analysisBy Benson Edjewhovbo
Lagos — For boisterous four-year-old Joshua Nosike, that day had started as any other. Like most kids of his age, he was curious and playful, getting into mischief and was inquisitive about almost everything.
This, however, proved dangerous and life-threatening for the lad on that fateful day as he got hold of an acid bottle. It was left to be imagined the searing and burning pain Joshua experienced as he drank the toxic liquid and his father had to rush him, in that state of agony, to a hospital where Joshua spent the next six weeks.
According to Joshua's father, Nosike, when the boy drank the acid, his throat became blocked and he could no longer breathe properly. His oesophagus was also severally damaged. The next tortuous weeks were spent searching for a solution, but the only option the Nosikes were left with was surgery that did not promise much hope. After six weeks in hospital, Joshua was sent home with a tube inserted through his nose into his stomach, the only avenue left for the boy to feed.
The Nosikes chose not to go for the main operation but rather, desperate for a way out, decided to take Joshua to The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) having watched the miracles that took place in the church on Emmanuel TV.
Mrs. Nosike demonstrated to the church the painstaking way they had to feed Joshua through the large spiral tube that covered a large section of her son's face. She filled a syringe with liquid and slowly lifted the opening of the tube so as not to inflict too much discomfort on the boy.
She then emptied the contents of the syringe into the tube so that Joshua could "eat." This method of eating would surely have a negative effect on the growing boy in the long term. The pain that both the boy and his parents felt was unbearable. And so, to SCOAN, they headed.
At the SCOAN, on seeing the founder of the church, Prophet T. B. Joshua, Nosike, shouted his anguish, wailing: "Please help us, my son drank acid and can no longer feed through his mouth. Please help us! He can only feed through this hose (tube) they have connected through his nose. Please, man of God helps me!"
Joshua stopped and asked: "What happened to him?"
The father explained that the boy drank acid and showed the tube that he was being fed through.
"Don't worry; I will spray the anointing water. He will start eating through his mouth now. The Lord will operate on his entrance," he assured the depressed Nosikes.The prophet then sprayed the anointing water into Joshua's mouth and nose, calling the name of Jesus Christ. He continued the exercise, tracing the line of Joshua's damaged oesophagus.
As the process continued, the little boy reacted in some ways and the prophet stopped. "Go and give him food. He will eat through his mouth, as the boys had been healed and made whole," T. B. Joshua advised the boy's bewildered parents.
He warned them not to remove the tube themselves, but to have it removed at the hospital. He, however, assured them that the boy would eat through his mouth that day.
As the boy began to look more lively and healthy, his ecstatic parents rushed some custard to him. And to everyone's surprise, he eagerly ate the meal through his mouth, without complaints right in the midst of the congregation. He even asked his mum for more. When recently the family went back to SCOAN to formally testify to the incredible miracle, the little boy had regained his health and the tube had been removed by the doctors at the hospital.
During an interview with Prophet Joshua, he said the anointing water is merely a symbol. "It is not the water itself that heals but our Lord Jesus Christ, since the anointing is done in his name," he said. Citing the book of Acts, he said God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
In those scriptural verses, "God used Paul to bless aprons and handkerchiefs. It was not Paul that worked those miracles. God wrought them by the hand of Paul. God can use any medium to express himself. On this occasion, the medium used was water. The secret of all the miracles is Jesus Christ," Joshua explained.