The lady ran into the church
The man in Jeans and T-shirt was in the congregation
Eyes closed and arms raised in worship
The worship session and the choir rendition were always his preferred moments in a church service
Though every part of the service was beneficial
But he does not joke with the Praise and worship session
A lady tapped him on the shoulder
‘Sir, please I will like to see you outside’
He followed her
He was just a church member
With an ear for the need of the people
Jesus didn’t call anybody to be a talker
He commissioned every believer to lay hands on the sick so that they may recover
They got outside the church
He saw another lady standing right in the car park, he looked at her curiously (He was standing upstairs and the lady was downstairs, he was looking at her from the balcony)
What! She was raving mad. (Like Street roving mad)
This event happened in front of a church located at
No 125, Ogudu road, opposite former Tantalizers building
On the second Sunday of July 2018
The church was located on the first floor
The mad woman was standing in the parking lot on the ground floor
He got scared!
What sort of temptation is still on a quiet Sunday morning?
All he wanted to do was worship God and go home to his wife’s Jollof rice
The woman was wearing like 5 tops
A black long sleeve sweater showed under a pink blouse
Another set of yellow, grey and blue blouses were showing underneath the pink top
She wore black slacks, three quarter jeans and a short green skirt
She looked very scary
Her hair had been uncleanly shaven, making her head look like Sahara desert with a spatter of growing shrubs
He: What happened to her?
The lady: We were neighbors in Ojota sir.
One Monday morning in December (2017) she screamed from sleep and ran out of the house
By the time people caught up with her she was talking gibberish, totally mad sir!
They cut her hair and did some traditional stuff but she didn’t get better
She was eventually left to roam the streets
This morning as I was coming into church, I saw her
She came up to me and asked me to give her some money for food!
He observed her!
She was dressed like a lunatic but she looked calm…
He had barely processed the thought when the lady started displaying!!
She just went off the rails
Saying all sorts of jargons
“Oh! Jesus”, he screamed inwardly
‘The woman is very mad!’
But the lady who came to call him believed in him, believed that God can use him
He was an example to many!
Even though his legs wanted to turn in the opposite direction and run
He cannot deny his master now
He cannot let down those to whom he had ministered the power of Jesus over the years
He cannot choose whom to pray for and whom to ignore
Christ came for all and he paid the full price for all!
But he had never ever prayed for any mad person before
He had handled schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and many other “Controlled’’ mental disorders
But never this type and never in the full glare of all sorts of people
He became self-conscious
He shook it off!
He started praying in the spirit, strengthening his inner man
He braced himself
Told somebody to bring him a plastic chair
Asked the mad woman to sit
She started dancing ‘lala kuku lal”, and singing with glee
‘Oh my God’ He thought
‘Why did I come to church today?’
He approached the mad woman
He: What is your name?
The mad lady didn’t respond
He looked to the heavens, lifted up his hands
“Holy Spirit, I take over this atmosphere right now
Let every strange powers operating here cease”
(The mad lady was still dancing and singing)
He: Sit down!
The mad lady looked at him, laughed and sat down
He: In the name of Jesus I command this infirmity to leave your body, I command your mind to be restored to normal. I command your senses to come back to you
Mad lady continued staring at him as if transfixed
He watched her for a minute, laid hands on her again and repeated the prayer
Praise and worship had started inside the church
All the big pastors and ministers were deeply engrossed in worship
Mad woman snaps out of comatose
He: What are all these beads on your hands? Break them!
Mad lady started breaking beads one after the other
Mad lady: I have broken all the beads
He: Stand up
Mad lady stands up!
He laid hands upon her head again and prayed
She became transfixed again
He: (Holy Spirit, is she fine now?)
Holy Spirit: Pour some water on her head
He told somebody to bring him some water
Mad lady hears water and picks race
He: Come back here!
Mad lady: No, I am going! Don’t pour water on my head!
He watched her as she walked away
The sister that came to call him asked if she should go and get some boys and dragged her back
He said ‘No!
The rain will fall soon, once the water touches her body she will be made whole’
The lady believed
His hand was dirty and smelly due to their contact with the woman’s head
They brought him water
He washed his hand
He went back into church to join the service
Thanked God for the mad lady’s healing
The next day, at 10 AM
The mad lady came back to the church
It had rained and she had been made whole
The security man saw her dressed like a mad lady
Chased her away
She went home, showered and changed
The next day
She was back in the evening
As soon as the man in Jeans and T-shirt arrived
She came to his car
He greeted her
He didn’t recognize her
‘My Pastor!’ She screamed
The lady that brought her started crying
Church members trooped out and started glorifying God
She had been completely made whole
He laid hands on the mad lady again and commanded her total healing
She fell under the anointing of the Holy Spirit
He watched her for a few minutes
She was totally fine
Bible study had been done in a practical session
Church members cheered in praise
The afflicted had been restored!
Some people said she would relapse
She had not
She will not!
The scripture says “If the son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed”
PS: The man in Jeans and T-shirt had never healed a mad woman like her healed before. He had heard of it and seen it but WOW!
As other church members left the church for their homes, he sat on the staircase leading to the church and cried!
He cried because God’s power transcended his weakness
He had seen another dimension of the power of God
It was beautiful