Christ The Only Saviour And Healer
Sunday July 8
was a special day in the life of Baale of Fadina in Akinyele Local Government
of Oyo State, Nigeria. He was beaming
with smiles as the Immanuel College Chapel Mission Team arrived at his palace,
hugging each and everyone of us. Two months earlier the team had held an
outreach at the same venue. As he came
out of his residence for the event he was walking with difficulty and had to
depend on a walking stick.
College Mission Team leader immediately spotted him and asked him to come
forward to be prayed for. He laid hands
on the affected leg and instructed him not to use the walking stick anymore as
he would no longer need it. That was on
Sunday April 8. In early May the Baale
reached our Village Assistants at Oyo Ile village saying he had been healed and
would wish to give testimony to that effect.
So, on Thursday
July 8 our mission team headed for Fadina Village, again to hear the Baale in
person, and to encourage those who are still waiting for their own miracle.
outreach that followed, the Baale spoke like someone who is back from
hell-on-earth. His left leg had
practically incapacitated him for 10 years.
For most of the period he was bed-ridden. He had been taken to hospitals and without
much success. Traditional healers had
exploited him, making demands that he readily met. Yet his condition had grown
intervened on April 19, when he and his family hosted us. As he testified he and members of our mission
team sang songs of victory. This Baale
is a new man. In his words, in the
course of his illness, he was, at one point, praying for death. But now he is
enjoying life. All glory to Jesus – His and our redeemer and healer.
The Chief is not
the first success story in the 100 villages in which we operate. There have been many in the 18 years we have
been preaching Christ in Olorunda and its environs. But not everyone comes out
publicly to acknowledge the power of prayer, indeed the power of God to overrule
physical and mental illness, barrenness and poverty in their lives.
I must add that
the primary focus of our village endeavour is not the miraculous, important as
that may be. We teach salvation without
which nobody will reach heaven. We
preach against idolatry, sin and sinful habits because they are the expressway,
leading to hell.
Prior to his
healing the Baale was carrying a big scar just above the left knee, the point
of impact when he went down some ten years ago. The scar has now disappeared.
For years the old depended on others to carry him to toilet and back. Now he
moves around unaided and even cuts the bush around his house and beyond! He
travels to the city when he wants to.
We, the Immanuel
College Mission Team, Ibadan, Nigeria are not miracle workers.
Jesus does the