrating his life as he is about to turn 48 on June 12th 2011.

My most accomplished Christian mentor is wont to say that men come in sizes and live their lives in phases. There is no way you can come under his tutelage without becoming a voracious reader – especially of biographies. He posits that since the secrets of men are in their stories, reading the ‘his story’ of a successful person makes you literally stand on his shoulders to grow without sweating into your next bigger size and see into the next higher phase.

One Nigerian whose ‘his story’ keeps fascinating me is Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua a.k.a. Prophet T.B. Joshua or ‘The man at the Synagogue.’ Born on June 12 (as in MKO!), 1963, in Arigidi, Osun State, to typical poverty-stricken parents, T.B. Joshua was a school dropout who engaged in several menial jobs to help support the family and keep body and soul together. Today, he is a Christian minister with global name recognition. His world-class television outreach ministry, Emmanuel TV, and Web-based Streaming Faith portal beam activities and services conducted at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) to a global audience. His great works of charity, undertaken through Another Ministry, the humanitarian arm of his octopus organization, and promotion of youth sports clubs, have positively projected Nigeria’s image abroad and touched millions of lives.

His success has not come without attendant controversies. Quite regrettably, there are still many Pharisees among us who prefer to seek the man in god rather than the God in man! But just as Jesus was not deterred by those who accused him of performing miracles under the aegis of Beelzebub, “the chief ruler of demons,” T.B. Joshua has refused to allow a well-orchestrated character assassination to undermine his vision and purpose.

T.B. Joshua

T.B. Joshua will turn 48 on June 12th 2011

He has admirably exhibited the pinpoint focus of a champion athlete, ever mindful of the fact that in order to win an important race one must not allow one’s self to be distracted by hecklers and red herrings in a packed grandstand. The admonishments of Jesus to his disciples, when they banned a preacher for “not belonging to our group” (Luke 9:49-50), and of Moses to Joshua and his ‘fellowship council,’ when they urged him to query God for bestowing the gift of prophesy on two ‘disobedient vagabonds’ (Numbers 11:24-29) are very germane to honest soul-searching on the part of those concerned.

The first and only time I visited his office at Ikotun-Egbe, a suburb of Lagos, I asked the young man at the ‘front desk’ to inform the prophet that I wanted to see him. I was momentarily lost for words when he announced that “I’m the one you seek”! You cannot blame me; I least expected to see a casually-dressed, world-famous faith healer like T.B. Joshua, who I easily recognized after he had spoken, in such a tiny office. Such humility is very rare among other movers and shakers in his class. At the end of the visit, he gave me an electronic bible as a parting gift. The convenience it afforded me made the bible my ever-constant traveling companion.

During one of my frequent trips to the South-East, I forgot a handbag containing the electronic bible and a wallet stuffed with thousands of naira in a commercial vehicle. As a pall of despondency and great dread threatened to envelop me, I said a prayer: “God of heavens, if T.B. Joshua who gave me the electronic bible is indeed your prophet and servant, then let it be a point of contact for the full recovery of my valuables.”

The next day, while I was asking around for the offices of the Road Transport Workers Union at Nkpor motor-park – my disembarkation point – an okada came to a screeching stop at the place where I was discussing with a group of drivers. The out-of-breath rider identified me as the passenger that forgot a handbag in his vehicle! He further disclosed that he was not supposed to be at the motor-park that very day because his vehicle was undergoing maintenance service, but that ‘a force’ had compelled him to ‘rush’ the handbag straightaway to the park!

My very tight job schedules – as a Visiting Member of the Editorial Board of Daily Independent newspaper and President-General of my town – made it impossible for me to attend his 47th birthday anniversary celebrations. But I am very determined to procure a return ticket from Anambra State to attend this year’s, as well as grace the Sunday service as a first-timer. Meanwhile, I heartily congratulate a great achiever, frontline philanthropist, televangelist extraordinaire, anointed exponent of the Scriptures and God’s servant, on his 48th birthday anniversary!

SOURCE: All Africa, Daily Independent

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Deliverance From 39 Demons At SCOAN London

Wow! This is a truly awesome testimony I just read on The SCOAN London Blog. God is truly working wonders through the Anointing Water around the world! I know your faith will be lifted as you read:

The story of Margaret Shirima is one that is seldom heard. It is her experience of real demonic possession. Born in Tanzania, Margaret ran away from home aged 9 spending almost a year in Kenya with a peculiar woman she met at the market. But it was at the age of sixteen in her grandmother’s house in the village that she had her first encounter with demons. She was busy cooking when she was interrupted by a sharp noise. It was the sound of someone walking. Expecting to see one of her siblings, Margaret had already prepared her response: ‘It’s not ready yet.’ No one. ‘Who’s there?’ No one. An eerie silence ensued. There was something in the room with her. A cold sweat broke out on Margaret’s brow. Who was it? What was it? With fear tightening its grip, she tried desperately to stand but found herself pinned to her seat. Opening her mouth to shout, no sound came out. And then, with one foul swoop, they entered. The first devilish instruction was clear: ‘Run!!!’

From the day 39 demons took residence within Margaret, it has been a life filled with sorrow and torment. Her remarkable journey from Tanzania to Sweden to SCOAN London where she eventually received her deliverance is one filled with unique experiences and strange encounters. The demons wanted her dead at all costs but Jesus Christ came to give life and life in abundance. And life triumphed over death. Here is her remarkable story, in her own words, spoken during her testimony at SCOAN London on Sunday 29th May 2011, one week after she received her mighty deliverance:

The Entrance
“My name is Margaret, I am a Tanzanian but I live in Sweden. I came all the way from Sweden to SCOAN London because I was possessed by 39 demons. These demons entered my life at an early age. Even when I was nine years old, a strange spirit pushed me to run away from my home to a different country. What I remember most is when I was 16 years old and something entered my body while I was in my grandmother’s house. I was sitting, cooking food when I physically felt this force come inside of me. I jumped up and ran wildly into the street. My family were running after me right until the next town where they finally subdued me.

Burning Crucifixes
“They took me to the missionary hospital where I was admitted. In the night, I was climbing up and taking down all the crucifixes because as I was looking at them, I felt they were burning me. In the morning they took me to another hospital where they checked my brain, believing it was a psychological problem. They did not find anything wrong with me. From that day, the torment really started.

Unusual Power In Anger
“Nothing I was doing was succeeding. When I got married, my marriage could not last. We divorced because of constant fights at home. Even after that, no relationship was lasting. I had a hatred for men.

“People were afraid of me. They knew how I used to behave when I was angry. I had very unusual power. I could do anything. There was even a time I lifted my boss off the ground with one hand when she provoked me. She was scared of me after that. These demons caused me to curse. When I was angry with someone, I would curse them – and everything negative I would say when I was angry would come to pass. For example, when my boss was rude to me, I told her that she would lose her job and suffer for the rest of her life. The following week, she was sacked and up until now, she has been applying for a job and has not found anything.

Unending Fight At Night
“I was having so many strange dreams. I remember fighting with a man in the dream who wanted to sleep with me. We would fight so much. In the morning when I woke up, I would have pain in my body and physical marks on my leg and back where we had been fighting. I was also fighting with so many snakes. There was a time I saw many birds come into my room, even though the windows were closed. One of the birds perched on my shoulder. I had such severe pains in my shoulder when I woke up that I could barely walk.

Exam Blackout
“These demons also affected my career so much. I had no peace in my job so I decided to go for studies. During studies I would sit in the classroom and understand everything but during the exam, everything I learned would disappear. There was even a time I took the exam paper and saw all the questions but as I wanted to answer the questions, the paper turned black. Physically. I could not answer even a single question. Then I had sudden pains in my ear and when I checked, my earring had disappeared. It was clearly spiritual.

Lengthy Operations
“The demons affected my health so much because I was so sick. I was a regular visitor at hospital but the doctors could never really diagnose the problem I was having. I also went through a very big jaw operation that nearly claimed my life. It was supposed to last a few hours but ended up taking the whole day. Even then, it wasn’t enough. I had three different operations but they couldn’t find out what the real problem was with my jaw.

Strange Behaviour
“My family knew I was possessed because strange things happened to me. I would feel thirsty and a small glass of water would not satisfy me. They would give me a bottle of water with four litres. Within a minute, I drank everything. I could drink three or four of them a day without going to the toilet. I could also go for over seven days without even sleeping. I had some strange supernatural strength. There was another time when hundreds of cockroaches entered the house where I was staying. No one knew how they entered and the following morning they all disappeared. I had many other unusual experiences like this.

King Of Demons
“I went to many different places in search of solution. I turned to the witch doctors where my life became worse. The torment I was facing became even more. One of the witch doctors told me that my issue was very big because I had very big demons inside of me. He said that one of them was a king of demons and that there was no way he could help me unless I obeyed what the demons wanted and served them. Basically, the demons within me wanted me to serve them and become a witch doctor myself. He said that I would become a very rich, powerful and successful witch doctor if I just submitted to the demons, that they would instruct me what to do. I was not satisfied with the answers he gave me.

Chicken Tears
“Someone directed me to another witch doctor who was very, very famous. When I got there, I saw hundreds of people sitting outside waiting for him. When it was my turn, one of his disciples told me to sit down. He gave me a chicken to put on my lap. I held the chicken and it was facing the front. After a few seconds, the chicken turned and faced me and tears began running from his eyes. The tears were running onto the material I was wearing. After some minutes, that chicken died without anyone squeezing it or giving it anything. After it died, the witch doctor looked very uneasy. He told me, ‘Your case is very big. I can’t do anything for you because if I try, the demons within you will attack and kill me as they did the chicken.’ He told me to go back to my family and do some sacrifices to the demons to appease them.

A Desperate Search
“I went to so many churches in search of deliverance, including one crusade in Sweden where so many churches had gathered for a meeting. There were literally thousands of people in attendance. Many pastors there tried to deliver me but it was impossible. They even had to end the service earlier than they were supposed to that day because of me. All the people went home and they left some of the pastors praying for me. The only thing I can remember is waking up at 10pm at night, lying on the floor. That’s when I came back to my senses. I was told that I had been very aggressive towards the pastors. I was hitting some of them, holding their heads and banging them together. They said I was talking in different languages. Eventually, they had to call eight strong men to hold me down. They sat on me but the demonic strength was so much that I would throw all of them off and continue attacking the pastors. They couldn’t deliver me.

A Remarkable Discovery
“I remember on 7th May 2011, I was in a shop and I was feeling so bad and depressed. I did not have peace. My life was such a mess. I met a lady at the shop and we started talking. I opened up about some of the problems I was facing and she then told me about Emmanuel TV. I was amazed at what I heard. I went on YouTube and began watching videos of T.B. Joshua when he was ministering to people. I began believing that this could be the place I would receive my deliverance. This lady told me that she was planning to attend The SCOAN Branch in London. Although I only heard about the ministry two weeks earlier, I decided to join her. I was supposed to be operated for severe bleeding on Friday 20th May but something was telling me to attend SCOAN first.

Before reading on, we encourage you to watch Margaret’s remarkable deliverance at SCOAN London on Sunday May 22nd 2011:

Death Thwarted
“When the Anointing Water was being sprayed, I felt fire – like something was burning me. I felt like I needed to go and hide myself. I don’t really remember what happened afterwards. It was only after my deliverance that I found out what the demons were saying. They said that I was so stubborn, that I ran away from the operation they had planned for me. I was supposed to be operated on Friday 20th May, the Friday before that Sunday. They knew that I was very stubborn, so 20 more demons were ready to join the 39 others because they wanted that operation to be my death. I was supposed to be operated Friday before I came to UK but something was telling me that I had to seek God more – because even the doctors themselves told me that they were going to operate on me but they couldn’t guarantee that that would bring solution to my sickness.

Discouraging Tactics
“The demons were trying to bring down people’s faith. They knew that people knew that at The SCOAN, there is a powerful God at work and that through coming there, they would be delivered. The demons were trying to discourage the faith of people so that they would believe there was no power there. Also, they were trying to buy time so that they would not have time to help and deliver others. The demons also said through me that it was only T.B. Joshua that could deliver me and he had sent the wrong people. That wasn’t true. It was only that they wanted to bring down the evangelists’ faith. Also, so that people sitting there waiting in the service would lose faith. They recognised T.B. Joshua as a true servant of God, a man of God. They knew that he was serving God. They were just trying to discourage the people.

Demons Defeated
“The Anointing Water has power from God. Through that water ministered to me, the demons were defeated. When I fell to the ground and the congregation were singing, ‘There is power in the blood of Jesus’, I felt like something wanted to come out of me. Like when you shake a Coca Cola bottle and the gas builds up and you suddenly open it, I felt something going out of my head like that. The 39 demons came out! At last!

Newly Born
“Since my deliverance, I have been feeling so well! I don’t remember myself feeling this good. Even on my honeymoon, I was not feeling half of what I am feeling now. I feel fresh. I feel alive. I have peace. I have joy. I have hope. I feel like I am newly born. Right now, I sleep like a baby. I can’t even remember myself sleeping this peacefully. I just don’t have the words to describe it. All I can say is thank You to Jesus Christ for giving me another chance!

Jesus Christ: The Only Way
“I thank God for the Anointing Water. I thank God for using Prophet T.B. Joshua to produce this water. As he is just one person, he cannot reach the whole world. But through this Anointing Water, people like me who have suffered for so long have received their deliverance, and I still believe that many, many more will come and receive their own deliverance from Jesus Christ through this Anointing Water. No matter how much money someone uses to travel around the world seeking solution, Jesus Christ is the only way. I went around the world but the only freedom I received came through Jesus Christ. There is no witch doctor who can solve your problem. Give your life to Jesus and you will be saved!”

You’ve read it – now watch it on YouTube:

Glory be to God!

SOURCE: SCOAN London Blog

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Ovarian Cyst Healing At The SCOAN

Ratidzo Chabayanzara, a Zimbabwean who lives in Australia has a wonderful testimony to share after visiting The SCOAN: “I was diagnosed with a left ovarian cyst and it was due for operation. This was going to be my second operation and within me, I knew I would not come out of it alive. I watched Emmanuel TV and that’s when I decided to go to The SCOAN. I was in the Prayer Line of Sunday 5-12-2010. The man of God Prophet T.B. Joshua also prayed for me during the Monday Service and I experienced God’s power at work in my life. When I went back home to Zimbabwe, I went for a scan and there was no cyst. I am healed!”

Thank You Jesus Christ for healing Ratidzo. If you have a testimony to share from the wonderful things God is doing at The SCOAN, please do so here for the glory of God!

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Promotion Through Prayer On Emmanuel TV

Miriam from Zambia wrote this testimony about receiving promotion in her workplace after praying along with T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV. God is good, all the time!

“My name is Miriam Longwe of Kitwe, Zambia. I want to testify that in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, all things are possible! God made a way for me where there seemed to be no way.  

“Last year in June 2010,  I applied for a job at Africonnect Zambia Ltd, the same company I was working in as a cleaner in their offices. I kept on crying to my God and praying along with T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV. This year, Jesus has done it for me! I was miraculously promoted from cleaner to an OFFICE ATTENDENT thanks to the Man of God T.B. Joshua and his encouragement and prayers on Emmanuel TV. Thank You, Jesus! Amen!”

We thank God for bringing breakthrough and promotion to Miriam. The best is yet to come!

If you have a testimony to share after viewing Emmanuel TV, please share it here for the glory of God!

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SCOAN London Testimony – Healed Of Cervical Cancer

Here is another powerful testimony from The SCOAN London Blog. God is really doing wonderful things in their midst through the new Anointing Water.

Rutendo had been in pains almost her entire life. For as long as she could remember, excruciating pains surrounded her lower abdomen. Since painkillers seemed to have no effect, she just had to learn to live with it. After numerous medical check-ups, the young Zimbabwean was diagnosed with the early stages of cervical cancer. Merely weeks before treatment was due to start, someone directed Rutendo to SCOAN London, advising her to seek divine intervention…

“My name is Rutendo and I live in Milton Keynes. Generally since I was a young girl I have always had problems in my lower abdomen. I used to have a lot of severe pains. I have been on antibiotics for as long as I can remember. I have had it checked out so many times by many doctors and recently I was diagnosed with early signs of cervical cancer. I was actually supposed to start treatment soon. The truth is that I have always lived in pain. I grew up with it. At school I would just start having pains. At work, I could just be sitting there watching TV and the pains would start all over my lower abdomen. It was really mysterious because even when I was young and hadn’t done anything, I would still be in pains. It was really frustrating for me, my mum and the whole family. Even the doctors would give me antibiotics but the pains would just continue. It was something that was always there. I just learned to live with the pain.”

As Rutendo stood in the midst of the congregation during the time of mass prayer at SCOAN London, a prayer poured forth from her heart. “I remember I was standing there, just praying and saying, ‘God I want a miracle to happen to me today.’ Then suddenly I felt dizzy and started falling, losing control.” Rutendo fell to the ground and began to shake wildly as the evil spirit behind her sickness began to react. “What I mostly felt was fire like a belt across my lower abdomen. It felt like there was a belt of fire there. The thing was being extracted, like something was being pulled out of my lower abdomen. It was very painful because it is like something that has been embedded and you are trying to pull it out.”

As Rutendo lay on the floor, the Anointing Water was ministered to her as God was removing every trace of sickness from her life. “As they continued spraying the Anointing Water, the fire and burning continued. After that, I just felt this peacefulness and whatever it is just left. After that, there was just a tingling sensation but all the pains had gone.”

Rising to her feet, Rutendo began to tearfully thank God. An ordeal that had lasted almost a lifetime had finally come to an end. Since that moment, Rutendo has not experienced any abdominal pains whatsoever! “Honestly, I don’t feel any lower abdominal pains. I go to bed, I walk around at work – for the first time I am not in any pains.” Aside from the obvious change in her health, Rutendo also experienced the peace of God. “I used to have a lot of anger in me. Now I feel more relieved, more peaceful and there is more clarity in my life – because I used to have a lot of confusion in making decisions. I know where I am going and I know what I want so there is no confusion any more. I feel lighter, as if a weight has been taken away. I feel like a different person. And there is no pain!”

Rutendo’s advice to others awaiting a touch from God is clear. “We should come with a receiving heart. Initially when I was standing in the congregation, I was praying, ‘God I want You to locate me today, to change and touch me.’ I know God heard that cry in me. So if you come here today and sincerely pray, ‘God locate me, I want You to touch me’ and you believe it, then I know that once the Anointing Water is ministered, your life is going to change as well.”

Hallelujah! As T.B. Joshua says, “There is never a sickness Jesus Christ cannot heal. To His power, nothing is impossible!” We thank God for this wonderful miracle. One lesson to be learned is that we must deal with the spirit behind our sickness if we are to receive a lasting solution.

SOURCE: SCOAN London Blog

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My Life Has Changed!

Laksyita from Australia wrote to us with a general expression of praise and thanksgiving to God!

“I am giving thanksgiving to God because HE is answering my prayers. Thanks for all those who God has sent into my life to help and take care of me. I am giving thanks because God has given me the opportunity to apologize and confess all my sins. Thank you God because my life has changed for better. He has cleansed me and brought me back into the baptism to be His son. He has sent a helper to help me in my scholarship and job. He has been opening my friends heart to forgive me and become friends again. I am so happy – more than ever before. I cannot stop praising God. I love Him. For others who are in a struggle, seek help in God because He’ll help you as He has helped me. Remember that you must believe in order to receive. Thanks for all who have been praying for me. God bless you!

Well, we thank God for His grace! As T.B. Joshua says, “The evidence of Jesus Christ is lives changed.”

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Healed Through YouTube!

Here is an awesome testimony I just saw on The SCOAN London Blog. Your faith will definitely be increased as you read:

Everything about the journey was going smoothly. The operatic concert had been spectacular, especially since her daughter was among the performers! All that remained now was the long journey from the Glaswegian hills back to her hometown of Bradford. Mata entered the train without any premonition of what was about to occur. Little did she know that ahead lay a nightmarish journey that continued even beyond the train – a sudden sickness that left Mata so weak she feared for life itself. Eleven hours later, stretched out on her bed with vomit-filled buckets around her, Mata desperately searched on Google for ‘Christian healing’. She needed divine intervention. The result was extraordinary.

“My name is Mata. I’m living in Bradford with my husband and we have six children. Basically, it all started when I went to Glasgow with my husband and young daughter. We were going to watch our other daughter perform. She is an opera singer. Everything was fine. I was healthy and happy. But when we stepped foot on the train to go back, I started feeling sick. The pains in my stomach became so intense and I had to rush to the toilet. I was vomiting and diarrhoea was coming out all the way home to Bradford, for five long hours. I was getting weaker and weaker by the minute. By the time we reached home I just collapsed into bed. Again, the same thing was going on – I was vomiting and there was so much diarrhoea. All the fluids were disappearing from my body. I was getting really sick at this stage and my husband advised me to go to hospital but I felt too weak. I asked my children to give me my laptop, which they put by my bed. I knew it was too urgent; I needed somebody to pray for me. I typed in ‘Christian healing’ on Google and I saw a video of Prophet T.B. Joshua appear.”

What Mata had discovered was a YouTube clip of T.B. Joshua praying for the viewers, simply titled, ‘People get healed watching this’ with close to 300,000 views. She had no prior knowledge whatsoever of T.B. Joshua, The SCOAN or Emmanuel TV.  “At this stage, I was throwing up every five minutes – there were buckets everywhere.  Then suddenly he started to pray very strongly. He said, ‘Viewers all around the world, just touch the screen.’ As I was lying there in pain, touching the screen of my laptop, my whole body just started to shake. I was shaking and vibrating and I could feel that something had stopped the vomiting. I knew if I had continued like that, there wasn’t going to be anything left of me – I would have just died. Something stopped the vomiting.”

As Mata played the clip of T.B. Joshua praying for viewers around the world, she was receiving her divine healing in the name of Jesus Christ. “He told all the people there, ‘Come on, stand up!’ By faith, I just stood up as if I was okay, but I knew my body was weak. As I stood up, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I am being healed! This man who I don’t know anything about is healing me through my laptop and I am standing up – what’s going on?’ ” Strength supernaturally returned to Mata’s frail body. It was truly miraculous! When Mata made her way to the bathroom, she could barely recognise herself. Such was the extent to which the unknown sickness had ravaged her system. “I had been vomiting for almost 12 hours. I looked at my face and just saw a skeleton; I was like a skeleton. Before I was a healthy bouncing size 14 and I had actually reduced to size 10. I am so grateful to this amazing man of God who I had never heard about. He actually saved my life.”

Knowing the importance of thanksgiving and acknowledgement, Mata travelled all the way from Bradford to share her testimony at SCOAN London. Her message to others is very simple: “I am so grateful to the Lord Jesus that He is there for us. Whoever wants to reach out to Him, He is there to help us.”

Thank You, Jesus! What a powerful reminder that distance is truly not a barrier for the Holy Spirit!

Here is the clip through which Mata watched and received her healing. By faith, join T.B. Joshua in prayer, touch the screen and receive your own healing, deliverance and breakthrough!

SOURCE: SCOAN London Blog

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