It was tears galore at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as a young boy, Praise Sunday, gave an emotional testimony of how he escape from death.
According to 12-year-old Praise, armed robbers mercilessly slaughtered his mother and younger sister right before his eyes. The heartless attack, which occurred on May 8, 2016, almost claimed Praise’s life but for ‘divine intervention’. Read how the story was shared by SCOAN on Facebook below:
"THEY KILLED MY FAMILY, SLIT MY THROAT AND LEFT ME FOR DEAD…
"Sitting down in the evening to watch TV, the young family never knew it would be their last night together. As the volume on their television suddenly increased, they looked up to find strangers inside their home, tying their hands and feet. In their presence, the intruders ate their dinner, drank and then began demanding for physical cash and ATM cards. The mother brought out all her worldly possessions but when it wasn’t enough, the armed robbers grabbed her 10-year-old daughter and, in a sudden movement, slit her throat. Provoked by her shouts of agony, they then grabbed the mother and raped her in front of her 12-year-old son. When he tried to intervene, the attackers slit his mother’s throat and began to stab the young boy. He was stabbed in his stomach and chest and his throat was slit. The armed robbers took the family’s possessions and made a run for it.
"Left for dead and unable to move, the young boy Praise was surprised to see a white being take him up and deposit him to his neighbour’s doorstep. As he landed on the ground, the white being pounded the door and disappeared. The neighbor came to the door and saw Praise in a pool of blood. Shouting in horror, the neighbor rushed Praise to the hospital and subsequently informed his next of kin. He was literally dead on arrival. Coming in with the Morning Water and Morning Sticker, his aunt and uncle believed in God for a miracle.
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"In the course of several months, seven operations were performed on Praise. His vocal cords had been severed in the attack and he could not breathe well or speak. If he wanted to communicate, he had to demonstrate or write it on a piece of paper. During three of the seven operations, Praise actually died and was revived time and again with prayers with the Morning Water. After the last operation in Nigeria, doctors referred him to the US for further treatment.
"After hearing his story, the man of God Prophet T.B. Joshua provided shelter, feeding and clothing for Praise and his aunt Mabel while medical specialists were consulted for the referred operation abroad. Praise’s health began to improve while living in The SCOAN. Prophet T.B. Joshua helped them obtain international passports and visas and provided $5000 for the initial medical deposit, $2,000 for visas, passports and flight tickets and an additional $2,000 for their welfare while in South Africa.
"Flying for the first time, Praise and his aunt traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa and were welcomed by the Emmanuel TV Team who accompanied them to Cape Town where the specialized hospital is located. Providing transportation and accommodation within South Africa, Prophet T.B. Joshua sponsored all medical operations and procedures, totaling approximately US$40,000.
"The two world-renowned surgeons who performed all the procedures on Praise testified that when he arrived, they noticed severe scar tissue and severed vocal cords. After removing the scar tissue and reconstructing the vocal cords, they discovered the vocal cords were no longer functioning and Praise could not speak.
"Miraculously, through prayer from Prophet T.B. Joshua and the ministration of the Morning Water, the vocal cords began functioning on their own! After two months and several procedures, the pipe was removed from Praise’s throat and he was able to breathe and speak for the first time in nine months! Joyful to be part of such a successful process, the doctors declared him totally recovered.
"Coming back to The SCOAN, a fully talking Praise and his aunt give glory to God for His hand of love, generosity and healing through Prophet T.B. Joshua. Stay tuned for more from Praise…"