Posts Tagged ‘Prophet TB Joshua’

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T.B. JOSHUA GIVES N5 MILLION TO GOOD SAMARITAN!

February 24, 2014

Survival was a daily struggle for Lucky Susa, a young man from Delta State, Nigeria. Pushing a local trolley around the busy Mile 12 Market in the heart of Lagos, he scavenged an occasional N100 or N200 by assisting market customers to transport their items to the nearest bus stop. With these stipends, he barely managed to feed and fend for himself. As dawn broke on the morning of December 9th 2008, Lucky arose from slumber and headed for the market as usual. Little did he know that an event was about to transpire that would forever change his life.

“I brought two bags of rice and beans to the bus stop,” he reminisced. “Across the tarmac, there were some people gathering. I crossed over to look at what was happening.” The sight that Lucky beheld was heart-breaking. An elderly lady lying in a pool of her own blood. “I began to shout that people should help this woman. They told me, ‘The car that hit this woman has already run off. Don’t you know this is Lagos?’ ” Moved at the despicable sight and angered by the hardheartedness of the gathering crowd, he decided to take action.

“I felt for the woman and said I should save her life. I took the money I had suffered to work for and manage with my family to take a taxi and rush her to a clinic at Ojota.” However, her condition was beyond recovery. On reaching the hospital, the woman gave up. Instead of being lauded for his life-saving efforts, the unthinkable opposite happened for the ‘wheel-barrow pusher’. “The doctor called the police and they arrested me. I was charged with her murder and sent straight to prison.”

Five and a half years later, Lucky was still languishing in the Maximum Security Prison in Ikoyi for a crime he never committed. Transferred to a cell where only armed robbers and murderers were incarcerated, he knew his day of judgement was nigh. “One man came to visit the prisoners on Friday. I explained myself to the man that I had not stolen or killed anyone and asked him to keep me in prayer.” The man took off a small bracelet he had on his hand and gave it to Lucky to hold. “The man said that the bracelet in this hand was from T.B. Joshua and that I should pray with it.”

Lucky had never been to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations but he grabbed onto the bracelet in desperate faith. “I prayed, ‘God of T.B. Joshua, if You are really alive and You really work, please remove me from this problem because I am innocent.’ ” Thereafter, a truly remarkable chain of events was triggered. “That night, when I slept, T.B. Joshua appeared to me in the dream. He told me, ‘My son – the tears you have cried, God has seen them – you are innocent. Continue doing good to others; don’t stop just because you suffered. You will be released tomorrow.’ ”

Just after 3pm the following day, Lucky’s name was called out by the prison wardens. “They brought me to the gate, told me I didn’t have a case to answer and released me!” Lucky walked out of the prison gates, a free man! Begging a lady for money, he was given N150 which he used to transport himself to The SCOAN. Looking bedraggled and tattered with the clothing he had on in prison, Lucky tried to enter the church on Sunday 23rd February 2014 but was directed to return for the prayer line as his appearance matched that of a lunatic. Tears began flowing.

“One man called me and asked why I was crying. I explained my story to him and he asked me to follow him. He gave me soap, told me not to cry and took me to the bathroom to take a shower. After I bathed, the same man came and brought me new trousers, a new shirt and shoes. He gave me N500 to keep in my pocket in case I wanted to buy anything.”

Upon entering The SCOAN, Lucky’s case was brought to the attention of T.B. Joshua. Visibly moved at his story and the compassionate gesture of the ‘Good Samaritan’, he asked Lucky if he could still identify the man. Minutes later, Lucky returned with the gentleman, remarkably revealed to be one of the security men in The SCOAN by the name of Chuks.

Addressing the congregation, T.B. Joshua said the selfless efforts of the security man were a great lesson to everyone, stating that people should never stop doing good to others. “When many look back at their experiences in doing good, they have said they will never do good again. Nothing can separate me from doing good! Continue doing good until then, when you see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

When asked why he had gone to such lengths to help Lucky, the security man stated, “Man of God, we need to follow your footsteps,” citing T.B. Joshua’s humanitarian activities as his inspiration. To the astonishment of the congregation, T.B. Joshua proceeded to announce that N5,000,000 ($30,000) would be given to the security man to encourage him in his charitable endeavours.

He said this was just the beginning of a new initiative to support people who are selflessly engaging in works of charity worldwide. “If you are into charity, what can we do to support you? I can be visiting you all over the world when you want to launch these charities – giving scholarships to deserving children, supporting the widows and helping the needy all over the world. Rescue them; go all the way to help mankind.”

Counselling Lucky, T.B. Joshua continued, “Don’t stop doing good because God is aware. What you passed through was as it should be by Divine will. If God is aware of your challenges, they will not destroy you but prepare you. I was pushing a trolley in the past in the same market he’s talking about. It was in the midst of all of this that the Lord took me to the place where He could use me.”

As a cheque with the huge amount was presented to Mr Chuks, the impromptu millionaire could barely withhold his tears. “I never expected this today; I was discharging my duty as I normally do. I will continue to help the less privileged.”

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THE CHARM AROUND MY WAIST DISAPPEARED!!!

October 30, 2013

Where the light of God is, darkness has no hiding place…

“My name is Sniko Lennox Mbangatha from South Africa. First of all, I would like to thank Mr Milton Marire for showing me this station of Emmanuel TV which God used to save my life and rescue me from the clutches of darkness. My mother died when I was very young, so I was raised by family members through the years. Last year, my uncle passed away and he was the one who had really been taking up responsibility for me. After his passing, so many negative things began happening in the family. People started doing rituals and visiting traditional healers, known as ‘sangomas’ in my language.

“As a result of this, I was given a small rope to keep around my waist at all times for protection. My wife really didn’t want it in the house and we fought over it many times. However, at this point a friend introduced me to Emmanuel TV and I began to watch. Shortly afterwards, a friend of my wife came to our house with Anointing Water and ministered it to us. Right from childhood, I had been plagued with demonic attacks; it was so hard for me to sleep at night because I kept hearing these strange voices the whole night. However, after using the Anointing Water, the following day when I woke up, to my greatest surprise, the rope was gone in my waist! I couldn’t believe my eyes; it was removed by God Himself! I thank God and T.B. Joshua for the blessings He gave me because now I can sleep at night peacefully without hearing these strange voices. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I pray that I would come to Lagos one day to thank T.B. Joshua personally for saving my life.”

Sniko Mbangatha, South Africa

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SNAKE POISON NEUTRALISED BY ANOINTING WATER!

October 23, 2013

Here is yet another powerful testimony concerning the Anointing Water from the nation of Malawi…

“My name is Mrs Wema Mizwa; I live in Lilongwe, Malawi. I write to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus for the great things He has done to my family through the medium of the Anointing Water. Indeed, God does everything according to His words. He said, “You shall drink deadly poison and shall not die; you shall step on snakes and scorpions and nothing shall harm you”. In the book of Acts, it happened to Paul on that Island of Malta when a viper did no harm to him.

“Last Saturday, I had made up some fire from wood to heat up water for the family to take their bath. As I was trying to collect some firewood which was heaped under a tree within our courtyard, a snake just came out of the woods and I moved backwards screaming to alert my husband and my brother who were just nearby. At this time my 11 year old daughter was playing some distance from where I was and got interested to see what was happening. As she rushed towards us, she too stepped on another snake which was lying underneath some dry grass along a path.

“Since she could not see it she stepped on it with all her force. The snake immediately lept up and bit her on her left foot. It then started to run away at high speed. A neighbour who was just nearby also saw the snake. He ran over, shocked, saying that it was a very poisonous type and my daughter needed immediate medical attention. She started crying and blood was oozing from the bitten area. Knowing how serious it is to be bitten by a snake, I knew that only faith in Jesus and His Grace was the way my daughter would survive. We had heard several cases in my area of people losing their lives through such poisonous bites.

“Before any first aid was given to her, I quickly took out my Anointing Water, sprayed it on the affected area and made her drink some in the name of Jesus. I was doing that while praying and meditating on the words and promises of God, remembering what happened to Paul on that island. I knew with faith in my heart that through the Anointing Water, all the snake poison had been neutralized and no harm would come upon my daughter. We decided to take her to the hospital so that she can receive an anti-venom injection.

“While we were driving to the hospital, I kept on praying and reading the Word. Surprisingly, I felt very relaxed as if nothing serious has happened; even my daughter kept asking me why we were taking her to the hospital after ministering the Anointing Water because all her pain had gone! I told her that there was no need for her to worry as I didn’t want me and her father to argue about the issue. I encouraged her just to wait and see how things would end up.

“We arrived at the first hospital but did not get any treatment as they said they did not have any treatment for snake bites; they only referred us to other clinics and pharmacies. We spent two and a half hours going around clinics, pharmacies and other veterinary clinics looking for the anti-venom drug to no avail. We were advised to go to the government central hospital where they put her on a fast running drip as they had no anti-venom drugs in stock.

“The clinician told us that normally all patients with snake bites are admitted into the wards for observations to check for any effects associated with snake poisons like swelling, shocks, headaches, heart running very fast and the like. However, my daughter had none of these symptoms. After running the drip for less than an hour, the clinician said he saw no reason of keeping her admitted in the hospital so he discharged her and gave her some antibiotics to take for some days.

“To the glory of God, she is completely fine – no swelling, no headaches, not even a single side effect! My daughter even refused to take the antibiotics; she only ministered the Anointing Water. Indeed, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the one who rescued Paul and He has rescued my daughter today. There is nothing too hard for my God: Praise be to His Holy Name. May God continue to strengthen and bless you Prophet TB Joshua and your ministry in Jesus’ name. Without the grace of God in the Anointing Water from your ministry, we would have been saying something else about my daughter.”

Mrs Wema Mizwa, Malawi

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INCARCERATED IN A CAGE OF LUST!

October 11, 2013

Prophet T.B. Joshua says, “The challenges many Christians face today is the problem of urge behind closed doors.” This is particularly true of people struggling with the spirit of lust. Here is a testimony of a young man who was set free from a spirit that had pushed him to masturbation for 14 long years. We believe you will be encouraged in your faith as you read:

“Emmanuel! May God be praised eternally! I am Desmond Kwaku Tsewu from Ghana and I wish to testify to the glory of God. For as far back as I can recollect – since 1997 – I started flirting with female age mates. Gradually, this habit gained momentum even after I completed junior high school in 1999. In the year 2000 when I got to SS1, aged 15, I started masturbation in the absence of intercourse. Although intermittently I used to have intercourse with young ladies, masturbation became the alternative almost on a daily basis. I could not go to bed easily if I never masturbated.

“Even during my private studies either day or night, I had to satisfy that urge once it crossed my mind. Sometimes I could do it more than thrice in a day. This continued from my secondary school days to my undergraduate cum post-graduate studies which I have just finished recently with a Masters in Peace Studies. Even then, I was still doing it until the Lord’s appointed time; 5th August, 2013 when my sister returned from SCOAN Nigeria and handed me the Anointing Water along with the booklet.

“After cautiously reading and praying with the instructions, I ministered with faith and cast out the evil spirit behind that devilish habit which had engulfed my faculties for over 14 years. I prayed for forgiveness, sought Divine intervention and slept. That night I had the soundest sleep I had had in many years! I woke up to see a discharge in my pants but could not remember sleeping with anyone in my sleep which could have led to such. So, I told myself that was the last unnatural discharge I would have.

“Behold since then, I have never had the urge nor the thought of even masturbating. I can go to bed normally and catch my sleep freely. Since 6th August, I do not lust after ladies anymore. That feeling is gone. That urge is no more. I thank God for redeeming me from that lustful cage where I was incarcerated for over 14 yrs. I thank the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua for availing himself to be used by God to transform my life and countless thousands of others. God bless you all. Emmanuel!”

Desmond Kwaku Tsewu, Ghana

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‘YOUR CASE HAS BEEN SETTLED’ – HEALED OF TUBERCULOSIS THROUGH EMMANUEL TV

October 9, 2013

Here is another testimony, just one of the countless thousands of people who have been healed, blessed and delivered through watching Emmanuel TV and praying along with Prophet T.B. Joshua.

“Last month, the doctor diagnosed me with tuberculosis, although at that time I had no signs of symptoms of the virus. They referred me to a radiology centre to undergo a heart scan to enable them to know how much effect the virus would have on me when it started manifesting. I was not happy about the information but believed that the radiology centre would not find anything after the scan because of my faith in God.

“Upon getting home, I prayed to God to cleanse me from any sickness and disease in my system. On 29th July 2013, the day I was going to undergo the scan, I logged onto the Emmanuel TV website. At that moment, Prophet T.B. Joshua was praying for viewers all over the world and I immediately joined the prayer and placed my hand on the screen of my computer. The last words I remember him saying was, ‘Your case has been settled!’ I believed it and went for the scan.

“Two weeks later, my dad asked me to go there to collect the results; I never wanted to go because I believed they would find nothing. I went there and took the result. Opening the result outside the radiology centre showed that they could find no trace of the tuberculosis; everything was normal. Even the images on the scan revealed that nothing was wrong. I thank God for my healing through Emmanuel TV!”

Mr. Eloge Lumisa, Canada

What is your own case? Pray along with Prophet T.B. Joshua and receive a touch from Heaven!

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I NOW ENJOY KISSING MY WIFE!

September 19, 2012

Emmanuel! We thank God for how HE is using the Anointing Water to bring healing, deliverance and restoration to people all over the world. Here is another testimony from a couple in Zimbabwe whose lives and the lives of those close to them have been tremendously blessed through ministering the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name. Glory be to God!

“Emmanuel! Our names are Mr and Mrs Tawanda Mubvakure from Zimbabwe. We visited the SCOAN during the week from 26th June to 4th July 2012 and had the privilege of receiving the Anointing Water from the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua. We have great testimonies to share for the glory of God.

“Firstly, my mother had a painful arm which had lasted over a month. We prayed and applied the Anointing Water and she received an instant healing! In fact, since giving her the Anointing Water, there has been a miraculous transformation in her. We used to have indecent quarrels, fights and misunderstandings with my mother but now she is converted, loving, prayerful and understanding. She even confesses that Jesus assured her in a dream that ‘She shall not be alone but Jesus shall be with her always’. She now sees us as her children whereas before she had disowned us on several occasions, even regretting why ‘she didn’t strangle us to death before we grew up’. It was nasty! But now we can happily converse and peace is reigning in the family. Thank You, Jesus, for my mother’s freedom!

“Secondly, my brother stopped his smoking and drinking habits that he had been addicted to for the past 12 years. Glory be to Jesus! Thirdly, my mother in-law received healing from shoulder pains. Fourthly, my friend’s wife was healed from chest pains. The testimonies are too many! We have seen proof that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus for the life of Prophet T.B. Joshua. All this was through the ministration of the Anointing Water.

“My wife has also been healed from a poor appetite and mouth odour. She hated all types of foods and was visibly skinny. She can now eat anything that she comes across and se also has fresh breath! I can now enjoy kissing her! Thank You, Jesus, for destroying the work of the evil one! Thank you, Jesus!”

Mr and Mrs Tawanda Mubvakure, Zimbabwe

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“MY SALARY HAS BEEN TRIPLED!!!”

September 5, 2012

When God is involved in your case, there is appointment in disappointment and breakthrough in poverty! Here is a testimony of an Emmanuel TV viewer who began enjoying the favour of God in his life and career after praying along with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Hallelujah!

“Emmanuel! If God is with us, nobody can be against us. I want to testify that the God of TB Joshua has taken me out of poverty and into abundant blessing! For six good years, I had lived from hand to mouth. Things were not moving. I could not even pay bills freely and just to provide food for my home was a daily struggle. With Emmanuel TV, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the five Wise Men, I have been able to see the glorious hand of God in my life.

“After being introduced to Emmanuel TV, I began praying along with Prophet T.B. Joshua as he prayed for the viewers. Believing God for a breakthrough, I decided to apply for departmental change in my workplace, seeking for greener pastures. Before the interviews were held, I called an Emmanuel TV prayer line and the evangelist advised me to remain in faith. When I did the interviews, I knew that God was with me. I had such peace in my heart. By the grace of God, I beat six good candidates who were from the same department and had much more experience than me.

“As I am sending this testimony, my salary has been tripled and I have been allocated an operational vehicle to use for my assignments! I am now living comfortably and can see the glory of God shining in my life. Before this breakthrough, God also did wonders in my family. After 4 years of barrenness coupled by two infant deaths and two miscarriages, God of TB Joshua gave us twins, Misheck and Michelle! Glory to God, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! Amen.”

Mr Stanley Kukacha, Malawi

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RESCUED FROM RITUALISTS!

June 8, 2012

The following is the shocking account of an Emmanuel TV viewer who was miraculously rescued from the hands of brutal kidnappers. We thank God for preserving and protecting her. This is her story:

“Emmanuel! I want to testify to the protection that I know God’s children are under. I was travelling from Cape Town to Botswana and I slept over in Johannesburg with the intention to leave as early as 7am for Botswana. I made sure I had my Anointing Sticker in my bag. I took a taxi to another location and then asked where I could get transport going to the border posts. I was directed to go to a hiking spot where I was told I could get vehicles going that way. 

“Then a man stopped for me and told me he was going to the border but that he had to pick somebody on the way. I jumped in the car and we started on the journey. The first unusual thing I noticed was when he turned onto another road instead of the one that most use to reach the border. I said to him, “Why are you taking that direction?” He said to me that whether we took the straight road or this one, it is just the same distance to the border. We started arguing about the route but he carried on. Then he turned onto a gravel road and drove for many kilometres, going past a village.

“He suddenly stopped the car, got out and went to what seemed like a security room. He came back and said we had missed the pick up spot (where we were supposed to pick up the other person). He then drove back and turned into a road leading into the bush. I was surprised and confronted him, ‘Why are you going into the bush with me?’ He said the person he was picking up was busy teaching people about HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Since the village we were passing was a scattered settlement, I just believed him.

“He drove some distance further and by this time I was really getting concerned. I continued to press him, ‘Why are you driving further into the bush with me?’ He then stopped the car and said to me, ‘My sister, I am sorry to lie to you. I deal with human body parts.’ I went cold from head to toes. It was as if immediately the world was shut out to me. I could only see myself in the light as if I was in a ring and outside it was dark. I closed my eyes and silently in my heart, I prayed: ‘I cover myself with the blood of Jesus and the fire of the Holy Ghost.’ The Anointing Sticker which was sent to Cape Town by Prophet T.B Joshua was in my laptop bag at that time.

“As I was praying within, the man suddenly pulled up the car. His countenance had changed. He was visibly shaken and looked afraid. He was sweating and his hands were shaking. He told me that he could not kill me and he didn’t know why he couldn’t. He then confessed he dealt with human body parts and that the person he had been talking about was his business partner. He then asked me for fifty rands. I took out the money and tried to give him but his hands were shaking so much and looked frightened that he asked me to put the money on the car seat.

“He then grabbed my 20kg bag and started helping me to escape. He said the other guy was on the way and that he will tell him that I escaped. He was even more frightened than me! By God’s grace, I managed to reach the village and asked for help where I could find taxis going to the border. They assisted me and I finally reached my destination. Today, I know I am alive by God’s grace. Thank God for His protection!”

Primrose, South Africa

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HEALED THROUGH A DREAM WHILE WATCHING EMMANUEL TV

May 26, 2012

Here is another wonderful testimony from an Emmanuel TV viewer in Ghana. She testifies to how, while watching Emmanuel TV, she fell asleep and had an encounter with the healing power of Jesus Christ in a dream. To God be the glory!

“I am Solange Carine Tenejou from Cameroon but living in Ghana with my husband and our three children.

“We watch Emmanuel TV in our house almost every Sunday. In fact, even our children know and love to do that together with my husband and myself. The following is our testimony and we are most grateful to Jesus our King for using Prophet T.B. Joshua as He did for His prophets of old.

“One Sunday afternoon after coming back from church, as usual we gathered quickly to watch Emmanuel TV. We always used to watch and pray along with the man of God. However, this time around something strange happened. Almost everybody fell asleep! With Emmanuel TV on in the background, I had a dream.

“In that dream, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua had come to my town and I was the first person in line that he was going to minister to. I was so happy and was waiting impatiently for a touch from God. When he came to me, he laid his hand upon me and I fell under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I got up and he laid his hand on me for the second time and I fell again. Then I felt something finding its way out from my head where I had been having severe and sharp pains of late followed by nose bleeding.

“What had been happening to me is that sometimes when I just stood up or bent down to do the washing, blood would begin pouring uncontrollably out of my nose. I became so worried but could not tell my husband how serious it was becoming because I didn’t want him to worry, especially because he was facing some difficulties in business. After the touch of the man of God TB Joshua in the dream, I felt something was coming out from my head towards my mouth.

“My mouth opened and after a while of struggling, I fell on my knees and vomited. I felt something leave my body! All of my body began to vibrate and I got up, praising and thanking God while going home. Then I woke up from my sleep with my hands still vibrating in a strange manner. Since that moment, the bleeding has completely stopped. Also, the sharp and severe pains in my head have vanished.

“I give all the honour and glory to my Master and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the pillar of my life and that of my family. I thank the man of God for all the wonderful deeds the Lord is using him to do – even in dreams. I am so grateful.

“The testimony does not end there. My husband was having severe pain in the nerves inside his middle finger of the right hand. That same evening around 11 pm, both of us went to the website of Emmanuel TV and watched a prayer for the viewers to receive healing. My husband placed his hands on the screen of the computer and instantaneously received healing from the pain he had being battling with.

“Before, he could not fully fold or close his fingers because one of them had become so stiff and painful – right from the bone. It was very painful to the extent he would scream when you pressed that spot on his finger. After the prayer, he felt so relieved and could fold and stretch his fingers together with that particular finger. The pain and stiffness went spontaneously!

“Thank you and may God continue to bless and use The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV more and more the way He does, with more miracles in his Vineyard. We all so desperately need our God to do more for the people he created in His image to know and love Him as their only God. Amen!”

Mrs Solange Carine Tenejou, Ghana 

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A REVOLUTIONARY STORY OF RECONCILIATION

February 20, 2012

LIBERATED FROM A LIFE OF MEANINGLESS ACTIVITY

Read this stirring account of how a  twisted and tormented life can be transformed in just a moment, how a marriage on the rocks can be resurrected and how a life of bondage can be given liberation forever. Here is an Emmanuel TV story sure to stir wonder in the depths of your heart, bring a tear to your eye and leave you in awe of an awesome God.  

Life was literally hellish for Maria Chisanga, her volatile husband dealing her verbal and physical abuse again in a fit of drunken madness. Their marriage had not started on such a chaotic note but alcohol had slowly consumed, overtaken and destroyed him. Alex was not the same man she had first met. For the young Zambian couple, already with two kids, the situation was dire and the marriage at the point of breaking beyond repair. “I don’t know whether it was due to the money I started having”, Alex reminisced. “but the moment we had our second kid, problems started coming and I started drinking. I was going out every night with friends and they influenced me to drink. From that time, things started to go downhill. The deeper it went, the worse life became and I started drinking badly. It was uncontrollable”.

As the alcohol clouded his judgement and veiled his values, Alex started going regularly outside his marital home, eloping with different women on various occasions, including the younger sister of Maria’s closest friend. He had three children outside of wedlock. “Eventually I ran away from my house, with my wife crying bitterly. They went to my father and different pastors – still they couldn’t stop me. You know, when you are carried away – you are gone.” Alex finally left his house in disarray, with his five children from Maria becoming virtually fatherless. “I was still financially supporting my wife, but soon stopped because I was with other women. That’s when I moved completely to Botswana and forgot about taking care of her and the children completely.”

Each attempted return to reconcile resulted in more strife and fights. Maria eventually made the decision to her hometown. “When my husband started drinking, it was horrible,” Maria soberly stated. “It was a time of crying, a time of crises, a very hard time for me. We were fighting and shouting at each other every day. He was beating me any time he felt like it. My children were so much affected by the drinking of their father. They came to the point of telling me, ‘Mummy – if you can leave this man, I think it would be better for you – because this man is beating you and bringing so many problems in our lives today.’ Even paying their school fees was a problem. Eating was a problem. He was beating me so much and I got tired. I prayed and prayed until I got tired and decided to leave the marriage.”

In bondage to beer...

If anyone is in a position to explain the devastating and destructive effect of alcohol abuse, it is Alex Chisanga. With turmoil throughout his home and life, Alex habit of extreme drinking established itself devilishly in his life. He literally existed in a state of delirium, dependent on the next beer-binge. “There was not a day that I did not drink,” he vividly explained. “The time I am talking with you now, maybe a carton would be gone. You know, when I got paid, I would buy some cartons and put them in the fridge instead of buying food. I might go and get five or six cartons and put them in the fridge. It came to the extent that I could not even sit like this without having a beer because I would be shaking. I needed to have a beer with me.  When I was going to the toilet, I would carry a beer. It came to a time when I couldn’t even cook for myself. I had to go out and buy food before I could eat. Sometimes, I would spend two or three days without food but beer was there. Even when I was going to bed, when I slept, I would be having a bottle with me. As I would be trying to sleep, I would be drinking. In the night, all I would dream of was beer. And the moment I woke up, I would start. Sometimes, the bottle would fall from my hands in the night. You would just get up in the morning and see the mess, go to the fridge and get another one. I couldn’t live without beer. Like you are sitting down now – I couldn’t. I needed to have it with me. I needed to have it in my stomach – if I didn’t, I would become something else. I would become wild.”

As to be expected, the extreme addiction had taken its toll on him both physically and psychologically, with regular thoughts of suicide whirling within his head. “Physically, I was not normal. There were times when I would feel like a mad person. All it would tell you – go to the fridge, it is there. I even went bankrupt because of my alcohol addiction. If it was not there and you didn’t have money in the bank, I would force myself to go and sell something so that at least, it would be there. It must be there. My vehicle – I sold it because of that. We had two fridges; I sold one of them. I sold everything to buy beer. I was only left with my TV and a bed to sleep in. If you came close to me, you would sense the smell of my beer. It got to the extent that my whole body smelt of beer because sometimes I wouldn’t bathe. I would start to have a headache that was unstoppable – then something would come to m and tell me to get rid of my life.” Even while performing his duties as a heavy truck driver, Alex would drive under the influence of alcohol; astonishingly however, he was able to avoid accidents. “I used to hide alcohol at work. Even when I was driving, behind my seat you would find a carton of my beer.”

The downward spiral continued for Alex, bound in what could be termed as slavery to the spirit of alcohol that had totally engulfed his existence. It was the December of 2008 – over three years since he had last seen or spoken to his wife when his life dramatically changed. “One Sunday morning, a friend of mine came to find out whether I was at home,” explained Alex, who had been drinking throughout the nights of Friday and Saturday. “He asked me if I had a decoder in my living room.” In tune with his answer, the friend entered his house and fiddled with the apparatus before tuning in to a particular television station. “He increased the volume and then joined me outside on the veranda where I was drinking. After a while, he heard the voice of the man of God preaching.” Alex’s friend had tuned to Emmanuel TV, and it was the start of a live Sunday Service from The SCOAN with Prophet T.B. Joshua. “By the time he heard the man of God say, ‘Distance is not a barrier! Let us pray for the viewers’ – he said to me, ‘Alex – you need to come and watch this.’ ” Literally forcing the reluctant drunkard to enter his house, his friend brought him before the television. “He told me: ‘Come – I need you to touch the screen’. I told him, ‘No, let me just watch the man.’ Then he just grabbed my hand and forcefully put it on the screen. At that moment, the man of God said: ‘Whatever is not of Jesus – out!’ That’s when I went out on the ground.” Rolling uncontrollably on the floor of his living room, Alex was receiving a remarkable deliverance as a church service some thousands of miles away in Lagos, Nigeria progressed. The spirits tormenting his life and family were being chased out. “I must have been there for over 10 minutes. All I remember is that the man of God shouted, ‘In the name of Jesus – you are free’ and I just woke up at once, sweating profusely.”

Alex slowly got up, several neighbours having gathered due to the commotion, stared at him in amazement. The darkness that clouded his blood-shot eyes had gone. “I looked around and the first thing I asked was: ‘Where is my wife?’ My friend who had put on Emmanuel TV and all my neighbours started crying. They told me ‘Alex, your wife left you over three years ago.’ I couldn’t believe it. I went to the bedroom and started checking for my wife’s clothes. Then I discovered it was true – my wife was no longer with me. I began to cry.” Alex asked for a drink of water and a disbelieving neighbour brought out both bottles of water and beer, asking him to choose. He chose water.

The following day, Alex took a fortnight’s leave from work and started a desperate journey back to Zambia to find his wife. Discovering that his five children were scattered throughout the community and that his wife had returned to her father’s house, he set out to meet her. The passion to reunite was so deep that the journey of four days took him only two, to the point where he was 15km from the village of his father-in-law but with no transport available. “I walked the 15km on foot with the rain pouring and soaking me throughout. It was 1.00 when I finally arrived.” In the dead of night, Alex stood before his wife’s house and cried out. “When my father-in-law heard my voice, he said, ‘Alex, is that you?’ He then turned to shout, ‘Maria – your husband is here!’ ” It was a glorious moment, an unprecedented reconciliation upon 10 minutes in front of a unique television station. “Everyone was crying and we were hugging one another. In the morning, we had a meeting as a family. I had to explain to them what happened and how I got delivered through Emmanuel TV. They were surprised because what they heard about me and what they were seeing was a totally different thing. I knelt and apologised in the presence of the family, but my father-in-law stood me up and said: You remain our son. They killed a goat and we ate and celebrated together.” “It was a wonderful day,” recalled Maria. “Despite all that had happened, we were so happy to see him back in our lives – because we didn’t stop loving him. We were always praying for him and asking God to intervene in his situation – and He did!” After one week, the reunited couple returned to Botswana.

A family reconciled

Alex’s remarkable encounter with God through Emmanuel TV signalled the last alcoholic drink he took, as well as the birth of a new relationship with Maria. “It’s like we have just been married. I never realised before how beautiful my wife is! Now when I am off work, I will be in the house, working and eating together with her. I also reunited with my children, and they came back to spend holidays with us.” It can be genuinely called a total transformation. “Thank God for the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua and Emmanuel TV for what they have done – they have brought life to my life. I was a dead person who had nothing in the head apart from beer – beer was my focus. If I didn’t have a beer, I didn’t have anything. But today, I am a different person, I don’t even think about beer anymore, not a single craving.” For Maria, it’s as if she has a new husband. “There is a big, big difference in his life – now he is a new man. We can share the Bible together; we can pray together, we can do all things together. No more drinking. No more fighting. No more shouting. He is even a preacher of the Word of God now! We are enjoying our relationship!”

Her advice to couples about entering marriage is on the necessity of involving God. “I will advise those who are entering into marriage to invite God into their life, because a marriage without God has a limit but with God – all things are possible. To my fellow people out there, hold fast to God – our God is a good God, He never fails. Jesus is a conqueror – and once you believe in Him, you too are a conqueror with Him.”

Alex’s advice, informed by an unforgettable life-experience, is simple: “Thank God that I can give you these words of advice: do not go into alcohol. Rather choose the Lord Jesus Christ, who will give you life, who will give light to your future. Not beer – beer doesn’t give life. Beer only spoils your life and kills you in a manner that the more beer you drink, the older you become, the more you destroy yourself – your life will be miserable. Let’s hold fast to God, not the things of this world. Let’s have a new life in Him that will never put us in misery, a new life that will always bring joy and happiness. God created us in His own image and He wants us to follow His ways. How lucky we are that we are given Emmanuel TV! We’ve been given the prophet – Senior Prophet T.B. Joshua. He is not the prophet of Nigeria; he is a prophet of all nations. He is a prophet that is given to us to change our lives. Like me personally speaking now – if you saw me some years ago, you would shed tears. The tears you would be shedding are tears of joy that Emmanuel TV and its partners with Prophet T.B. Joshua have brought life to me today. I, Alex, am alive today because of Emmanuel TV. All I can say is thank you! I thank Jesus for saving my life and for giving me another chance!”

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