37. Apostle

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As I was preaching, I realized I needed to find something to do besides my preaching, so one day, in the course of my preaching, I saw a notice board saying they needed a primary four school teacher. I applied for it in a private school, and I was employed. I started teaching for twelve years. That is what I was using for my upkeep and to support my family. My wife was frying yam to support us too. I gave her the capital to start a small, menial business.

I was all-right from my infancy until my secondary level. When I got to secondary form five, one day, I was in the dining hall and started feeling feverish. I didn’t know what was really wrong with me. As an able person, I tried getting up to go to my dormitory. In the attempt of getting up, I fell down and that was the end, I couldn’t get up again.

When I fell, I was rushed to the hospital. My mommy had to remove me from school. I was crawling. All of a sudden, I became crippled. That was the end of my education. And all efforts for me to walk proved futile.

I was taken to a shrine and given a concoction to drink. I was abused with a blade. Some concoctions were even put through my nostrils. I went through hell in the hands of this fetish priest. Chickens were also slaughtered for rituals. I went through so many things – in the hands of some unscrupulous pastors. I went to a mallam, they used to cast lots with a talisman. Some were put around my neck, some around my waist and ankle. Nothing really came out of it. Eventually, I was brought home. I was left to my fate. All efforts of going to the shrine, it was to no avail. I would be left in the room, and everyone would leave me and go to the farm. I would be left in the room every day. I couldn’t do anything. Someone would have to help me to go to the bathroom and bathe even. I was the saddest man on earth.

One afternoon, I decided to look up to my God, and I was praying. I heard a voice that mentioned my name, “William.” It went on and said, “it’s about time you do my work. If you do my work diligently, you will walk.” When I heard the voice, I was fascinated. I looked around but didn’t see anyone around. I made an effort to lift myself from the floor. I went close to my bed and held my bed, and made an effort to raise myself. As I made an effort, I stood on my own. Then, I took a step, and there I go. I was moving and I was walking. “William – what happened – you are walking – this is strange!” I said, I was in the room and I heard a voice and here I am walking.

The voice came again later that I should start preaching the word of God, so I took a step and I started. I was preaching in the bus. When I was walking, the walking was not that effective. With the help of my mom, I was given crutches to help me walk faster. When I was using crutches, I started preaching. I would stand in the public transport and preach. I would stand in the marketplaces and preach. I started with the dawn broadcast. I was using this small walking stick then. One wonderful miraculous thing that happened during my preaching, one day, I was preaching in the Accra Parliament House area near the cinema when i saw a madman coming toward me. I told myself, “If you helped me leave these crutches and walk, just as Moses stretched forth a staff for the sea to divide into two, then as I stretch this stick stretch before me, let him draw nigh to me. As I stretched the stick to this madman, truly, this mad man started coming close to me, and I prayed for him, and right away, he gained his sanity, and he was healed. I was surrounded by many people, and everyone was watching. I knew the power of God was at work.

As I was preaching, I realized I needed to find something to do besides my preaching, so one day, in the course of my preaching, I saw a notice board saying they needed a primary four school teacher. I applied for it in a private school, and I was employed. I started teaching for twelve years. That is what I was using for my upkeep and to support my family. My wife was frying yam to support us too. I gave her the capital to start a small, menial business.

As a man of God, I was able to establish a small church, and I met this woman. This woman wasn’t really helpful. Rather, she was dispersing the members. Anytime we finished service, she would scare away some of the members who wanted to come for counseling. I saw this woman was being harmful rather than being helpful. So I decided that I cannot continue with her. There’s no need to go on with my marriage, so I quit my marriage.

I eventually met another woman, who was having about nine children before I met her. I proposed to her, and this woman accepted. I thought she was a woman who was going to support me with my ministry, but she eventually I realized she wasn’t that good for me. Anytime she conceived, she aborted. I realized that she doesn’t really love me, so I decided to quit her marriage. She doesn’t really love me. She just wants me to cater for her children. From there, I moved to this place. I moved back here to start life over again.

Here, I’ve been able to establish a church, which I’m able to operate currently. One miracle I did was healing one lady that suffered from epilepsy. In this community, they decided to employ me as their pastor. This is why I’m their pastor.

My parents once took me to a prayer camp in the Eastern Region where I was prayed for by one pastor. They smeared oil on my body. They burned incense. They even threw dust on me – just to get me healed. It didn’t work. I told my mom that I couldn’t stay there any longer. I knew that these men were not using good spirits. God has opened my eyes to test whether the spirits the person is using is good. When I left that place, I realized that my spirit wasn’t in connection with that priest. When I got home, God spoke to me directly.

What is the biggest challenge facing people with disabilities around here?

Most of them don’t have wheelchairs in this community. Most of them crawl. Mobility is very difficult. Transportation is very bad. Water is very scarce in this community. As a challenged person, you cannot fetch water for yourself. If you don’t have a child or anyone around you to help, you won’t get water. The buildings are very clumsy in this community, so someone with a physical disability, it’s difficult to walk around.

There’s also no public latrine.

The snakes also attack us. It’s very easy to acquire snakes. Snakes worry me. As a person with a physical disability, you can’t run. Snakes are one of the challenges.


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