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How God helped me through Papa Idahosa’s death - Mama Idahosa

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Report by Becky Olorunpomi

Archbishop of the Church of God Mission International, Margaret Benson-Idahosa, has revealed how God sustained her in the aftermath of the death of her husband and former head of the Church, Archbishop Benson Idahosa in 1998. The Archbishop told the congregation that, as expected, the death of her husband devastated her beyond description and that only the grace of God sustained her.

In her words: “When Archbishop Benson Idahosa left and I was put in place, I went home and I put my blanket over me and I started crying. I cried for days and God spoke to me and said, ‘Margaret do you want to come home now?’ I said, ‘Oh no, not now. No, no, no.’”

After the general laughter which followed her prompt rejection of the idea of going home at that moment, Mama Idahosa, as she is fondly referred to in the Christian community all over the world, said God then asked her to stand up with the promise to see her through whatever assignments He might have for her.

“He said, ‘Alright, get up now and begin to speak.’ I got up and I started praising God. You see, you don’t praise God at your convenience; you praise God when things are hard, when things are blurry, when It seems like there would be no tomorrow. And I started praising God with tears in my eyes. As you all know, tears do not move God, He is only moved by our faith; and I got up from my bed and I started praising God….,” she said.

The woman of God explained that as she went on praising, God continued to communicate with her and assure her about His determination to see her through whatever assignments He had set for her.

According to her, God further encouraged her saying, “Margaret, if I make any appointment, I am going to release the ability, I am going to release the power, I am going to release everything that you need.”

At this stage, the woman, who eventually became the first female Archbishop on the African continent in November 2009, said she looked at herself and told God: “Father, don’t you know that I am a woman? Don’t you know that I am female and I live in a man’s world?”

But rather than get the sympathy that she craved for, she told the congregation which included a number of people who came with her from Benin City and the Church of God Mission in Lagos: “God said, ‘You are a woman?’ And I said, ‘Yes. Look at me, everything in me is a woman. But God said, ‘I didn’t know.’”

To save her from the confusion that this immediately threw her into, God said: “I thought you have my Spirit. I said ‘Yes, I have Your Spirit.’ Then He said, ‘The Spirit is neither male nor female, Margret. If the Spirit in you jumps out now and the Spirit in a man jumps out, it is the same. Availability makes the difference.’” She explained that this was a turning point in her struggle to come to terms with her new responsibility saying: “And I said, ‘Okay God, if that is what You have said and I know this is Your voice, there is going to be a deal.’ I remembered that if the same Spirit dwells inside of me, energizing me day and night, there is nothing I can’t do.”

Mama Idahosa then encouraged all Christians: “Because of the Spirit of God that dwells inside every child of God, He has always prepared a supernatural harvest. We have been called to a garden that we did not sow for, and He said go multiply, go replenish and go subdue the earth and this is supernatural harvest.” She thanked Pastor Taiwo for being exemplary, a man of humility and grace, and prayed that this was the beginning of a greater dimension of the glory of God upon The Fountain of Life Church.

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