By Charles Olewezi
A Christian cleric has used his 50th birthday celebration to also celebrate the mercy of God in his life, bringing him back from death after he fell into the hands of one-chance operators in Abuja.
The Pastor-in-Charge of RCCG Overwhelming Love Assembly in Niger Province 2, Suleja, Niger State, Pastor Fola Araba recounted how God delivered him from the cold hands of death several years ago.
Araba told this experience during the surprise 50th birthday celebration organised in his honour by his wife, a few family members and friends.
His words; “I was traveling from Lagos to Abuja and fell into the hands of some people in a ‘one chance’ vehicle. I was strangled to death and abandoned in the bush. I suddenly saw myself in another realm walking down a lonely path when a man in white garment appeared and stopped me. The man ordered me to return to where I was coming from, saying I don’t belong to the place I was heading to. Immediately, I came back to consciousness and gradually stood up from the ground.
“It was just the mercy of God that brought me back to life.”
Pastor Araba noted that God had also delivered him from several other near death incidents including auto accidents.
He also appreciated his wife and all those present for the surprise birthday celebration, explaining that all he planned to do on his 50th birthday was to quietly thank God at home.
In a brief message at the occasion, the Pastor-in-Charge of RCCG Niger Province 2, Pastor Sam Ola Babalola admonished the celebrant and those present to always thank God for His mercies.
“Wherever and whatever you are today is by the mercy of God.” Pastor Babalola said, noting that for everyone who is still alive today especially in a year that has witnessed so many deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is by the mercy of God. He prayed specially for the celebrant and his immediate family and wished them well.