The Felix Sanchez Stadium in Santo Domingo was filled to capacity as countless numbers of people from all walks of life – government officials, religious leaders, diplomat, politicians with visitors from other parts of the world and neighbouring country in the Caribbean trooped to the Olympic stadium to witness the mighty move of God at the Day 1 historic crusade in the Dominican Republic with Prophet T.B. Joshua.
There were a number of amazing testimonies from many that received their healings and deliverance in the last August 2017 Paraguay Crusade with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Among those that testify was Mrs Elida Beatriz Britez who was bedridden and on a stretcher because she had the problem of a hernia and a severe spinal cord injury. At the time of coming to the crusade in Paraguay, she was too weak and was unable to walk, let alone sit up. She says when she was laying on the stretcher at the prayer line at the Crusade in Paraguay Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her and she felt the “supernatural power of God”. To her amazement, after Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her, she gained strength and was able to stand up! She was healed! She is healed! Three months later, she walks majestically across the stage for the glory of God!
Also, Mr Mario Aníbal Giménez Ruiz born a male attended the crusade with Prophet T.B. Joshua in Paraguay as a ‘female’. At the age of 12 years, Ruiz felt the internal desire to be a woman. As a result, at the age of 14 years, Ruiz went for surgery and implanted breasts and began living life as a woman. He wore female clothes, applied female make-up including lipsticks, and went to the extent of dating men and eventually got married to a man because he only had affection for men. He continued to behave like a female and at the age of 19 years, he began taking female hormones in order to complete the process of becoming a woman. He spent so much money trying to become a woman; he says he now feels like the amount of money spent was wasted because that money could have been used to help the poor and needy. Living life as a woman, Ruiz was accomplished in life, he had financial means and a well-paying job, yet he was not satisfied.
A few years later, his mother died and he fell into depression. After the death of his mother, his life hit rock bottom and it was at this time that he was advised by some family friends to attend the crusade with Prophet T.B. Joshua in Paraguay to find solace and comfort. He says as soon as he stepped foot into the stadium in Paraguay, he felt peace. Despite losing his mother, he “felt familial connection” with those at the crusade that day in Paraguay.
During the prayer line section of the crusade in Paraguay, Prophet T.B. Joshua moved forward to pray for him. At first, he says he did not want to be prayed for. Looking back he says, he knows it was the evil spirit that was in him trying to resist his deliverance. When Prophet T.B. Joshua eventually prayed for him, he says he felt the power of God and he knew that he had received his deliverance. After his deliverance, when he got to his house he felt uncomfortable with his long hair, breasts and female clothing which he had. Immediately, he cut his hair and requested financial assistance from the Emmanuel TV to surgically remove the breast implants. Prophet T.B. Joshua and Emmanuel TV paid for his surgery to remove the breast implants and also purchased an entire wardrobe of male clothes for him. He says the total amount of financial assistance rendered to him by Prophet T.B. Joshua and Emmanuel TV totalled over US$3,000. Now delivered, Ruiz says he is 30 years old and is happy to be the man that God has created him to be and would like to one day have a child and a family of his own. In conclusion to his testimony, Ruiz advised everyone not to wait if they feel they need deliverance because there is a solution in Jesus Christ for all manner of challenges. He also advised those facing similar challenges he once faced to learn from his life story.
Afterward, Mrs Teresita de Jesus Romero came to the stage to testify on how she received her healing from her inability to walk a few months ago. This problem caused financial and emotional strain on her and her family as she was unable to do anything. She says she needed the support of family members to do everything including doing house chores. Despite her visits to various hospitals, she received no solution; instead, medical practitioners were unable to diagnose her ailment.
Frustrated by her condition, she found out about the crusade in Paraguay with Prophet T.B. Joshua some months later. She was relieved after finding out that Prophet T.B. Joshua would hold a crusade in her country, Paraguay because she says she knew she would receive her healing. When Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her, she said she felt a warm sensation go through her body and immediately she began to feel signs of her healing.
That evening, after the prayer, she was able to walk freely without any pain. Today, now in the Dominican Republic after travelling from Paraguay alone without anyone’s assistance, she walks freely in liberty across the stage! She advised everyone to trust in God and to have faith in God!
After the amazing testimonies, the opera singer, Kimmy Skota and American international Gospel starts – VaShawn Mitchell, JJ Hairston with others lead the congregation in a special presentation of praise and worship, glorifying God for being the great God He is.
As the songs of praise and worship were ongoing, Prophet T.B. Joshua entered the crusade ground. The worshippers were in high spirit seeing the Prophet in their midst. The Prophet went to the podium and gave a spirit-filled message title: “Seek First The Kingdom”. Prophet T.B. Joshua gave the encouraging words from Romans 5:2 – End. He said to the congregations that “‘Seek first the Kingdom’ means to be born again. That is, being taken out of satan kingdom – the kingdom of darkness – and into the Kingdom of Jesus, the Kingdom of light”.
He went further to say that “The beauty of life does not only depend on our happiness but on the happiness of others. What have you done to make others happy?” “Possessions and money alone cannot bring about contentment, giving help to others can” “Help to the needy, poor and refugees should be viewed as a priority over building new mansions or buying a new expensive jeep”.
He also said that “We are spiritual beings. The real thing about us is not our bodies. Jesus said, ‘If the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed'”. “If you sow of the flesh, you shall reap of the flesh. If you sow of the spirit, you shall reap eternal life”. “Prosperity is now seen as a reward; whereas God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.
After the message Prophet T.B. Joshua went straight to the prayer line to pray for the sick and deliverance the oppressed in the name of Jesus Christ.
Those in the Prayer line came from afar with various degrees of ailments – wheelchair-bound due to prolonged cancer, strapped in lumbar corsets due to lumbar spondylosis, restrained in neck collars due to stiff neck problems, difficulty in walking due to severe knee and ankle problems. As the man of God approaches, they wail: I cannot walk, I want to walk again; I have cancer, I want to be healed; I am paralysed, man of God helps me!
When Prophet TB Joshua began to pray for the sick in the name of Jesus, the Resurrection Power moved through the sick and every dead thing in them became resurrected. They removed their lumbar corsets, neck collars, knee and foot braces and began to walk to the glory of God. A woman from the USA who was unable to walk was able to walk after Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her. A man with crutches knew it was time to remove himself from the crutches he had used over time. When the spirit of God heard his cry and the man of God touched him, the man walked freely without the crutches to the glory of God. A woman with cervical pain, using both a wrist brace and a neck collar was also free and testifying to God’s healing power through the Prophet.
“Thank you, Jesus, I am free!” an elderly man testifies as he walks away from the wheelchair that he has been using for the past 3 years. A touch from God’s anointed one has made the man whole again; he has been completely healed of difficulty in walking.
A woman who was weak, bedridden and unable to sit up nor walk. Laying on her mattress, the weak and immobile woman cried out to the man of God in desperation! She cried out and immediately Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her and she gained strength in her once frail bones and the once weak woman was strong enough to sit up and began to walk in liberty for the glory of God!
T.B. Joshua also prays for those who have been attacked by the devil, freeing them in the name of Jesus from the captivity of darkness and the chains that have kept them in bondage for years. The sick were no longer in pains; they were moving freely and thanking God in the highest.
After the massive healing and deliverance experienced in the prayer line, Prophet T.B. Joshua leads the congregation and viewers all over the world in a mass prayer. As the mass prayer was ongoing, there were manifestations of evil spirit and some also received their healings by faith.
At the high time of the events, Prophet T.B. Joshua was honoured with two awards – the ‘Cámara de Diputados de la República Dominicana’ by the Congressmen and Senators of the nation of the Dominican Republic. He was acknowledged for his contribution to humanitarian causes all over the world! When receiving these two awards, Prophet T.B. Joshua said, “God is the Rewarder!”