King Davidson, a young Australia-based Nigerian, was in The SCOAN recently to tell his story of conquest in the world of boxing. Joyful, fulfilled and radiant with promise, he had brought a box which he rolled into the front of the church, when he was called upon to feature.
Davidson had just moved from one level in his career to being a world champion – he is now the WBO International Light Middleweight Champion of the World! As he narrated his story, a video was shown to the congregation of how he battled his latest rival in the ring, and emerged the champion after two rounds. His rival was a Ghanaian. The belt which was won, is the first of its type in the world; Davidson is the first person to win the crown because such a classification never ever existed before.
Davidson did not hide the secret of his monumental success. He had previously come to The SCOAN to see Prophet Joshua, when he was still unknown, though rated in boxing. He was poor, yet hungry for world recognition. As a young man who is determined to expand the coast of his rating, he had met with the foremost prophet for prayers and consecration, which he got. He was privileged to also receive the Anointing Water from the man of God.
The man of God had told him that God has plans for the courageous boxer. All he needed to do is to be prayerful and hold on tight to the Almighty. He gesticulated as he told his story of success, the steps he took and the kind of focus and enthusiasm he had.
Everyday, he prayed fervently for greater achievement, and he perpetually sprayed the Anointing Water. Even when time was not on his side and he had only made a little preparation for contests, he would march in the ring, relying on God and the reassuring voice of Prophet Joshua to en-steel his mind and resolve. He did this always especially as he went into the ring with his Ghanaian opponent. Each round, he would generously apply the Anointing Water, and his power multiplied; his energy doubled. Even when he had fought before then, on a 12-round platform, he had defeated his opponent and his energy got renewed as if he was just starting off.
Today, Davidson is one Nigerian who is highly celebrated all over the world as a product of “Prophet of Boom”. Publications and the electronic media see him as a true champion. But the goodness of it is that the man has not said his own skill and career mastery were responsible for his conquests in the fistic trade. He has said it repeatedly that he has been enjoying God’s favour, grace and mercy through His servant, Prophet Joshua of The SCOAN. In a dream he had before his last fight, the angels celebrated with him, and he knew that he was going to come out victorious.
Davidson is a bold and energetic young man that has received God’s unique blessing at The SCOAN. But he is just one of many others who have become champions in their own world. Emmanuel and Onazi – members of international football teams - are members of “My People FC” (My People Football Club) owned by Prophet Joshua. In the 2010 Para-Olympics, many Nigerian medal winners who never had fortunes slapped on them by the Federal Government of Nigeria, received several millions of naira as gifts and cars and wheelchairs from Emmanuel TV, to the admiration of the world. They have since felt great and admired, and see Prophet Joshua as a role model. Hitherto, they were poor and neglected by people because they were physically challenged; today, the story is different for them.
The church contains young giants in academics some of whom had made first class in the university, and had to be sponsored by Emmanuel TV at home and abroad. Those young fellows are expected to triumph into a season of high productivity in society and become great citizens. The Emmanuel TV do engagingly involve in discovering young talents who are assisted with funds and other resources to achieve their ambitions in life. These talents are often from very humble backgrounds but with strong determination to succeed. The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV partners have often galvanized the talents and dreams of such young boys and girls, thereby assisting helpless parents and guardians to get their dreams fulfilled. Academic, sports and other professional champions are being consciously made in the church, with the life and example of Prophet Joshua serving as principal motivation and positive influence. It is a church where champions are made, rather than being exploited; where tomorrow’s leaders are groomed, honoured and prepared for challenges in life.
Prophet Joshua’s generosity and acts of philanthropy are not nurtured by personal interests but as the spirit directs; they come of a heart that is dutiful, loving, open, sensitive and developmental. In an interview published in THE WEEK weekly magazine (Vol 27, No 20, June 30, 2008), he had said among other things: “What God has commissioned me to do here is to care for the people – the destitute, the needy and the poor”. When celebrating his 45th birthday anniversary, he had told the press that “this is not the time to celebrate ourselves” and that “it is the time to celebrate those out there; the poor, the orphans, the lepers, the widows, the aged. It is the time to put quality smiles on their faces”.
To Joshua, the future is more important. It is not about how rich or opulent a man is; it has to do with doing good and helping people to grow, especially people who are needy, and who may eventually contribute to the growth of the human race through their achievement.