My Personal Testimony: Dear Reader, you may be alone, hungry, homeless and feeling quite lonely. Or perhaps you have recently suffered loss; and this season is making it all seem so much more unbearable. Please calm down, let my story give you hope.
Let me first reassure you that you are not alone. GOD is always with you. Know also that I am standing with you in prayers.
I understand where you are at and what you must be feeling. I have been there also.
On December 25, 2001, I was alone, hungry, sick, lonely and feeling depressed in my ‘new-home’.
That ‘new home’ happened to be an abandoned ‘public toilet’, which was located at what later became a mission-field.
On that fateful day, everywhere was quiet. Family and friends had no idea where I was! I had been forcefully evicted from my last housing because residents in the estates had objected to our doing ministry there.
Their objection was noise pollution and fear of the unknown.
I had my counselling office and the ministry center in a section of the house. The ministry specialized in healing and deliverance. People brought those who had addiction issues and spiritual problems to us.
And whenever sessions are ongoing, the demons often cried out as they get evicted. The sounds that came out were scary for my neighbors and they lodged a complaint.
I tried to relocate elsewhere, but could not because of financial constraints.
As a love and faith-based ministry, we could not lay any financial burdens on the people. Love constrained us and we could not fleece the sheep.
We lived by faith on God’s grace and the goodwill of those who gave back to us.
Until eventually, we were forcefully evicted, my team dispersed and I ended up in “Baba Shade’s Easy Life Public Toilet”; on December 22nd 2001.
Prior to that, I had gone into a wrong union on January 6th.
And within three months, I was abandoned for my associate and became single again. Getting into that relationship was one of the worst mistakes of my life as a Christian leader.
And then the eviction came.
I was in disgrace and in deep shame.
It was as if God had failed me.
I felt rejected, betrayed, unloved and unwanted. And the worst was I felt I deserved all the bad things happening to me.
Burdened with a guilt-complex from the facts that I had made so many mistakes in the past; I was too ashamed to even seek help from family or from beneficiaries of past good-deeds.
If the truth be told, I was just tired of me. If I was suicidal, that was a good time. But thanks be to God, I still had a zest for life.
Because I did not want anyone throwing my past at me, I chose to stand alone with God on this. Besides I did not want to freeload on any one.
I was all alone in my misery until GOD made room for me in that abandoned public toilet.
For bed, I had old cartons.
My companions were my Bibles, concordances and counselling books. I had no computer or phones. Neither did I have drinkable water or food. And of course I had no money!
That was the state of my life, that Christmas day over a decade ago.
In the deafening silence of that morning, I lifted up my voice in teary worship to GOD as I sat on the cold bare floor. And It was during the Harmattan season.
As I worshipped GOD in my misery, I thought of my kids who had been dispersed. I wondered if they would ever understand enough to forgive me for all my mistakes that had unsettled and made them homeless.
Some of my kids were squatting with friends, while others lived with hostile relatives/step moms.
It was a bad time for us.
We were in both physical and emotional torment. And my spiritual self-esteem had nose-dived.
It was as if GOD had forgotten to be merciful.
I worshipped and lamented: I lamented and worshipped until my tears dried up. Weary from hunger and thirst, I fell asleep!! Sleep??? Imagine that!
As scripture says, God gives sleep to His beloved. Since am still His beloved, He gave me sleep.
The Divine Visitation:
Anyways, as the sun was setting while yet drowsy from sleep, I heard voices outside the gate. While a voice was insisting someone was living in there: the other voices were saying to her that the place was an abandoned public toilet, and it was not possible anyone could be living there.
Apparently she forced her way in. As I sat up, I looked into the eyes of a daughter in Christ, Pastor Sylvia Wilcox!!!
How did she know where I was???
This is the story she narrated story to me.
After apologizing for coming later than she should have if she had obeyed the voice of the Spirit, she told how earlier in the day, she heard in her spirit that she should prepare food very quickly to take to me, because I needed food.
According to her, she was at first puzzled and thought maybe she had not heard correctly what the Holy Spirit had whispered to her. She just could not imagine how I could be needing food. So she waved it aside. Because the last time she visited, she saw I was doing well and in a decent home. So she ignored the voice and went about preparing food for her family.
She was about to eat when she heard ABBA say to her again: “you are about to feast whereas your mom, my daughter, has been without food these past three days; get up and take her some food“.
This time, there was no atom of doubt in her heart Who was talking to her. She screamed and left off eating at once. She then explained to her mom and siblings what had transpired.
Through DIVINE directions, she was able to locate me that day in a place she had never been before.
She came to me with more than enough food, and left me with some money to tide me over for some days.
The unquestionable faithfulness of God
Having read the above story, can you now understand why I can boldly say GOD has not forgotten you???
Be encouraged my dear friend. Your light affliction is a necessary evil that will produce a glorious future for you; and for so many others through you.
From that “Easylife Public Toilet” which was owned and managed by Baba Shade of Morogbo; souls were won to God’s Kingdom. I started a Bible school which offered free courses to pioneering pastors and Itinerant evangelists.
Apart from the theological training center, we opened up a counseling clinic; planted the Love Ablaze Church; gave shelter to numerous homeless and distressed single-moms with their children. We also started a residential therapy center as well for victims of abuses and drug addictions.
Words fail me today as I look back and praise GOD.
We later renamed the public toilet: “CHRIST HIGH COMMISSION” for it became our Missionary headquarters. It was a very humble beginning indeed.
But who but God can bring out the best out of a very bad situation?
At that time, the owner of the public toilet had abandoned it because the sewage system was faulty. It stank! But that was better than sleeping in the streets. One of my counselees had paid a little fee for access to the place and that was what I inherited. Her name is Ann and she was a new convert and was not aware of my issues.
From that humble beginning, we were favored by the community leader with land where we have developed some buildings for our missionary work.
I lived in that ‘EasyLife Public Toilet” for seven years until we were able to erect a mission-house which we moved into.
The things that exist came out of things that are unseen!
God rolled away the reproaches of my life from that place. He gave me a new beginning.
We confronted occult opposition and were targeted by priests of African Traditional Religions, but we kept the light of the Gospel burning.
We built-up a formidable spiritual warfare prayer team from the abused women and homeless youths, who sought refuge with us.
And our Nightly Intercessory prayers terrorized and uprooted the established forces of evil in that community.
We transformed the environment and destroyed ancestral occult strongholds and set their captives free. Lives got transformed and destinies changed
God is not partial He will visit you also:
This is a real life testimony of how GOD made something out of nothing.
Know you therefore that GOD does convert shame to fame and disgrace to great grace.
Be comforted my friend.
GOD will visit you as he did visit me and mine.
My kids are restored, stabilized, prospering and enjoying GOD’s supernatural favors and covenantal love.
I lost everything so that I might gain everything in HIM.
Today, am representing GOD’s love to a hurting world and adding value to people’s lives. I am blessed to be a blessing.
Your change is come, in CHRIST name.
Reevaluate your circumstances and change your perspective. God is not finished with you yet. You may be down but you are definitely not out. You may be depressed but not deceased. When there is life, there is hope.
Refocus on God. Hard roads lead to beautiful destinations. Change your focus to change your course.
The devil fought our fledgling ministry to the oppressed. He thought he had shut it down.
But today, through our various internet ministries, especially through ‘Spiritual Warfare And Tactics Squad-SWATS’ we are healing those who are oppressed of the devil and enforcing the victory of the Cross.
You will not be silenced, in Christ matchless name.
There is no limit to how far you can go when you go with God.
You are not the depressed: you are the blessed. Rejoice for it is well with you. God bless you and yours
I am a Christian Counselor and Missionary. I represent God’s love to hurting and troubled persons.
You can connect with me; Hephzibah Christly, on Facebook or Google+ or reach me through the following addresses:
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Almighty God, thank You for all that we represent by this prayer. We lift up the sick, oppressed, lonely and rejected to You now. We ask that your mercy prevails over their circumstances, in Christ merciful name.
For those hungry, cold and homeless, visit them with your favor, tender mercies and loving kindness. Send supernatural supplies to them.
We command the yokes of oppression to be destroyed and the burdens of guilt and repeated failures are to be lifted of their shoulders.
Restore them to greater glory, establish them in their own homes, provide economic blessings also for them and fill their lives with love, joy and peace, in Christ most Holy name.
Thank you for always hearing us and for never forsaking us, in Jesus mighty name. Amein.
Shalom! Enjoy the holidays. – Hephzibah Christly