Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has narrated in details how he cheated death in last month’s Copter crash in Kabba, Kogi State at the Holy Ghost Service at the weekend.
He was emphatic that the prayers by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, saved his life.
Speaking at the event to mark Adeboye’s 77th birthday anniversary, Osinbajo revealed details of the prayers he received at the Redemption Camp from Mr Adeboye, the general overseer of the church, hours before the helicopter crash he and 11 others survived in Kabba, Kogi State.
“I am Yemi Osinbajo, Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 48 of RCCG,” he began as the congregation cheered excitedly. I thank God for the salvation of my soul.
“Two testimonies: The first is that on February 2nd, I came late for the Holy Ghost Service. After the service, I went to see Daddy in his office and he said he wanted to pray for me. My wife, Dolly, and I knelt down as he prayed, ‘Father, I want you to give special protection to your son.’
“He prayed that three times and stopped. Then he prayed it again. I was getting worried about why he had to pray that way. But anyway, later that day the helicopter I was travelling in crashed in Kabba. All 12 of us in the helicopter survived without a scratch. I want to bless the name of the Lord for that.”
“My second testimony is that on February 23, I was re-elected with President Buhari, for a second term as Vice President and I want to praise the Lord. Praise Jesus. Who did it?”
‘Jesus!’ The congregation roared.
The wife of the General Overseer, Folu Adeboye, had earlier offered her usual prayers for all nations, during which she specifically thanked God for the largely peaceful presidential and National Assembly elections.
In his sermon, with the theme ‘Swimming in Glory – 3,” later, Mr Adeboye dwelt on the story of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5: 25-34 to show how God changes situations for good.
He highlighted five takeaways from the text by tracking the woman’s action from the decision that she would seek a solution from Jesus to the 12-year ordeal, through the self-assurance that she could; and the determination that nothing, not even the crowd around Jesus and their possible hostility towards her, would stop her. She braced all odds to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment in a way that made him feel that some virtue had left him.
Those were days when Jesus lived physically among us, said Mr Adeboye who explained that it is still possible to touch God through Jesus.
Citing biblical evidence and testimonies, he listed three ways God could be touched as faith, prayers and giving.
He said demonstration of faith touches God. In a testimony, he recalled that soon after assuming the position of general overseer, he embarked on visits to the various parishes of the church. There were only 40 parishes then.
A woman who was desperately looking for the fruit of the womb missed his team at the only parish in Alagbado in Lagos then and broke down hysterically.
“God, now I know you don’t want me to have a child. I didn’t say I wanted this man to pray for me, I just wanted to see him and now he has come and has gone. It means you don’t want me to have a child,” he remembered her as saying.
But a member of the church told her the next church the team was to visit. With her hope renewed, she left.
“The following day, she went to that church we were to visit first thing in the morning, and waited until we arrived. Of course, she didn’t know our identities. She wasn’t a member of the church but she knew that sooner or later they would introduce the special guest,” the cleric said.
“So, she sat down and waited. When we were later introduced, and I stood up to preach, she asked someone, ‘Is that the man?’
They said, “Yes.”
“She said, “Glory be to God, I know I am pregnant.”
“Nine months later, she had a baby boy.”
Touching God through prayers: From the bible, he gave the example of a blind man, Bartimaeus (literally “Son of Timaeus”), by the pool of Bethsaida, who prayed so desperately, as Jesus passed by, that he got his healing.
Mr Adeboye also cited his own experience of how his prayer may have led to a tremor at the Redemption Camp, which was felt as far as in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.
His account: “In those days, nobody lived at the Redemption Camp. I am sure some of the elders of the church would remember when one day an antelope bumped into our Ministers’ Conference. Poor animal, it ended up in the stomach of some people.
“Early in the morning every Tuesday, I would leave my house in Mushin for the Camp and be there until Thursday morning when I went to the Headquarters for Faith Clinic. The only other people in the Camp then were the carpenters who were working, and they would stop as soon as it is dark and retire for the day.
“But I wanted to seek Him; I wanted to be alone; with no noise and nothing to distract me. One night – I remember that night like yesterday – I prayed: ‘Father, I surrender all; it is only you now; that is all I want. I don’t want to be an ordinary pastor. Please, I am not seeking anything else. Not seeking for gold, not seeking for clothes, not seeking for fame; I want you to empower me so I can do this work. And if you are not going to do it, take me away.’
“That day, He answered, and there was a tremor in the Camp. The tremor went as far as Ijebu Ode where pictures that hung on the wall were dropping.
“When you seek God with all your heart; when you seek Him in desperation, you will find Him.”
The Special Holy Ghost Service continued on Saturday with a Holy Communion and an Anointing Service; and ends Sunday with thanksgiving.